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A Christmas Carol

 

 

Audiences are in for a Christmas treat this year with a brand new theatre production of Charles Dickens’ beloved A Christmas Carol coming to the Playhouse at QPAC from 7 December 2018. Award-winning theatre company shake & stir bring this classic tale of compassion,  forgiveness and redemption to magical life. Starring acclaimed Brisbane actor Eugene Gilfedder as Scrooge, and featuring live musicians, yule-tide carolling, innovative video design, lavish costumes and, of course, snow, A Christmas Carol is a large-scale, visual feast to set your spirits soaring! Book now to guarantee the best seats for this Christmas classic. Suitable for ages eight and over.

•Tickets on sale now via qpac.com.au or call 136 246.

 

NORTH BY NORTHWEST

 

 

Following sell out seasons in Melbourne, the U.K. and Toronto, the triumphant stage adaption of Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest is coming to QPAC’s Lyric Theatre from 27 November 2018 for two weeks only.

Combining the magic of film and theatre, this incredible production of Hitchcock’s supreme comedy of suspense will be presented by director Simon Phillips and adapted for the stage by Carolyn Burns.  Don’t miss this lightning paced thriller that combines glamour with espionage for a truly irresistible cocktail for a strictly limited season.

•Tickets on sale now via qpac.com.au or call 136 246.

 

THE Illusionists – Direct from Broadway

 

 

Edge of your seat magic direct from Broadway. This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth. The Illusionists have been seen by millions across the world, shattering box office records and dazzling audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. The non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. Audiences will witness stunning acts of grand illusion, levitation, mindreading, and disappearance. This group of world class performers take their cue from the showmanship of the great illusionists of the past such as Harry Houdini and pair it with a new and updated contemporary aesthetic, whose set and costumes design lend the genre theatricality and artistry that has rarely been seen before. Don’t miss The Illusionists – Direct from Broadway at QPAC from 9 January 2019.  Presented by QPAC in association with The Works Entertainment.  

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MAMMA MIA!

 

 

 

The global musical phenomenon, MAMMA MIA!, opens its Brisbane season from December 26th 2017 in QPAC’s Lyric Theatre. This exciting new production of MAMMA MIA! is produced in Australia by Michael Coppel, Louise Withers and Linda Bewick.

 

 

“MAMMA MIA! is exactly what we all need – an uplifting, fun-filled, heartfelt night at the theatre which puts a smile on your face and a spring in your step. The timeless tracks of ABBA never fail to bring joy to audiences across the world and we are delighted to be producing MAMMA MIA! once again across Australia. We are also thrilled with the incredibly talented creative team and cast we have assembled to bring this story and these songs to life on stage night after night,” Withers says.

 

MAMMA MIA! features a stella line up of principal cast; Natalie O’Donnell, Sarah Morrinson, Alicia Gardiner, Jayde Westaby, Ian Stenlake, Phillip Lowe, Josef Ber and Stephen Mahy.

 

 

Set on a Greek island paradise and inspired by the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs, writer Catherine Johnson’s heart-warming tale centres around a young bride-to-be. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

 

Over 60 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the story and the music that makes MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good musical. And now, in what will be a stunning new production, audiences are invited to join the party of a lifetime. A celebration of love, laughter and friendship, MAMMA MIA! is a fabulous night out for audiences of all ages.

       Tickets on sale now via qpac.com.au or call 136 246.

 

The 78-Storey Treehouse

 

As part of QPAC’s SummerSet program, families can get set for their imaginations to climb even higher with the world premier season of a brand new stage show, The 78-Storey Treehouse, based on the hugely popular self-reader book by Andy Griffiths and illustrated by Terry Denton, in QPAC’s Playhouse from 13- 23 December 2017.

 

It’s the fourth book to follow the popular series (13, 26 and 52-Storey Treehouse) and cleverly crafted into a stage play by Richard Tulloch.

The 78-Storey Treehouse at QPAC follows the sold-out season of The 13-Storey Treehouse which thrilled young audiences when it came to the Playhouse stage earlier in the year.

 

Don’t miss being one of the first to see this much loved book come to life on stage.

 

The 78-Storey Treehouse is recommended for children aged 
6 years and above.

       Tickets on sale now via 
qpac.com.au/summer or call 136 246.

 

Emily Brown and The Thing

 

Something MONSTROUS is keeping Emily Brown awake. One evening, Emily Brown and her old grey rabbit Stanley find a Thing crying outside their window. He has lost his cuddly and absolutely can’t get to sleep without it. Emily and Stanley bravely set off into the Dark and Scary Wood in search of the missing cuddly but on their return they find that the Thing can’t sleep without hot milk or his tickly cough medicine. The question is: what is really troubling the Thing – and will anyone ever get to sleep?

 

Parents and children the world over will recognise the bizarre excuses a child makes to keep the light on at bedtime. Emily Brown and the Thing demonstrates the importance of talking with children and finding out what is really going on in their complex imaginations.

 

 

Tall Stories (creators of The Gruffalo and The Snail and the Whale stage shows) are delighted to bring to Brisbane their highly acclaimed production Emily Brown and the Thing, an imaginative adaptation of the much-loved book by the award-winning duo Cressida Cowell (author of How to Train Your Dragon) and Neal Layton. Presented in the newly refurbished Cremorne Theatre, created in Tall Stories’ unique style, Emily Brown and the Thing is told with original music, beautiful puppetry, physical storytelling and lots of comedy and runs from 12-23 December as part of QPAC’s popular SummerSet program. Recommended for children aged 3 years and up.  With something for every age group, QPAC has your family’s summer entertainment all set.

 

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The Royal Ballet

The Royal Ballet’s The Winter’s Tale and Woolf Works has its Australian première at the Lyric Theatre exclusively for the 2017 QPAC International Series season from 29 June to 9 July 2017.

