News and Features

Jemma Rix has been playing Elphaba in Wicked since 2008. That’s six years of defying gravity...
Maintaining The Passion
With Sondheim’s Passion opening in Melbourne next week, Coral Drouyn talks to the...
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie - Boy, Boy, Boy
Stage Whispers Coral Drouyn finds out about a new group with a twist of Musical Theatre...
Felicity Kendal is Bliss as Bliss
Following on the back of a successful UK tour, Noël Coward’s HAY FEVER is...

Latest Reviews

You may well be asking, as a theatre-goer, what is Potted Potter? Well, it’s a load of corny...
Totem
There are no elephants, tigers or performing dogs in Canada’s Cirque du Soleil, and...
Hay Fever
Noël Coward never dates as this splendid production of Hay Fever proves. His 90-year...
Otello
Top marks to State Opera of South Australia for yet another programming milestone. ...

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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

Bankstown has welcomed new independent theatre company Birdie Productions to the brand new Bryan Brown Theatre. Birdie Productions will produce large scale, high quality shows, with three major productions scheduled to open in 2015. Executive...
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...

Community Theatre

Blue Mountains Musical Society open their new production of Cats on November 5, promising to present the show in a whole new way to audiences. Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, and with music by Andrew Lloyd...
A PINT-sized Puck, diminutive Demetrius and tall Titania are among the many characters in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream being brought to life in W.A. by The Drama Club, IntotheMask Theatre’s youth drama class. Presented...
A SECRET life is exposed at a funeral and the bombshell causes tempers – and ashes – to fly. It’s all part of Melville Theatre’s November production of Wife After Death, written by Eric Chappell and directed by Joan Scafe....

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

Its alumni include international artists Human Nature; musical director, pianist and composer John Foreman; 2013 The Voice finalists Diana Rouvas and Darren Percival; ARIA winners Paulini and Angus and Julia Stone; musical theatre stars David Harris...
St Mark’s Anglican Community School. Directed by Kristy Raymond. Barbara Godwin Performing Arts Complex. 23-25 Oct 2014 Seussical is clearly the show to do at the moment, with numerable productions recently in the west and at least another in...
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...