Mousetrap Theatre at Redcliffe, Queensland has the unique experience of presenting Noël Coward’s most famous play Blithe Spirit exactly 75 years after the famous author first penned it. While the production runs over 3 weeks from 29 April to 14 May, Coward took only 6 days from 3 - 9 May 1941 to write his masterpiece. The play was his most successful, having held the record for the most performances for several decades, until it was surpassed by Agatha Christie’s equally famous Mousetrap (yet another link to this well-known local company).
A record number of participants attended the 56th Musical Theatre New Zealand conference in Rotorua during March. David Spicer reports.
Guest speaker was the legendary creator of The Rocky Horror Show, Richard O’Brien, who can be seen in fine form explaining how much he hates Opera in a special episode of Stage Whispers TV from the conference.
Rotorua is best known internationally for its extraordinary belching lava pools, sulphuric pong and hot baths. It also has a long history in musical theatre.
Strathfield Musical Society is presenting another of its successful Cabaret style productions titled ENCORE - The best of the Oscars and Tonys, over one weekend in May – 20th, 21st and 22nd. The show features the great songs from Hollywood and Broadway's Oscar and Tony awards.
“The Society has built a strong reputation for performing well-balanced productions featuring a mix of popular songs, entertaining solos and ensemble numbers with great harmony singing,” SMS member Brian Hughes said.
The love of money is the root of all evil in the Guild Theatre’s May 2016 production, David Williamson’s When Dad Married Fury and can make for a fast-paced topical comedy that explores greed, envy, family ties and unexpected generosity. None of us would behave so badly – or would we? This is our most up-to-date comedy yet with David Williamson at his best. A biting, social satire this production will make you laugh, bring a tear to your eye and definitely make you think.
The Game’s Afoot; or Holmes for the Holidayswritten by Ken Ludwig and directed by Paul Sztelma promises a night of thrills and laughter at The Pavilion Theatre, Caste Hill during April 2016.
It’s Christmas eve, 1936. After an attempt on his life, Broadway star William Gillette, famous for his leading role in the play “Sherlock Holmes”, has invited his fellow cast members and his mother to a weekend of revelry at his sumptuous art deco home.
AN IMAGINED meeting between English composer Benjamin Britten and poet WH Auden form the basis of the Old Mill Theatre’s April 2016 production, The Habit of Art by Alan Bennett, one of the UK’s most prolific living playwrights.
The Habit of Art sees the two men meet for the first time in 25 years with Britten seeking advice from Auden – his former collaborator and friend – about his new opera Death in Venice.
Sixteen years ago Adelaide’s Independent Theatre Company produced the classic Shakespeare tragedy Hamlet, to critical acclaim. Now, in April 2016, Artistic Director Rob Croser is to direct the play again, but with a very different approach to casting the conflicted prince at the heart of the story. Lesley Reed reports.
Audiences have been enthralled by Hamlet for four hundred years, yet what is arguably William Shakespeare’s most famous play is also one of his most difficult to perform.
In April 2016, Javeenbah Theatre presents Minefields and Miniskirts, a play that is both an engaging and frank recollection of how five Australian women experienced the Vietnam War. The play touches on issues of women’s rights, the realities of warfare, Australian reaction to the war and the legacy of our country’s involvement.