Musicals in Tandem at 45 Downstairs

Vic Theatre is set to produce two shows at Melbourne’s 45 Downstairs in November and December 2016, The Gathering and The Last Five Years.

This presentation will see two shows play in the same theatre at alternating times.

My Fair Dustman

Australian stage legend Reg Livermore knows classic musical My Fair Lady well, having played Professor Henry Higgins in the most recent Australian revival. Now for the new 60th Anniversary production, directed by Dame Julie Andrews, he steps several rungs down the British class ladder to play dustman Alfred Doolittle. Neil Litchfield reports.

One is a Professor of Linguistics; the other collects the garbage. It’s a delicious switch for Reg Livermore.

Secret River and Miriam Margolyes for Adelaide Festival

Adelaide Festival has announced two more shows from its 2017 program: Neil Armfield's The Secret River in the Anstey Hill Quarry, and Peter and the Wolf starring Miriam Margolyes

A Star Venue for Cabaret Stars

Despite the venue starting out as a tin shed and having been known by multiple names since the 1920’s, Star Theatres has been an enduring and well-loved host to Adelaide entertainment in all its forms, even as the theatre complex dealt with arts funding cuts, potential closure and other trials. Under the auspices of its indomitable Director, Adelaide entertainment guru Malcolm Harslett, the venue is soon to stage the 2016 season of its own successful Cabaret festival, Cabaret under the Star. Lesley Reed reports. 

Queensland Ballet 2017 Season

Corporate partners, subscribers and friends were given a sneak preview when Queensland Ballet’s Artistic Director Li Cunxin launched their 2017 season on September 19 in the QPAC Concert Hall. Two live excerpts – the white Pas de deux from Swan Lake with Laura Hildago and Victor Estevez, and the Widow’s glog dance from La Fille mal gardee gave tantalising glimpse of the riches the 2017 season will bring.

Malthouse Theatre Season 2017

The 2017 Malthouse Theatre program promises an anarchic and ribald season of five new Australian plays, eight world premieres and a cohort of rebellious international guests including:a new adaptation of The Elephant Man by Tom Wright,
 Little Emperors by provocative Chinese theatre maker
 Wang Chong, Wild Bore by three of the most notorious women on the international comedy circuit, Zoe Coombs Maar, Adrienne Truscott and Ursula Martinez, Heart Is
 A Wasteland by Indigenous theatre company Brown Cab Productions, Revolt. She Said.

Griffin Theatre Company Season 2017

Despite funding cuts, Artistic Director Lee Lewis has announced a strong line–up for of Australian plays for 2017.

Immerse Yourself in Old Kings Cross

Sydney’s Kings Cross of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s springs back to life in an immersive cabaret event across four floors of infamous former brothel 'The Nevada' (now The World Bar) during September and October 2016. Executive Producer Olivia Ansell chats to Neil Litchfield.

Victorian Opera Season 2017

Victorian Opera has launched a season of fables, fairy tales and legends for 2017 - a season of rarely-heard gems, wonders of the 20th century and operatic masterpieces - from a fantastical history of the courtesan and concubine with Meow Meow, a charming puppet opera, to star sopranos Jessica Pratt and Greta Bradman together in a Bellini concert.

Indie Theatre 5pound Returns

Lovers of independent theatre in Melbourne all knew and loved The Owl and The Pussycat Theatre, a strange little shop adorned with tiles depicting Edward Lear’s poem, with a flat upstairs and a bar under the stairs. It was the home of 5pound theatre, a repertory company of five talented young artists, whose creative director, Jason Cavanagh, found the home while looking for a place to live.

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