• 22
      Nov
      2022 HOMEGROWN INDEPENDENTS PROGRAM APPLICATIONS OPEN
      Local independent artists have the opportunity to make their stage vision a reality after applications to the Empire Theatre’s popular Homegrown Independents Program opened today. The Homegrown Independent’s Program encourages the development and production of new and exciting works, allowing them a space to be seen and presented, and affording the producers expert mentoring and assistance wit...
    • 09
      Nov
      2021 EMPIRE THEATRES YOUTH BURSARY RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED
      The Empire Theatre has continued its commitment to supporting and nurturing the region’s young performers with the presentation of the 2021 Empire Theatres Youth Bursaries. The program returns after being unable to run in 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic restricting the availability of courses and travel restrictions causing difficulty to participants. Some of the region’s most talented y...
    • 25
      Oct
      Empire Youth Arts: A 10 Year Overview
      In 2020, a report was commissioned to accompany the 10 year anniversary of the Empire Youth Arts initiatives housed at the Empire Theatres. The report provides significant insight and validation of the impact of Empire Youth Arts initiatives on the lives of emerging young regional theatre artists.  The report found that Empire Theatres is setting the standard for regional investment that champions...
    • 25
      Oct
      WE WILL ROCK YOU AUDITIONS THIS WEEKEND
       The Empire Theatres have begun the search for the talented cast of 2022 major production, smash hit Queen musical, We Will Rock You. The worldwide Ben Elton and Queen hit will burst onto the Empire Theatre stage from March 18-26 in 2022, with a futuristic story, vivid characters and more than 24 of Queens’s biggest songs, including We Are the Champions, Radio Ga Ga, Killer Queen, Bohemian Rhapsod...
    • 18
      Oct
      West End Tenor Joins 50 Local Voices this Weekend
      Choral singing makes a return to the stage with Love and Other Lessons this Saturday and Sunday at the Empire Theatres’ Armitage Centre. Presented by the Empire Theatres and Toowoomba Philharmonic Society, Love and Other Lessons features soloist and West End Tenor and Empire Theatres Foundation Brian Boak Bursary recipient, Paul Tabone and the Sing On Project Choirs. This performance is the culmin...
    • 08
      Oct
      Toowoomba Municipal Band bring A Night in Havana for Toowoomba Hospice
      Toowoomba Municipal Band will transport audience members to the streets of Cuba for a concert of contrasts and colour in support of the Toowoomba Hospice next weekend.  This concert comes shortly after World Hospice and Palliative Care Day on Saturday October 9, a day dedicated to celebrating the vitality of this care throughout the world. A Night in Havana, to be performed at the Empire Theatre ...
    • 06
      Oct
      Thank YOU for your support
      A message from the Empire Theatres General Manager, Kerry Saul. This year, thousands of audience members have continued to enjoy shows at the Empire Theatre in a COVID safe environment. Over the next few months, we are continuing to bring live theatre to Toowoomba by continuing to program Queensland based performances – no crossing of the border necessary! This will culminate in the opening of o...
    • 10
      Sep
      Empire lawn to be a hive of activity for THRIVE ON ARTS!
      The Empire Theatre will once again come alive with creativity this school holidays for the annual Thrive on Arts festival. Thrive on Arts, held at the Empire Theatres Precinct from September 23-26, is a creative festival for young people, families, and the wider community, celebrating play, imagination, creativity, and storytelling. This year, Thrive will be abuzz as the festival celebrates everyt...
    • 26
      Aug
      SANDRA MILLER WINS YOUNG PLAYWRIGHT AWARD
      (Pictured: Sandra Miller (centre)  and the cast of the 2018 IMPACT Ensemble)    Former Empire Youth Arts IMPACT Ensemble member and Empire Theatres Youth Bursary recipient, Sandra Miller has been awarded the 2021 Queensland Theatre’s Young Playwrights’ Award for her deeply moving, coming of age story, Paradise Dreaming. Paradise Dreaming won the top prize in what Queensland Theatre described as on...
