1984 – Australian Tour Cast Announced

Casting for the Australian tour of the West End production of the stage adaptation of George Orwell’s seminal novel 1984  has been announced.

Tom Conroy will play Winston in the Australian season, starring alongside Paul Blackwell, Terence Crawford, Ursula Mills, Renato Musolino, Guy O’Grady, Yalin Ozucelik and Fiona Press, which will play major seasons in Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Perth over a four month period.

Win Tickets to FENCES

FENCES is the story of Troy Maxson, a mid-century Pittsburgh sanitation worker who once dreamed of a baseball career, but was too old when the major leagues began admitting black players. He tries to be a good husband and father, but his lost dream of glory eats at him, and causes him to make a decision that threatens to tear his family apart.

FENCES is directed by Denzel Washington from a screenplay by August Wilson, adapted from Wilson's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play. 


Kip Gamblin Announced as The Bodyguard

Producers Michael Harrison, David Ian and John Frost have announced that Kip Gamblin will be playing the title role of The Bodyguard, Frank Farmer, in the Australian tour of the musical THE BODYGUARD. Kip is most known to Australian audiences for his roles in a wide range of television dramas including Home and Away, All Saints, Tricky Business, Dance Academy and most recently Neighbours. Kip later spent two years working as a series regular in the BBC London’s drama series Casualty.

Adelaide Festival’s Riverbank Palais

Interactive art in House of Mirrors, US singer-songwriter Kurt Vile, US chillwave artist Toro Y Moi and Aussie soul band The Bamboos are all set to rock the 2017 Adelaide Festival’s newest venue, the Riverbank Palais and surrounding Parc Palais, as part of its first program.

Violet for Adelaide Fringe

Everything’s coming up Violets for local theatre company Davine Interventionz. Already multi-award winning, the company hopes to wow Adelaide Fringe 2017 when it produces the musical Violet. Lesley Reed reports.

“Are you on the way or are you in the way?” is the central question posed in the musical Violet, which is the 2017 Adelaide Fringe production for South Australia’s Davine Interventionz.


The winners of the 2016 Sydney Theatre Awards were announced on Monday January 23, 2017 at the York Theatre at the Seymour Centre, with 35 Awards presented, shared between 15 productions which played in Sydney during the calendar year of 2016.

The Queen of Blanks

Dolly Diamond talks to Coral Drouyn about her revival of everyone’s favourite Panel Show – “Bl*nkety Bl*nks.”

I can’t think why it has taken so long for Blankety Blanks to become a stage show, and neither can the incomparable, unofficial Queen of Melbourne, Dolly Diamond.

Ready Please Mr Musicals

What is the secret to making a new hit musical? Simon Phillips, who directed Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Dream Lover – the Bobby Darin Musical, Ladies in Black, Love Never Dies, An Officer and a Gentleman, and will this year direct Muriel’s Wedding the Musical, believes he has finally worked out the recipe. He explained his thinking to a breakfast organised by Currency House.

Musicals in 2017 and Beyond

The Book of Mormon

It has taken almost seven years for this nine-time Tony Award winning musical, written by the team behind South Park, to open in Australia. Fans are counting the days until the opening at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre in January.

The Book of Mormon has a flimsy set, plain costumes and the most implausible of story lines. It does have some catchy songs and the sharpest array of religious satire. Amazingly some Mormons (secretly) enjoy going to see it, even though it roasts the central tenets of their religion.


In This Edition

A Religious Experience for Theatre Lovers

Broadway hit The Book of Mormon opens in Melbourne

Independents Day

What makes our leading Independent theatre companies tick?

Tim Finn’s Musical Adventure

New Aussie musical Ladies in Black begins its national tour


Thirty Years of Giving

The Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation

Australia’s Runaway Circus

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