2011 Helpmann Awards

The 2011 Helpmann Awards, Australia’s equivalent to Broadway’s Tony Awards and London’s Olivier Awards, were presented at the Sydney Opera House on, August 1. Red carpet arrivals began at 7.30pm prior to televised the presentation ceremony which commenced at 8pm.


Melbourne. August 1, 2011. Live Performance Australia [LPA], the peak body for Australia’s live performance industry and presenter of this evening’s Helpmann Awards®, today released its Ticket Attendance & Revenue Survey  2010, which shows record revenue growth for the sector.           

Chief Executive of Live Performance Australia (LPA), Evelyn Richardson said overall, revenue grew 22.6% to $1.3 billion, while attendances grew 13.5% to 17.2 million paid and unpaid tickets.

Queensland Floods Precipitate Dramatic Changes

Brisbane’s La Boite Theatre was outside the flood zone when the Brisbane River burst its banks in January, but suddenly plans to stage a play about the impact of the drought in rural communities as part of their Indie season were washed away. The scope of the play, Water Wars, now embraces broader issues of environmental sustainability. It practices what it preaches. They are calling it a “99% Green production” – encompassing every aspect of what is seen on stage.

And No More Shall We Part

After a long and successful marriage, Pam (Linda Cropper) and Don (Russell Kiefel) are still very much in love. But Pam is ill and has to make a heartbreaking decision that will transform both their lives. She does so in the only way she knows how – quickly, pragmatically, and resolutely. Don behaves in the only way he knows how – struggling to keep up but desperate not to lose touch.

Three Sisters for Adelaide

The State Theatre Company of SA presents Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov, adapted by Adam Cook, at the Dunstan Playhouse from August 5 – 28.

One of the greatest plays of the 20th century, Chekhov’s tragic-comic masterpiece of provincial claustrophobia and the frustrations of small town-life has a universally resounding appeal.

Julius Caesar. Bell Shakespeare.

To see the future one must only look to the past. Bell Shakespeare’s new production of Julius Caesar goes behind the scenes as yet another leader is forced from office.

Peter Evans, Bell Shakespeare’s new Associate Artistic Director, takes this momentous piece of Roman history and transports it to the corridors of backroom politics.

Pyjamas in Paradise

It’s billed as Australia’s answer to Grease - a home grown musical set by the poolside in Surfers Paradise in the 1950’s and 60’s. The World Premiere of Pyjamas in Paradise will burst onto the stage of the Gold Coast Arts Centre from Friday September 2 until September 10.

Jersey Boys for New Zealand

Opens at The Civic in Auckland in April 2012  

The Mayor of Auckland, Len Brown, today (July 27)  announced that Jersey Boys – The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons will open at The Civic in Auckland in April 2012.

The show's producers have also announced the show's last weeks in Sydney today.

Brushes With Fame: From Judy Garland to Maria Callas.

Have you ever had a chance meeting with a show business superstar? A hit show on the subject, first produced by the Melbourne Theatre Company, is about to tour Australia. It’s about five anonymous women and their separate brushes with iconic divas Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf and Maria Callas. The show is called Songs for Nobodies and was written by Joanna Murray-Smith especially for the performer Bernadette Robinson.

On the eve of its Sydney’s opening, Bernadette Robinson spoke to Neil Litchfield.

Mary Poppins for Brisbane.

Mary Poppins concluded its Sydney season on Saturday December 17, 2011, after a nine month run at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre, where it played to an audiences exceeding half a million. The show moves on to Brisbane from December 30, where it plays until March 17, 2012.

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