The Phantom of the Sydney Opera House

Image: Josh Piterman and Kelly Mathieson in The Phantom of the Opera West End 2019 - Photo Manuel Harlan

Opera Australia in association with The Really Useful Group, will present Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, making its premiere at the Sydney Opera House, starring Josh Piterman as the Phantom. 

HAMILTON First Sydney Performance.

HAMILTON will have its first public performance tonight (March 17, 2021) at the Lyric Theatre in Sydney as the company prepares for the official premiere on March 27.

Ahead of tonight's performance Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres and Minister for the Public Service and Employee Relations, Aboriginal Affairs and the Arts Don Harwin joined the US Producer of Hamilton Jeffrey Seller to mark the occasion.

MTC 2021 — Act 2 Program Announced

Act 2 of Melbourne Theatre Company’s year in two parts has been revealed, featuring six new productions that complete MTC’s 2021 program.

In making the announcement, MTC Artistic Director & CEO Brett Sheehy said, ‘It’s a great pleasure to be launching Act 2. We are especially pleased to be presenting the world premieres of three brand new Australian plays, putting home-grown work front and centre in a year when supporting our industry matters most.



Coming Back From Away

As Come From Away resumes its national tour, we chat to company members. 

Politics & Broadway

With Hamilton opening in Sydney we look at how politics in Broadway Musicals.

Meet The Fangirl of Theatre

Writer / composer Yve Blake on her hit musical Fangirls.

Cast Announced for Chess The Musical

Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Paulini, Rob Mills, Alexander Lewis & Mark Furze are set to star in Chess The Musical touring Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane from April to June 2021. 

Musicals in 2021 and Beyond

Major musicals will roar back into life in 2021, once theatre-goers have had injections of both confidence and a vaccine.

The elimination of community transmission of COVID-19 in most of Australia has given large scale Performing Arts a shot in the arm.  WA opened up first. Next came NSW with 75% to 85% of tickets available for sale. Queensland is allowing 100% capacity from January.

Image from Hamilton - US Nagional tour. Photogapher: Joan Marcus.




Musicals on the Menu

Image: John Frost. Photographer: Peter Rae.

Leading theatre producer John Frost has sold his company to US juggernaut Crossroads Live. But the impresario is not retiring. In an exclusive interview with David Spicer, he revealed the musicals - and a play - that he will produce across Australia.

When the pandemic hit, producer John Frost had no less than five major musicals on the go and he told me that he expected to stay on the sidelines until the middle of this year.

Adelaide Festival Hit - A German Life - to tour Australia

Producer John Frost has announced an Australian tour of the powerful hit of this year’s Adelaide Festival. A German Life is an extraordinary theatrical tour-de-force from three titans of the theatre –Robyn Nevin in an astonishing play by Christopher Hampton, directed by Neil Armfield.

In the Australian Premiere of this highly demanding 90-minute solo triumph, Robyn Nevin plays Brunhilde Pomsel, an unassuming woman with good shorthand skills who, almost by chance, came to work in Joseph Goebbels’s Propaganda Ministry.

Nancye Hayes Goes Hip Hop

Image: The cast of Half Time.

At the age of 78, stage legend Nancye Hayes is not shy of learning new dance steps. The dancer/singer extraordinaire is learning the art of hip hop, as the lead in the Australian premiere of the Half Time, at Sydney’s Hayes Theatre, named in her honour. David Spicer reports.

Nancye Hayes proves that you can teach an older hoofer a new trick. At the early stages of learning the role of kindergarten teacher Dorothy in the musical Half Time, she has commenced classes in hip hop.

STC Granted Exemption to Perform to 100% Capacity.

Image: Catherine Văn-Davies and Sofia Nolan in STC's Playing Beatie Bow. Photo: Daniel Boud

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