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The 17th Annual Helpmann Awards were presented at a ceremony on Monday 24 July at the Capitol...
Michael Ball and Alfie Boe Tour - Together
Following the success of their double-platinum selling Christmas #1 UK album, ...
Priscilla Returns for 10th Anniversary Tour
Aussie musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert is off on a national tour, starting in...
Jon English Musical Rebirthed By Son
The first ever professional production of Paris – written and composed by Jon...

Latest Reviews

Anne-Louise Sarks gives us a powerful and disturbing interpretation of Shakespeare’s play....
The Bodyguard
When I first saw The Bodyguard in London I thought it was a show that would work in...
Incognito
To create and present a cerebral, challenging and complex work such as Incognito is a...
Billy Liar
If you are a fan of 60’s music then don’t miss Javeenbah’s latest...

The Show Business Directory

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Dahlesque - On Disc
Elise McCann – the award-winning Miss Honey from the...

Costumes, Props and Sets »

Chorus Sets From Opera Australia
Opera Australia is auctioning entire chorus sets of...

Finding a Show »

New Releases: We Will Rock You and Strictly Ballroom The Musical
Community theatres in Australia and New Zealand will be the...

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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 »

Clear Systems: Theatre Tech Specialists
Clear Systems has been supplying sound, vision,...

Theatre Companies »

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

Training »

2018 Performing Arts Course Guide
Stage Whispers is proud to release Australia and New...

Venues »

Concept Plans for the Redevelopment of Her Majesty’s Theatre Adelaide Unveiled
The concept plans for the redeveloped of Her Majesty’...

Stage Briefs

The iconic story of Ned Kelly is brought to life in new Australian musical. NED makes its Melbourne debut after its premiere season at the Ulumbarra Theatre in Bendigo. The original cast reunites for a one night only concert at The National Theatre...
Following her daughter’s attendance at a musical theatre camp, an Adelaide actor and drama teacher has recognised a niche opportunity for very young local actors. Creative ideas and a crucial collaboration have resulted in a new youth theatre...
Producer John Frost has announced the casting of the principal roles in Melbourne’s summer musical Dream Lover - The Bobby Darin Musical, which plays at Arts Centre Melbourne from December 29th for a strictly limited season. Joining...

Community Theatre

25 Years after Human Nature’s Michael Tierney broke hearts as the lovable orphan Oliver, Bankstown Theatre Company are about to present this musical theatre classic once again at Bankstown’s Bryan Brown Theatre this July. Bringing...
Together with the songs and sound of the Bee Gees, John Travolta’s unforgettable characterisation of Tony Manero ensured huge success for the 1977 movie Saturday Night Fever and had the whole world disco dancing. It has also been a huge hit...
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....

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

Book and Lyrics: Howard Ashman, Music: Alan Mencken. Directed by Beth Parkinson. Mazenod College, Lesmurdie, WA. July 15-22, 2017 Mazenod College’s Little Shop of Horrors is presented in one of those cavernous gym-a-toriums found in many...
Music & Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz. Book; John Michael Tebelak. Elizabeth College, Hobart. Director: Justan Wagner. Choreographer: Rebecca Wilson. Musical Director: Les Johnston. Vocal Director: Jennie McDonald. 2 – 10 June, 2017 A...
Young Australian performers will collaborate with New York City theatre professionals on new student edition of Newsies. A cast of 40 young Australians will take part in an exciting week-long pilot of Newsies JR., a new student version of the...