News and Features

Vic Theatre is set to produce two shows at Melbourne’s 45 Downstairs in November and December...
My Fair Dustman
Australian stage legend Reg Livermore knows classic musical My Fair Lady well, having...
Secret River and Miriam Margolyes for Adelaide Festival
Adelaide Festival has announced two more shows from its 2017 program: Neil Armfield's...
STAGE WHISPERS MAGAZINE: September / October 2016 EDITION OUT NOW!!!
In This Edition   Dream Lover, Dream Songs, Dream Story Talking to the stars and...

Latest Reviews

Leah Purcell here ambitiously reworks Henry Lawson’s famous 1893 short story about the drover...
Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night is Shakespeare’s final ‘Elizabethan comedy’ and has...
Breadcrumbs
Tim Quabba delivers an improvised stream of consciousness performance within the conceit...
Black is the Colour
This is an awesome first production by Deafferent Theatre.  It is a wonderful...

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BARBRA STREISAND – ENCORE: MOVIE PARTNERS SING BROADWAY
On the heels of her first appearance at the Tony Awards...

Costumes, Props and Sets »

Avoid Costume Wardrobe Horrors
Tracey Nuthall from Costumes Without Drama reports. The...

Finding a Show »

New Releases For Community Theatre - September 2016
David Spicer Productions www.davidspicer.com.au David...

Other Goods and Services »

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 »

Colour Control on Small Stages
Colour-changing LED luminaires are becoming more common in...

Theatre Companies »

Mustering Cattle To Treading The Boards
In sixty years the Ballina Players in northern New South...

Training »

NIDA October 2016 Production Season
It’s that time of the year again! NIDA’s annual...

Venues »

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

Stage Briefs

Famously performed for President Nixon and Henry Kissinger on their historic visit to the People’s Republic of China in 1972, the National Ballet of China’s The Red Detachment of Women will make its Australian debut at Arts Centre...
The State Theatre Company of South Australia’s The Popular Mechanicals embarks on a national tour in 2017, with seasons announced in every State
 and Territory except Queensland. Highlights include a six-week season in Sydney presented by...
Working Management in association with Hayes Theatre Co has announced the first Sydney professional production of Jerry Herman’s MACK AND MABEL, which will play a strictly limited season at Hayes Theatre Co from November 18. A musical comedy...

Community Theatre

More than 40 years since Jesus Christ Superstar first premiered in St Kilda, CLOC Musical Theatre will bring a completely new and re-imagined Superstar to the historic National Theatre, dramatized with emotional intensity, thought-provoking edge and...
The eyes of community theatres around Australia were on CLOC Musical Theatre for its Australian Non-Professional Premiere of Wicked. The set and costumes will be used by ten companies all over the country, then exported to New Zealand. CLOC’s...
Lachlan O'Brien plays the titular role of Dr. Frederick Frankenstein Miranda Musical Society’s production of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein, playing at Sutherland Entertainment Centre from September 21 to 25. Lachlan chatted...

Stage Heritage and History

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....
On a recent trip to Rome’s Colosseum, Michael Sutton discovered how this world famous icon functioned as a theatre, thanks to a team of German archaeologists. Underground halls were the wings where animals, scenery, performers and Gladiators...

Schools on Stage

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...
Music: Marc Shaiman. Lyrics: Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman. Book: Mark O’Donnell, Thomas Meehan. Mercedes College. Mercedes College Performing Arts Centre, Perth WA. Directed by Kathleen Cocks. Aug 3-13, 2016 Mercedes College presented Hairspray...