Our Favourite Opening Ceremony Highlight

This was our favourite moment from the opening ceremony, when the Queen's stunt double Gary Connery jumped out of the helicopter prompted by the cool hand of James Bond.

Here they are, just about to take the plunge.

Imagine the fun in setting up the  whole event. They must have had a big whiteboard. OK, we'll get the Queen to jump out of plane, Rowan Atkinson can play Chariots of Fire, David Beckham can come in a on speed boat!

New Hamer Hall Opens

No expense was been spared for the glittering opening concerts at the newly refurbished Hamer Hall in Melbourne this week.  Lucy Graham reports.

International Hit One Man, Two Guvnors to tour Australia

The National Theatre of Great Britain’s hit production of One Man, Two Guvnors will tour Australia in 2013.

It will premiere at the Adelaide Festival between 28 February to 9 March 2013, then at Sydney Theatre Company from 30 March to 11 May 2013, before a Melbourne season from 17 May to 22 June 2013 at Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse as part of the 2013 MTC season.

Audiences Behaving Badly.

Joseph Ting is fed up with the “glow worms” of modern theatre - people texting and tweeting on the phone from the audience. But when Stage Whispers asked our Facebook friends for their audience horror stories…the responses were hilarious.

The argument was persuasively made by my theatre-auteur companion. A season of delightful cultural immersion in London would be well worth the disorientating stresses of a long-haul flight from the Antipodes.

2012 Helpmann Nominations Announced Simultaneously in Three Capitals.

In a first, nominations for the 2012 Helpmann Awards®, celebrating excellence and achievement in live performance will be announced on Monday 6 August at6pm, concurrently in Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane.

Full listing of nominations -

You’re never too old!

Coral Drouyn reports on the launch for More Sex Please – We’re Seniors, opening in Melbourne in October.

Elaine Paige to Tour Australia in October

Musical Theatre legend Elaine Paige will be returning to Australia in October 2012, following the success of her 2009 tour.

Elaine Paige is a bona fide legend of musical theatre. Making her West End debut in 1968 she was thrust into stardom when she originated the role of Evita Perón in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1978 production of Evita, winning the Laurence Oliver Award for Performer of the Year. Paige followed up by creating the role of Grizabella in the record-breaking production Cats, recording the Top 10 hit song “Memory”.

Melbourne Auditions for Child Role in South Pacific.

Opera Australia has announced auditions for the role of Jerome, Emile's son, in the Melbourne season of the Award Winning Lincoln Center Production of Rogers and Hammerstein's South Pacific, which opens in September. The auditions take place this Saturday 21 July.





Death of a Salesman Transfers from Belvoir to Theatre Royal

Belvoir’s sold-out production of Death of a Salesman will transfer to the Theatre Royal for two weeks from 23 October 2012.

‘We have been overwhelmed by the audience’s response to Death of a Salesman. People are queuing from 7am to buy day seats and standing room and we are thrilled to have this opportunity to meet the demand,’ said Belvoir’s General Manager Brenna Hobson.

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