In This Edition

• Joel Jackson: Not The Boy Next Door

• Matilda’s Terrible Parents

• Michael Flatley Hanging Up His Boots

• 2015 Helpmann Awards

• Fit New Cats On The Prowl

• Appeal of the Bell Family

• West End Gems Hide Grim Backstages

• Andrew Upton on Why Drama Education Matters


2016 is the first season of plays chosen solely by Ensemble Theatre’s Artistic Director, Mark Kilmurry as Sandra Bates prepares for her retirement in January 2016.

“I am enormously pleased and proud to present the Ensemble’s new season. As ever, we bring you the best of new Australian plays, international plays and cherished classics, plus an exciting new co-production with ATYP,” says Mark Kilmurry. 

Kinky Boots Australian Premiere for Melbourne in 2016

The feel-good, multi award-winning musical Kinky Boots will make its Australian premiere at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne from October 2016.

Kinky Boots features a book by four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein, music and lyrics by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, and direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell.

Delta Goodrem to Star in CATS

The Producers of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS have announced the incredible and exciting news that Delta Goodrem is performing with the all-Australian cast when the acclaimed West End revival production of Cats tours Australia from October this year.  Delta is confirmed to play the coveted role of Grizabella in Sydney, Hobart & Melbourne and will sing Memory, one of the most well-known songs of all time.

Sydney Theatre Company 2016 Season

Sydney Theatre Company has announced its 2016 season, the last programmed by outgoing Artistic Director Andrew Upton who leaves the company at the end of 2015, handing the reins to his successor, Jonathan Church.

Among the highlights, Rose Byrne, Lisa McCune and John Howard - artists who have not been seen on STC stages for a decade or more - feature alongside STC audience favourites including Robyn Nevin, Sarah Peirse, Helen Thomson, Heather Mitchell, Ryan Corr, Genevieve Lemon and Josh McConville.

There’s An Animal In My Play

Two of Australia’s brightest female playwrights have made animals the centre of attention in new productions debuting on different sides of the country. In Hannie Rayson’s case the furry creature looks cute but has a nasty personality. For Lally Katz a cuddly pet cat is the star, but it’s the owners that have issues. David Spicer reports.

Griffin Theatre Company Season 2016

Artistic Director Lee Lewis announced the 2016 Griffin Theatre Company season today (August 31, 2015). Five brand new plays will make their world premieres on the SBW Stables stage next year.

Malthouse Theatre Season 2016

In 2016, Malthouse Theatre invites audiences to ‘think again’ about what is happening politically and personally in the world around us, and to rethink stories we might assume are familiar, in the first season programmed by newly appointed Artistic Director Matthew Lutton (pictured right - photographer: Andrew Gough).

‘It’s a season that will ignite heated debate about sex, death and revolution, and bring a wide range of communities together through new works created by independent and international artists,’ said Lutton.

James D Smith Set for Time of His Life in Adelaide Dirty Dancing

The understudy becomes a star and more tickets are released as James D Smith wins the role of Billy Kostecki for the Adelaide season of Dirty Dancing. Lesley Reed reports.

Dreams do come true it seems. A long-held wish of actor and singer James D Smith has come true today with the announcement by Australian theatre producer John Frost that Smith will play Billy in the Adelaide season of the hit musical Dirty Dancing.

STC appoints Jonathan Church as Artistic Director

Jonathan Church will succeed Andrew Upton as Artistic Director of Sydney Theatre Company (STC), it was announced today, 25 August 2015. The British artist has been Artistic Director of Chichester Festival Theatre since 2006 and is credited with completely transforming the much-loved UK institution.