News and Features

Coral Drouyn talks to two of Australian Musical Theatre’s greatest stars, Nancye Hayes and...
The Wizards of Dogs
In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy’s resilience is tested when a tornado strands...
35th Annual Green Room Awards - Winners
Hosted by MCs Anni Davey and Maude Davey and featuring an array of performances from...
Lola Montez Returns in 60th Anniversary Production
Written in 1957, LOLA MONTEZ is the most commercially successful...

Latest Reviews

I’d seen this lavish production before, and it still wears well. In Act 1 the church of Sant...
The Time Machine
Playwright Frank Gauntlett’s adaptation of H. G . Wells’ novella The Time...
Hold Your Breath (Count to Ten)
Daley King, writer of Hold Your Breath (Count to Ten), has issues. Fed up with the...
The 78-Storey Treehouse
I was really looking forward to seeing The 78-Storey Treehouse because the books are a...

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Witches CD
A new album, WITCHES brings together four of Australia...

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

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Music and New Musicals News
Music Theatre International New Releases Doctor Zhivago...

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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...

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Designing The Light in the Piazza
Tom Willis explains how he designed the lighting and set...

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

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From Russia With Love
Oleg Glushkov brings the world of Chekhov to NIDA NIDA is...

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

Stage Briefs

Producer LPD in association with Hayes Theatre Co has announced the Australian Premiere of the rockabilly musical Cry-Baby. Playing at Hayes Theatre Co from 20 July, Cry-Baby is based on the 1990 cult-classic John Waters...
Producers Luckiest Productions and One Eyed Man Productions have announced the cast for their production of Gypsy, which will run from 18 May 2018 at the Hayes Theatre Co. Previously announced cast members include three-time Sydney Theatre...
Broadway producers Junkyard Dog Productions and Rodney Rigby announce that casting for the Australian production of the Broadway musical COME FROM AWAY, to open in Melbourne at the Comedy Theatre in July 2019, will begin this May in Melbourne and...

Community Theatre

In 1992, internationally acclaimed director Baz Luhrmann wrote and directed Strictly Ballroom, which became an Australian iconic classic and a worldwide movie phenomenon. Told with charm, humour, razzle dazzle and a true Australian larrikin...
A SEQUEL to the farce Run For Your Wife is set to make audiences at Limelight Theatre (WA) cry with laughter all over again in May 2018. Written by master-of-farce Ray Cooney and directed by 50-year theatre veteran Susan Vincent, ...
Beware Earthlings! The cult musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors is heading to Rockdale Town Hall for 1 week only, landing in Sydney on Wednesday 30 May for only 6 performances. This gleefully gruesome musical combines the upbeat, doo wop...

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

Stage Whispers is launching its 2018 School Performing Arts Resource Kit - SPARK - a free on-line magazine with a guide to putting on a show and attending school oriented productions.     Click here to read the 90 page magazine ...
New Music by Jeanine Tesori. Book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan (+lyrics). Iona Presentation College. Directed by Joshua Brant. The Regal Theatre, Subiaco, WA. Mar 23-25, 2018 Ten years ago Iona Presentation College presented the WA...
By Queen and Ben Elton. The Kings School and Tara Anglican School for Girls. Directed by Michael Terzo. March 2018 This production had a level of technical resources which mainstage theatre companies would struggle to match. As you can see from this...