• 09
      Oct
      AUDITIONS OPEN!
       The Empire Theatre is searching for talented cast members for their upcoming 2018 major production, Essgee’s Pirates of Penzance.   Audition information packs are now available on the Empire Theatres website for actors, singers, backstage singers and dancers with auditions to be held in late October and early November.   Empire Theatres General Manager, Kerry Saul said EssGees unique brand of Gil...
    • 09
      Oct
      STELLAR CREATIVE TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR PIRATES OF PENZANCE
      The Empire Theatre is pleased to announce the talented creative team which will be responsible for bringing to life the Gilbert and Sullivan family favourite, The Pirates of Penzance in March next year. Leading the team as Director is Melbourne based and internationally recognized director Terence O’Connell. Mr O’Connell’s experience encompasses some 150 productions as director across Australia an...
    • 06
      Oct
      Empire Youth Arts IMPACT Ensemble take Shakespeare through time...
      After months of preparation, the Empire Youth Arts Senior IMPACT Ensemble are ready to take the stage with their 2017 performance, {Cross My Heart} Friday 13 -14 October. Performed in the Armitage Centre – Heritage Bank Auditorium {Cross My Heart} was inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Empire Youth Arts Director, Ari Palani said the core elements of Shakespeare’s famous story we...
    • 05
      Oct
      Children's Puppet Theatre on stage this Friday and Saturday
      Visit the Empire Theatre for unique theatrical experience this Friday and Saturday when Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s adaptation of Shaun Tan’s acclaimed picture book, The Arrival arrives on stage in The Armitage Centre.  This warm and magical experience for all ages is built on the animation of the images from Tan’s book, interwoven with Spare Part’s exceptional acting and exquisite puppetry bring...
    • 25
      Sep
      Homegrown Independents Program 2018
      Homegrown is the Empire Theatre Projects Company’s Independents program. The program encourages the development and production of new and exciting works and allows them space to be seen and presented. Homegrown encourages applications from all disciplines including cross discipline work. We want to hear your idea and help you share it with the wider community. We are open to flexible presentation ...
    • 20
      Sep
      Queensland Pops Orchestra stars musical theatre legend
      One of Australia’s most loved musical theatre stars will be on the Empire Theatre stage alongside the Queensland Pops Orchestra for Broadway and Beyond on Sunday October 8. Conducted by Patrick Pickett, the Queensland Pops Broadway and Beyond brings to life the cream of Broadway musical theatre in a visual and musical spectacular with everything from “Fair Lady to Phantom” and “Lanza to Lloyd W...
    • 20
      Sep
      Tickets to Pirates of Penzance NOW ON SALE!
      The Empire Theatres have celebrated this year’s International Talk Like A Pirate Day in style, with the release of tickets to the 2018 Empire Theatres major production, Essgee’s Pirates of Penzance. Tickets to the performance, which is to be on stage from March 14-17 next year, are now on sale online and via the box office now. This hilarious musical takes the audience on a rollick over the hig...
    • 13
      Sep
      Opening Hours - Saturday 16th September

      The Empire Theatre Box Office will be open from 9am - 12 noon on Saturday 16th September prior to the Carnival of Flowers Parade.

       The Box Office will reopen at 6.30pm for ticket sales to Queensland Ballet's La Fille mal gardee to start at 7.30pm.

