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OzAsia Festival 2019

Thirty-five Adelaide exclusives including five world-first performances and 22 Australian premieres are among 60 events being held as part of Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival 2019 – Australia’s leading contemporary arts festival engaging with Asia.

Held from October 17 to November 3, the 13th annual OzAsia Festival will feature 850 artists from more than 20 countries in a line-up of boundary-pushing works across music, theatre and dance to film, literature and visual art.   

Ensemble Theatre Season 2020

11 Plays / 8 New Works / 7 Comedies / 7 Female Writers 

Mark Kilmurry, Artistic Director, Ensemble Theatre has announced the theatre’s 2020 Season which, says Kilmurry, “will be a season of forty of Australia’s most talented actors in eleven plays of firsts and lasts, classics and comedies including eight new works, seven brilliant comedies, three much-loved classics plus a collaboration for the first time with Sydney Festival.  

Three Weeks in Spring

The Anzac legend of Simpson and his Donkey is being staged theatrically at Sydney’s State Theatre this month in the World Premiere of a new musical Three Weeks in Spring.  David Spicer spoke to one of the creators Ian Gerrard.

What inspired you to write the musical?

Since Ali Died

Rapper, poet and award-winning author Omar Musa brings his show Since Ali Died to Melbourne in August 2019 at the Arts Centre.

Stage Whispers: What was it about Muhammad Ali which inspired you?

Moulin Rouge! The Musical for Melbourne

Gerry Ryan and Carmen Pavlovic on behalf of Global Creatures together with the Victorian Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula, have announces that the lavish Australian production Moulin Rouge! The Musical, will open in Melbourne at The Regent Theatre in 2021.

Shakespeare in Love

As the eagerly anticipated Australian Premiere of Shakespeare in Love began rehearsals in Melbourne, Simon Parris ventured behind the scenes for a look at the army of arts professionals bringing the new production to life.

Mamma Mia! and Daughter

Put your ‘Dancing Queen’ shoes on because Packemin Productions’ Mamma Mia! is almost here and we sat down Louise Symes and Courtney Bell who play Mother and Daughter duo Donna and Sophie to see what they’re ABBA-solutely excited for in the lead up to the show.  

Mamma Mia! is packed full of ABBA songs, tell us what your favourite is…

Come From Away – the musical that began with 16,000 true stories

With the hit Broadway musical Come From Away opening in Melbourne, Michael Brindley speaks to some of the real people who provided the inspiration for the show, set in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, and explores the adaptation of their stories to the stage.

Helpmann Awards 2019

Sydney's Belvoir Street Theatre was the big winner at the Helpmann Awards held in Melbourne for the first time - taking out 12 awards including the double of Best Play and Best Musical.

Voters snubbed blockbuster international productions such as Harry Potter and Cursed Child instead voting for original Australian productions.

Tom Burlinson To Play Billy Flynn in Chicago

Producers John Frost and Suzanne Jones have announced that iconic Australian entertainer Tom Burlinson will join the cast of the multi-award winning, record breaking musical CHICAGO for its seasons in Sydney and Brisbane playing the role of the cunning and charismatic lawyer Billy Flynn.

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