Theatre at Sydney Festival 2017

Four theatre works will make their world premiere at Sydney Festival and five international productions will be presented as Australian exclusives in the theatre offering of Festival Director Wesley Enoch’s first program. The festival will shine a light on Australian theatre, showcasing work from the country’s leading Indigenous companies as well as international theatre from the likes of Complicite/Simon McBurney (UK), Pushkin Theatre Company (Russia) and Native Earth Performing Arts (Canada). Across the 2017 theatre program, five productions feature a one-person cast.

White Knuckle Thriller For White Ribbon Month

November marks a month of reflection. The United Nations observes the 25th of November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and this is regarded and supported by the international support organization White Ribbon as White Ribbon Day.  

Sydney Gets Kinky

Hot on the heels of its Australian premiere in Melbourne last month, multi-award winning, new musical Kinky Boots, will strut into the Capitol Theatre, Sydney from April 2017.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on December 5 through Ticketmaster or

Winner of every major international Best Musical award, Kinky Boots features Tony and Grammy- winning songs by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, a book by Broadway royalty Harvey Fierstein and direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell.

Kip Williams Appointed as STC Artistic Director

Sydney Theatre Company has announced that it has appointed Kip Williams as Artistic Director commencing 3 November 2016.

Ian Narev, STC Chairman, said today, "I am thrilled to announce Kip
Williams’ appointment as Artistic Director of Sydney Theatre Company. Kip was appointed after an extensive process that included a review of potential international and Australian candidates, consultation with members of the artistic community and interviews with an impressive short list of theatre makers.

Dream Lover, Dream Songs, Dream Story

Bobby Darin’s musical repertoire, together with the dramas of his short life, provide rich source material for new musical Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical, having its World Premiere at Sydney Lyric Theatre. Neil Litchfield speaks to members of the cast and creative team.


In This Edition


Aussies Conquering Musical Mountains

Young Australians star on Broadway and in the West End

Ready Please Mr Musicals

Simon Phillips on the art of creating hit musicals

25 Years of Stage Whispering

How theatre has changed over the last quarter of a century.


Seasons 2017

The best plays which our theatre companies will stage next year

Musicals in 2017 and Beyond

Adelaide Festival 2017 Program

The debut Adelaide Festival from Artistic Directors Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy will mark a return to artistic works on a grand scale, with epic opera and theatrical spectacle under the stars in the 2017 program.

The line-up features 31 theatre, music, opera, dance, film and visual arts events alongside Adelaide Writers’ Week and WOMADelaide, including 16 Australian premieres, 17 events exclusive to Adelaide and three world premieres over 17 days from March 3 to 19, 2017.

Alternate 'Lawrence of Arabia' Story on Adelaide Stage

Independent Theatre’s next production, Ross, by Terence Rattigan, premieres on Remembrance Day, November 11, fitting timing for a man who was a reluctant WWI hero and who helped change history forever. Lesley Reed reports.

Maria Brings a Ten to Nine

Maria Mercedes talks to Coral Drouyn about the special one off charity concert performance of the musical NINE.

It’s very rarely that an actress gets to reprise the same role in a musical, years apart. It’s even rarer when it is almost 30 years apart; and yet that’s precisely what the amazing Maria Mercedes is doing in a special concert version mounted for the Think Pink Foundation.

Paulini to Star in The Bodyguard Musical

Producers John Frost, Michael Harrison and David Ian have announced that Australian vocalist and performer Paulini will play the leading role of Rachel Marron in the Australian Premiere of the international award-winning hit musical THE BODYGUARD. The 2017 Australian tour of THE BODYGUARD will commence at the Sydney Lyric Theatre on 22 April 2017, before playing at the Lyric Theatre, QPAC, Brisbane from July and the Regent Theatre, Melbourne from August.

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