Articles on ‘QPAC’

The Pirates are Back!

Pirates of Penzance - Harvest Rain. Image Supplied.

In 1985, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre opened with a blockbuster production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, which starred Jon English, Marina Prior and Simon Gallaher. It returned to QPAC in 1994 (with Helen Donaldson replacing Marina Prior), with video and audio recordings ensuring its iconic status in Australian musical theatre. To celebrate… Read more.


Review: Wicked Soars with Standing Ovation

Back in the bubble: Suzie Mathers will return as Glinda in WICKED from 12 February 2015. Image by Maye Wong

With over ninety international awards, Wicked is the jewel in the crowning glory of composer Stephen Schwartz’ musical canon, which includes other commercial musical hits for the stage such as Godspell, Pippin, and movie musicals such as Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Prince of Egypt, and Enchanted amongst others. On a side note,… Read more.


Review: Mother & Son Stage Adaptation

Noeline Brown, Darren Gilshenan and Rachael Beck in Mother & Son - Queensland Theatre Company. Image Supplied.

Queensland Theatre Company breathe life back into the beloved Australian TV series Mother and Son as they present the live-on-stage adaptation at QPAC. The original writer of the series Geoffrey Atherden wrote the stage adaptation; not as a direct copy and paste, but brought the play into the now with the use of mobile phones… Read more.


Mother and Son – Live on stage

Thirty years since it first graced our television screens, Australian favourite Mother and Son comes to life on stage, in the Playhouse Theatre at QPAC. Veteran actress Noeline Brown (The Mavis Bramston Show, Dancing with the Stars, Talkin’ About Your Generation, Spicks and Specks) plays the iconic role of Maggie, and Darren Gilshenan (Full Frontal, The Moodys,… Read more.



The Lion King Breaks QPAC Record

It’s official – Queensland loves The Lion King. Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) today announced that the Brisbane season of The Lion King has broken QPAC’s box office records, making it the highest grossing show since QPAC’s opening in 1985. Not only does The Lion King hold the highest box office earnings, it also had the second highest total… Read more.


Review: Thriller Live

Celebrating the ‘the undisputed King of Pop’, Thriller Live is a tribute concert show of Michael Jackson’s musical journey from his Motown days in the Jackson 5 to his chart-topping solo career. The origins of the show grew out of an annual tribute concert created in 1988 by family friend Adrian Gant, for a British-based… Read more.


Review: The Illusionists 1903

Everything Old is New Again. The Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), foyer was a-buzz with old world glamour for the World Premiere of the 3rd incarnation of The Illusionists franchise with The Illusionists 1903. Set in the golden age of magic where the touring side-show was the highlight on the town calendar, The Illusionists 1903… Read more.


REVIEW: Freud’s Last Session

Based on the magical “What If”, Freud’s Last Session is a thought provoking two-hander play that poses the question, “What if Sigmund Freud met C. S. Lewis?” Wouldn’t you love to be a fly on the wall in that conversation? Playwright Mark St. Germain drew inspiration from Dr Armand M. Nicholl’s book, The Question of God,… Read more.


The Pirates are Aboard for QPAC’s 30th Birthday

Andrew O’Keefe, Nancye Hayes, Georgina Hopson and  Billy Bourchier in The Pirates of Penzance. Photo Supplied.

Ahoy, avast ye land lubbers and arrrrrrrr! The Pirates are back! In 1985, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre was opened with an incredibly successful season of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, starring Simon Gallaher, Marina Prior and Jon English. In March 2015, Harvest Rain Theatre Company are joining QPAC’s 30th birthday celebrations with… Read more.


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