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2020 Helpmann Awards Cancelled

Live Performance Australia (LPA) has today announced with deep regret the annual Helpmann Awards will not be presented in 2020.

The decision to cancel this year’s presentation is in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency and its impact on live performance venues and productions across the country.

“Due to restrictions on public gatherings, it was simply not feasible to proceed with our planning for the 2020 Helpmann Awards,” said LPA Chief Executive Evelyn Richardson.

Green Room Awards Ceremony Goes Ahead Online

With the onslaught of COVID-19 and the mass shutdown of public events across Victoria and the country, including the planned Green Room Awards Ceremony on the 30th of March, the Green Room Awards Association has announced details of its first-ever Online Awards Presentation from 7pm on the 6th of April, 2020. 

Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2020 Cancelled

Media Release

Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2020 has been cancelled, following the South Australian Government’s declaration of a public health emergency, and ban on non-essential gatherings of 100 people or more at indoor premises including Adelaide Festival Centre. There are also travel bans in force which affect artists coming from interstate and overseas to South Australia. 

Morning Melodies to go on at Arts Centre Melbourne

Arts Centre Melbourne will start to broadcast upcoming Arts Centre Melbourne performances online where possible.

Mass Theatre Closures

New restrictions announced yesterday by the Prime Minister limit the number of people allowed to congregate indoors for non-essential activities indoor to 100 -  forcing almost all professional and amateur theatre companies to close their doors.

The restrictions could be in place for six months - more or less.

The limit of 100 includes all people in the building needed to service the performing arts activity.

Federal Cabinet is meeting Friday to consider even more stringent limits on public gatherings.

West End Closes

The Society of London Theatres has announced the immediate closure of all West End Theatres. Here is the statement in full:

Victorian Opera Announces Tommy Cast

Victorian Opera is has announced the cast for its production of five-time Tony Award musical, The Who’s Tommy. Based on The Who’s legendary 1969 concept album Tommy, which sold over 20 million copies, the rock musical is set to supercharge Melbourne’s Palais Theatre from 14 – 22 August.

Frozen - Full Cast Announced

As it approaches its Australian premiere in Sydney in July, the remainder of the performers who will join Jemma Rix (Elsa) and Courtney Monsma (Anna) in the Australian production of Disney’s Frozen have been announced.

Vale Tony Gould

Memorial event postponed.

The arts in Australia lost one of its most fervent champions with the passing of Tony Gould, AM on March 10, 2020.

The founding Director of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Tony was remembered by those who knew him well and worked with him as someone who was not only passionately supportive of the performing arts but also cared deeply for the people behind the art.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie National Tour

An inspiring story, feel-good pop score, and one fabulous teen.  Meet Jamie New. 

The critically acclaimed, Olivier Award nominated, West End musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will have its Australian Premiere Season at the Sydney Opera House from 18 July 2020 prior to a national tour.