Kylie Minogue and David Blenkinsop Co-recipients of 2013 JC Williamson Award

Pop music icon Kylie Minogue OBE and Arts philanthropist David Blenkinsop CBE AM have been named co-recipients of the 2013 JC Williamson Award by Live Performance Australia (LPA).

Life really IS a Cabaret.

Willkommen, bienvenu, welcome and other suitable salutations.

All My Sons to Open Eternity Playhouse

Darlinghurst Theatre Company Director Glenn Terry today (June 25, 2013) announced that the inaugural production in the company’s new home, the Eternity Playhouse, will be Arthur Miller’s All My Sons.

“We’re thrilled that our inaugural production at the Eternity Playhouse will be one of the most celebrated plays of the twentieth century, All My Sons,” said Terry. “We believe a theatre ought to be a vibrant, inspiring and welcoming place, and our new home, the Eternity Playhouse, will be just that.”

2013 Helpmann Award Nominations

Nominations for the 2013 Helpmann Awards have been announced simultaneously at events in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and Perth tonight (June 24). This is the first time Live Performance Australia (LPA) has held Nominations events in 6 different cities and it is a first for Adelaide, Hobart and Perth.

Sydney Theatre Company’s production The Secret River, based on Kate Grenville’s book, heads the nominations with a total of eleven including Best New Australian Work.


After 272 performances and nearly 10 months, Legally Blonde ends its Australian tour on Sunday July 14, 2013. Legally Blonde began at the Sydney Lyric on September 21 last year, followed by seasons at the Lyric Theatre, Brisbane from March 12, 2013 and at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre from May 9.

Crowds of up to 200 fans flock to the stage door after every show to meet their favourite performers, and Sydney critics voted Lucy Durack as Best Actress in a Musical at the 2012 Sydney Theatre Awards.

Kneehigh Announce Brief Encounter Tour Cast

UK based theatre company Kneehigh has announced the eight cast members who will perform in the Australian tour of its Broadway/West End hit production of Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter from September 10, 2013.

Two Australian actors, Michelle Nightingale as Laura and Kate Cheel asBeryl, will  join UK and US actors Annette McLaughlin, Damon Daunno andJoseph Alessi from the 2010 Broadway production of Brief Encounter along with Jim Sturgeon, Dave Brown and James Gow. 

Rob Guest Endowment Gala Concert for Sydney in 2013

Now in its’ fifth year, the Rob Guest Endowment is an established and highly anticipated annual opportunity to showcase some of Australia’s finest upcoming young  talent which culminates in a night of stellar performances at the Rob Guest Endowment Gala Concert.

The Gala Concert will be held in Sydney for the first time in 2013.

Eddie Perfect and Christie Whelan Browne to Host Helpmann Awards

Live Performance Australia (LPA) has announced that Eddie Perfect and star Christie Whelan Browne will host the 13th Annual Helpmann Awards® presented live in Sydney at SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE on Monday 29th July. Currently performing together in Shane Warne the Musical, Eddie and Christie are truly fitting ambassadors for Australia’s Live Performance industry.


King Kong will be theatre on the kind of scale producer Carmen Pavlovic dreamed of, but we can barely imagine. Making that dream a reality was entrusted to three key creatives, and Coral Drouyn took the opportunity to get inside information from the dream builders themselves. What transpired is a lesson in collaboration.

Contagion’s Kiss: Lepers' Story Inspires Play

Northern Territory physical theatre company Business Unusual draws on stories from Darwin’s history to create its theatre. Its latest work Contagion’s Kiss is inspired by stories from Darwin’s Channel Island Leprosarium. Nicola Fearn, the co-founder of the company, is also the co-director and co-writer of the work. She spoke to Neil Litchfield from Bordertown, on her road-trip from Melbourne to Darwin, in a fully laden car, complete with dog and a pair of crutches strapped to the roof-rack.

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