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Summer Cyrano in South Australian Gardens

Hay fever blights some noses in a garden, but the enormous nose of the hero becomes the only blight on the landscape in the beautiful garden settings of Adelaide’s Blue Sky Theatre/Open Gardens SA co-production of Cyrano de Bergerac. The nose hilariously complicates the unfortunate hero’s luck in love. Lesley Reed reports on this delightfully romantic summer event. With its various stunning garden venues, it’s a must for both theatre and garden enthusiasts.  

Musicals in 2019

Revivals of classic musicals dominate the landscape in 2019. Musicals new to Australia are harder to find, but provide the highlights of the year.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Capitol Theatre Sydney from January.

Roald Dahl’s most popular book sold 20 million copies and spawned two movies. Now Australia gets the chance to see a replica of the Broadway musical production of the classic.

Peter Pan Goes Wrong

Chaos is returning to the stages of Australia with the The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’s biggest disaster to date, Peter Pan Goes Wrong.  Two of the writers, Henry Lewis and Jonathan Sayer, explained exactly how to stuff things up to David Spicer.

When Henry Lewis was coming home from High School one day he realised that he had forgotten the key.

“It was pouring with rain, so I attempted to get into my own house through the dog flap which we had in the back door to the kitchen,” he recalls.

Fabulous Singlettes Christmas Show For Melbourne

The Fabulous Singlettes are performing their spectacular Christmas Show at the Memo Music Hall, St Kilda, Melbourne on of December 21-22, 2018. Noami Eyers, a founding member of the group, spoke to Flora Georgiou.

Flora Georgiou: Naomi, you founded the group back in 1986 - what were the trigger points that lead you to start your own group?

Billy Elliot Adult Cast Announced

Universal Theatrical Group, Working Title Films, Greene Light Stage, Michael Coppel Entertainments and Louise Withers Presents have announced the adult cast for the 10th Anniversary Australian Tour of Billy Elliot the Musical which opens at Sydney Lyric Theatre in October 2019, followed by seasons at Festival Theatre at Adelaide Festival Centre from December 29, Melbourne at the Regent Theatre from February 2020, Crown Theatre Perth from June 2020 and QPAC’s Ly

2018 Sydney Theatre Awards Nominations

Nominations have been announced for the Sydney Theatre Awards for 2018, which will be presented at a gala ceremony on Monday 21 January 2019 at 6pm at the York Theatre, Seymour Centre.

Mitchell Butel New Artistic Director of STCSA

State Theatre Company South Australia has announced Mitchell Butel as its new Artistic Director.

The award-winning actor and director, who is currently starring in State Theatre Company and Windmill Theatre Co’s co-production of Rumpelstiltskin at the Southbank Centre in London, will relocate from Sydney to take up the four-year position.

Joining Executive Director Jodi Glass, Mr Butel will commence the role in March - a month before outgoing Artistic Director Geordie Brookman moves to Berlin.

Bowie’s Lazarus Musical For Melbourne

The Production Company has announced that they are bringing the David Bowie and Enda Walsh musical Lazarus to Melbourne in May 2019.

2018 Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation Grants and Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award

At a Christmas gathering at the new premises of the Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation in Neutral Bay recently, the successful recipients of its 2018 Grants were announced. The Foundation provides financial and practical support for a wide variety of individuals and organisations involved in Australian theatre and performing arts including the funding of an annual grants program.

Thirty nine applications were received and ten projects, events and individuals were successful in receiving a total of $128,000 in grants. They are:

Come From Away Australian Cast

The critically acclaimed new musical, COME FROM AWAY is now playing on Broadway, Toronto and a third company is touring North America. A Dublin and West End production is currently in rehearsal and the Australian company will have its premiere on Saturday 20 July 2019 at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre.

Award-winning creators Irene Sankoff and David Hein were in Australia during November 2019 announce the cast, ahead of attending the musical’s pre-West End engagement at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin next month.

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