The Best of the 2018 Lineup at the Canberra Theatre Centre

It’s almost the end of 2017, can you believe it?! So many amazing things have happened to me in 2017 and one of the highlights has been working with the Canberra Theatre Centre, attending and reviewing some of their biggest shows through the year. I feel incredibly honoured and grateful to have this opportunity, as I’ve always been an avid theatre goer, and for the past year I’ve been able to combine two of my favourite things – blogging and theatre.

The Canberra Theatre Centre recently launched their 2018 Collected Works, opened by ACT Arts Minister, Gordon Ramsay, and it is jam packed with some incredible, diverse material. If you attend the Canberra Theatre relatively often, a season ticket for all the shows is heavily discounted and therefore very good value (and would make a very special Christmas present!), but all shows also offer individual tickets, if one in particular catches your eye. Let me give you an overview!




 Photo credit Richard de Chazal


Andrew Kay & Associates

The Playhouse, 22-24 February

Amanda Muggleton plays Maria Callas, coined ‘the greatest dramatic soprano of her time’, as she teaches a small, talented selection of students New York’s Juilliard School. Director Adam Spreadbury-Maher explores the depth of Muggleton’s experience, wisdom and life lessons, as well as her ‘caustic humour, flying insults and real vulnerability’ (Limelight, 2017). Cast includes (of course) the amazing Amanda Muggleton as Maria Callas, Dobbs Franks as Emmanuel “Manny” Weinstock, Kala Gare as Sophie De Palma, Jessica Boyd as Sharon Graham, and Rocco Speranza as Anthony “Tony” Candolino.

Tickets are available HERE


Photo credit Zan Wimberley

A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer


The Playhouse, 28 February – 3 March

It’s a musical theatre piece about the highs and lows of cancer. Bryony Kimmings shares a confronting and simultaneously uplifting show of what it’s truly like to go through the battle of cancer.

Tickets are available HERE


Photo credit Ellis Parrinder

Oedipus Schmoedipus

Post and Intimate Spectacle

The Playhouse, 14 March

Reading the media release for Oedipus Schmoedipus has me intrigued and bamboozled. It’s a rewrite of many theatre classics – all death scenes – taking them from a white man’s world and twisting them to fit a modern perspective. All with the help of 25 volunteers who receive their lines 3 hours before show time.

Tickets are available HERE




Photo credit Rene Vaile

Black is the New White

Sydney Theatre Company

The Playhouse, 28-31 March

Indigenous lawyer Charlotte Gibson has fallen in love with Francis Smith, an unemployed white guy. When the two families get together for their first Christmas, it’s a bit of a spectacle… As you can probably imagine.

Tickets are available HERE


Photo credit Pierre Toussaint

Antony and Cleopatra

Bell Shakespeare

The Playhouse, 12-21 April

In the first of two Bell Shakespeare productions for this year centred in the empire that was Rome, Antony and Cleopatra explores love, passion, power and duty. Catherine McClements (of Rake and The Time of Our Lives) is Cleopatra.

Tickets are available HERE






Photo credit Tim Standing

The Aspirations of Daise Morrow

Brink Productions

The Playhouse, 1-5 May

It’s Daise Morrow’s burial day. In an interaction, three dimensional composition of theatre, storytelling and music, writer Patrick White explores the core of mundane human existence, with humour, understanding and wisdom.

Tickets are available HERE






Photo credit Brett Boardman

The Bleeding Tree

Griffin Theatre Company

The Playhouse, 8-12 May

In a rural Australian town, plagued by domestic violence, three women fight back – and end up with a corpse. A complicated story of morals and revenge, set in the Australian gothic, The Bleeding Tree has won three Helpmann Awards for Best Play, Best Direction and Best Female Actor, as well as the 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Award.

Tickets are available HERE


Photo credit Heidrun Lohr

Quiet Faith

Alternative Facts

The Courtyard Studio, 15-18 May

Although some may give Christianity a bad name (ahem – Tony Abbott), theatre-documentary Quiet Faith explores the undercurrent of everyday Christianity, a belief in doing goodness unto others, and why faith-based movements and social justice activism, such as the Love Makes A Way campaign, aren’t recognised.

