2016 is the first season of plays chosen solely by Ensemble Theatre’s Artistic Director, Mark Kilmurry as Sandra Bates prepares for her retirement in January 2016.

“I am enormously pleased and proud to present the Ensemble’s new season. As ever, we bring you the best of new Australian plays, international plays and cherished classics, plus an exciting new co-production with ATYP,” says Mark Kilmurry. 

A Dedicated Man

Coral Drouyn talks to the eclectic John O’Hara about his cabaret show Dedications, opening in Melbourne this week at Chapel off Chapel.

Twisted Broadway 2015

Gender-bending musical theatre blockbuster Twisted Broadway returns to Melbourne for one-night-only at Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre on Monday 17 August, 2015.

The annual charity concert features internationally-acclaimed music theatre talent singing songs originally penned for the opposite gender in a one-off night of show-stopping, gender-bending entertainment.

Having raised over $80,000 for those living with and touched by HIV/AIDS, in 2015 the evening’s hosts Kate Ceberano and Eddie Perfect will lead the gauntlet towards $100,000 mark.

Dame Julie Andrews to Direct 60th Anniversary My Fair Lady in Sydney

Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini AM and leading theatre producer John Frost AM will present a brand new production of Lerner and Loewe’s masterpiece My Fair Lady at the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House in 2016, celebrating the iconic musical’s 60th anniversary. My Fair Lady will be directed by world-renowned actor and director Dame Julie Andrews with choreography by Tony Award-winning Christopher Gattelli (Newsies, The King and I, South Pacific).

Singin’ in the Rain Cast Announced

The full Australian cast of the 'splash-hit' West End stage production Singin’ in the Rain has been announced. The production will open May 2016 at Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre, followed by a season from July at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre before touring to Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

Play Us The Music

As lovers of Musical Theatre, we all have our ideas of the most important person in any production. Coral Drouyn talks to four super talented people, without whom the show couldn’t go on.


The 2015 Helpmann Awards were presented at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre on Monday 27 July, on the set of Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of Les Misérables, in a ceremony hosted by Todd McKenney.

Les Misérables, The Perth International Festival, and the Brisbane Baroque Festival were the big winners of the 2015 Helpmann Awards.

La Boite Turns 90 With Style

Boys get out your blazers and boaters, and girls put on your flapper dresses and cloche hats and all Charleston on down to Kelvin Grove for the party of the year. Brisbane’s La Boite Theatre turns 90 in July, and to celebrate it’s throwing a ball in keeping with 1925 - the year the company started. Peter Pinne looks back at the company’s remarkable history.

One Night Only of Hogwarts and Plant Genitalia

Not forgetting love, dysfunction and every other subject that inspires Musical Theatre writers. Coral Drouyn looks at one of our most original Music/Lyric combos and their new show The Songs of Mackenzie- Spencer and Strano.

Acting The Truth

For writers and actors it’s been a challenge since Shakespeare made up Richard III.  How do you play an invented character who’s an inaccurate version of a real life one standing there in the wings? Martin Portus explains the dilemma from his vantage point, on stage in the world’s best known Holocaust play.

Poor Richard may have been freshly unearthed but he long ago lost that propaganda war.

He’s doomed to be always the hunchbacked villain.