Ensemble Theatre: Season 2019

In 2019, Sydney’s Ensemble Theatre will stage six comedies, three intense dramas and a musical deconstruction of a love affair. 

The Secret Singer

Jenny Simm, the inspiration for new Australian musical The Secret Singer which has its premiere at the Eternity Playhouse in August, chats to Stage Whispers.

Genevieve Lemon and Kate Mannix star in the world premiere season of a joyful new musical play – based on a true story - by Joanna Weinberg (Goddess, Pandora’s Bag, Lifeforce, The Piano Diaries).

The Secret Singer is the life-affirming story of a singing lesson that changes the life of two very different women.

The Mormons Are Heading To Brisbane And Adelaide

The Book of Mormon, Broadway’s smash hit musical written by Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez, is headed to Brisbane and Adelaide.

The Tony®, Olivier®, Grammy® and Helpmann® award-winning show will begin performances at the Lyric Theatre, QPAC on 16 March 2019 for a limited season, before it transfers to the Festival Theatre, Adelaide from 27 June 2019. Tickets go on sale on Tuesday 7 August.

Hard won success from afar

Geoffrey Williams interviews the 2018 Darwin Festival’s Artistic Director, Felix Preval.

I remember my first Darwin Festival as though it was yesterday. In 2017, my long-imagined winter migration north, away from marrow-chilling Melbourne winter, had become a reality. And here I was – in shorts, a short-sleeve shirt and thongs – relaxing in spectacularly illuminated parkland, sitting beneath what appeared to be a hundred paper lanterns, sipping a chilled glass of white wine with friends. In the middle of August.

Aspects of Love Cast Announced

Walk This Way Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co have announced the cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of Love, playing from 22 November at Sydney’s Hayes Theatre Co.

A festival is born

It is late afternoon on 24 December 1974. The residents of Darwin are preparing for Christmas Day, with many believing that the warnings of the approaching tropical cyclone Tracy would amount to nothing. Earlier in the month, Cyclone Selma was predicted to make landfall in Darwin, yet Selma had vanished north.

2018 Helpmann Award Winners

Stunning performances by its actors propelled Beautiful: The Carole King Musical to an upset win in the Musical of the Year category at the 2018 Helpmann Awards, held at Sydney's Capitol Theatre, exposing deep flaws in the voting system.

David Spicer reports.

After securing five Helpmann awards on the first night of the presentations, Muriel's Wedding the Musical was bizarrely left empty handed on the second night, leaving industry insiders scratching their heads at the after show party.

2018 Helpmann Award ACT I Winners

Muriel's Wedding the Musical was the big winner with five awards, on Sunday 15 July, when the first 20 Helpmann Awards were presented at the 2018 Helpmann Awards Act I, an intimate cocktail hour event held at the Sydney Town Hall. The winners were announced for the best creative, designer and supporting roles as well as the Awards for Best Presentation for Children, Best Regional Touring Production and Best Special Event in front of an industry A-list crowd.

Amy Lehpamer - School of Rock Headmistress

In the role made famous by Joan Cusack in the hit film, Amy Lehpamer will button up, starch up and don her spectacles to play Rosalie Mullins, the uptight but lovable straight-laced schoolmarm with a hankering for Stevie Nicks.

Famous For Being Infamous

Circus/Cabaret is the way to go, as Coral Drouyn has discovered.

Once, not so very long ago, theatre restaurants were the choice for people who wanted their entertainment accompanied by food and a bottle of something naughty, but times inevitably change. Now circus/cabaret is fulfilling that brief and offering something naughty on stage and off.

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