News and Features

Sir Matthew Bourne's production of Lord of the Flies, at Arts Centre Melbourne in April 2017,...
ENSEMBLE THEATRE 2017 SEASON
Sydney’s Ensemble Theatre has announced its 2017 season of 10 plays, including...
OzAsia Festival 2016
This year, the Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival 2016 program features a...
Side Show Twins Announced
One Eyed Man Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co has announced the cast of...

Latest Reviews

The Sound of Music with less sugar and more soul is how I’d describe the London...
Endgame
Specifically grim but never merely glum, Director Michael Futcher fully taps the self-...
Two Tales of a River
The recent floods in Huonville Tasmania were an interesting reminder of the power of...
Exit Laughing
This is the funniest play I’ve seen for ages! Three old friends, a daughter and the...

The Show Business Directory

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Dream Lover Cast Album Announced
The producers of Dream Lover - The Bobby Darin Musical...

Costumes, Props and Sets »

Avoid Costume Wardrobe Horrors
Tracey Nuthall from Costumes Without Drama reports. The...

Finding a Show »

School Musicals News
New from Hal Leonard. www.halleonard.com.au Chitty Chitty...

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Turandot’s Grandest Stage
It was the biggest show in Sydney since the Olympics. The...

Production Team and Crew »

Director’s Diary: The Who’s Tommy
Jessica Lovelace directed Tommy for the Blue Mountains...

Sound and Light »

Juggling a Lighting Rig
John McKissock from Clearlight Shows speaks to David Spicer...

Theatre Companies »

Mustering Cattle To Treading The Boards
In sixty years the Ballina Players in northern New South...

Training »

2017 Performing Arts Course Guide and Open Days
Stage Whispers is proud to release Australia and New...

Venues »

Australia's Theatre Evolution
Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane are in for a...

Stage Briefs

Immerse yourself in a sinfully good time at “THE NEVADA” at The World Bar, Mansion Lane, Kings Cross during September and October. Hidden Sydney- an immersive cabaret experience is set over four floors of “The Nevada...
Adam Garcia has announced that unfortunately, due to ongoing issues relating to the injury he suffered whilst performing on stage, he has had to withdraw from the remainder of the Australian tour of Singin' in the Rain. 'The word...
It is with real sadness that the Board and Staff of Platform Youth Theatre announce the company will formally cease operations effective the 31st of August 2016 because, as of this date, we will not have the funds to continue. The demise of this...

Community Theatre

For the first time ever, nine of Sydney’s community musical theatre companies are holding a massive combined concert on 26 August 2016 at 7:30 pm, at the Sutherland Entertainment Centre to raise funds for mental health charities...
Arts Theatre Cronulla presents My Wonderful Day by Alan Ayckbourn from 29 July – 3 September, 2016. Alan Ayckbourn's 73rd play, My Wonderful Day premiered in 2009. His website states that his major inspiration for writing this play was...
Jemma Rix will be the keynote speaker at the Association of Community Theatre’s tenth conference, to be held at NIDA on October 1 and 2, 2016. ACT – an umbrella organisation for 150 community theatre companies - holds a conference every...

Stage Heritage and History

In the late Nineteenth Century the Wild West proved a sensation for Australian and New Zealand theatre audiences. In those days respect for indigenous people and animal rights were not a consideration. Jenny Fewster from AusStage reports. On the 8th...
John Bell’s direction of Bell Shakespeare’s The Tempest in 2015 is a fitting farewell to just one part of his life, and the symbolism of a man who has created magic, abandoning his island for a new life in retirement is lost on no-one....
On a recent trip to Rome’s Colosseum, Michael Sutton discovered how this world famous icon functioned as a theatre, thanks to a team of German archaeologists. Underground halls were the wings where animals, scenery, performers and Gladiators...

Schools on Stage

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter. New Book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman. Ringwood Secondary College. Aug 5th-13th, 2016 Musical Theatre has never been healthier within the community. Many high schools now have a performing arts centre and a...
Music: Marc Shaiman. Lyrics: Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman. Book: Mark O’Donnell, Thomas Meehan. Mercedes College. Mercedes College Performing Arts Centre, Perth WA. Directed by Kathleen Cocks. Aug 3-13, 2016 Mercedes College presented Hairspray...
Music by Harry Warren. Lyrics by Al Dubin. Directed by Adam Goodburn. Scotch College. 4-13 August, 2016 Though very distinctly the product of a bygone era, there is also something timeless about 42nd Street – which tells the story of a...