• 14
      Sep
      KINKY BOOTS AUDITIONS - OPEN NOW!
      AUDITION PACKS HERE Empire Theatres General Manager Kerry Saul said he was thrilled that the Empire Theatre was taking on Kinky Boots as the next major production in 2019. “Coming off the back of several years of highly successful major productions, including The Pirates of Penzance, Wicked, Legally Blonde the Musical, Disney’s Mary Poppins and The Phantom of the Opera,  we are certain Kinky Boots...
    • 13
      Sep
      Award winning drama on Empire Stage
      A highly relatable award winning comedic drama will take to the Empire Theatre stage on Wednesday 26 September for one night only.    Hotel Sorrento, a play that inspired the film of the same name,  follows the story of three sisters who grew up in the seaside town of Sorrento, reunited after 10 years apart.    A semi-autobiographical book written by the middle sister triggers familial tensions an...
    • 11
      Sep
      Program makes huge IMPACT with Junior Ensemble
      The 2018 Junior IMPACT Ensemble are hard at work putting the finishing touches on this year’s production, 10 George Street. To be performed this Saturday 15 September, 10 George Street is a brand-new work that was written and performed by the ensemble members under the direction of Youth Arts Facilitator Ari Palani, Creative Collaborator Kate Murphy and Creative Assistant Nicki Heusler. “This yea...
    • 16
      Aug
      Empire Theatre Launches Arts Festival
      The Empire Theatre will come alive with activity this Spring with the first ever Thrive on Arts festival from September 21-30. Coinciding with the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, Thrive on Arts is an event for all ages, taking in family and children’s performance and workshops, music, drama, comedy and cabaret. Families can enjoy a number of free events throughout the festival, including Story T...
    • 13
      Aug
      A CROSS BETWEEN THE OFFICE & A CAGE FIGHT
        It’s a cross between The Office and a cage fight. Two performers on stage: one older, one younger. Gold Coast dance company The Farm present Cockfight on August 17 in the Empire Theatre’s Armitage Centre , a powerful and dangerous physical performance, woven around the lives of two men from different generations, trapped in an office. Existing side by side, sharing space, resources, time and ...
    • 01
      Aug
      LOVE OF OPERA NOT REQUIRED
      Sopranos must die; It’s the rule of Opera. But when actor, soprano and cabaret artist Isabel Hertaeg takes to the Armitage Centre stage on Sunday, September 23 for cabaret performance Death by Soprano, she will die once for each letter of the alphabet! A satirical A-Z of operatic death scenes, Death by Soprano is a cabaret romp through operatic occupational hazards.  Join Hertaeg and her 26 re-en...
    • 25
      Jul
      Marriage, Mischief & Mayhem in Opera Queensland's Ruddigore
      One of opera’s weirdest and most wonderful shows will be on stage on August 25 with Opera Queensland’s production of Ruddigore, or the Witch’s Curse!   Ruddigore, or the Witch’s Curse is the second Gilbert and Sullivan production of the 2018 Empire Theatres season following the highly successful major production The Pirates of Penzance in March and has an all-star cast including Bryan Probets, C...
    • 20
      Jul
      2018 Empire Theatres Youth Bursary Now Open
      The Empire Theatre is inviting young people between the ages of 12 and 25 to apply for bursaries to attend professional development short courses at leading Australian performing arts institutions. The bursaries aim to assist the region’s young creative talents who demonstrate current involvement and achievement in a performing arts discipline. Past recipients of a Youth Bursary have attended v...
    • 04
      Jul
      The story that captivated a nation....
      One of the nation’s most horrifying and intriguing stories will be revisited in this extraordinary new Australian play based on the life and experiences of Lindy Chamberlain at the Empire Theatre for one night only on August 7. Filled with humour and heartbreak, this stunning work by award-winning playwright Alana Valentine (Parramatta Girls, Head Full of Love) explores the public’s relationship ...
    • 03
      Jul
      EMPIRE THEATRE'S ARI PALANI FINALIST FOR STATE AWARD
      After working with newly arrived young people, migrants and refugees in the Toowoomba community for five years, Empire Theatre’s Youth Arts Director, Ari Palani has been named as a finalist for the Outstanding Individual Achiever Award in the Queensland Multicultural Awards. One of just four finalists, Mr Palani was nominated for his Empire Theatre Youth Arts community engagement work at Harristow...