    • 13
      Aug
      QUEENSLAND BALLET POSTPONED
      Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation in Queensland and the State Government’s advice not to  travel from South-East Queensland, this weekend’s performance by Queensland Ballet is unable to proceed as scheduled. This performance, Tutus on Tour, has been rescheduled for Thursday, August 26 at 7.30pm. Existing tickets will remain valid for the new date without the need to exchange. If you are no l...
    • 06
      Aug
      Are you ready to Rock?
      It is with great excitement and pleasure that the Empire Theatre announces the 2022 Major production will be Queen and Ben Elton hit jukebox musical, We Will Rock You. This highly energetic rock and roll musical will be performed across six shows from Friday March 18- Saturday March 26. We Will Rock You is a rock and roll jukebox musical based around the music of legendary band Queen and written b...
    • 29
      Jul
      Youth Bursary Recipients - Where are they now?
      WHERE ARE THEY NOW | while we're currently taking applications for the 2021 Youth Bursaries we thought we would look back and see what some past recipients are up to now and how their bursary ultimately helped their career... Applications for 2021 Youth Bursaries close on Friday, 6th August. For more information see Empire Youth Bursaries 2021.       lllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll      C...
    • 07
      Jul
      NAIDOC Week 2021
      It's NAIDOC Week and the 2021 theme is Heal Country! This theme calls for all of us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.   In honour of NAIDOC Week and the First Peoples of this Nation who express their culture through music, dance and storytelling, the Empire Theatres ...
    • 14
      Jun
      Help us make more dreams come true!
      Why not consider the Empire Theatres Foundation for your end of financial year donation. A Youth Bursary provided by the Empire Theatres Foundation was just the beginning of Sophie's dreams coming true. Read more about Sophie here... Your kind donation assists us to provide opportunities and allows people of all ages and backgrounds to engage with the arts and benefit from creative expression. To...
    • 28
      May
      KITTY FLANAGAN RESCHEDULED
      Due to the lockdown in Melbourne that is expected to continue for at least seven days, next weekend’s performances by comedian Kitty Flanagan have been postponed until September. The Empire Theatres thanks patrons for their understanding and apologises for the inconvenience the postponement creates, particularly for those travelling long distances in order to attend. Current ticketholders have b...
    • 13
      May
      More tickets available to Jenny Woodward one woman show.
      Due to popular demand, one woman show Weathering Well will now take place in the main auditorium of the Empire Theatre, with more tickets to the event now released. The performance will be on stage on Friday, 11 June at 7.30pm. This charming one woman show by revered weather presenter and University of Southern Queensland alumna Jenny Woodward, combines comedy, live music, video projections as...
    • 30
      Apr
      Guy Noble returns to Empire Theatre with QSO
      Well known conductor and musician, Guy Noble returns to the Empire Theatre with Queensland Symphony Orchestra on May 6 to host a night of music inspired by the world’s best dramatic works. Shakespearean Classics explores the incredible musical pieces inspired by the Bard, including Mendelssohn’s iconic music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream through to Prokofiev’s extraordinary ballet music for Rom...
    • 22
      Apr
      Nicky takes on Term 2 Workshops!
      For Empire Youth Arts new Lead Teaching Artist, Nicky Hauesler, carving out a career working both with young people and the arts has been years in the making. Nicky took on the new role following the departure of much-loved former Empire Youth Arts Director, Ari Palani at the end of January and although she officially commenced with the start of Term 1 Youth Arts workshops, Nicky has been a fixtur...
    • 08
      Apr
      Vote for YOUR Theatre!
      YOUR Empire Theatre has been nominated for a Queensland Music Association People's Choice Awards for Best Regional Venue!   Our application for Best Regional Venue has been submitted but now it’s up to you… Queensland's best venues and festivals will be decided by 60% public vote, and 40% by an expert industry panel.   Public voting is now open and closes on Sunday 18 April at 11:59pm....
    • 26
      Mar
      REGISTRATIONS OPEN FOR CHORAL PROJECT
      Registration are open for the Empire Theatres newest choir project, Sing On. Sing On will challenge local classical singers with interesting repertoire and provide the performance opportunities that were not available in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions. Sing On will develop across the year over three rounds of rehearsals, all of which will have their own Vocal Leader and performance, culminating...