Melbourne City Ballet shuts down

Posted on: 18/7/2019 8:00PM

It’s a sad time for the dancers and staff of Melbourne city Ballet. On June 27th the company’s dancers were informed by artistic director Michael Pappalardo that the company would not be able to continue. As a result dancers have lost their jobs and students are looking for new schools. The company had a full schedule, with six to eight different shows a year and interstate and overseas travel.

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Shrek and Princess Fiona have been found

Posted on: 17/7/2019 6:00PM

Ben Mingay and Lucy Durack will play the lead roles of Shrek and Princess Fiona in the lavish and fun multi-million dollar musical comedy SHREK The Musical, Australia’s leading theatre producer John Frost announced. It was also announced that Australian musical royalty Marcia Hines would play the role of the Dragon in a special guest appearance for the Sydney season. The Broadway smash hit SHREK The Musical will open at the Sydney Lyric Theatre, The Star in early January 2020, followed by seasons at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne from February and at the Lyric Theatre, Brisbane following.

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Final 2019 Helpmann Award winners announced!

Posted on: 17/7/2019 1:51PM

The 2019 Helpmann Awards Act II held on July 15th was a star studded black-tie gala event hosted by the fabulous dynamic duo of comedian, writer and actor, Susie Youssef, and Artistic Director of State Theatre SA, Mitchell Butel at Arts Centre Melbourne. Saluting artistic excellence and achievement on Australian stages over the past year, twenty three (23) prestigious Helpmann Awards were presented in the categories of comedy, cabaret, contemporary music, musicals, opera, classical music, theatre and ballet, dance and physical theatre.

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The 2019 Helmann Awards are here

Posted on: 15/7/2019 6:00PM

Live Performance Australia (LPA) have announced a very special addition to the 2019 Helpmann Awards at Arts Centre Melbourne. Along with previously announced live entertainment for the 2019 Helpmann Awards, a special performance will be beamed direct from The Princess Theatre for the delight of audiences, on Monday 15th July. In a world first, the cast of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child will perform an exclusive montage live from the play’s Australian home, Melbourne’s Princess Theatre.

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English National Ballet to perform Swan Lake in-the-round at the Royal Albert Hall

Posted on: 15/7/2019 6:00PM

English National Ballet will return to the Royal Albert Hall in London next summer (17-28 June 2020) with Derek Deane’s critically acclaimed production of Swan Lake in-the-round. 

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Keir Choreographic Award increases to $50 000

Posted on: 12/7/2019 6:00PM

This biennial Australian choreographic award was launched in 2014, it was formed through a partnership between Dancehouse, Melbourne; Carriageworks, Sydney and the Keir Foundation. The Keir Foundation, Carriageworks and Dancehouse have announced that the cash prize for the 2020 Keir Choreographic Award has increased to $50,000. Entries for the biennial competition are open until July 14, 2019.

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Bang! Bang! Perth

Posted on: 11/7/2019 6:00PM

Murder, melodrama and Wes Anderson combine in world premiere BANG! BANG! A theatrical dance double-header by two of WA’s leading choreographers, Scott Elstermann and Shona Erskine, at The Blue Room Theatre, 26 November to 14 December in Perth WA. 

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Caroline, Or Change!

Posted on: 10/7/2019 6:00PM

Hayes Theatre Co is thrilled to announce the cast of the Australian Premiere of the Olivier Award-winning musical CAROLINE, OR CHANGE. Directed by four time Helpmann Award winner Mitchell Butel, this uplifting and profound musical by Tony Kushner (Angels in America) and Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home, Violet) will play at the Hayes from 23 August.

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