2012 Helpmann Awards Nominations

Nominations for the 2012 Helpmann Awards®, celebrating excellence and achievement in 41 categories of live performance in Australia, were announced simultaneously in Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane tonight (August 6, 2012) at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney, Arts Centre, Melbourne and Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Brisbane.

Fourth Season of National Theatre Live Screenings

Sharmill Films and The National Theatre of Great Britain have announced the fourth season of National Theatre Live (NT Live), a successful initiative to capture live performances from the National’s stages and screen in cinemas worldwide.

Season four titles include the stage adaptation of best-selling novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, new play The Last of the Haussmans starring Julie Walters, and Simon Russell Beale in William Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens.


Melbourne may be the world’s number one sports city, but it’s also one of the foremost festival cities in the world. There are 39 Arts Festivals in any given year and first and foremost is the Melbourne Festival (October 11 – 27, 2012), which launched on Monday Evening (July 30) at The Sofitel Hotel, a great supporter of the Arts.

Our Favourite Opening Ceremony Highlight

This was our favourite moment from the opening ceremony, when the Queen's stunt double Gary Connery jumped out of the helicopter prompted by the cool hand of James Bond.

Here they are, just about to take the plunge.

Imagine the fun in setting up the  whole event. They must have had a big whiteboard. OK, we'll get the Queen to jump out of plane, Rowan Atkinson can play Chariots of Fire, David Beckham can come in a on speed boat!

New Hamer Hall Opens

No expense was been spared for the glittering opening concerts at the newly refurbished Hamer Hall in Melbourne this week.  Lucy Graham reports.

International Hit One Man, Two Guvnors to tour Australia

The National Theatre of Great Britain’s hit production of One Man, Two Guvnors will tour Australia in 2013.

It will premiere at the Adelaide Festival between 28 February to 9 March 2013, then at Sydney Theatre Company from 30 March to 11 May 2013, before a Melbourne season from 17 May to 22 June 2013 at Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse as part of the 2013 MTC season.

Audiences Behaving Badly.

Joseph Ting is fed up with the “glow worms” of modern theatre - people texting and tweeting on the phone from the audience. But when Stage Whispers asked our Facebook friends for their audience horror stories…the responses were hilarious.

The argument was persuasively made by my theatre-auteur companion. A season of delightful cultural immersion in London would be well worth the disorientating stresses of a long-haul flight from the Antipodes.

2012 Helpmann Nominations Announced Simultaneously in Three Capitals.

In a first, nominations for the 2012 Helpmann Awards®, celebrating excellence and achievement in live performance will be announced on Monday 6 August at6pm, concurrently in Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane.

Full listing of nominations -

You’re never too old!

Coral Drouyn reports on the launch for More Sex Please – We’re Seniors, opening in Melbourne in October.

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