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 – 2 September (Sydney)
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical – Melbourne and Brisbane
Beautiful tells the inspirational true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise from teenage songwriter to global superstar. She fought her way into the record business as a schoolgirl but it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally found her true voice and went on to become one of the most successful solo artists in pop music history. Now playing at Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre through to 1 July before transferring to Brisbane’s Lyric Theatre at QPAC from 13 July.
Key dates: Now – 1 July (Melbourne) / From 13 July (Brisbane).
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: Now – 22 July (Melbourne)
Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical – Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane
Australia’s favourite homegrown musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert has officially returned on its 10th Anniversary Celebration Tour and is now playing at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre. The story follows three flamboyant friends on a journey of self-discovery through Australia’s outback as they make their way to Alice Springs to perform their dazzling show. Featuring an array of more than 500 costumes, 200 headdresses and a parade of dance-floor classics, the fabulously glamorous production has more glitter than ever.
Key dates: Now – 22 July (Sydney) / From August (Adelaide) / From September (Brisbane)
Mamma Mia – Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide
Bringing to life one of ABBA’s greatest hits, Mamma 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: Now – 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: Now – 3 June (Brisbane) / From 19 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: From September (Sydney)
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