    • 24
      Aug
      Empire Theatre urges Patrons to book early
       Empire Theatres 20th anniversary season audience members are being encouraged to book their tickets for remaining 2017 performances quickly to avoid disappointment. The warning comes after popular country artist, Lee Kernaghan’s 25th Anniversary Tour at the Empire Theatre on Saturday September 9 sold out ahead of his performance, leaving many fans who had planned to purchase tickets on the ni...
    • 21
      Aug
      Pirates of Penzance announced as 2018 Major Production
      Following the successful season of Wicked in 2017, Empire Theatres are thrilled to announce the major production for 2018 will be Essgee’s Pirates of Penzance. Essgee's unique brand of Gilbert and Sullivan first stormed across Australia in 1994. It's now being performed all over the world including productions across the UK, North America and even in Germany. This adaptation has more laughs and a...
    • 09
      Aug
      AUSTRALIA'S NAUGHTIEST WOMBAT ON EMPIRE STAGE
      The naughtiest wombat in Australia will create chaos on the Empire stage on September 4 and 5. Based on the book by multi-award winning author Jackie French and Bruce Whatley, Diary of a Wombat, this landmark Australian production features stunning puppetry, a live cello score and a brilliant design. Audiences aged three and over will meet Mothball, the naughtiest wombat in Australia. Bored with...
    • 03
      Aug
      Australian Dance Theatre - THIS WEEK!
        An internationally acclaimed dance company will bring one of their most exciting works to the Empire Theatres stage on August 24 with Australian Dance Theatre’s electrifying Be Your Self Redux.  Visiting as part of the Empire Theatres 20th anniversary season, Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) has thrilled sellout audiences around the world with their performances of cutting edge dance. Be Your Sel...
    • 01
      Aug
      Comic Cabaret this Saturday
      The Empire Theatres will tackle the big issues this Saturday when University of Southern Queensland graduate Judy Hainsworth brings her hilarious original cabaret #FirstWorldWhiteGirls: Botox Party to The Armitage Centre. Performing at the Empire Theatre for the third time having previously appeared in comic cabaret #FirstWorldWhiteGirls in 2015 and Doll in 2016, Judy said Botox Party was like...
    • 21
      Jul
      2017 Empire Theatres Youth Bursary Applications Open
      Applications for the Empire Theatre’s Youth Bursaries are now open, presenting opportunities for young performers in our region to access training at some of Australia’s leading performing arts institutions. Young people between the ages of 12 and 25 are invited to apply for bursaries to attend professional development short courses at prestigious institutions including National Institute of Dra...
    • 19
      Jul
      SWANNELL TO HAND OVER REINS OF EMPIRE THEATRE BOARD
      The Empire Theatres will welcome the appointment of Mr Andrew Wielandt as the Chair of the Empire Theatres Pty Ltd Board of Directors, following the resignation of long serving Chairman, Professor Peter Swannell AM who will officially step down in October 2017. As a member of the Empire Theatre’s Board of Directors since 2007, forthcoming Chair, Mr Andrew Wielandt is the managing partner for T...
    • 11
      Jul
      SINK YOUR TEETH INTO ANOTHER BLOODY CLASSIC
      Sharpen your fangs, as the multi-award winning theatre company shake & stir theatre co. are back at the Empire Theatre on August 11 with Bram Stoker’s gothic masterpiece, Dracula.  Created and adapted by one of Australia’s leading contemporary theatre companies, this critically acclaimed adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 horror-classic is every bit as tortured and charismatic as the novel. The ...
    • 04
      Jul
      JOHN WOOD STARS IN COMEDY DRAMA THIS WEEKEND
       Well-known television actors John Wood and Julie Nihill will combine their talents on the Armitage Centre stage on Saturday July 8 for a clever and colorful comedy drama about what makes art and people authentic. Both popular television actors, made famous by highly popular Australian crime drama, Blue Heelers, John Wood and Julie Nihill reunite on stage in roles they have never been seen in ...
    • 19
      Jun
      OPEN DAY THIS WEEKEND!
      For the first time since the grand re-opening in 1997, the Empire Theatres are throwing open the doors on this Sunday to give the community a rare chance to peek behind the curtain. The Open Day celebrates the 20th Anniversary Season of the Empire Theatre. Open Day will give those familiar with the theatre and perhaps those who aren’t so familiar the opportunity to take in performances, workshops,...
    • 15
      Jun
      Family friendly circus show goes Troppo at the Empire Theatre
      One of Australia’s most acclaimed circus companies, Circa, invite you into their daring new acrobatic world as they perform their action- packed new show, Troppo on the Empire Theatre stage on July 20. ‘Alice in Wonderland meets The Tempest’ in this colourful, energetic and insightful show full of wondering, comic misadventures and circus. On a deserted island far, far away, a rag tag circus troup...
    • 06
      Jun
      MUSICAL IMMERSION EXPERIENCE ON OFFER
      Immerse yourself in the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s free 360-degree virtual orchestra experience when it visits the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery from July 1- 31. Imagine standing on stage surrounded by the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s virtuoso musicians, feeling the energy of Artistic Director Richard Tognetti playing his priceless Guarneri del Gesù violin, or getting up close to Principal ...