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CURRENT SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Capitol Theatre: Jersey Boys

Sydney Lyric Theatre: The Book of Mormon

Sydney Opera House: Evita

Hayes Theatre: Evie May: A Tivoli Story

QUEENSLAND

QPAC Lyric Theatre: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Festival Theatre: Mamma Mia!

VICTORIA

Arts Centre Playhouse: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

Chapel off Chapel: NINE

WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES?

Vale: Richard Gill AO

Celebrated Australian conductor and music educator Richard Gill has passed away early yesterday morning after a long battle with cancer.

Among his many roles Gill was the founding conductor of the Strathfield Symphony Orchestra, taught at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, conducted the Sydney Youth Orchestra, was director of chorus at Opera Australia and musical director of the Sydney Chamber Choir.

Richard Gill was the founding artistic director of the Victorian Opera, the former artistic director and chief conductor of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and in 1994 he was honoured for his services to music with an Order of Australia medal and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Western Australia. Other accolades included the Bernard Heinze Award for ‘Services to Music in Australia’ in 1999, a Classical Music Award for ‘Distinguished Contribution to the Advancement of Australian Music in Education’ in 2004, and the Don Banks Music Award in 2006. In 2014, he was presented the Art Music Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music.

Said to remember everyone he met by name, Gill will be sorely missed by the community.

Here is Gill’s 2011 TED Talk on the value of Music Education.

Opening Night: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

Saturday, October 27th saw The Production Company’s final 2018 show A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder open at Melbourne’s Arts Centre Playhouse ahead of 24 shows of side splitting laughter and intrigue.

Monty Navarro, a penniless clerk discovers he is ninth in line to be Lord D’Ysquith, the Earl of Highhurst. When the D’Ysquith family dismiss Monty’s claim, all eight family members in line to be Earl, surprisingly start dying from unnatural causes! This dastardly plot has been created to feature a single virtuoso performer as the D’Ysquith family; quadruple Helpmann Award winner Mitchell Butel stars in these eight roles.

Between murders, Monty is trying to woo Sibella Hallward until he finds himself drawn to the young Phoebe D’Ysquith. With looks like his, he could get away with murder!

Starring Chris Ryan (King Kong) as Monty, with Nancye Hayes (Brigadoon), Alinta Chidzey (Curtains) and Genevieve Kingsford (Brigadoon).

Tickets are available from https://www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/en/whats-on/2018/seasons/tpc/a-gentlemans-guide-to-love-and-murder

A gentlemans opening night

Cast Announcement: Into the Woods – In Concert

I wish…

Your wishes have come true as Bloom Creative Productions presents Into the Woods- In Concert. Coming to Concourse Concert Hall in Chatswood from Thursday, March 21st 2019 for 5 performances only.

The story follows The Baker (Nat Jobe) and his wife (Katie McKee) who wish to have a child but have been cursed by a witch (Laura Murphy), Cinderella (Elisa Colla) who wishes to go the King’s Festival, and Jack (Brendan Xavier) who wishes his cow would give some milk. The Baker and his wife set off on a journey into the woods to reverse the curse.  Throw in Rapunzel (Siobhan Clifford), Red Riding Hood (Daniella Mirels), The Wolf (Nicholas Starte),  Princes (Haydan Hawkins &  Joshua Firman) chasing their loves and a GIANT. Narrated by Wayne Scott Kermond, the cast is rounded out by Michele Lansdown as Jack’s Mother, Prudence Holloway as the Stepmother, Georgia Burley as Lucinda, Megan Stack as Florinda and Cameron Boxall as The Steward.

Tickets are on sale now with details below, this is one not to be missed!

INTO THE WOODS – THE MUSICAL IN CONCERT: SEASON DETAILS

Dates and times:

Thursday 21st March, 2019 – 7:30pm
Friday 22nd March, 2019 – 12pm
Friday 22nd March, 2019 – 7:30pm
Saturday 23rd March, 2019 – 2pm
Saturday 23rd March, 2019 – 7:30pm

Venue: The Concourse, Chatswood (409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood)

Tickets on sale now through
Box Office (02) 8075 8111 OR TICKETEK 1300 795 012
Tickets can also be purchased online here

CAST ANNOUNCEMENT LARGE 2nd option

Home Grown

Saturday, November 10th at 7pm will see the latest instalment of Home Grown at Melbourne’s Chapel off Chapel. Featuring works by Australian writers, it is a night not to be missed. Tickets and further information  are available from https://chapeloffchapel.com.au/show/home-grown-november-edition/

Home Grown November 2018

Aladdin bids farewell to cast members

This week saw the company of Aladdin Australia bid farewell to long standing cast members Ainsley Melham (Aladdin) and Aljin Abella (Iago). Congratulations and we wish you both well in your future endeavours.

Ainsley

Aljin

Mamma Mia! cast raises money for Canteen

Saturday, October 27th saw the cast of Mamma Mia! wear bandannas in support of National Bandanna Day in support of the powerful campaign, raising money for young people affected by cancer

Mamma Mia CanTeen

CELEBRATIONS

Baby News: Sarah Kate Landy and Jason Wasley

Performers, Sarah Kate Landy (Mamma Mia!, CATS) and Jason Wasley (CATS) announced this week that April 2019 would see an addition to their tribe. Congratulations to you both!

Sarah and Jason baby

Engagement Announcement: Ellen Simpson and Nick

This weekend saw the news of the engagement of Ellen Simpson (Ladies in Black, WICKED) on her engagement to Nick. Congratulations to you both from the team at Theatre People.

Ellen and Nick

 

Engagement Announcement: Josh Robson and Ash

Congratulations to Josh Robson (Dream Lover, My Fair Lady) and his fiance Ash on their engagement news this week. We wish you all the best for your future.

Josh and Ash

 

OPENING SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Hayes Theatre: Aspects of Love (November 22nd)

State Theatre: Madiba (November 1st)

VICTORIA

Her Majesty’s Theatre: School of Rock (October 31st)

 

CLOSING SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Hayes Theatre: Evie May: A Tivoli Story (November 10th)

QUEENSLAND

QPAC Lyric Theatre: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (November 4th)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Festival Theatre: Mamma Mia! (November 18th)

VICTORIA

Arts Centre Playhouse: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (November 18th)

Chapel off Chapel: NINE (November 3rd)

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