    • 13
      Jun
      Sydney Dance Company debuts on Empire Stage
        Sydney Dance Company will visit the Empire Theatre for the first time this July with contemporary dance performance ab [intra] on Thursday July 12. Receiving rave reviews in Sydney and being described at contemporary dance at its most evocative and beautiful, ab [intra] is a dynamic work of athleticism that exposes the shared instincts that drive us apart and bring us back together. As the lates...
    • 04
      Jun
      2018 BRIAN BOAK BURSARY WINNER ANNOUNCED
      Melbourne based operatic lyric tenor Michael Petruccelli has been announced as the 2018 Brian Boak Outstanding Performer Bursary recipient. Mr Petruccelli’s bursary will assist with his expenses in taking up a prestigious scholarship with Opernstudio in association with Frankfurt Opera in Germany, one of the most prestigious music theatres in Europe. Mr Petruccelli said he was extremely humbled a...
    • 22
      May
      Empire Theatres Friends of the Theatre Celebrated this Volunteers Week
      The efforts of the Friends of the Empire Theatre will be celebrated this week with National Volunteer Week from May 21-27. While well known as the famous ushers and ticket-takers in the theatre, the Friends are a large organization responsible for performing many functions throughout the Empire Theatre, including catering and assisting staff. Friends of the Empire Theatre President, Col Muller...
    • 17
      May
      Todd McKenney & Nancye Hayes to host night of laughs
      Stars of the stage, Nancye Hayes and Todd McKenney will reflect on their life in showbiz in their new show Bosom Buddies on Friday, May 25 at the Empire Theatre. Nancye and Todd tell back stage stories never before told and show video footage never before seen, in this performance as they sing, dance and reminisce for one night only. Nancye Hayes began her career in My Fair Lady in 1961 and establ...
    • 15
      May
      The 78-Storey Treehouse Returns to the Stage in June
      The Treehouse is back and bigger than ever! The premiere stage adaptation of the bestselling children’s book The 78-Storey Treehouse will be on stage at the Empire Theatre on June 18-19. With one performance at 6pm on Monday 18 June, and two on Tuesday 19 June, there are three opportunities to take in this award-winning story. Andy and Terry’s treehouse just keeps on growing. With yet another 13 ...
    • 07
      May
      POLITICAL THRILLER THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT!
      What makes the Trumps, the Abbotts and the Hansons of this world tick? What would happen if their world started to shift ever so slightly? Embodying their slogans, mannerisms and headlines, A Prudent Man is an amalgamation of recent history's conservative politicians, performing in the Armitage Centre on May 9. Hot on the tail of the US Elections, this speculative piece inspired by real life polit...
    • 30
      Apr
      MOTHER'S DAY GIFT IDEAS
      To celebrate Mother’s Day, we have put together a brief list of some the best gift ideas for your Mum, Grandmother or favorite Aunt, from the 2018 Empire Theatres season. For the Theatrical Mum, Bosom Buddies starring legends of the stage, Nancye Hayes and Todd McKenny will be on stage Friday 25 May.  Both are multi- award-winning performers who will sing, dance and reminisce their way through th...
    • 24
      Apr
      FREE EVENT: SYDNEY WRITERS FESTIVAL
      The Sydney Writers’ Festival Live and Local program is returning to the Empire Theatre on Friday 4th May to Sunday 6th May. As part of the free event, headline events from Sydney Writers’ Festival will be live streamed to the Empire Theatre’s Supper Room from 10am to 5:30pm (May 4 – May 6). While watching the talks, the audience will be able to actively engage with the Festival by submitting quest...
    • 11
      Apr
      MELBOURNE COMEDY FESTIVAL TRAVELS TO EMPIRE THEATRE
      The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is on the road again, with a huge night of laughs at the Empire Theatre on Tuesday April 24. Featuring some of the best stars and talented newcomers from one of the world’s biggest comedy festivals, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is a night of hilarity not to be missed. Now in it’s 20th year, the roadshow brings some of the best hom...
    • 28
      Mar
      Local singers to perform in Ruddigore
        Toowoomba singers had the chance to shine on Monday and Tuesday this week when Opera Queensland held auditions for it’s community chorus for the star-studded production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore to be performed on the Empire Theatre stage on August 23.  Known as Project G&S, the community chorus program allows 10 men and 10 women to sing and dance on stage in Ruddigore alongside th...