It’s actually happening! Ghost The Musical is finally on its way to Australia in 2016 and it’s opening in Adelaide thanks to Ambassador Theatre Group, GWB Entertainment and Red Live!
In November 2011, Ghost The Muscial was announced to open in Melbourne in March 2013 (to be produced by Matilda The Musical’s producer Louise Withers) but was pulled from the Australian musical theatre calendar in September 2012 after complications with transporting the famously technologically intricate set came to light.
Employing special effects never before seen in an on-stage musical, Ghost The Musical features an incredible array of illusions – Sam, as a ghost, walks through a solid door, inanimate objects take on a life of their own while spirits ascend to the heavens and subway passengers are thrown in the air and people disappear and reappear right before your eyes.
According to Ghost The Musical’s director Matthew Warchus, who was interviewed by arts journalist Elissa Blake ahead of the opening of his other blockbuster Matilda The Musical, a touring version of the Rob Howell’s Ghost set has now been designed, and it is this version that will be heading down under.
“This one is lighter on its feet and yet it has the same feel and all the same illusions in it. It was done in China recently and I’ve heard there is great enthusiasm about mounting it in Australia”, Warchus told Blake during his interview with the Sydney Morning Herald.
Melbourne will host the production at the Regent Theatre from Friday 5 February after CATS the musical moves to Brisbane. A transfer to Sydney’s Theatre Royal, Ambassador Theatre Group’s new base in Australia, will take place from Friday 18 March and Perth Audiences will see the show from Saturday May 21, 2016.
No Brisbane dates have been confirmed at this stage.
It is understood that auditions for this production of Ghost The Musical have already taken place and a cast announcement will be imminent.
Venue: Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, King William St, Adelaide
Dates: From Friday 8 January, 2016
Press Night Saturday 9 January at 7pm
Venue: Regent Theatre, 191 Collins Street, Melbourne
Dates: From Friday 5 February, 2016
Press Night Saturday 6 February at 7pm
Venue: Theatre Royal, 108 King Street, Sydney
Dates: From Friday 18 March, 2016
Press Night Saturday 19 March at 7pm
Venue: Crown Theatre, Great Eastern Highway, Burswood
Dates: From Saturday 21 May, 2016
Press Night Saturday 21 May at 7pm