Quiz: Guess the show!

Have you seen every show that comes to town, and then some?

Have you read all of Shakespeare’s plays (and do you keep them in a handy app on your iphone for quick reference)?

Are you a walking music theatre encyclopaedia?

Take our quiz below and see how you score!

Q 1. On which play by George Bernard Shaw is the musical My Fair Lady based?

My Fair Flopsy

Arms and the Man



Q 2. Handspring Puppet Company achieved critical acclaim for their work on which internationally renowned production?

Avenue Q

Wolverine The Musical

War Horse

The Lion King

Q 3. In which of Shakespeare's plays would you find this famous quote? “When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I were married.”

All's Well that Ends Well

Romeo and Juliet

The Taming of the Shrew

Much ado about Nothing

Q 4. Which Australian musical with book and lyrics by Nick Enright begins its narrative on Boxing Day 1945 in outback Australia?

Mary Bryant

We Will Rock You

Miracle City

Summer Rain

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll WAAPA 2012

Q 5. Which Ray Lawler play opened at the Union Theatre Repertory Company in 1955, sparking a change in the way Australian playwrights told Australian stories on stage?

Kid Stakes

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

The Piccadilly Bushman

Other Times

Q 6. "Stella!" is a famous quote from which play?

A Streetcar Named Desire

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

The Glass Menagerie

The Rose Tattoo

Q 7. Commercial advertising favourite 'Nessun Dorma' is an aria from which opera?


La Traviata


Don Giovanni

Q 8. Which musical, with music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe, explores the concepts of acceptance and love and was performed off Broadway in 2001?

You're A Good Man Charlie Brown

Legally Blonde

Bat Boy


Q 9. The Tony Award winning musical Kinky Boots features music by which American pop star?

Carole King

Cyndi Lauper

Dolly Parton

Lady Gaga

Q 10. Which musical by Jason Robert Brown has recently been made into a feature film starring Anna Kendrick?


The Last Five Years

Songs For A New World

Into The Woods

Q 11. Which 1927 American musical is said to be a seminal work in the musical theatre canon because of its departure from the 'musical comedy' format and its focus on storytelling.

The Threepenny Opera

Show Boat

The Book of Mormon

Porgy and Bess

Q 12. Which musical's lead characters are simply known as "Girl" and "Guy"?

Salad Days


Once We Lived Here

Once on this Island

Q 13. Which Puccini opera was adapted into Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil's 1989 smash, Miss Saigon?

La bohème

Madama Butterfly



Q 14. Which Mozart opera has received acclaim worldwide in a new production featuring the puppetry of The Lion King's Julie Taymor?

The Marriage of Figaro

The Enchanted Lute

Don Giovanni

The Magic Flute

Q 15. Mack The Knife, made famous as a jazz standard by Ella Fitzgerald, originally featured in which work?

The Threepenny Opera

Mack and Mabel

Some Like It Hot


Theatrical Know-It-All

Congratulations! You've either studied your history of theatre notes from drama school, seen every show on the list, listened to every cast album you can get your hands on (and you're still searching for more!), or read every script and libretto in Perth's Alexander library. You're a theatrical know-it-all!

You're a Leading Player!

You've definitely stood at stage door to meet one of your favourite performers at least once and have belted out Nessun Dorma/recited Shakespeare to unsuspecting relatives/practiced your bevel at SOME point in your life.

My mum buys me tickets for Christmas

You love the theatre scene, and enjoy watching the shows when they come to town, but you don't have enough room in your brain to remember EVERY detail about EVERY genre!

Theatrical what?

Did you find this quiz by mistake? Perhaps a crash course in the history of the arts wouldn't go astray before you attempt the quiz again!

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