• 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...
    • 24
      Feb
      THIS WEEKEND: Local producer makes Flickerfest debut
      A former Toowoomba producer will debut her most recent short film, The Boggabilla Bus at the Empire Theatre’s  outdoor film festival Flickerfest this Friday and Saturday. Now in it’s 26th year, Flickerfest International Short Film Festival is Australia’s leading Academy accredited and BAFTA recognised competitive short film festival. Flickerfest programs, Short Laughs Comedy and Best of Austra...
    • 14
      Feb
      International Guitar Duo Perform in the Church Theatre
      International classical guitar duo, Möller-Fraticelli will present a breathtaking performance in the Empire Church Theatre on March 17.  Swedish guitarist’s Johannes Möller close collaboration with Argentinean guitarist Laura Fraticelli has resulted in a unique form of musical expression.  Their emotional playing style as well as their strong connection and stage presence make their performances u...
    • 31
      Jan
      Wicked cast set to create magic on stage
       Rehearsals for the Empire Theatres 2017 major production, smash hit Broadway musical Wicked are well underway with an impressive local cast taking one of the most defining musicals of the decade. Wicked takes the classic story behind The Wizard of Oz and flips the perspective, telling the previously untold story of the Witches of Oz.  Following unlikely friends Elphaba and Glinda, played by L...
    • 30
      Jan
      Always...Patsy Cline begins Daytime Series
      Kicking off the Empire Theatre’s new Beauaraba Living Daytime Series on Sunday, February 12 is musical play Always… Patsy Cline. Always… Patsy Cline is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer, with the production based on the true story about Cline’s endearing friendship with Houston fan and pen pal, Louise Seger.  Complete with country humour, true emotion and even some audience parti...
    • 20
      Jan
      Children's Chorus Leader wanted!
      In 2017, Opera Australia is returning to Toowoomba with their production of Mozart's masterpiece The Marriage of Figaro. Young people will get the chance to sing with the Company as part of the Regional Children's Chorus.  The Empire Theatre is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified Choir Leaders to come on board with the project.  For more information, click here. ...
    • 13
      Jan
      Toowoomba Community Chorus Call Out!
      Toowoomba Community Chorus Audition Call Out Following the success of Project Puccini in 2014, Opera at Jimbour (Fledermaus) in 2015 and recently Project Rossini in 2016, Opera Q is again giving Queeslanders in the Toowoomba region the opportunity to perform in Franz Lehár's The Merry Widow at Queensland Music Festival's Opera at Jimbour in 2017. Successful auditionees will take to the stage as p...
    • 16
      Dec
      Christmas/New Year Trading Hours

      The Empire Theatre Box Office will close on Thursday 22 December at 5pm and will reopen on Monday 9 January at 9am. 

      For the week Monday 9th January - 13th January the Box Office will operate reduced hours from 9am - 2pm.

      Online bookings are always available during this time. 

    • 17
      Nov
      Season 2017 on sale now!
      The Empire Theatres have announced a huge program of entertainment for the year ahead with the launch of Season 2017 today. Season 2017 celebrates 20 years of the Empire Theatre since the official reopening in 1997 and features a number of national companies, including Australian Dance Theatre, Opera Australia, Ilbijerri Theatre Company, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Queensland Ballet. Headlini...
    • 15
      Nov
      Homegrown Independents Program 2017
      Homegrown is the Empire Theatre Projects Company’s Independents program encouraging the development and production of new and exciting works and allowing them space to be seen and presented. Independent producers are afforded expert advice and assistance to produce their event and the program is flexible and responsive to the individual needs of the producer. Past Independent producers have gone o...
    • 04
      Nov
      Wicked Cast Announced
      The Empire Theatres are thrilled to announce an incredibly talented lineup of local performers who will take the stage for the 2017 major production, Wicked. Wicked takes the classic story behind The Wizard of Oz and flips the perspective, telling the previously untold story of the Witches of Oz.  Following unlikely friends Elphaba and Glinda as they overcome rivalry, envy and ambition in the ...
    • 18
      Oct
      2016 Empire Theatres Foundation Youth Bursary Recipients Announced
      Some of the region’s most talented young performers were acknowledged today, with the presentation of the 2016 Empire Theatres Foundation Youth Bursaries. More than $20,000 in bursaries was awarded to 26 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...
    • 26
      Aug
      shake and stir bring new twist to classic story in Tequila Mockinbird
      Innovative and boundary pushing theatre company shake & stir are returning to the Empire Theatre on the 19 October with the profound and challenging adaptation Tequila Mockingbird. Inspired by Harper Lee’s classic Pulitzer Prize winning novel To Kill A Mockingbird, shake & stir have expertly transferred the narrative into a uniquely Australian context, exploring themes of racial prejudice,...
    • 19
      Aug
      Wicked Auditions Open!
      The Empire Theatre is searching for talented cast members and orchestra members for their upcoming 2017 major production, Wicked. The creative team includes Director Alison Vallette, Designer Josh McIntosh, Musical Director Natalie Otto and Choreographer George Canham. This talented team are thrilled to be bringing this much loved musical to the Empire Theatre stage. To download an information ...
    • 19
      Aug
      Tutus on Tour twirls into Toowoomba
      Queensland Ballet returns to Toowoomba this weekend for Tutus on Tour held from 24-25 September at the Armitage Centre – Heritage Bank Auditorium. The only Queensland Ballet performance of the year, Tutus on Tour promises a charming program of short works and excerpts from their current repertoire. Inspired by three emotionally riveting stories, the show begins with the thought provoking Ershter V...