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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Australian Cast

Producers Sonia Friedman, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions have announced the cast of the Australian premiere production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

The Australian cast of 42 performers will be led by Gareth Reeves as Harry Potter, Paula Arundell as Hermione Granger, Gyton Grantley as Ron Weasley, Lucy Goleby as Ginny Potter, Sean Rees-Wemyss as Albus Potter, Tom Wren as Draco Malfoy and William McKenna as Scorpius Malfoy.

Canadian Mormon Star Steals Aussie Heart

Forget Harry and Meghan, we think the cutest North American/Commonwealth wedding this year was the one between Ryan Bondy and Hilary Cole. Stage Whispers is thrilled to reveal how our magazine helped fire Cupid's arrow for the star of The Book of Mormon and the Kinky Boots / Muriel’s Wedding bridesmaid. David Spicer reports.

Black Swan Season 2019

Following a successful debut season in 2018, artistic director Clare Watson continues her imaginative programming. In 2019 the company explores Where The Heart Is - about family, and in particular, the myriad of Australian families. Clare sees the programme as ‘a collection of characters and stories that explore belonging. It asks us what it means to be a citizen and belong to a community.’

There are classic plays and contemporary work, old tales told anew and some of the best, freshest voices that Australian theatre boasts today.

Griffin Theatre Company Season 2019

Griffin’s Artistic Director Lee Lewis has announced Griffin’s line-up for 2019—five Main Season plays, urgent stories, intense experiences and the imagination of Australian playwrights.

Muriel’s Wedding For Melbourne In March 2019

Carmen Pavlovic, Global Creatures CEO has announced that Muriel’s Wedding The Musical will play a strictly limited season in Melbourne at Her Majesty’s Theatre from March 2019 before returning to Sydney in July 2019 playing at the Sydney Lyric Theatre. 

Queensland Theatre Season 2019

Queensland Theatre will present five world premieres in 2019. It begins with the world premiere of Hydra, award-winning playwright Sue Smith’s portrait of writers Charmian Clift and George Johnston. This is followed by the world premiere of City of Gold by young actor Meyne Wyatt.

Sydney Premiere of Margaret Fulton: Queen of The Dessert

Australian icon Margaret Fulton will be honoured in her hometown of Sydney with the staging of the musical comedy Margaret Fulton: Queen of the Dessert at the Bondi Pavilion Theatre from October 12 – 27.

Margaret Fulton is famous for selling 1.5 million cook books and teaching Australians how to cook. Not so well known is her bohemian life in The Rocks, escapes from ‘decorative, elegant and useless men’ and struggles as a single mother.

Queensland Symphony Orchestra Season 2019

Music Director: Alondra de la Parra

2019 Artist-in-Residence: Paul Lewis

6 Australian conductors; 13 Australian Soloists; 3 Australian Choirs; 8 Australian Composers; 10 Australian Compositions; 1 Australian Premiere and 1 World Premiere

Led by 10 Maestro concerts, a spotlight on Australian composers and showcasing concertos for harp, clarinet, trombone and double bass among others, Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Season 2019 is one to cement its reputation as an orchestra for everyone.

2018 OzAsia Festival

Five world premieres, 20 Australian premieres and 22 events exclusive to South Australia will be part of the 2018 OzAsia Festival.

Running from 25 October to 11 November, Adelaide Festival Centre’s 12th annual OzAsia Festival will feature work from 817 artists with 20 countries represented. 

This year’s festival will showcase 439 activities, including more than 250 scheduled performances, 55 talk events, 34 film screenings, eight exhibitions and 66 workshops. Approximately 200,000 people are expected to attend over the 18 days.

Opera Australia Season 2019

Opera Australia has commissioned a new Australian work on the life of iconic Australian artist, Brett Whiteley. 

Simply titled Whiteley, the production will be directed by David Freeman, music composed by Elena Kats-Chernin, libretto by Justin Fleming, and what is expected to be a spectacular set design featuring Whiteley’s celebrated artworks by Dan Potra, known for his outdoor designs at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour and The Eighth Wonder, Sydney Opera House The Opera.

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