Meet ‘Hamwet’ - Toby Schmitz a hot actor, director and writer.

 Toby Schmitz talks candidly to Emma Bell about acting, writing, directing and that promotional shot for his role as Hamlet for La Boite theatre.

What's with the wet T-shirt promotional shot?


The Broadway musical Spring Awakening requires a cast of teenagers to portray the transition from youth to adulthood, as they learn about the joy of sexual awakening and its potential to devastate. To find new talent, the Sydney Theatre Company held open auditions in Sydney and Melbourne for its production in February.

Neil Litchfield spoke to the STC Casting Director Serena Hall on the challenges of sorting through 1000 aspirants, Australian Idol style, and cast member, Clare Bowen.


Musical theatre buffs have a surfeit of riches waiting for them at their cinema these days with the release of not one but two major stage to movie musicals.

Cate Blanchett beats Cate Blanchett – 2009 Sydney Theatre Awards

Sydney Theatre Company co-Artistic Director Cate Blanchett showed she has a sense of humour while accepting Best Actress award at the Sydney Theatre Awards, presented at Club Swans, Kings Cross tonight (January 18, 2010).

Blanchett won for her performance as Blanche Dubois in the STC’s acclaimed production of A Streetcar Named Desire, triumphing over another nomination in the category - Cate Blanchett in the STC’s production of The War of the Roses.

Festivals for Sydney and Adelaide.

Hamlet headlines the theatre program of January’s Sydney Festival 2010, but not just any Hamlet. Schaubüne Berlin’s production, in German, sees all the characters portrayed by just six actors. UK’s Headlong Theatre’s acclaimed West End re-imagining of Luigi Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author and New Zealand’s Red Leap Theatre, with The Arrival, are other major international attractions.

SEASONS 2010 - Local and International Stars, Anniversaries and Farewells in 2010

The Sydney Theatre Company has announced a 2010 season bristling with local and international stars. The season begins with the Australian premiere of Broadway musical Spring Awakening, a musical adaptation of the minor 1891 classic by Frank Wedekind, about the challenges faced by adolescents.

Father Christmas.

Stage Whispers reviewer Peter Kemp reviews his latest role.

Moving Play about Cancer Wins Top Awards for Melbourne’s Encore Theatre.

The play was called W;t – but it dealt with the most harrowing of subjects … cancer. A stunning production of the play by the Encore Theatre (from the Melbourne suburb of Clayton) picked up eight awards at the Victorian Drama League’s night of nights in early December. The awards including Best Drama, Best Director, Best Play, Best Leading Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, Best Actor in a Minor Role and Sound and Lighting awards.

Pictured here are the lead actress Juliet Hayday and Director Vicki Smith with their silverware.

Ballarat wins Musical of the Year.

Ballarat Lyric Theatre has scooped Victoria’s Music Theatre awards for the second time in three years. A production of Les Miserables was lauded at the annual Guild Awards held at the Frankston Entertainment Centre last Saturday … taking five Guild awards including Production of the Year. It was a night when regional theatres shone and Melbourne’s musical societies were left almost empty handed.

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