The Melbourne Theatre Company celebrates sixty years of theatre-making on 31 August 2013.

This marks the opening date the company’s first ever production – Colombe by Jean Anouilh in 1953 under MTC’s founder, John Sumner, who passed away in May this year.

Bell Shakespeare Season 2014

Bell Shakespeare has announced its 2014 Season, adding a fourth mainstage show to the programme, including its first production of Moliere’s Tartuffe, new exclusive behind-the-scenes access and online dialogue for students, continued work with refugee students and juvenile justice programme, and celebrations aplenty for Shakespeare’s 450th birthday.

Opera Australia in 2014

Opera Australia unveiled its 2014 program on August 23, with seasons in Sydney and Melbourne, a third Handa Opera on the Harbour, the premiere of Opera on the Beach on the Gold Coast and another musical theatre collaboration with producer John Frost.

The company is set to première five new productions across their Melbourne and Sydney seasons in 2014.


Sydney’s Ensemble Theatre has announced its 2014 season, which will include not just one David Williamson play, but four.

The Lion King: Cast Announced

After a hotly competitive audition process, the cast for the new Australian production Disney’s The Lion King, opening at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre on December 12, 2013 has been announced.

The cast features bright emerging Australian and New Zealand talent, along with a number of seasoned performers.

The call for talent drew 4,000 submissions with a total of 1,860 performers auditioning for the musical, which combines puppetry and masks, ceremony and dance, and a music score of soul-stirring songs.


Melbourne Festival Creative Director Josephine Ridge’s first Festival program invites Melburnians and visitors to experience 105 events and activities, including contemporary and classical music, dance, theatre, visual arts, film, forums, conversations and encounters, with over a third of the events free of charge.

With 19 world premieres and 13 Australian premieres, the Festival runs for 17 days from 11 October 2013.

Blue Man Group

Off-Broadway phenomenon Blue Man Group is headed for Australia with their internationally acclaimed, genre-defying show. Neil Litchfield speaks to co-creator Phil Stanton.

Who would’ve imagined that bald blue men roaming the streets and bars of New York in the late 1980s would be the genesis of an innovative performance company that has evolved into an entertainment institution with a huge international rep.

Australian Dance Awards 2013

On August 5, this year’s Australian Dance Awards, the first held in Canberra, showcased live on stage a good deal of truly remarkable talent..

Strictly Ballroom The Musical

Latest News - Full Cast Announced.

Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical will have its World Premiere season at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre in 2014, previewing from March 25, with Opening Night on April 12.


Toby Schmitz can’t seem to put a foot wrong. As  a  writer, director and actor, he’s been described as “elegant, talented, witty and charming”, a “comic natural with  a mobile, expressive face and eyes that do funny without any words being necessary”. Sam Whiteley spoke with him about another huge year.

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