News and Features

Music Theatre Melbourne’s new concert production of Australian rock musical PARIS pays homage...
Tim Finn’s Musical Adventure
New Zealand songwriter Tim Finn has spread his wings from pop music to embrace musical...
2017 Green Room Awards Nominations
The Green Room Awards Association has announced the nominees for the 2017 Green Room...
The Bodyguard - Full Cast Announced
Producers Michael Harrison, David Ian and John Frost have announced that the Melbourne...

Latest Reviews

The Australian Ballet’s sumptuously opulent 2015 production of The Sleeping Beauty finally...
Violet – A Musical
Violet is a relatively new American musical, and is a wonderful representation of...
Away
Brilliantly acted, with a spectacular set change, but lacking the emotional...
The Judas Kiss
David Hare is such a master playwright in his sublime ability to blend ideas and...

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Stage to Page 2016 with Peter Pinne
In each edition of Stage Whispers magazine, Peter Pinne...

Costumes, Props and Sets »

Costume Market Place
GMS Costumes www.gmscostumes.com The Gosford Musical...

Finding a Show »

Choosing a Show
Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story The U.K. producers of...

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Turandot’s Grandest Stage
It was the biggest show in Sydney since the Olympics. The...

Production Team and Crew »

Director’s Diary: The Who’s Tommy
Jessica Lovelace directed Tommy for the Blue Mountains...

Sound and Light »

NIDA Lights Up For Vivid
NIDA’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (Staging) students...

Theatre Companies »

Steel City Theatre Soars
From humble beginnings as a play-reading group in 1956,...

Training »

In The Groove
The Jazz Music Institute (JMI) explains why learning jazz...

Venues »

Get Behind the Scenes at QPAC Brisbane Open House
Get behind the scenes at Queensland Performing Arts Centre...

Stage Briefs

Following the announcement of a new 30th anniversary production of Alex Harding’s Australian musical Only Heaven Knows at Hayes Theatre Co later this year, Luckiest Productions have revealed their leading actor and hero images. WAAPA graduate...
Producer Bonnie Lythgoe announced that one of Australia’s most popular all round theatre, television, radio and film performers Todd McKenney will play the role of Captain Hook in the The Adventures of Peter Pan & Tinker Bell. When...
American Idiot, the rock musical based on Green Day’s Grammy® Award-winning multi-platinum album, makes its way down under for its Australian premiere season at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC). The Playhouse, QPAC will be...

Community Theatre

A school teacher and a community theatre company which raised 1.5 million dollars for charity took out the biggest awards at the 22ndannual CAT awards. Formerly known as The Canberra Area Theatre Awards (now just CAT) the ceremony took place outside...
If Elphaba and Galinda didn’t defy gravity at your local musical theatre company in 2016, they’re more than likely to land in your part of Oz in 2017, with Wicked set to be the most performed musical on the Community Theatre circuit....
A HIP and hilarious musical loosely based on the timeless play Cyrano de Bergerac will groove up the stage at Western Australia's Roleystone Theatre in March 2017. Written by Barry Wyner and directed by Madeleine Shaw and Tyler Eldridge,...

Stage Heritage and History

It was only fifty years ago that Police would raid theatres to arrest and charge actors with obscenity. Jenny Fewster, the Project Manager for AusStage, recounts a time when ending up in jail was a performance risk. Artist Michael Gordon Brown...
In the late Nineteenth Century the Wild West proved a sensation for Australian and New Zealand theatre audiences. In those days respect for indigenous people and animal rights were not a consideration. Jenny Fewster from AusStage reports. On the 8th...
John Bell’s direction of Bell Shakespeare’s The Tempest in 2015 is a fitting farewell to just one part of his life, and the symbolism of a man who has created magic, abandoning his island for a new life in retirement is lost on no-one....

Schools on Stage

Sydney Theatre Company (STC) launched The School Drama Book: Drama, Literature and Literacy in the Creative Classroom by Robyn Ewing and John Nicholas Saunders, on Thursday 3 November 2016. STC developed its in-school teacher professional learning...
The first Australian Junior Theatre Celebration will be held in Newcastle on October 20, 2016. This Broadway JuniorTM event will host national and international musical theatre celebrities and provide opportunities for young people to celebrate...
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter. New Book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman. Ringwood Secondary College. Aug 5th-13th, 2016 Musical Theatre has never been healthier within the community. Many high schools now have a performing arts centre and a...