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.
Headlining the season is the Empire Theatres major in-house production of the Broadway smash hit musical about the Witches of Oz, Wicked, proudly sponsored by Heritage Bank.
Empire Theatres General Manager, Kerry Saul said more than 160 performers auditioned for the musical, allowing an incredible cast to be selected to work with an impressive creative team to present the Empire Theatre’s biggest show yet.
Returning in 2017 are favourites Queensland Ballet over two nights in September, with La Fille mal gardée, Opera Australia’s The Marriage of Figaro, Queensland Symphony Orchestra with Sweet Night Music.
“The 2017 Season has a wide range of performances with a fantastic children’s and family program including award winning comedy duo, The Listies in January, the incredible puppet show Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium and Spare Parts Puppet Theatre with The Arrival, a story of the challenges of arriving in a new country,” Mr Saul said.
“Our selection of drama is exemplary this year with Queensland Theatres award winning play Constellations starring Home and Away’s Jessica Tovey and Empire Theatres Brian Boak Bursary recipient, Lucas Stibbard, as well as the return of shake & stir theatre co with Dracula,” he said.
“Gold Logie award winning star John Wood and Julie Nihill will be on stage together for comedy drama Bakersfield Mist as well as Cleverman and Secret River star Trevor Jamieson for Ilbijerri Theatre Company’s incredible true story, Coranderrk.
“Both Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow and Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase return as well as ventriloquist David Strassman,” he said.
Debuting in Season 2017 is the Beauaraba Living Daytime Series, formerly known as Morning Melodies, with performances on Thursdays and Sunday afternoons. They Daytime Series features musical play Always… Patsy Cline, variety show Back to the Tivoli, The Beggars, crooner Craig Martin and two performances by Queensland Pops Orchestra.
“While there are many performances announced as part of the season launch, rest assured there will also be so many more shows going on sale as the year progresses,” Mr Saul said.
The 2017 Empire Card is now available, offering discounted ticket prices and bar purchases, as well as special offers with Fitzy’s on Church and Cioccolato chocolateria.
For more information, to purchase tickets, contact the Box Office on 1300 655 299 or visit www.empiretheatre.com.au.