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Queensland Theatre Season 2018 

Black is the New White + The 39 Steps + Twelfth Night + The Longest Minute + Good Muslim Boy + Jasper Jones + Nearer the Gods + Hedda

Eight shows, six new Australian stories and four world premieres headline Queensland Theatre’s 2018 Season, unveiled by Artistic Director Sam Strong (pictured below). The plays traverse centuries of time, the breadth of our country, the expanse of the globe, and the inner workings of diverse and brilliant minds. 

Tina Arena To Star In Evita

Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini, Australian theatre producer John Frost and leading UK theatre producer David Ian have announced that Tina Arena will play the role of Eva Peron in Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s EVITA, which will return to Australia in 2018, playing at the Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Sydney Opera House, with tickets on sale from 31August.

The Wizard of Oz - Full Cast - Adelaide and Melbourne Dates

Producers John Frost and Suzanne Jones have announced additional cast members for the upcoming Australian tour of the world’s favourite musical, The Wizard of Oz.

Muriel Has Found Her Rhonda

Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures have announced that Australian actor Madeleine Jones will play the role of Muriel’s best friend Rhonda in the world premiere of Muriel’s Wedding The Musical. The production, a theatrical version of PJ Hogan’s iconic hit film, updated to today by the writer himself, features original music by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall alongside those beloved ABBA numbers. The musical is exclusive to Sydney, playing at Roslyn Packer Theatre with previews from 6 November, opening on Saturday 18 November 2017.

Ensemble Theatre 2018 Season

At a gala launch event at Ensemble Theatre on Monday 7th August, Artistic Director Mark Kilmurry unveiled details of the 2018 season and the theatre’s 60th birthday celebrations.

The season includes four World Premieres from Australian writers, an adaption of an award-winning French play; four comedy classics and two gripping international dramas.

Brett Dean's Opera Hamlet for 2018 Adelaide Festival

After its recent world premiere, produced by the Glyndebourne Festival Opera in the UK, Neil Armfield's production of Australian composer Brett Dean's Hamlet, conducted by Nicholas Carter, will make its Australian debut in March, with an exclusive season at the 2018 Adelaide Festival.

The production was hailed as “the operatic event of the year” by the UK's Sunday Times.

Short and Sweet and Universal.

As the “Biggest Little Play Festival” in the world enters its second week on the Gold Coast, Coral Drouyn examines a theatrical phenomenon.

Somewhere in the world, even as I write, another Short and Sweet Festival is in preparation, or in full flight, or winding up. The phenomenon that started in Sydney in 2002 as the brain child of Mark Cleary is now a bonafide international festival and YES, there are people who follow Short and Sweet around the world (what a brilliant excuse for a looong holiday).

High Fidelity at Hayes Announces Cast

You know Rob Gordon. We all know Rob Gordon. He’s the kind of guy who can drip with self-loathing yet somehow still feel righteously superior to everyone around him. The kind of guy who can tell you why your favourite album isn’t as good as the one they released juuust before it. The kind of guy who owns a collection of rare vinyl he calls “the motherlode” and a failing record store he calls “the last real record store on earth” — both unironically.

KAT HOYOS ON 'FAME' AND MORE

Birdie Productions’ FAME opens at the Bryan Brown Theatre in Bankstown on the 18th August with Kat Hoyos in the iconic role of Carmen Diaz. Kat starred as Layla Habib on the hit new Aussie TV show, Here Come the Habibs, which has just finished airing its second season.

We had a chat with Kat to see what she’s been up to since Here Come the Habibs, what’s next for her and about FAME the musical and its involvement with the mental health organisation, Headspace.

2017 Rob Guest Endowment Awards Announced

Applications for all awards are now open for the 2017 Rob Guest Endowment Awards. The Rob Guest Endowmentprovides financial assistance and industry support to Australia’s next generation of musical theatre stars, creators and musicians. The 2017 prize package is valued at over $50,000, including the $20,000 major prize, the Rob Guest Endowment Award.

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