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Queensland Theatre Season 2019

Queensland Theatre will present five world premieres in 2019. It begins with the world premiere of Hydra, award-winning playwright Sue Smith’s portrait of writers Charmian Clift and George Johnston. This is followed by the world premiere of City of Gold by young actor Meyne Wyatt.

Sydney Premiere of Margaret Fulton: Queen of The Dessert

Australian icon Margaret Fulton will be honoured in her hometown of Sydney with the staging of the musical comedy Margaret Fulton: Queen of the Dessert at the Bondi Pavilion Theatre from October 12 – 27.

Margaret Fulton is famous for selling 1.5 million cook books and teaching Australians how to cook. Not so well known is her bohemian life in The Rocks, escapes from ‘decorative, elegant and useless men’ and struggles as a single mother.

Queensland Symphony Orchestra Season 2019

Music Director: Alondra de la Parra

2019 Artist-in-Residence: Paul Lewis

6 Australian conductors; 13 Australian Soloists; 3 Australian Choirs; 8 Australian Composers; 10 Australian Compositions; 1 Australian Premiere and 1 World Premiere

Led by 10 Maestro concerts, a spotlight on Australian composers and showcasing concertos for harp, clarinet, trombone and double bass among others, Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Season 2019 is one to cement its reputation as an orchestra for everyone.

2018 OzAsia Festival

Five world premieres, 20 Australian premieres and 22 events exclusive to South Australia will be part of the 2018 OzAsia Festival.

Running from 25 October to 11 November, Adelaide Festival Centre’s 12th annual OzAsia Festival will feature work from 817 artists with 20 countries represented. 

This year’s festival will showcase 439 activities, including more than 250 scheduled performances, 55 talk events, 34 film screenings, eight exhibitions and 66 workshops. Approximately 200,000 people are expected to attend over the 18 days.

Opera Australia Season 2019

Opera Australia has commissioned a new Australian work on the life of iconic Australian artist, Brett Whiteley. 

Simply titled Whiteley, the production will be directed by David Freeman, music composed by Elena Kats-Chernin, libretto by Justin Fleming, and what is expected to be a spectacular set design featuring Whiteley’s celebrated artworks by Dan Potra, known for his outdoor designs at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour and The Eighth Wonder, Sydney Opera House The Opera.

Our New Boy from Oz

Rohan Browne is only the third man to play the coveted role of Peter Allen in a professional production of The Boy from Oz. Rohan is well qualified to step into the shoes of Todd McKenney and Hugh Jackman for The Production Company’s 20thanniversary season, as he has a special connection to the musical. David Spicer reports.

The Ghosts of a Farewell Smoke Social

Geoffrey Williams talks with award-winning writer Sandra Thibodeaux about her latest work, A Smoke Social, which recently enjoyed a sell-out season in the ruins of Darwin Town Hall.

Ensemble Theatre: Season 2019

In 2019, Sydney’s Ensemble Theatre will stage six comedies, three intense dramas and a musical deconstruction of a love affair. 

The Secret Singer

Jenny Simm, the inspiration for new Australian musical The Secret Singer which has its premiere at the Eternity Playhouse in August, chats to Stage Whispers.

Genevieve Lemon and Kate Mannix star in the world premiere season of a joyful new musical play – based on a true story - by Joanna Weinberg (Goddess, Pandora’s Bag, Lifeforce, The Piano Diaries).

The Secret Singer is the life-affirming story of a singing lesson that changes the life of two very different women.

The Mormons Are Heading To Brisbane And Adelaide

The Book of Mormon, Broadway’s smash hit musical written by Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez, is headed to Brisbane and Adelaide.

The Tony®, Olivier®, Grammy® and Helpmann® award-winning show will begin performances at the Lyric Theatre, QPAC on 16 March 2019 for a limited season, before it transfers to the Festival Theatre, Adelaide from 27 June 2019. Tickets go on sale on Tuesday 7 August.

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