• 07
      May
      POLITICAL THRILLER THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT!
      What makes the Trumps, the Abbotts and the Hansons of this world tick? What would happen if their world started to shift ever so slightly? Embodying their slogans, mannerisms and headlines, A Prudent Man is an amalgamation of recent history's conservative politicians, performing in the Armitage Centre on May 9. Hot on the tail of the US Elections, this speculative piece inspired by real life polit...
    • 30
      Apr
      MOTHER'S DAY GIFT IDEAS
      To celebrate Mother’s Day, we have put together a brief list of some the best gift ideas for your Mum, Grandmother or favorite Aunt, from the 2018 Empire Theatres season. For the Theatrical Mum, Bosom Buddies starring legends of the stage, Nancye Hayes and Todd McKenny will be on stage Friday 25 May.  Both are multi- award-winning performers who will sing, dance and reminisce their way through th...
    • 24
      Apr
      FREE EVENT: SYDNEY WRITERS FESTIVAL
      The Sydney Writers’ Festival Live and Local program is returning to the Empire Theatre on Friday 4th May to Sunday 6th May. As part of the free event, headline events from Sydney Writers’ Festival will be live streamed to the Empire Theatre’s Supper Room from 10am to 5:30pm (May 4 – May 6). While watching the talks, the audience will be able to actively engage with the Festival by submitting quest...
    • 11
      Apr
      MELBOURNE COMEDY FESTIVAL TRAVELS TO EMPIRE THEATRE
      The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is on the road again, with a huge night of laughs at the Empire Theatre on Tuesday April 24. Featuring some of the best stars and talented newcomers from one of the world’s biggest comedy festivals, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is a night of hilarity not to be missed. Now in it’s 20th year, the roadshow brings some of the best hom...
    • 28
      Mar
      Local singers to perform in Ruddigore
        Toowoomba singers had the chance to shine on Monday and Tuesday this week when Opera Queensland held auditions for it’s community chorus for the star-studded production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore to be performed on the Empire Theatre stage on August 23.  Known as Project G&S, the community chorus program allows 10 men and 10 women to sing and dance on stage in Ruddigore alongside th...
    • 27
      Mar
      Yo Diddle Diddle bring beloved nursery rhyme to life
      Cow, Cat and a dog named Houston are set to bring the farm to life in a hip-hop infused adventure as two performances of Yo Diddle Diddle are performed on the Empire Theatre stage. Yo Diddle Diddle will come to live on stage on Tuesday 22 May with one performance at 9.30am and another at 11.30pm. Exploring the theme of resilience, the fun-filled Yo Diddle Diddle is the first work by Patch’s new A...
    • 16
      Mar
      PIRATES OPENS TO RAVE REVIEWS
      The Empire Theatre's version of Essgee's Pirates of Penzance presented by Heritage Bank opened on Wednesday night with a standing ovation and rave reviews. You don't miss this hilarious singing and dancing spectacular!  Reviews include:  'The show reached a fitting climax with the whole company in the Megamix Finale  which after curtain calls left everyone leaving the theatre with smiles on thei...
    • 07
      Mar
      PIRATES OF PENZANCE EMBARKS NEXT WEEK
      The Pirates of Penzance will sail into port next week when the Empire Theatre’s major production for 2018 opens on Wednesday March 14. The highly anticipated production runs for just one week with just five performances to choose from. The musical stars internationally successful singer and actor Michael Cormick as the Pirate King, Brisbane-based actor Alex Woodward as Frederic and rising opera s...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...