• 01
      Nov
      2017 EMPIRE YOUTH BURSARY RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED
      Some of the region’s most talented young performers were acknowledged today, with the presentation of the 2017 Empire Theatres Foundation Youth Bursaries. More than $18,000 in bursaries was awarded to 25 young talents, with the aim of developing skills and giving new experiences to young artists who demonstrate talent, involvement and achievement in a performing arts discipline. This year’s rec...
    • 16
      Feb
      Long serving staff member retires after 20 years
      After more than 20 years working hard on the action behind the scenes of Toowoomba's iconic Empire Theatre, Margaret Turnbull will take her final bows today.  Retiring from her position as Events Manager, Margaret has been a hardworking and valuable member of staff, dedicating a large portion of her life to the theatre she loves over the past 20 years. After being a vocal supporter of the theatre'...
    • 07
      Feb
      Outdoor Film Festival brings best short films to Empire Theatre
      Enjoy a night out under the stars on the Empire Theatre Lawn on Saturday February 24 for the annual screening of award- winning touring film festival, Flickerfest. Celebrating 27 years of the festival, Academy Accredited and BAFTA recognised, Flickerfest showcases the Best of Australian Shorts programme, with films hand- picked from more than 2500 entries. This year’s festival features a range o...
    • 01
      Feb
      Bangarra Dance Theatre perform Triple Bill at Empire Theatre
      The internationally acclaimed and award winning Bangarra Dance Theatre will showcase some of their best dancers and choreography with OUR land people stories on stage on Saturday February 17. OUR land people stories was the recipient of the Outstanding Performance by a Company in the 2017 Australian Dance Awards. Lead by well known Artistic Director, Stephen Page, Bangarra Dance Theatre is an Abor...
    • 17
      Jan
      Pirates of Penzance sets sail with international performer
      SEE MICHAEL CORMICK'S SHOW REEL HERE! The Empire Theatres have set sail on rehearsals for the 2018 major production, Gilbert and Sullivan favourite, Pirates of Penzance, announcing a stellar cast including a lineup of exceptionally talented local and professional performers.  Starring as The Pirate King is internationally renowned singer and actor Michael Cormick, whose career highlights include ...
    • 15
      Dec
      Christmas Trading Hours
      The Empire Theatre Box Office is closed from Thursday 21st December at 5pm to Monday 8th January 2018 at 9am.  Reduced trading Hours 8th January - 13th January. Monday - Wednesday 9am - 2pm Thursday 9am - 5pm and 7pm - 8pm (prior to The King is Back show) Friday 9am - 2pm Saturday 13th - CLOSED For tickets during this time, book online at www.empiretheatre.com.au. ...
    • 01
      Dec
      BRIAN BOAK BURSARY APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN
      The Empire Theatres are now calling for applications for the highly prestigious Empire Theatres Brian Boak 2018 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,...
    • 17
      Nov
      BIGGEST EVER SEASON RELEASED AT 2018 LAUNCH
      The Empire Theatres have announced their largest ever annual program with the launch of Season 2018.   Following the success of the 20th anniversary season this year, Season 2018 features a number of national companies and well-known performers. Headlining the season is the Empire Theatres major in-house production Essgee’s Pirates of Penzance, proudly sponsored by Heritage Bank. Pirates of Pe...
    • 25
      Oct
      LEO SAYER WILL MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE DANCING
      Legendary singer, Leo Sayer will be on stage at the Empire Theatre, Toowoomba on Friday November 10 for one night only. After performing at the Olympic Stadium in Moscow, New York’s Central Park, The Las Vegas Hilton, Wembley Arena, Hamer Hall in Melbourne and Royal Albert Hall in London, Leo Sayer now adds the Empire Theatre to his list as part of a short visit to Australia. After more than 40 y...
    • 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...