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Some of Australia’s most popular musical theatre stars are slapping on the green make up and...
Frozen Leads Announced.
As it approaches its Australian premiere in Sydney in July, Frozen is has announced the...
A Chat with Fantine, Cosette and Eponine
Packemin Productions will transport audiences to nineteenth century France as they bring...
Tudor Queens Get Pop Voices
Remixing the story Henry VIII’s six wives with a pop score, SIX The Musical...

Latest Reviews

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical premiered on Broadway in 2014. It has subsequently been...
Adelaide Short Play Festival
The Fulham Community Centre is an example of an excellent out of town Fringe venue that...
Cloudstreet
Cloudstreet, first produced by Black Swan State Theatre Company (with Company B) in 1998...
Mesmerise: Night Of Intrigue
Sleight of hand (also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain) refers to fine motor...

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Stage on Page 2019
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Opera Goes Digital
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How do Women Directors Get a Greater Share of the Chair?
Why are women directors in film and theatre still in a...

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Playing with Light
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80 Years of History for University of Adelaide Theatre Guild
The University of Adelaide Theatre Guild can boast many...

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NIDA Summer 2020 Courses for Adults
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Adelaide's World of Stages
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Stage Briefs

American Psycho - The Musical, an adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ best-selling novel and the 2000 cult film of the same name, will have its Melbourne premiere at Arts Centre Melbourne’s Playhouse from 21 – 31 May,...
Continuing their successful collaboration of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musicals including The King and I and South Pacific, Opera Australia and John Frost have announced they will be collaborating again to produce Cinderella for the first time...
Full of energy and bursting with laughter, Voca People are an international a-cappella musical comedy that has been seen in over 44 countries by 3 million people. It’s now Australia’s turn to hear these original theatrical...

Community Theatre

An evening of hilarious theatre is promised by the director of Arts Theatre Cronulla’s first play for 2020, Don’t Dress for Dinner. Originally staged in Paris where it ran for two years, the English version of this infidelity comedy...
Rockdale Musical Society brings Singin’ In The Rain to the Rockdale Town Hall in March 2020 Based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film, the stage production of Singin’ In The Rain promises high-energy choreography, a...
Castle Hill Players begin their 2020 season with The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, playing from January 31 to February 22. You may know the story but you’ve never experienced it like this! Noah Smith’s intimate adaptation of...

Stage Heritage and History

As Australian opera companies collaborate to revive a ‘national treasure’, Peter Wyllie Johnston takes us through the 30 year history of this landmark Australian musical. The national tour of Jimmy Chi’s 1990 ‘breakthrough...
The good thing about searching the internet is you often come across clips from past musicals that you never knew existed. Frequently archival material surfaces from Broadway shows but it’s rare to find anything from an early Australian...
From prisoners to footballers, from gay men in Broome to Muslims in hijabs, Alana Valentine shines a spotlight on communities shattered by flood, train wreck, abuse and injustice. Martin Portus explores Valentine’s forensic approach to...

Schools on Stage

The Heights School Players (SA). Golden Grove Arts Centre, Golden Grove. August 16-18, 2019 “The course of true love never did run smooth.” One of William Shakespeare’s most famous quotes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream....
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg. Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer. Original French text byAlain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel. Additional Material by James Fenton. Adaptation by Trevor Nunn and John Caird. Scotch College, Torrens Park, SA. July 26...
By Lionel Bart. Directed by Beth Parkinson. Mazenod College, Lesmurdie, WA. July 20-27, 2019 Mazenod College’s production of Oliver! might almost be described as "Oliver! - The Arena Spectacular". Performed in the round, in...