News and Features

Luckiest Productions, Neil Gooding Productions and Tinderbox Productions have announced the return...
ADELAIDE FESTIVAL OF ARTS 2015 PROGRAM
Lesley Reed reports on the launch of the 2015 Adelaide Festival program. Twenty-two...
PASSION: Rarely Performed Pivotal Scene for Melbourne Production
A rarely performed scene from Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Tony Award...
OTELLO
State Opera of South Australia. Festival Theatre, Adelaide. Otello, State Opera of South...

Latest Reviews

One of the surprise treats on Sydney’s Community Theatre circuit in 2014 must be Engadine...
Happy People in Concert
It’s probable that New York City will see a full production of Happy People before...
Jesus Christ Superstar
The original rock opera has been freshened up with a striking visual makeover at...
Since I Suppose
Since I Suppose is quite some journey - a solid two and a half hours roam around...

The Show Business Directory

Books Scripts Recordings »

Bonus David Campbell / John Bucchino Album For Stage Whispers Readers.
David Campbell has returned to the recording studio...

Costumes, Props and Sets »

Costume and Prop Market Place 2015
CLOC’s Costume Cavalcade http://www.cloc.org.au...

Finding a Show »

Let’s Put on a Show.
Hot New Musical and Play releases from our Right’s...

Other Goods and Services »

Comfortable Bums on Seats
Thinking of new theatre seats? Roger M Pratt from Hadley...

Production Team and Crew »

Stage Management: The Glue that Holds a Production Together
By Marcus Pugh from Resolution X Once the curtain opens,...

Sound and Light »

Sound Advice From Outlook
Greg Ginger from Outlook Communications in Melbourne has...

Theatre Companies »

Many Happy Returns for Genesian Theatre
A small theatre in a large city is celebrating an enormous...

Training »

EXPONIDA 2014: behind the scenes
See the next wave of creative talent in EXPONIDA 2014, a...

Venues »

Sound Advice For Eternity
Sydney’s Darlinghurst Theatre Company has firmly...

Stage Briefs

Producers Howard Panter and John Frost have announced that Bert Newton will play the Narrator in the Sydney season of Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show in April 2015. Newton is currently appearing as Vince Fontaine in the national...
Following the successful 2013/2014 Australian tour of EMPIRE, Spiegelworld will be bringing its hit Las Vegas show ABSINTHE to Australia in 2015. The national tour of ABSINTHE by Spiegelworld will be presented by Nine Live and will open in Newcastle...
WIN Tickets (Details at the end of this article.) The National Institute of Dramatic Art’s October 2014 program includes five productions by award-winning directors and playwrights featuring the next generation of Australia’s actors and...

Community Theatre

As always, Adelaide’s oldest continuously operating community theatre group, the Adelaide Repertory Theatre will end its 2014 season with something to tickle the funny bone. Laughs will definitely be the outcome of the company’s play of...
Castle Hill will host to the Australian Premiere of the Broadway Musical Leap of Faith, based on the movie starring Steve Martin, and a studio production of The Last Five Years during October 2014, when Hills Musical Theatre Company (Hills MTC)...
Bankstown Theatre Company is presenting the musical comedy Nunsense from October 24 to November 2. Director Richard Blomfield recently spoke to Stage Whispers about the show. Only twelve out of 52 nuns remain alive in the convent after...

Stage Heritage and History

The age-old tradition of Stage Door Johnnies is alive and well in Melbourne (albeit in slightly updated form) for the star of Legally Blonde. Coral Drouyn explains. Way back in the 1880’s, when “Musical Comedies” and “Music...
When Maggie Moore (Mrs J C Williamson) left her marriage for a man fifteen years her junior, she took the theatrical couple’s international hit with her. Leann Richards reports. In 1894 theatre impresario J C Williamson was a very unhappy man...
In 1873, outside the Melbourne Theatre Royal, a fair young girl, with a face surrounded by reddish gold hair, approached manager Mr Harwood.  In a sweet voice, tinged with a slight Irish brogue she asked, ‘Please sir, can I be an actress...

Schools on Stage

Dreams do come true and for a talented number of performers, their dreams, determination and hard work will see them centre stage at this year’s Victorian State Schools Spectacular.  More than 3000 students from over 200 schools from...
Helena College (WA). Directed by Kristen Twynam-Perkins. Musical Direction by Helena Jeffrey. Helena College Performing Arts Centre. 14-18 Aug 2014 While Middle School musicals are becoming increasingly common, to mount a full-scale musical in a...
Directed by Kathleen Cocks/ Musical Direction by Harry Oliff. Mercedes College Performing Arts Centre, Perth WA. July 30 - Aug 2, 2014 It is peak school production season in Perth. Many schools are using the first few weeks of Semester II because...