News and Features

When Lesley Reed asked female artists in this year’s Adelaide Cabaret Festival about the...
Lucy Durack and Jemma Rix Travel Down That Other Yellow Brick Road
Producers John Frost and Suzanne Jones have announced that Lucy Durack and Jemma Rix are...
STAGE WHISPERS MAGAZINE: May / June 2017 EDITION OUT NOW!!!
In This Edition   The Bodyguard We chat with stars Paulini and Kip Gamblin Alan...
The Butterfly Club – 2017 Curated Winter Program
Get cozy this winter at The Butterfly Club. Sophia Dickinson reports. Melbourne’s...

Latest Reviews

Hello, Dolly! is one of Broadways most successful musicals and, not surprisingly, the music by...
Only Heaven Knows
It is impossible to conceive of any company staging this work with any more passion and...
Matilda the Musical
Matilda the Musical is marvellous…a magical, mad and unexpectedly moving...
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Babirra have outdone themselves with this enthralling production of Chitty Chitty...

The Show Business Directory

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Stage to Page 2016 with Peter Pinne
In each edition of Stage Whispers magazine, Peter Pinne...

Costumes, Props and Sets »

Designing Endgame
Black Swan State Theatre presents Samuel Beckett’s...

Finding a Show »

New Releases: We Will Rock You and Strictly Ballroom The Musical
Community theatres in Australia and New Zealand will be the...

Other Goods and Services »

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 »

New Wireless Intercom Solution
Riedel Communications has launched what it describes as a...

Theatre Companies »

Theatres In The Middle Of Nowhere
Thespians are flying the flag in the most remote parts of...

Training »

NIDA June 2017 Production Season
Sharpen your senses and prepare yourself for the National...

Venues »

Concept Plans for the Redevelopment of Her Majesty’s Theatre Adelaide Unveiled
The concept plans for the redeveloped of Her Majesty’...

Stage Briefs

The Wizard of Oz is returning for an Australian tour later this year, starring Anthony Warlow as The Wizard and Professor Marvel, Lucy Durack as Glinda the Good Witch and Jemma Rix as The Wicked Witch of the West. But who will wear the ruby slippers...
Music Theatre Melbourne has announced the full cast for its new concert production of Australian rock musical PARIS, which pays homage to one of Australia’s great performers, Jon English. John Waters (Ulysses), Ben Mingay (Achilles), The...
Wire, bliar, limber-lock  Three geese in a flock One flew east, one flew west  One flew over the cuckoo's nest  One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has left an indelible mark on literature, theatre and film. It...

Community Theatre

If Elphaba and Galinda didn’t defy gravity at your local musical theatre company in 2016, they’re more than likely to land in your part of Oz in 2017, with Wicked set to be the most performed musical on the Community Theatre circuit....
UPDATE: Following a successful opening weekend, this Saturday night’s performance on 10 June of The Odd Couple: the female version is now sold-out.  Three performances are still available. MATES Theatre Genesis (MTG), Queensland, is...
IT’S been described as “Grease for Generation Y” and a modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet – Disney’s High School Musical is coming to Roleystone Theatre (WA) in June and July 2017. Directed...

Stage Heritage and History

It was only fifty years ago that Police would raid theatres to arrest and charge actors with obscenity. Jenny Fewster, the Project Manager for AusStage, recounts a time when ending up in jail was a performance risk. Artist Michael Gordon Brown...
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....

Schools on Stage

Book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan. Music: Marc Shaiman, Lyrics: Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman. Directed by Darren Sangwell. Rosny College Performing Arts. Rosny College, Hobart. 17 – 27 May 2017 As a full-on, energy-charged...
The Kings School and Tara Anglican School. Original Concept and Adaptation by Michel Terzo and Diane Herron. Music and Lyrics by Fleetwood Mac. Based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Musical Arrangements by Melody Beck and...
Iona Presentation College. Directed by Matthew Aris. The Regal Theatre, Subiaco, WA. 17-19 March, 2017 Iona Presentation College’s Cinderella was one of the first big school productions of the year. A lavish show with a big budget feel, this...