News and Features

Jeanne Pratt AC, Chairman of The Production Company, has announced her Company’s 20th...
Ramin Karimloo To Tour
Ramin Karimloo, Broadway & West End music theatre star, will tour Australia for...
Taking Country Back to Country
Bangarra’s Artistic Director talks to Coral Drouyn about the company’s...
School of Rock for Melbourne
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway and West End rock musical School of Rock is...

Latest Reviews

A challenging and rewarding work, The Children unfolds naturalistically in real time.  On a...
The View Upstairs
Bars have long been central to gay life. In communities that were hidden for many years,...
Heath Franklin's Chopper - Bogan Jesus
Comedian Heath Franklin has resurrected his most popular impersonation of deceased...
Madame Nightshade's Poison Garden
In Anna Thomson’s one woman show, a devilish shapeshifter Beatrice transforms into...

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Muriel’s Wedding The Musical Original Cast Recording Out Now
Global Creatures and Sony Music Australia ...

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Brian Thomson: A Master of Design
From the original production of The Rocky Horror Show,...

Finding a Show »

Theatre Restaurant
Queensland writer Judith Prior has been delighting...

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Useful Apps For Theatre Groups
Daniel Pepperell from Music Theatre New Zealand has the...

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

Sound and Light »

Dazzling Club Lights
Souths Juniors’ Leagues Club was rocking to Hot...

Theatre Companies »

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

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The Accidental Performer
Rob Walters is a cast member of Chicago production of...

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Australia’s Best Suburban Theatre
It’s on the same stretch of water as the Sydney Opera...

Stage Briefs

JERSEY BOYS Director, Des McAnuff has announced the talented ensemble he has cast in the season of Jersey Boys, opening for a strictly limited season at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney during September 2018.  The line-up of...
The critically acclaimed American play HAND TO GOD, about a demonic sock puppet that wreaks havoc on relationships and faith in a small Texas town, will have its Australian premiere at The Alex Theatre St Kilda from 22nd February 2018, for a...
StageArt has announced the first ever Australian production of Garfield: The Musical with Cattitude, in Melbourne. They will be bringing the musical to Prahran’s Chapel off Chapel from 3 April to 13 April 2018as part of the ...

Community Theatre

Blockbuster musicals, newly available for production, regularly dominate Community Theatre stages, and 2018 is no exception. Queen musical We Will Rock You, Shrek the Musical, based on the popular Dreamworks animated movie and the stage adaption of...
Director Meg Day tells Stage Whispers about her approach to Bankstown Theatre Company’s March 2018 production of the stage musical adaptation of the movie Dogfight. “That’s a musical? Why would you want to direct that?” As a...
After capturing the hearts and imagination of more than 35 million people worldwide, the magical love story of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is making a return to Miranda Musical Society in Sydney’s south.  With brand new...

Stage Heritage and History

Jenny Fewster from Ausstage reports. In late 19th century Australia, theatre fires had become so common that one of the most popular medicines of the time was advertised under the somewhat misleading headline, “A Theatre on Fire”....
Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s (QPAC’s) latest free exhibition Puppet People: A Snapshot of Australian Puppetry is on view in the Centre’s Tony Gould Gallery untilthe end of January 2018. Beth Keehn reports. Not long ago...
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...

Schools on Stage

Retired Performing Arts Teacher Carol Wimmer enjoyed the awe-inspiring extravaganza of music and movement, light and colour from the 2017 Schools Spectacular, showcasing the talent and diversity of the teachers and students from NSW public schools...
Mark McDowell from Yourshow Pty Ltd has some handy hints. Budgets for school musicals are usually set in stone, i.e. “the same as last year”. The bean counters will tell you the maximum you can spend and that is that. Some schools give...
Saturday 21st Oct, 2017 – Aotea Centre, Auckland. Saturday 28th Oct, 2017 – Civic Theatre, Newcastle. OzTheatrics and AMICI Trust, in collaboration with international partner iTheatrics and sponsor Music Theatre International,...