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Theatre calendar 2018

From musicals to masterpieces, Australia’s theatre scene is thriving.

Capping off a day of sightseeing or shopping with a night in the theatre gives a unique window into the soul of Australia. This is where creative expression, vibrant entertainment and international-standard superstars intersect, giving you memories that last a lifetime. The Australian theatre is where Hollywood stars such as Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush had their beginnings – so who knows what name will rise next?

What's on stage in 2018

The Book of Mormon – Melbourne and Sydney

A satire on religious beliefs, The Book of Mormon has a pedigree of pure talent having been created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone of TV's South Park fame, and Robert Lopez, co-composer for Disney smash hit Frozen. It should come as no surprise, then, that it has taken out nine Tony awards including one for Best Musical. It's wrapping up performances in Melbourne and taking centre stage in Sydney. Tickets are going fast so get in quickly for more shows.

Key dates: now - 4 February (Melbourne) / From 28 February (Sydney)

Beautiful The Carole King Musical – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide

Beautiful is the story of music legend Carole King and her journey from life as a normal young woman to writing hit lyrics and becoming a rock ‘n’ roll icon. Beautiful, the Carole King Musial features all the classic hits including (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, You’ve Got a Friend and so many more. It’s now performing at Sydney Lyric Theatre until 4 February when it will be touring to Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre, then on to Brisbane’s QPAC Lyric Theatre and Adelaide’s Festival Theatre.

Key dates:  Now – 4 February (Sydney) / 16 Feb – 13 May (Melbourne) / From July (Brisbane) / From December (Adelaide)

Green Day’s American Idiot – Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Darwin

Boasting two Tony Awards and a Grammy Award for the Best Musical Show Album, American Idiot is an electrifying show not to be missed. It follows the story of three boys exploring relationships and rock ‘n’ roll in noughties suburbia, with a special appearance by Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong. It will be hitting Australia’s major cities, including Sydney’s Opera House, Adelaide’s Her Majesty’s Theatre, Perth’s Crown Theatre, Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre, Brisbane’s QPAC Playhouse and the Entertainment Centre in Darwin.

Key dates: 11 – 14 January (Sydney) / 19 – 28 Jan (Adelaide) / 2 – 11 Feb (Perth) / 23 February – 11 March (Melbourne) / 13 – 21 April (Brisbane) / 5 – 6 May (Darwin)

Wizard of Oz – Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne

Join Dorothy down the yellow brick road and into the land of Oz. Featuring WICKED’s leading duo Lucy Durack and Jemma Rix, The Wizard of Oz retells the classic story of enchantment and adventure with the original songs from the Oscar winning movie score. The musical is on now at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre, and will head to Adelaide’s Festival Theatre and Melbourne’s Regent Theatre later in the year.

Key dates: 12 January – 4 February (Sydney) / 3– 21 April (Adelaide) / 15 May – 17 June (Melbourne) 

Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical – Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane

Kicking off its 10th Anniversary Celebration Tour, Priscilla Queen of the Desert is returning to entertain audiences with glitz, groove and glamour. The story follows three friends on a journey of self-discovery who head to Australia’s outback town of Alice Springs to perform their dazzling show. The hilarious production features over 500 award-winning costumes and classic hits including It’s Raining Men and I Will Survive. It will be starting its tour at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre, then on to Sydney’s Capitol Theatre, Adelaide’s Festival Theatre and Brisbane’s QPAC Lyric Theatre.

Key dates: 21 Jan – 15 April (Melbourne) / 15 May – 24 June (Sydney) / From August (Adelaide) / From September (Brisbane)

The Children – Melbourne and Sydney

A play by award-winning playwright Lucy Kirkwood, The Children follows three women who not only have to face the challenge of personal struggles, but work together following a terrible natural disaster that destroys a nearby nuclear power plant. The play questions generational responsibilities and learning how to survive in a new climate. You can catch it at Melbourne’s Southbank Theatre or The Sydney Opera House.

Key dates: 3 February – 10 March 2018 (Melbourne) / 29 March – 19 May 2018 (Sydney) 

Mama Mia – Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide

Bringing to life one of ABBA’s greatest hits, Mama Mia! The Musical, will be the feel-good show of the year, taking you to a Greek island to follow the hilariously complicated love story of Donna as she prepares for her daughter Sophie’s wedding. You can expect to sing along to all the fabulous songs and enjoy a tale of love and laughter. The musical is on at Brisbane’s QPAC Lyric Theatre, before heading to Sydney’s Capitol theatre followed by Perth’s Crown Theatre, Melbourne’s Princess Theatre and Adelaide’s Festival Theatre.

Key dates: 11 Feb – 22 April (Sydney) / 15 May – 17 June (Perth) / 10 July – 5 Aug (Melbourne) / 9 – 28 October (Adelaide)

Aladdin – Brisbane and Perth

The Disney musical comedy, Aladdin is wrapping up its shows in Melbourne and will be shortly heading to Brisbane’s QPAC Lyric Theatre and Perth’s Crown Theatre. Expect laughs and incredible choreography in the classic story of Aladdin, which is produced by the team who brought The Lion King and Mary Poppins to musical life.

Key dates: 20 February – 6 May (Brisbane) / from 22 July (Perth)

Jersey Boys – Sydney

From humble beginnings to American pop icons, this is the story of the Jersey Boys. The musical follows the group’s story of becoming international icons and going on to sell over 175 million records. Jersey Boys on Broadway has earned four Tony Awards including Best Musical and two Outer Critics Circle Awards. It will be returning to Australia in September, premiering at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre, with further tour dates yet to be announced.

Key Dates: September (Sydney)