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The full Australian cast of the splash-hit West End stage production Singin’ in the Rain...
Play Us The Music
As lovers of Musical Theatre, we all have our ideas of the most important person in any...
2015 HELPMANN AWARDS
The 2015 Helpmann Awards were presented at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre on Monday 27...
Kinky Boots Australian Premiere for Melbourne in 2016
The feel-good, multi award-winning musical Kinky Boots will make its Australian...

Latest Reviews

Director Stephen Pike triumphs again with a bright and brash take on this 70s-come-50s nostalgia...
Anything Goes
I don’t know what we’ve done to deserve it but with Anything Goes the musical...
Blonde Poison
A beautiful blonde-haired, blue-eyed Jewish woman gets the opportunity mid-WWII to save...
Everyman
One of the oldest English dramas (hailing from the 15th century), Everyman has been...

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Elements: Simon Gleeson’s Debut CD
ELEMENTS, the debut album from Musical Theatre star Simon...

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How to Make Props and Sets Sparkle
Master Sydney set builders Bob and Col Peet are on a...

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ORiGiN™ Now Represent Tams-Witmark in Australia and New Zealand
ORiGiN™ Theatrical has announced that they will...

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So You Want To Shoot An Actor?
Creating a realistic bullet hit on stage has always been a...

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Not For The Faint-Hearted
Gone are the days when the amateur musical circuit could be...

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70 Years of Regal Entertainment
One of Sydney’s oldest and proudest musical societies...

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2016 Stage Whispers Directory of Performing Arts Courses and Open Days.
Stage Whispers is proud to release Australia and New...

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Opera House to Upgrade Theatre Machinery in Joan Sutherland Theatre
Sydney – Tuesday, 23 June, 2015: The Sydney...

Stage Briefs

Shakespeare’s works have been adapted in many ways through the centuries, including for modern stage audiences and for film and television. Perhaps the most radically different adaptation of all has been Ben Power’s A Tender Thing. This...
UTS Backstage Film & Theatre Society stages the Australian Premiere of The Frogs: A New Musical in September 2015. The time is the present, the place is Ancient Greece. Student theatre company UTS Backstage announces its 2015 Major Musical...
Independent theatre company Pursued By Bear is presenting intimate musical Jon & Jen, by Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party) and Tom Greenwald, at Chapel off Chapel, Friday 18 until Sunday 27 September 2015. Experience the emotionally chargedJohn...

Community Theatre

Imagine you are waking up in the bridal suite of a gracious country-house hotel somewhere outside London. Imagine you are the bridegroom, due to be married that very day. Imagine that you roll over and find an attractive woman in bed beside you...
Coral Drouyn explores the sense of family and standard of excellence in one of Melbourne’s “MEGA” community theatre companies. She spent time with PLOS rehearsing for Legally Blonde. A world without musical theatre doesn’t...
AN intriguing and seductive play that was later turned in a multi-award-winning film is Limelight Theatre’s August 2015 offering. Written by Kalgoorlie-born Andrew Bovell, Speaking in Tongues is a mystery for grown-ups laden with love,...

Stage Heritage and History

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...
The colourful and surprising history of those who played in Australia’s convict theatres is now published as an Ebook by Currency House. Martin Portus reports that as well as the odd riot and rude thespians there were quality performances and...
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...

Schools on Stage

Scotch College Student Production Fisher Chapel, Scotch College, Adelaide July 29-August 1, 2015 I’m plenty old enough to have attended the original professional production of Jesus Christ Superstar in Australia. Other major productions of...
By Neil Gooding and Nicholas Christo St Patrick’s College, Shorncliffe QLD Popstars! was staged for the first time this year at nearly 20 schools across Australia and New Zealand. It is a celebration of the great decade of the 90’s...
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser Lilydale High School August 29th – 31st 2013 Lilydale High School has a range of possibilities for students to be involved in performance. Several of the lead performers in this production are studying drama,...