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The opening of Opera Australia’s annual extravaganza on Sydney Harbour has been marred by an...
Michael Gow's Away Returns
Weather not unlike Sydney’s recent heat wave prevailed in January 1986, when Away...
STAGE WHISPERS MAGAZINE: MARCH / APRIL 2017 EDITION OUT NOW!!!
In This Edition   My Fair Ladies Anna O’Byrne on working with Dame Julie...
Controversial Title Belies Honest, Everywoman Play
Her mother hoped she’d never go into show business, but the daughter of well-known...

Latest Reviews

The Western Australian premiere of Heathers is playing to packed houses at WAAPA. This year’s...
My Fair Lady
Ever since I was a child I enjoyed theatrical visual extravaganzas and thanks to...
Faster
The Australian Ballet presents its programme of three contemporary ballets under the...
Chimerica
Just when old talk of human rights in China is being upstaged by what fake news Trump is...

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

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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...

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

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

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Theatres In The Middle Of Nowhere
Thespians are flying the flag in the most remote parts of...

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Spectrum’s Dance Star
Dance Diploma student Tess Wilson has been tipped by...

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

Stage Briefs

StageArt has announced the cast for the Victorian professional premiere of the Broadway musical Spring Awakening, which will play at Chapel off Chapel from May 18. Spring Awakening is the Tony Award winning story of youth, rebellion, sexuality and...
Producers Michael Harrison, David Ian and John Frost today announced the four young actors who will share the role of Fletcher, the son of the Rachel Marron character, during the Sydney season of the international award-winning hit musical THE...
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...

Community Theatre

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....
Chloe Angel, Michaela Leisk and Dylan Hayley are the young leading ladies in the upcoming Australian premiere of It Shoulda Been You at the Independent Theatre in North Sydney from 31 March. In between rehearsals, they got together at Chloe's...
With its April 2017 production of The Diary of Anne Frank, Adelaide Repertory Theatre relives the enduring and tragic story of a brave teenager making life and death decisions beyond her years in war-torn Europe. Lesley Reed reports. At the end of...

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

The Kings School and Tara Anglican School. Original Concept and Adaptation by Michel Terzo and Diane Herron. Music and Lyrics by Fleetwood Mac. Based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Musical Arrangements by Melody Beck and...
Iona Presentation College. Directed by Matthew Aris. The Regal Theatre, Subiaco, WA. 17-19 March, 2017 Iona Presentation College’s Cinderella was one of the first big school productions of the year. A lavish show with a big budget feel, this...
Stage Whispers is launching its 2017 School Performing Arts Resource Kit - SPARK - a free on-line magazine with a guide to putting on a show and attending school oriented productions.   Click here to read the 90 page magazine www....