Mark Kilmurry to Share Helm at Ensemble

Mark Kilmurry Appointed Co-Artistic Director of Sydney’s Ensemble Theatre

In celebrating the anniversary of her 25th year at the helm of Ensemble Theatre, Sandra Bates today (January 5) announced  the appointment of Mark Kilmurry as her Co-Artistic Director.

Dr Zhivago The Musical In Rehearsal.

Rehearsals for the new musical production Doctor Zhivago are well underway in Sydney. Director Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys) arrived in Australia from Canada just before Christmas to commence rehearsals on December 27, while others members of the production team subsequently flew in, including composer Lucy Simon, choreographer Kelly Devine, music supervisor Eric Stern, orchestrator Danny Troob, US co-producer Anita Waxman and lyricists Michael Korie and Amy Powers and book writer Michael Weller.

How to Dance Up a Storm (even if you have two left feet).

Legendary Choreographer, Director and Performer Nancye Hayes shares her dance secrets for non-dancers with David Spicer.

I was such a bad dancer that during a rehearsal for the Waverley Lugar Brae Players’ production of Kiss Me, Kate, the musical director threatened to walk out if I wasn’t shipped out.

Spider-Man Injury Toll Rises.

The injury toll continues to rise on Broadway's troubled Spider-Man musical.

The role of the villainess Arachne in Broadway’s still-previewing Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has claimed a second injury victim. The New York Times reports that T.V. Carpio, who took over the role when Natalie Mendoza was injured, will be out of the show for two weeks after an injury during an onstage battle scene during the preview on March 16.

She became the fifth performer to suffer an injury during rehearsals and previews for the show.

2010 CONDA Awards

The 32nd Annual CONDA Awards (City of Newcastle Drama Awards), held at Newcastle’s Civic Theatre last night (Friday, December 17, 2010), saw the evening’s awards in 23 categories spread across sixteen productions and twelve companies.

The CONDAs recognise achievement in both professional and non-professional theatre within this lively theatrical community, where a total of 70 productions were eligible for consideration in a twelve-month period to October 31, with 44 productions receiving nominations in one of more category.

Jason Robert Brown to Tour

Multi-award-winning Composer Jason Robert Brown will tour Australia in February/March 2011

Following sell-out concerts in New York, Europe and the West End, the Tony Award-winning composer, Jason Robert Brown will perform The One Night Only Tour in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth.


Nominations were announced today (December 16, 2010) for the Sydney Theatre Awards for 2010, which will be presented at a gala ceremony on Monday January 17 at 6pm at the Paddington RSL.

Ewen Leslie: Our Next Big Thing

Frank Hatherley chats with Australia’s hottest actor.

I’m waiting at the Wharf Theatre to meet next year’s Prince Hamlet. It’s the Sydney Theatre Company’s Wharf and Ewen Leslie will be the Melbourne Theatre Company’s Hamlet.

Ewen Leslie is Australian acting’s Next Big Thing.

Sydney's Annual Cabaret Showcase Goes From Strength to Strength


Toby Francis won Sydney's 8th Annual Cabaret Showcase in the Grand Final held at The Basement on Monday 20th December. Toby is a graduating AIM Music Theatre student.

WAAPA graduate Gillian Cosgroff was theThe Showcase Award winner, and becomes the standby performer, in the event that Toby Francis is unable to fulfill his obligations to the Festival sponsors.

The Victorian Drama League 14th Annual Awards Presentation Evening 2010

Last night’s Victorian Drama League 14th Annual Awards Presentation Evening was held at Merrimu Receptions, Dandenong Rd, Murrumbeena. Throughout the year three adjudicators attended twenty-four productions around the state and bestowed awards by category as well as a number of individual adjudicator’s awards.

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