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2011 MATILDA AWARDS NOMINATIONS

Brisbane’s answer to the Oscars, the Green Room Awards and the Helpmann Awards – the Matilda Awards, turns 24 this year!

These awards recognise and celebrate the quality and diversity our local theatre scene. 

The nominations are evenly spread, with QTC’s No Man’s Land and Pygmalion, La Boite’sEdward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness andJulius Caesar, and Indie productionAmadeus (4MBS Festival of Classics) receiving four nominations a piece.

Soccer Mums and Dads in New Aussie Musical

New Australian musical Every Single Saturday has grown from an initial 10 minute incarnation to a full-length song and dance story of soccer mums and dads which is set to tour to Glen Street Theatre, Sydney’s Theatre Royal, Laycock Street Theatre, Gosford and Parramatta Riverside Theatre during February and March 2012. Writer / composer Joanna Weinberg speaks to Neil Litchfield.

Where did the idea for Every Single Saturday spring from?

The Marriage of Figaro

Benedict Andrews' new production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro for Opera Australia, features a set created by Ralph Myers, costumes by Alice Babidge and lighting by Nick Schlieper.

SONDHEIM’S COMPANY TO SCREEN IN AUSTRALIAN CINEMAS

Coming to cinemas across Australia on Saturday 31 March and Sunday 1 April (alternative dates at some locations) is a unique and outstanding production of Stephen Sondheim's Company, one with a brilliant ensemble cast that includes some of the hottest names from American stage and TV circles. Staged by the world-famous New York Philharmonic, Company is captured live from the Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center, New York in 2011 and is now screening in cinemas outside the US for the first time.

La Boite Theatre Attracts Younger Audience.

Since David Berthold became Artistic Director of Brisbane’s La Boite Theatre in 2009 he’s discovered the elixir of youth. Jay McKee sought him out to find the recipe.

Jay McKee:Shortly after assuming your mantle as the next Artistic Director of La Boite you held a meeting to outline your vision for 2010. What was the main thrust?

Cate Blanchett and the Missing Glug Trophy

Stage Whispers Exclusive!

The mantlepiece of Cate Blanchett must be heaving under the weight of all those Helpmann Awards, Sydney Theatre Awards, AFI’s and, yes, that Oscar. But the silverware for her latest gong went missing this week.

A theatre appreciation society in Sydney called The Glugs – awarded ‘our Cate’ best female actor for her role in Gross and Klein.

Auditions for Sandy in Brisbane

Open auditions will be held at the Cultural Centre Forecourt South Bank this Sunday 12 February for talented dogs to play Annie’s beloved pup ‘Sandy’ in the Brisbane season of Annie.

To be eligible for selection applicants need to be well-trained, medium sized, sandy/light red coloured dogs aged between 12 months to 5 years.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL RETURNS TO AUSTRALIA IN 2012 WITH OVO

A teeming world of insects

Cirque du Soleilreturns to Australia with its critically-acclaimed and family- friendly big top production OVO, described as A teeming world of insects’, with a 2012-2013 national tour that will include Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth.

The Lion King Returns to Sydney

The stage musical version of Disney’s The Lion King will return to Sydney’s Capitol Theatre, opening on December 12, 2013.

Latest News - Casting announced - Click here.

Yes, Prime Minister Writer vs The Critics

The co-writer of Yes, Prime Minister Jonathan Lynn has hit back at critics who have given the Australian premiere of his stage version the thumbs down.

The theatre critic for the Melbourne Age Cameron Woodhead gave it one star.

“Unfortunately, everything goes wrong. The production doesn't seem to get that Yes, Prime Minister works as comedy because it works first as drama, that it endures because characters like these in situations like the ones they encounter are very, very real.

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