The 2015 Helpmann Awards were presented at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre on Monday 27 July, on the set of Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of Les Misérables, in a ceremony hosted by Todd McKenney.

Les Misérables, The Perth International Festival, and the Brisbane Baroque Festival were the big winners of the 2015 Helpmann Awards.

La Boite Turns 90 With Style

Boys get out your blazers and boaters, and girls put on your flapper dresses and cloche hats and all Charleston on down to Kelvin Grove for the party of the year. Brisbane’s La Boite Theatre turns 90 in July, and to celebrate it’s throwing a ball in keeping with 1925 - the year the company started. Peter Pinne looks back at the company’s remarkable history.

One Night Only of Hogwarts and Plant Genitalia

Not forgetting love, dysfunction and every other subject that inspires Musical Theatre writers. Coral Drouyn looks at one of our most original Music/Lyric combos and their new show The Songs of Mackenzie- Spencer and Strano.

Acting The Truth

For writers and actors it’s been a challenge since Shakespeare made up Richard III.  How do you play an invented character who’s an inaccurate version of a real life one standing there in the wings? Martin Portus explains the dilemma from his vantage point, on stage in the world’s best known Holocaust play.

Poor Richard may have been freshly unearthed but he long ago lost that propaganda war.

He’s doomed to be always the hunchbacked villain.

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.

“Something Great is Coming”

West Side Story opens this week with a stellar cast, and our Coral Drouyn talks to Choreographer Michael Ralph about re-creating Jerome Robbins original choreography.

The Canterbury Tales Updated by 600 Years

A team of young theatre makers is turning Geoffrey Chaucer’s comedic masterpiece into a “rollicking, surreal and thought provoking night of entertainment.”

This new interpretation of  The Canterbury Tales is half medieval and half community TV talent quest.

Grey’s Lobotomy: A New Australian Musical Comedy

Grey’s Lobotomy, a new musical comedy about the Australian health system by Xavier Brouwer, opens at the Alex Theatre, St Kilda on Wednesday 8 July, playing until Sunday 26 July 2015.

Australia’s medical health system is in a precarious position, and this biting satire explores hospital care and its administration while also examining public health campaigns.

The Book of Kevin

His name’s Kevin, he’s from Queensland and he’s back.

After nearly two years in self-imposed exile, Kevin Rudd is finally prepared to break his silence in his tell-all autobiography ‘Here to help.’

Join the team from Year of the Abbott and Australia Votes 2013 for another satirical send up as they give voice to one of the most fascinating figures in Australian political history in ‘The Book of Kevin’.

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