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Brisbane Ring Cycle Rescheduled for 2021

Following Opera Australia’s announcement that the Brisbane Ring Cycle has been postponed to next year due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, new dates have been confirmed for the epic opera season to open in Brisbane from 29 October to 20 November 2021, at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) with three full Ring Cycles and seven performances of OA’s digital production of Verdi’s hugely popular Aida.

Hamilton Tickets and Waitlist

Tickets for the Australian premiere of HAMILTON will go on sale to the general public at 9am (AEST) Tuesday 1 September 2020 via Ticketmaster. Advance priority access is available beginning at 10:00AM (AEST) Monday, 24 August 2020 to those signed up on the waitlist at Hamiltonmusical.com.au.

Live Performance Industry Releases COVID Safe Guidelines

Actors, musicians and crew will be forced to have regular COVID-19 tests, and limit their interaction with people outside of their production when major performance returns to the stage, under guidelines released by Live Performance Australia.

The guidelines cover auditions, rehearsals and performances, as well as touring of live performances.

Performers Become Mask Entrepreneurs

Australian Musical Theatre performers Todd McKenney and Claire Lyon have both gone into the mask business as a result of the Covid pandemic, at the same time supporting their showbiz colleagues.

Within a couple of weeks, Todd McKenney’s new project to assist others in the entertainment industry has become a roaring success. Almost 800 Australian-made face masks have been sold, raising $20,000 for their talented designers and professional theatrical wardrobe teams. 

Can Clean Theatres Save Industry?

Australia’s Live Entertainment industry is working on a new hygiene code to make the public comfortable returning to theatres without a vaccine for COVID-19. This comes as social distancing regulations continue to make major performing arts events unviable. David Spicer reports.

Theatre in Queensland Slowly Reopens

Following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions to Grade 3, Theatres in Queensland are slowly getting back to business late in July. Peter Pinne reports.