Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards 2011

Theatre excellence in Wellington was celebrated in the 20th annual Chapman Tripp Theatre Award’s 2011 ceremony, which was held at the Opera House on Sunday 4th December.

I, George Nepia was the major winner on the night, taking two directing awards for newcomer Jason Te Kare, The Pro Actors and Gail Cowan Management Award for Actor of the Year for Jarrod Rawiri and The Chapman Tripp Award for Production of the Year.


The 33rd Annual presentation of the City of Newcastle Drama Awards took place at The Civic Theatre on December 2, 2011.

Seventeen professional and non-professional productions staged in the 12 months to October 31 won awards, with 13 companies represented, across 24 categories.

Biggest winner of the night was Pantseat Productions’ Avenue Q, which won the best non-professional musical production CONDA, plus two other awards.

Pippin for Sydney in December

Hit Broadway musical Pippin returns to the Sydney stage this December when young independent theatre company CrinkleCut Productions present the darkly comic musical parable at the Sidetrack Theatre.

We're here to tell you a remarkable tale. 

Don't believe your eyes. Don't trust your ears. The players are liars. These things did not happen.

But it’s all true.


You'll rarely find a more literal title combining the three great words than “Naked Boys Singing!”

Justin Burford

After six weeks in the wings nursing possibly the world’s worst ever sprained ankle, Justin Burford was itching to return to his role as Drew in the jukebox musical Rock of Ages, at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre, ahead of the season in Brisbane. Lucy Graham caught up with him in a Melbourne café.

Sydney Stories

After the recent sell-out season of Stories from the Wayside a new production from the same team premieres at Darlinghurst Theatre from November 23, 2011 -  Sydney Storiescreated by Dean Carey with the cast from Actors Centre Australia.

Whether it be a two-way mirror, being a ‘fly on the wall’, or overhearing someone else's crossed-line phone conversation, there’s something compelling about real life in real time, especially when it comes at you full-throttle.


After a casting process across 13 major cities around the world, RZO Dragon Productions, Global Creatures and DreamWorks Animation have announced the cast of the live entertainment event, How To Train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular.

Two young Australian performers, Rarmian Newton and Sarah McCreanor, have been cast in the lead roles of Hiccup and Astrid. Due to the intense physicality of these roles, two actors are required to share each of these roles.

War Horse to Premiere in Melbourne

Puppets have come a long way since The Muppets, and if today’s media launch (April 18, 2012) at Arts Centre Melbourne is any measure, War Horse will be the talk of the town when it takes the stage this summer. Lucy Graham was there to meet the star of the show.

Puppets? Taking Melbourne by storm? You can’t be serious.


At the Arts Centre Melbourne this morning the media were introduced to the star of War Horse, a true-to life puppet called Joey, and the three puppeteers that bring him to life.

Casts for New Musicals Australia Workshops Announced

Top musical theatre performers includingBlazey Best, Peter Cousens, Michelle Doake, Rodney Dobson, Caroline Gillmer,Darren Gilshenan, Robert Grubb, Toby Francis, Gareth Keegan,Katrina Retallick, Justin Smith and Ian Stenlakeare among the castsin the season of free concert presentations of new Australian musicals in Sydney and Melbourne in November and December 2011.

Ghost The Musical to Premiere in Melbourne

Ghost the Musical, which was to haunt Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre from August 2013, has now been postponed following the show's lacklustre showings in London's West End and on Broadway.

The West End production is set to close on October 6, 2012 after just over 500 performances, while the Broadway production closed on August 16 after just 136 performances.

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