• 04
      Jul
      The Empire Theatre celebrated 25 years since the reopening in 1997
      As part of the Empire Theatre’s 25th birthday celebrations, the Empire Theatre opened its doors free to the public on Saturday 2 July 2022, allowing the community to wander and take in the magnificent front of house of this grand building at their own pace, without the usual time constraints of the looming curtain call when coming to see a performance. [embed width="1001" height="565" class="l...
    • 23
      May
      2022 Brian Boak Bursary Recipient Announced
      The journey of an opera singer can be complicated and challenging and almost impossible for those outside the operatic world – let’s say standing in the wings observing - to even comprehend. Operas come in all languages so your years of training include learning languages. Operas by definition are completely sung – as opposed to a musical which is spoken word and singing combined – making them ha...
    • 19
      May
      Help us open [stage] doors for aspiring artists and performers!
      Why not consider the Empire Theatres Foundation for your end of financial year donation. A Youth Bursary provided by the Empire Theatres Foundation helps to open doors for young artists and performers.  Your kind donation assists us to provide opportunities and allows people of all ages and backgrounds to engage with the arts and benefit from creative expression. To find out more read the Foundati...
    • 07
      Apr
      A KALEIDOSCOPIC CARNIVAL OF SHORT FILMS
      Celebrating 31 years in 2022 Flickerfest remains Australia’s leading Academy® Qualifying and BAFTA Recognised short film festival, ensuring that we continue to present A-list short film programmes recognised amongst the best in the world with films hand-picked from the festival’s record 3,200 entries! Flickerfest, Australia’s largest Short Film Festival is excited to be returning on its National ...
    • 07
      Apr
      DR KARL TALKED ALL THINGS TIME-TRAVEL WITH TOOWOOMBA THEATRE KIDS
      Celebrated celebrity scientist Dr Karl Kruszelnicki took some time to talk with the Empire Theatres’ Junior IMPACT ensemble about the science behind time-travel. Known for his infectious enthusiasm presenting science facts and theories, Dr Karl was the man with all the answers for the young cast of Charlie Pilgrim (or a Beginner’s Guide to Time Travel), as they prepare to portray the science-fic...
    • 10
      Mar
      Empire WILL ROCK You Next Week
      The irony that rock band Queen have a song titled “The Show Must Go On” is not lost on the talented cast and crew of You Will Rock You which opens at the Empire Theatre on Friday March 18. We Will Rock You is the Empire Theatres’ major community production for 2022.  Since it’s reopening in 1997, it has been the aim of Empire Theatres Pty Ltd to host an annual major production to provide opportun...
    • 13
      Jan
      EMPIRE THEATRES ANNOUNCE A CAST FIT FOR QUEEN
      The Empire Theatres are thrilled to announce an incredibly talented lineup of performers who will take on the legendary music of Queen in the 2022 blockbuster jukebox musical, We Will Rock You.   This highly energetic rock and roll musical featuring hits including Killer Queen, Another One Bites the Dust, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Somebody to Love, Bohemian Rhapsody and We Will Rock You ...
    • 10
      Jan
      EMPIRE THEATRES BRIAN BOAK BURSARY APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN
      The Empire Theatres are now calling for applications for the highly prestigious Empire Theatres Brian Boak 2022 Outstanding Performer Bursary, with one exceptional Australian applicant set to receive up to $20,000. This life-changing bursary will offer support to the next generation of elite artists as they develop and forge their careers in their chosen fields. Empire Theatres Foundation Chair,...
    • 23
      Dec
      Christmas/ New Year Opening Hours
      The Empire Theatre Ticket Office will be closed from 1pm Thursday, 23 December until 9am, Monday 10th January. 
      Tickets and gift vouchers can continue to be purchased over this period via the website. 
      Merry Christmas from the team at Empire Theatres! 
    • 22
      Nov
      2022 HOMEGROWN INDEPENDENTS PROGRAM APPLICATIONS OPEN
      Local independent artists have the opportunity to make their stage vision a reality after applications to the Empire Theatre’s popular Homegrown Independents Program opened today. The Homegrown Independent’s Program encourages the development and production of new and exciting works, allowing them a space to be seen and presented, and affording the producers expert mentoring and assistance wit...
