• 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...
    • 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 ...
    • 01
      Jun
      HISTORY BROUGHT TO LIFE DURING NAIDOC WEEK
      One of the country’s most prestigious theatre companies will bring a definitive story from Australia’s Indigenous history to the forefront when Coranderrk hits the Empire Theatre stage on Wednesday, July 5. Ilbijerri Theatre Company’s Coranderrk, which stars some of Australia’s most recognizable faces of theatre, film and TV is about what might have been. At a Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry in 18...
    • 24
      May
      Queensland Symphony Orchestra stroll through music of the night
      Queensland Symphony Orchestra returns to the Empire Theatre on June 22 to perform pieces from some of classical music’s biggest names in Sweet Night Music. For this performance, QSO will take a nocturnal stroll through the music of the night, under the baton of international conductor, Daniel Kossov. Mozarts’s famous Queen of the Night aria from The Magic Flute, sung by soprano Morgan England- Jon...
    • 16
      May
      DARE TO ADVENTURE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA
      The Empire Theatre will be transported under the sea for two performances from June 23-24 when audiences are invited to dive in and meet some playful creatures of the deep in Erth’s Preshistoric Aquarium. Featuring giant puppetry, stilt-walkers, inflatable environments, aerial and flying creatures, this performance will unlock some of nature’s greatest mysteries and immerse the audience into an ...
    • 09
      May
      Comic Kids Book comes alive on Empire Theatre Stage
      An award winning children’s book by well-known English comedian David Walliams (Little Britain, Britain’s Got Talent) comes to life on stage for children 6-12 and their adults. This charming original Australian adaptation plays at Empire Theatre on Tuesday 13 June – Wednesday 14 June . "Mr Stink stank. He also stunk. And if it was correct English to say he stinked, then he stinked as well…”  It al...
    • 05
      May
      Opera Australia offers on stage opportunity for children
       With Opera Australia’s performance of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro at the Empire Theatre on July 18, young singers will be given the opportunity to take the stage with some of the country’s best talents.  The Regional Children’s Chorus will perform on stage during the opera in costume along with professional opera cast, giving them a unique experience and a chance to see the inner workings ...
    • 28
      Apr
      Constellations to feature Auslan interpreter
      For the first time since the opening of the Empire Theatre 20 years ago, a touring play will have the benefit of a specialist Auslan interpreter during the performance. One of the main dramas of the Empire Theatre’s 2017 Season, Constellations by Queensland Theatre will be translated into Auslan by specialist performance interpreter Leanne Beer, expanding the theatre experience to patrons who u...
    • 20
      Apr
      Musician brings Afghanistan Experience to Queensland
      Empire Theatre audiences will be transported to the frontline in Afghanistan when Australian diplomat turned singer-songwriter and author Fred Smith brings the dust, heat, frustration, fighting and camaraderie to the Armitage Centre stage for Dust of Uruzgan on May 6. As the first Australian diplomat sent to work in Uruzgan Province, Southern Afghanistan and the last to leave, Fred brings his expe...
    • 11
      Apr
      Easter Trading Hours

      Please be advised that the Empire Theatres, including the Box Office, will be closed over the Easter long weekend.

      The Box Office will close at 5pm Thursday 13th April and re-open 9am Tuesday 18th April. 

      As always, you will be able to continue to buy tickets online during this period.

    • 29
      Mar
      $25 Tickets to Wicked available!
      In celebration of the Empire Theatre’s 20th anniversary season and the 2017 major production of Wicked, the Empire Theatres have released a range of ‘Access Tickets” across all seven performances. The Empire Theatres seven show season of Wicked, proudly sponsored by Heritage Bank, opens March 31 and runs until Sunday, April 9.  As a way to give the entire community the chance to experience this e...
    • 23
      Mar
      Curtain to raise on Wicked next week
      After months of rehearsal, the cast, orchestra and crew of the 2017 Empire Theatres major production, Wicked, are ready to raise the curtain on one of the biggest smash hits on Broadway. The Empire Theatres seven show season, proudly sponsored by Heritage Bank, opens Friday March 31 and runs until Sunday April 9. Director Alison Vallette said the excitement of opening night was building within all...