About Us

As a cultural hub of the Darling Downs for more than 100 years, The Empire continues to serve our community with a focus on developing the arts in our region, delivering world class entertainment locally and telling the important stories.

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Bar staff greeting customers.

# Our Vision

#We will lead by example. We nurture, enable and inspire dynamic cultural growth, championing experiences for, with and by community.

#Our Values

#We are inspired and motivated by principles that guide and influence our operations.


We are vibrant, adventurous, entrepreneurial and bold


We cannot achieve our goals on our own


We stimulate change for the better


We are champions for the arts


We embrace quality and best practice in all we do

#Our Purpose

#​Our fundamental Business is Theatre.

As custodians and managers of the largest performing arts precinct in regional Australia, we ensure the Empire Theatres' significant suite of arts and entertainment venues are valued, maintained and activated. We work with our industry partners, our collaborators, our audience and patrons to:


Develop dynamic, inclusive and exceptional opportunities for performing arts and community activities.


Deliver diverse, world-class performing arts experiences, anywhere.


Connect people, ideas and stories to shape and inspire imagination and creativity.

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#What's new

Headshot Photograph of Giuliana Bonel

Following an extensive nationwide recruitment, the Empire Theatres Board of Directors is pleased to announce revered Queensland arts leader Giuliana Bonel as incoming General Manager

Filmmaker Charlotte Chimes using camera equipment

Toowoomba filmmaker Charlotte Chimes returns home this month when her new film, Six Months, is screened during Flickerfest at the Empire Theatre on Saturday April 22.

General Manager Kerry Saul with winner Brianna Miller and Brian Miller

When Bree Miller booked her seats to Rolling Thunder Vietnam, she had no way of knowing she’d just become the lucky purchaser of the Empire Theatre’s 2.5 millionth ticket.

Actors in costume as Grandma Poss and baby possum hug

The magic of a beloved Australian classic was spread further these school holidays with the addition of Auslan interpretation for Possum Magic on July 4.

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This Naidoc week, take a look at the wealth of award winning First Nations performances set to hit our stages.

2023 Empire Theatres Youth Bursaries Now Open

The Empire continues in its goal to nurture and develop young talent in the region with the opening of applications for the 2023 Empire Youth Bursaries.

Junior Ensemble Make Impact With ~Antarctic Tale of Survival~

The 2023 Junior IMPACT Ensemble presented their annual production, Shack, by George Kemp from July 14-15.

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Art will join forces with science, technology, engineering, and maths (S.T.E.M) for The Empire's exciting 2023 family festival, Thrive on Arts.

The Empire to ~present comedy musical~ Cinderella in 2024

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (Broadway Version) will the The Empire's 2024 musical

Auditions For ~Cinderella Now Open~

Auditions are open to find the fairytale cast of Cinderella

2023 Empire Youth Bursary ~Recipients Announced~

The Empire has continued their commitment to supporting and nurturing the young performers of the region with the presentation of the 2023 Empire Youth Bursaries.

Gabriel Tiller standing on the Empire balcony in front of the lighted proscenium arch with Shannon Gralow

The cast of the 2024 production of Cinderella have been revealed

The Empire Appoints New Directors to Board

Three new directors were appointed to The Empire's Board in January 2024.

Audiences dazzled as ~curtain closes on Cinderella~

A hugely successful 6 show season of The Empire's production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella comes to an end.

John Waters and Daniel MacPherson star in The Woman in Black

The second longest-running play in West End history will premiere on The Empire stage ahead of a national tour.

IMPACT Junior 2024: Mataya Forster, Eliza Kinniburgh, Chelsea Rogers, Samantha Cheetham, Edward Pocknee, Majella Ford, Minea Tao. Absent: Joshua Walkington

​The Empire’s youngest artists have kicked off rehearsals for their original production, Our Egg Named Larry, to be performed from July 12-13.

2024 ~Brian Boak Bursary Winner~ Announced

Following a record number of applications The Empire is thrilled to announce Munich-based Australian multidisciplinary performer, lirico-spinto soprano and actress Christiana Aloneftis as the 2024 recipient of the prestigious Brian Boak Bursary.

 2023 Youth Bursary Recipients

The Empire’s commitment to nurturing and developing young talent in the region continues with the opening of applications for The Empire Foundation 2024 Youth Bursaries.

We are Yuree by Adrian Bauwens

In the lead-up to 2024 NAIDOC Week celebrations, The Empire launched their Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in support of their ongoing commitment to fostering reconciliation in Australia.

The Empire Launches 2024 ~Thrive on Arts Program~

The Empire’s popular family festival Thrive on Arts will return from September 26-29, celebrating all things nature and the environment.

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The Empire acknowledges the Traditional Custodians, the Giabal, Jarowair and Western Wakka Wakka peoples, where we work and present stories. We would like to pay respect to the Elders, past and present and to all First Nations peoples.

Artwork: We Are Yuree by Adrian Bauwens

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