Life’s a Cabaret with Queenie van de Zandt

Just a few weeks away from premiering her new show – Jan van de Stool in Parting the Red Curtains, at the Brisbane Comedy Festival in March 2019, Queenie van de Zandt spoke to Beth Keehn.

Since Queenie’s alter-ego Jan was unleashed more than a decade ago, the Dutch-born ‘musical therapist’ has become an Australian cult comedy classic – she even reached the semi-finals of Australia’s Got Talent, keeping judges on their toes with quick quips and spectacular vocal vaulting.


The rich depth of Queensland’s theatre industry was celebrated at the 2018 Matilda Awards on February 18, 2019 with the coveted Gold Matilda awarded to debase Productions in honour of its ground-breaking work over two decades.

debase was lauded for using comedy to raise social awareness and challenge audiences to question stereotypes, history and identity; and for its commitment to telling Australian stories.

Having a Senior Moment!

Coral Drouyn chats with two of our most senior stars before a national tour of Senior Moments.

Curiouser and Curiouser

Coral Drouyn explores the Australian Ballet’s trip down the Rabbit Hole in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, prior to the Brisbane season

Barnum: Full Cast Announced

The full cast has been announced for Barnum, which returns to Australia in an all-new production directed by Tyran Parke at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre for a strictly limited time from April 27 2019. 

Anthony Warlow and Gina Riley in Sweeney Todd

The pre-eminent leading man of Australian musical theatre, Anthony Warlow, will be joined by one of Australia’s best-known stage and screen performers, Gina Riley, when the pair join forces in this spectacular re-imagined concert version of the musical thriller Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Early Tease for 2019 Adelaide Cabaret Festival

Six early release shows and some new spaces have been announced for the 2019 Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

In an Australian exclusive and premiere, global cabaret legend Ute Lemper will perform Rendezvous with Marlene for one night only at Thebarton Theatre. The German chanteuse and festival headliner re-lives a three-hour telephone exchange she had with Marlene Dietrich in 1988.

Saturday Night Fever Cast Announced

Producer John Frost has announced the leading performers and the rest of the cast of the musical Saturday Night Fever, which will premiere in Sydney at the Sydney Lyric Theatre from 27 March 2019.

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