Tickets are available HERE






Photo credit James Hartley

Sense and Sensibility

State Theatre Company South Australia

The Playhouse, 29 May – 2 June

It’s Sense and Sensibility as you’ve never experienced it. Playwright Kate Hamill’s adaptation has been described as ‘Jane Austen on theatrical steroids’ and is sure to be a witty, amusing and dramatic tale.

Tickets are available HERE





Photo credit Chris Herzfeld

The Beginning of Nature

Australian Dance Theatre

Canberra Theatre, 12-15 June

The Australian Dance Theatre explore the simulatenously ever-changing and ever-remaining cycles of life, of seasons, of flocks, herds and migrations, of the ebb and the flow of the tide, of life and death. With reference to the first language of ADT’s home, the Kaurna language, the performance provides live music from the Zephyr Quartet and two vocalists.

Tickets are available HERE


Photo credit Dominic Northcott


Pigeonhole Theatre

The Courtyard Studio, 3-14 July

A psychological thriller based in Switzerland (why not?), author Patricia Highsmith is approached by a keen but naive editor to convince one last book out of her. In a game of hunter and prey, Switzerland is sure to have you at the edge of your seat.

Tickets are available HERE



Photo credit Daniel Boud

Dark Emu

Bangarra Dance Theatre

Canberra Theatre, 26-28 July

After a sold-out season of Bennelong through 2017, Bangarra is back with a story to take you back to the roots of this country. Dark Emu explores the interaction and cultivation between Indigenous Australians and their landscape that spans millennia, how the tribes have shaped the land we live on today.

Tickets are available HERE






Photo credit John Mcrea

Calamity Jane

One Eyed Man Productions and Neglected Musicals

The Playhouse, 15-19 August

In the Golden Garter Saloon, don’t be surprised to meet anyone – prostitutes, gamblers, and a collect of acclaimed actors who bring the musical to life. Virginia Gay (of All Saints and Winners & Losers) stars as Calamity Jane in this interactive performance that will have audience members seated onstage at saloon tables.

Tickets are available HERE






Photo credit Pedro Greig

ab [intra]

Sydney Dance Company

Canberra Theatre, 30 August – 1 September

ab intra = (latin) ‘from within’. The Sydney Dance Company explores the invisible motives, ambitions, relationships, drives, with choreographer Rafael Bonachela at the wheel.

Tickets are available HERE


Photo credit Georges Antoni

Madame Butterfly

Opera Australia

Canberra Theatre, 6-8 September

Puccini’s famous opera is coming to Canberra, to share the story of Japanese Madame Butterfly, who falls in love with a U.S. Naval officer and all that he represents, only to face the heartbreak of an unfortunate reveal when he returns years later. Directed by John Bell and adapted in English, there’s really no excuse to not see this production.

Tickets are available HERE


Photo credit Simon Pynt

The Season

Tasmania Performs and Performing Lines

The Playhouse, 13-15 September

We follow the Duncan’s as they venture home for birding season but end up uncovering much more. Secrets, scandal and rivalries are coming along for the ride. Directed by Isaac Drandic, with a cast of Tammy Anderson, Trevor Jamieson and Luke Carroll.

Tickets are available HERE


Photo credit Darcy Grant


The Farm

The Playhouse, 26 September

It’s young vs old in an exploration of power play, struggle for achievement and the fragility of the ageing body as two men try to prove themselves in the work place. The Farm is a newly formed QLD/Berlin dance theatre company.

Tickets are available HERE



Photo credit Pierre Toussaint

Julius Caesar

Bell Shakespeare

The Playhouse, 12-20 October

And here’s our second Roman drama for the year. Julius Caesar sees a country in turmoil after assassination, treachery, mutiny and power play. It’s sure to be a tense and enthralling piece, directed by Bell Shakespeare’s Associate Director, James Evans, and starring Kenneth Ransom.

Tickets are available HERE


Photo credit Rene Vaile

The Wharf Revue 2018

Sydney Theatre Company

The Playhouse, 23 October – 3 November

And just to mix things up a bit, we’ve got the hilarious Wharf Revue for a round up of politics, satire and pure stupidity as Jonathan Biggins and Drew Forsythe dance, sing, and mock the night away.

Tickets are available HERE

Season tickets are available HERE, with discounts on packages of four shows or more. Benefits of a season subscriber include free ticket exchange if unforeseen circumstances arise, discounted drinks, invite a friend for discounted ticket prices and access to presale tickets so you always have the best seats in the house. 


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