    • 09
      Nov
      2021 EMPIRE THEATRES YOUTH BURSARY RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED
      The Empire Theatre has continued its commitment to supporting and nurturing the region’s young performers with the presentation of the 2021 Empire Theatres Youth Bursaries. The program returns after being unable to run in 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic restricting the availability of courses and travel restrictions causing difficulty to participants. Some of the region’s most talented y...
    • 25
      Oct
      Empire Youth Arts: A 10 Year Overview
      In 2020, a report was commissioned to accompany the 10 year anniversary of the Empire Youth Arts initiatives housed at the Empire Theatres. The report provides significant insight and validation of the impact of Empire Youth Arts initiatives on the lives of emerging young regional theatre artists.  The report found that Empire Theatres is setting the standard for regional investment that champions...
    • 25
      Oct
      WE WILL ROCK YOU AUDITIONS THIS WEEKEND
       The Empire Theatres have begun the search for the talented cast of 2022 major production, smash hit Queen musical, We Will Rock You. The worldwide Ben Elton and Queen hit will burst onto the Empire Theatre stage from March 18-26 in 2022, with a futuristic story, vivid characters and more than 24 of Queens’s biggest songs, including We Are the Champions, Radio Ga Ga, Killer Queen, Bohemian Rhapsod...
    • 18
      Oct
      West End Tenor Joins 50 Local Voices this Weekend
      Choral singing makes a return to the stage with Love and Other Lessons this Saturday and Sunday at the Empire Theatres’ Armitage Centre. Presented by the Empire Theatres and Toowoomba Philharmonic Society, Love and Other Lessons features soloist and West End Tenor and Empire Theatres Foundation Brian Boak Bursary recipient, Paul Tabone and the Sing On Project Choirs. This performance is the culmin...
    • 08
      Oct
      Toowoomba Municipal Band bring A Night in Havana for Toowoomba Hospice
      Toowoomba Municipal Band will transport audience members to the streets of Cuba for a concert of contrasts and colour in support of the Toowoomba Hospice next weekend.  This concert comes shortly after World Hospice and Palliative Care Day on Saturday October 9, a day dedicated to celebrating the vitality of this care throughout the world. A Night in Havana, to be performed at the Empire Theatre ...
    • 06
      Oct
      Thank YOU for your support
      A message from the Empire Theatres General Manager, Kerry Saul. This year, thousands of audience members have continued to enjoy shows at the Empire Theatre in a COVID safe environment. Over the next few months, we are continuing to bring live theatre to Toowoomba by continuing to program Queensland based performances – no crossing of the border necessary! This will culminate in the opening of o...
    • 10
      Sep
      Empire lawn to be a hive of activity for THRIVE ON ARTS!
      The Empire Theatre will once again come alive with creativity this school holidays for the annual Thrive on Arts festival. Thrive on Arts, held at the Empire Theatres Precinct from September 23-26, is a creative festival for young people, families, and the wider community, celebrating play, imagination, creativity, and storytelling. This year, Thrive will be abuzz as the festival celebrates everyt...
    • 26
      Aug
      SANDRA MILLER WINS YOUNG PLAYWRIGHT AWARD
      (Pictured: Sandra Miller (centre)  and the cast of the 2018 IMPACT Ensemble)    Former Empire Youth Arts IMPACT Ensemble member and Empire Theatres Youth Bursary recipient, Sandra Miller has been awarded the 2021 Queensland Theatre’s Young Playwrights’ Award for her deeply moving, coming of age story, Paradise Dreaming. Paradise Dreaming won the top prize in what Queensland Theatre described as on...
    • 13
      Aug
      QUEENSLAND BALLET POSTPONED
      Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation in Queensland and the State Government’s advice not to  travel from South-East Queensland, this weekend’s performance by Queensland Ballet is unable to proceed as scheduled. This performance, Tutus on Tour, has been rescheduled for Thursday, August 26 at 7.30pm. Existing tickets will remain valid for the new date without the need to exchange. If you are no l...
    • 06
      Aug
      Are you ready to Rock?
      It is with great excitement and pleasure that the Empire Theatre announces the 2022 Major production will be Queen and Ben Elton hit jukebox musical, We Will Rock You. This highly energetic rock and roll musical will be performed across six shows from Friday March 18- Saturday March 26. We Will Rock You is a rock and roll jukebox musical based around the music of legendary band Queen and written b...