Melbourne Circus Festival

National Institute of Circus Arts, Prahran, from September 26 to October 2, 2011.

Alana Valentine Dramatises Pollies in New Play

Playwright Alana Valentine spoke with Cathy Bannister about her new Australian play, MP., opening in Canberra on October 1, scriptwriting, and the notion of seeing the good in politicians.

Cathy Bannister: So, without giving too much away, what is the synopsis of MP?

Opera Queensland Announces 2012 Season

Opera Queensland has announced its 2012 season, featuring a concert rendition of Verdi’s Macbeth, a new production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado and the Queensland première of Francesca Zambello’s production of Bizet‟s Carmen.

Geoffrey Rush for Drowsy Chaperone Film

Canadian written Broadway hit The Drowsy Chaperone is set to become a musical, with Geoffrey Rush, who starred in the MTC’s Australian premiere to repeat his role of Man in Chair – the show's musical-obsessed, cardigan-wearing narrator -in the film reports.

In another Australian connection, Fred Schepisi will direct.

Hugh Jackman Broadway Bound Again

Hugh Jackman will be on Broadway from October 25 in a one man show, Back on Broadway, singing music theatre songs, backed by an 18-piece orchestra.

The show, to play at the Broadhurst Theatre, will have its opening night on November 10, and play until January 1.

The show is described as “a personal selection” Jackman’s favorite musical numbers that reflect on his life and career.

It is the same show which played sold out runs in San Francisco and Toronto.

The New Deal for Sydney Fringe


What does Alex Simmons think about asylum seekers, women's rights, tax cuts and party leadership?

The New Deal is a new play about power and politics by James Ballan, playing the 2011 Sydney Fringe Festival from September 15 – 19.


As Ensemble Theatre enters its 54th year, Co-Artistic Directors Sandra Bates and Mark Kilmurry today September 12, 2011) announced the 2012 season of 11 plays.

Notable features are two David Williamson plays, one an Australian premiere, the other a Sydney premiere.

9/11 Themed Ravenhill Play for Sydney Fringe

Left of Centre in association with The New What Next presents Product by Mark Ravenhill for the Sydney Fringe Festival.

When Amy, a 9/11 Widow, falls in love with an al-Qaeda terrorist, it forces her to question everything she’s known to be true in this world...

Far fetched you say?

Major sponsor ‘Versace’ doesn’t think so. And neither does James, a verbally dexterous Film Producer, who is pitching this willbeblockbuster to ‘flavour of the month’ film actress Olivia.



The Rob Guest Endowment is now in its third year and has quickly become an important part of the Australian theatrical landscape, not only for the opportunities it grants recipients but also for the Rob Guest Endowment Concert, which is the culmination of each year’s activities and is an anticipated evening of stellar entertainment, involving performances from the finest in the Australian theatre industry and honouring the memory of much-loved star, Rob Guest OBE.

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