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Blood Brothers – hear the tale of the Johnson Twins

Blood Brothers

With Willy Russell’s iconic West End musical Blood Brothers in full swing at Melbourne’s Chapel-Off-Chapel until April 6, AussieTheatre took time out to hear from the Johnson Twins – Gareth Keegan and Matthew Bradford. The actors playing the twins (as alike born as two new pins) the tough questions about writer Willy Russell, leading lady… Read more.


King of the Air the musical debuts in Sydney

King of the Air

On Saturday, Sydney’s beautiful Angel Place recital centre played host to a fantastic, charity event. The Royal Flying Doctors Service in the presence of the Governor of NSW Dr Marie Bashir and special guests presented a new Australian musical. The life story of Australian aviation pioneer Sir Charles Kingsford Smith was given the music theatre… Read more.


Sun and Moon: the set revealed for Handa’s Opera on the Harbour

Madama Butterfly Sun on Sydney Harbour. Image by James Morgan

Though only in its third year in 2014, Opera on the Harbour has swiftly become a fast fixture of the cultural (and social) calendar not only for Sydney, but also Australia at large and even the international opera community. With two years of stellar productions behind them, and interest about 2014’s incarnation of Madame Butterfly… Read more.


Backstage at the Hayes: talking to the cast and crew of The Drowsy Chaperone

Recently, AussieTheatre’s David Allen got the chance to go backstage during a break in a tech run of music theatre darling Squabbalogic’s latest production. Mix ups, mayhem and a gay wedding, it’s The Drowsy Chaperone! Welcome to the Theatre Inside the Hayes Theatre, the stage lights come up on Jay James-Moody. He’s sitting in a… Read more.


Unique in Every Way: Richard O’Brien talks The Rocky Horror Show

Craig McLachlan and Brendan Irving with Richard O'Brien. Image by Jeff Busby

AussieTheatre’s David Allen talks to the creator of the legendary Rocky Horror Show – Richard O’Brien as he prepares to join the Australian tour. On the phone, Richard O’Brien reminds me slightly of David Bowie. Though the two are responsible for definitive glam rock creations, what creates this parallel in my head as I speak… Read more.



Exclusive: Drowsy Chaperone Rehearsals

Exclusive: Drowsy Chaperone Rehearsals

Prepare ye, for the return of Squabbalogic is upon us! In 2013 this bold young production company reminded the Sydney music theatre scene just what the words “game changing” meant with hit productions of the musicals Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Carrie. Having now taken their place amongst the producers behind the Hayes Theatre Company,… Read more.


Australian Actress Wendy Hughes Dies aged 61

The Australian and Sydney Morning Herald have both reported that critically acclaimed and internationally renowned actress Wendy Hughes has died in Sydney this morning as a result of cancer. It was announced this afternoon by Bryan Brown to an audience at Sydney Theatre Company’s current production of Travelling North that the veteran actress had passed… Read more.


Rachael Beck: Theatre and TV Star, Recording Artist, Mother, Goddess

Rachael Beck

No list of Australia’s truly great leading ladies of the stage would be complete without Rachael Beck. Over the last twenty-nine years (she made her debut in Cats in Melbourne aged 15) she has time and time again proved herself to be one of our most versatile and beloved performers. Her list of shows is… Read more.


Review: Opera Australia’s Eugene Onegin, a Triumph of Substance and Style

Eugene Onegin is an operatic experience with a difference. A “classic” by Tchaikovsky, it spent the earliest years of its history, touring Europe where it was viewed as something of a Russian curiosity. Based on a novel of the same name in verse by Aleksandr Pushkin, it takes its literary source and alters it categorically… Read more.


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