Stage Briefs

Six The Musical Rescheduled

As a result of the ongoing disruptions created by the Sydney lockdown and the consequential measures put in place by state governments around border closures, the producers of SIX THE MUSICAL have confirmed the previously announced Brisbane season has now been rescheduled to commence in January 2023.

The Australian tour was due to start rehearsals in Sydney this September 2021 followed by performances in Brisbane this November 2021, however the delay will now see the tour commencing in Sydney this December 2021.

Jagged Little Pill The Musical Postponed

Producers have today announced the postponement of the Australian premiere of JAGGED LITTLE PILL from September as a result of the current COVID-19 situation in Greater Sydney and NSW and uncertainty about future gathering and movement restrictions affecting the operation of theatres.

The health, safety and well-being of staff, performers, crew and audiences is paramount, and producers respect the NSW Health advice and Public Health Orders in place due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

Theatre Companies Celebrate Grants

Eighty-two private and public arts organisations across the country have been awarded  $40 million under the fourth batch of grants from the $200 million Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund.

Lloyd Webber Cancels Cinderella Opening

Andrew Lloyd Webber has cancelled the opening of his new musical Cinderella, to protest against what he describes as the "impossible conditions" introduced by the British Government to manage public activities.

The composer revealed that a  member of the cast tested positive for COVID-19 and as a result the production has been halted.

"Freedom Day has turned into closure day," he said.  Read his full statement: 

Victorian Theatres Smashed Again

Artists have reacted with depair at Victoria's latest lockdown with the timing of the restrictions coming at the worst time for many productions.

David Spicer reports.

Disney's Frozen had only just opened on Wednesday night (July 14, 2021), and like all other theatre is now closed until Tuesday night, when the five-day lockdown is scheduled (for now) to finish.

Performer Queenie van de Zandt wrote about her experience in an independent production of Next to Normal.

Bippity Boppity Behind You!

Polish off those glass slippers and discover the magic of British pantomime online.

With COVID-19 lockdowns a continuous reality, Aussie parents are looking for new ways to keep kids entertained at home. This winter you can give Netflix a night off and bring a new kind of live theatre into your home.

Sydney Theatre Gloom

The prospects of another month in lockdown in greater Sydney has left theatre producers - professional, not-for-profit, community and school - devastated. David Spicer reports.

The announcement by the New South Wales and Federal Governments of a funding package on July 13, is based on the assumption that the lockdown will continue at least for another four weeks.

Next to Normal Resumes at Chapel off Chapel

James Terry Collective has announced the return of Next to Normal at Chapel off Chapel for a limited season from August 4 – 12, after being forced to close after it’s first preview in July by the most recent lockdown

Adelaide Fringe Launches 2022 Poster Competition

Image: 2021 Adelaide Fringe poster winner Polina Tsymbal and Fringe director Heather Croall. Photorapher: Rebekah Ryan

The global search is now on for the 2022 Adelaide Fringe poster, supported by Principal Partner BankSA.

Sydney Theatre Audiences Shrinking

Sydney Theatre Companies are coming to terms with new restrictions on the number of people allowed into indoor venues.

The NSW Government has announced that that indoor spaces must have only one person per four square metres.  which means that many theatres will not be able to legally sell 100% of their tickets.

The producer of Hamilton has announced that it will be running at 50% capacity from June 23 until 30.