Adelaide Festival Centre is gearing up for the warmer weather with a new-look summer Season program.

Adelaide Festival Centre CEO and Artistic Director Douglas Gautier AM said the fresh approach with quarterly programs instead of an annual publication would help audiences navigate an ever-growing calendar of events.

Kicking off the Festival Theatre’s program of thrilling summer musicals is one of the greatest love stories ever told – West Side Story from November 28 to December 8 – before the electrifying Billy Elliot the Musical (from December 29) comes to Adelaide for the first time after captivating millions of people around the world.

Highlights of this year’s Adelaide Festival (February 28 to March 15) include Mozart’s Requiem in association with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Festival Centre at the Festival Theatre from February 28 to March 4.

German composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Nils Frahm will premiere his otherworldly neoclassical music in a hypnotic live show at the Dunstan Playhouse for one night only on December 3. Also gracing the Playhouse stage, Parisian punk/pop outfit Nouvelle Vague will perform a unique blend of dreamy French noir on January 10.

 Three Monks by China National Theatre for Children Beijing on February 8 integrates traditional Chinese opera and martial arts and complements the Chinese New Year Chamber Music Concert on January 31.

Families can escape the heat with Adelaide Festival Centre’s much-loved Something on Saturday program, which includes a beat boxing superhero for Dr AudiYO’s Giant Adventure on January 18.

Be it day or night, audiences can enjoy the balmy summer weather with a pre-show drink and meal overlooking the River Torrens at The Star: Kitchen and Bar, located next to Festival Theatre.