More Misses than Hits in Regional Tours.

David Spicer reports that audiences in regional Australia are staying away from most of the plays, dance, children’s theatre and comedy acts which are sent on tour by the Commonwealth Government’s Playing Australia Program.

In 2009 the most successful productions came from the private sector, whilst works produced by traditional subsidised State Theatre Companies were amongst the least successful.

The last time Stage Whispers scrutinised the figures it ruffled some feathers at the Arts on Tour office in New South Wales.

Doctor Zhivago Musical - Cast Announced

The principal cast of the musical Doctor Zhivago, to premiere in Sydney in February 2011, was announced by producer John Frost on October 22.

Acclaimed musical star Anthony Warlow who plays Doctor Yurii Zhivago will be joined by Lucy Maunder as Lara, and Taneel Van Zyl in the role of his wife Tonia. Martin Crewes plays political radical Pasha Antipov, Bartholomew John plays corrupt attorney Viktor Komarovsky and in the roles of Alexander and Anna are Peter Carroll and Trisha Noble.

Belvoir Goes International

Belvoir has announced that two of its shows – The Diary of A Madman and The Sapphires – will tour to New York and London respectively in 2011. Belvoir’s General Manager Brenna Hobson said, ‘Belvoir’s local, national and international touring program forms a key part of the Company’s activities each year. We’re thrilled to be taking these productions overseas, and to be introducing new and wider audiences to our work.’

New Musicals Australia Shortlist Announced

New Musicals Australia, a new initiative dedicated to the production of original Australian musical theatre, today announced the works shortlisted for development in 2010/11.

How to Make a Hit Musical: Cameron Mackintosh Exclusive.

If anyone knows how to make a hit musical it’s Sir Cameron Mackintosh. But when the Producer of Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables and Miss Saigon was in Australia to launch Mary Poppins, he told Stage Whispers that making a hit is a ‘lucky accident.’

David Spicer reports.

When Sir Cameron Mackintosh was trying to raise the cash to stage Cats he readily admits it was a big struggle.

Mother Africa – Circus of the Senses

Mother Africa is a growing global circus phenomenon that is ironically yet to debut in its own country. Matt Byrne reports on, and reviews, the show, currently touring Australia.

Vale Dame Joan Sutherland

Tributes are flowing in from around the world for Australia’s greatest Opera singer Dame Joan Sutherland. Dame Joan, known as La Stupenda, has died at the age of 83 at her home in Switzerland after a long illness. New Zealand diva Dame Kiri Te Kanawa said Dame Joan could never be equalled. "She's totally unique and you will never ever hear another voice like that," Dame Kiri told ABC Radio. "I certainly haven't heard one like that in the last 40 years.

Brand New Australian Production for Love Never Dies

Latest News - Sydney Season

Tim McFarlane, Managing Director of The Really Useful Company, and Producer of the Australian production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s LOVE NEVER DIES, confirmed today (November 7, 2011) that the Sydney season of the musical, the continuing story of The Phantom of the Opera, will begin previews on January 8 and Premieres at the Capitol Theatre on Thursday January 12, 2012.



Bell Shakespeare has announced its 2011 season, including Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Cæsar and Faustus.

After a momentous anniversary year for Bell Shakespeare in 2010, the 2011 season marks the beginning of a new chapter for the Company. Peter Evans has been appointed as the new Associate Artistic Director. Together with Artistic Director John Bell AO, Peter will be responsible for the artistic leadership and direction of the Company as it embarks on its next phase.

Additional Victorian Government Funding for New Circus Oz Home

Circus Oz, Victoria’s internationally acclaimed larrikin circus company, is somersaulting with joy at the announcement today (October 7, 2010)  by the Victorian Government that an additional $10 million has been allocated towards Stage Two of the development of its new home in Collingwood. The Circus Oz dream to establish the most creative and exciting circus arts centre in the Southern Hemisphere can now be realised.

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