The Winter’s Tale, choreographed by The Royal Ballet’s Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon, is the first full length adaptation of a Shakespeare play by the company since Kenneth MacMillan’s 1965 production of Romeo and Juliet and is Wheeldon’s eighth work choreographed for the company.

Wayne McGregor’s full-length ballet, Woolf Works, which secured the 2016 Olivier Award for best new dance production, is inspired by three of Virginia Woolf’s landmark novels; Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves, as well as her autobiographical writings.  Wayne McGregor celebrates a decade as Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet.

 

QPAC Chief Executive John Kotzas said the International Series engaged in a long-term international creative, cultural, educational and business exchange.

“For nearly a decade, the residency model of the QPAC International Series has seen, and will continue to see, some really important cultural exchanges from these international companies with both local artists and audiences alike,” Mr Kotzas said.

“Visiting artists become live ambassadors while they are in Queensland and, upon their return home, they become genuine advocates for QPAC, Brisbane and Queensland.

“Audiences have come on a journey with us since 2009; relishing a broad program that has seen grand balletic tradition united with innovation and bold artistry producing exceptional standards of performing arts experiences,” Mr Kotzas said.

•      Tickets on sale now via qpac.com.au or call 13 6246.

 

SIERRA BOGGESS

Broadway and West End music theatre star Sierra Boggess performs at QPAC as part of her debut Australian tour.

Regarded by Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber as “…the best, the best Christine certainly!” in The Phantom of the Opera, this international award-winning music theatre superstar will wow audiences with her magnificent voice, star power, acclaimed acting and captivating personality. It’s no wonder Lloyd Webber asked her to perform Christine in the award-winning and highly acclaimed The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary Production at Royal Albert Hall.

Sierra is also a celebrated Broadway Disney Princess, having portrayed Ariel in The Little Mermaid on Broadway to high acclaim. She recently completed a season as Principal Mullins in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s adaption of the Jack Black favourite School of Rock.

Presented as part of Queensland Cabaret Festival, Sierra Boggess performs in the Concert Hall on June 8.

•      Tickets on sale now via qpac.com.au or call 13 6246.

 

Untapped

Fresh from a sell out season in New York, Brisbane based dance company RAW bring their high-octane, rhythmic extravaganza, Untapped, to the Cremorne Theatre, QPAC from 19 to 29 April 2017.

Heralded by the New York Times as ‘Untrammelled Energy’, Untapped is a dazzling feast of dance and music. Expert hoofers extend tap into wild territories serving up a mix of tap, street style and hip hop; overlayed with a healthy dose of humour. 

Untapped is an adrenaline-fuelled hour of dance entertainment, suitable for the whole family and will leave you breathless, and wanting more.  Don’t miss seeing some of the best dancers and beatboxers live on stage in this urban, sexy, exciting and often surprising show.

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Every Brilliant Thing

The brilliantly touching and funny play Every Brilliant Thing is set to run in the Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s (QPAC’s) Cremorne Theatre direct from the UK from Wednesday 8 to Saturday 11 March.

 Every Brilliant Thing is a heart wrenching and hilarious solo play about depression and the lengths people go to for the people they love.

British actor James Rowland takes on the role that earned a string of awards and nominations including New York’s Drama Desk Award. The most hilarious show you’ll ever see about depression!

       Tickets on sale now via qpac.com.au or call 13 6246.

 

Eddi Reader Songs for Robert Burns

Acclaimed Scottish singer Eddi Reader brings her Australian tour to  QPAC’s Concert Hall for one-night only Thursday 16 March.  Renowned as a vocalist adorned by her peers, critics and a devoted global audience Reader has recently released The Best of Eddi Reader a career spanning a double album compilation that collects thirty of her most consistently beautiful, often deeply personal and intimate songs. Featuring material from across Eddi’s remarkable 30 year recording career the new album includes the charming acoustic pop of 1988’s beloved chart topper Perfect (with Fairground Attraction), right up to her remarkable 2015 versions of the standard Moon River and Amy Winehouse’s Love Is A Losing Game.  For this tour, which sees Reader and her four piece band combining festival appearances with her own shows, Reader will perform songs from across her enduring career. This will include songs from what some consider her finest achievement – the songs from her 2003 album The Songs of Robert Burns, a timeless interpretation showcasing the poems of Scotland’s national bard, an album that gained her an MBE for outstanding contributions to the arts. That rare award complements 3 Brit Awards and a host of other accolades generated by a stellar and deeply respected career. An extended version of the album was recently re-released to mark Burn’s 250th birthday.

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Paris Combo

The seductively swinging and sophisticated, Paris Combo plays at QPAC’s Concert Hall for the first time ever for one-night only on Monday 20 March.

After sold out shows in Australia in 2015, the fun-loving quintet fronted by the charismatic Belle du Berry perform their favourite songs as well as tracks from their new album Tako Tsubo.  With six albums and two decades spent criss-crossing the globe, playing to enthusiastic audiences from Sydney to San Francisco, Berlin to Beijing; France’s Paris Combo have garnered critical acclaim and an immense following for their unique melange of colourful cabaret, elegant jazz, gypsy swing, and sassy alterna-pop.

Paris Combo’s new record leads audiences through a deliciously varied collection of musical atmospheres, ranging from the intimacy of the live combo to more lush orchestral settings and beautiful 60’s retro ala Bacharach with psychedelic overtones.

This swinging quintet have an ability to create unique cosmopolitan sounds that makes them one of the most piquant and intriguing groups on the international music scene. Belle du Berry (Vocals), Potzi (Guitar), François Jeannin (Drums/Vocals), David Lewis (Trumpet/Piano) and Benoit Dunoyer de Segonzac (Double bass) are an act not to miss…

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