Anything Goes Cast Announced

Caroline O’Connor is set to head an excellent cast as evangelist turned nightclub singer Reno Sweeney in the new Australian production of Cole Porter’s musical comedy Anything Goes, which will tour Australia in 2015.

Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini AM and producer John Frost AM announced the cast today (September 1, 2014), for the production which will visit Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

On The Town is Fancy Free

When the American Ballet Theatre present Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free in their exclusive Brisbane season it will be the first time Australian audiences will have had the chance to see this iconic American work. Peter Pinne reports.

Beautiful Brains

Angie Milliken and Sigrid Thornton are each playing the lead role in two different productions of a sharply intelligent play that requires actors with brains. FRANK HATHERLEY interviews the two stars and discovers that both productions are in luck.


Almost Face to Face by Awgie Award winning playwright / actor Stephen House has its World Premiere at La Mama from September 17 to 28 as part of 2014 Melbourne Fringe.

Stephen spoke to Stage Whispers about his new play.

Stage Whispers: So, what is your new play about Stephen?

HAPPY PEOPLE: New Matthew Lee Robinson Musical in Concert

The smiles and trials of children’s television…

HAPPY PEOPLE are so sweet they’re acidic.

Helpmann-nominated composer/lyricist Matthew Lee Robinson has announced the Australian premiere concert performances of his musical HAPPY PEOPLE, starring Bobby Fox (Jersey Boys), Gretel Scarlett (Grease), Tom Sharah (That ‘90s Show), Sun Park (Mamma Mia!), Bert LaBonté (The Mountaintop) and Robyn Arthur (Mother & Son), with direction by Chris Parker (Atlantis).


Sandra Bates and Mark Kilmurry have announced the 2015 season for Sydney’s Ensemble Theatre, which will be Sandra Bates’ last season as Artistic Director. Sandra announced she will retire from her position of Governing and Artistic Director in Jan 2016, celebrating 30 years at the helm of the theatre.

2014 Helpmann Awards

The 14th Annual Helpmann Awards were presented in Sydney at the Capitol Theatre tonight, Monday 18th August, across 41 categories.

Host Jonathan Biggins was joined by some of Australia’s most talented performers and industry leaders to announce this year’s winners while recognising the distinguished artistic achievement and excellence across the major disciplines of Australia's live performance industry.

Below is a full list of winners.

Congratulations to all the winners.




There’s no greater thrill than standing on stage at the end of a show and knowing you’ve entertained or moved an audience. The only feeling that comes close is receiving acknowledgement from one’s peers; the people who recognise the training, experience, dedication and support work at the heart of an outstanding theatre performance or production.

OzAsia: Ibsen in One Take

South Australia’s sister state, the Shandong Province of China, is the prime focus of the Adelaide Festival Centre’s 2014 OzAsia Festival, which features more than one hundred and forty performers from the region.

Spotlighting the rich history and culture of the province, the Festival also presents performances and events from Japan, India, Korea, the Philippines, Cambodia, Palestine, Bangladesh, Russia, Indonesia, Mongolia and Australia.

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