• 22
      Jan
      Year of Youth Arts Kicks off in February!
      An exciting year of Youth Arts begins at the Empire Theatre this February! Empire Youth Arts workshops are run by highly qualified and experienced facilitators and teach students communication, and teamwork skills, while gaining a deeper understanding of their world through drama and performance. Term 1 Classes are offered in a number of age ranges from Grades 2 through to Young Adult commencing...
    • 21
      Dec
      Christmas Operating Hours
      Oh what a year! The Empire Team are taking a very well deserved break after a year like no other. The Box Office and Administration Offices will close at 1pm Wednesday 23rd December and re-open at 9am Monday 11th January. Don't forget you can always purchase gift vouchers online if you are looking for a last minute gift! Wishing everyone a very happy Christmas and looking forward to 2021!...
    • 01
      Dec
      2021 Homegrown Independents Program
      Homegrown is the Empire Theatre’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. Homegrown is designed to provide access, develop commun...
    • 18
      Nov
      Empire Theatre back to 100% capacity
      Following the Queensland Government’s easing of restrictions on live performance venues, the Empire Theatres are once again able to host events at 100% seating capacity across all spaces. As of 4pm on Tuesday November 17, indoor venues across the state can operate with one person per 2sqm or up to 100% of seated venue capacity with patrons in allocated seating. Empire Theatre ticketing staff are w...
    • 10
      Nov
      Toowoomba Arts venues launch exciting opportunity for artists in 2021
      The Toowoomba Arts Footprint Artists in Residence program is a residency opportunity designed to fill an identified gap in career pathways, income security and professional development opportunities for emerging and established artists in regional Australia. Three $20,000 grants will be awarded to emerging or established artists, working and living in regional, remote or rural Queensland participa...
    • 24
      Sep
      NEW Seating Plan
      The Empire Theatres has a new Queensland Health approved seating plan that allows for COVID regulation spacing between patrons while maximizing the number of seats available at a performance. The plan works by having two seats in use followed by two unoccupied seats. Therefore, patrons are encouraged to book tickets in multiples of two and your group will then be seated in pairs. This previous...
    • 23
      Sep
      THIS WEEK: Thrive on Arts
      The Empire Theatre's third annual Thrive on Arts Festival is on the Empire Theatres Lawn from September 24-27 with a program of free events for the whole family. Including free lawn games, storytelling, arts and crafts activities as well as a roving clowning performance, the Empire Theatres Lawn will be a hub of activity. A range of live performances are available across the precinct including...
    • 14
      Sep
      THIS WEEKEND: Queensland Ballet to delight at Empire Theatre
      The Empire Theatre will come alive when Queensland Ballet presents its new season 60 Dancers, 60 Stories on Saturday 19 September. The Company dancers created the works during the COVID-19 lockdown and has since turned the digital series into a live performance, set to inspire and delight audiences. Queensland Ballet’s Artistic Director Li Cunxin said returning to the stage has been a momentous o...
    • 25
      Aug
      Queensland Ballet return to Empire Theatre this September!
      The Empire Theatre is thrilled to announce the addition of Queensland Ballet to the 2020 program, to be performed on September 19 during the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. Queensland Ballet’s 60 Dancers: 60 Stories was created in response to the lockdown earlier in 2020, which is also the 60th year of Queensland Ballet. 60 talented artists created 60 new works based on the theme of LOVE, aimed a...
    • 21
      Aug
      stART Grant makes impact on local artists
      After being selected as a recipient of the start Grant Program, recent University of Southern Queensland graduate, Nicole Hauesler was able to put her plans into action during a time when live theatre seemed all too difficult to contemplate. Nicole’s grant helped pay her own way and cover her time as an Assistant Director, Producer and Videographer on Almost,Maine which was brought to the stage b...
    • 03
      Aug
      An afternoon of spellbinding magic
       The latest addition to the Empire Strikes Back Series is family friendly magic show, Christopher Wayne: Fully Clothed at 4pm on Saturday 15 August. Christopher Wayne comes to the Empire Theatre at the height of an incredible career in magic, performing his favourite tricks from throughout his years in the industry and sharing the true story of how a magic geek from Brisbane can conquer the world....
    • 03
      Aug
      Toowoomba Country Star Mick Lindsay this weekend
      The Empire Strikes Back series will continue into August with a performance by Toowoomba country music singer, Mick Lindsay on August 8. Lindsay comes to the Empire Theatre following the release of his new single, Afterparty, a styled twist which creates a harmony of country and pop delivered with his signature cheeky lyrics and strong vocals. Lindsay’s rise in country music continues after 2019 s...
    • 20
      Jul
      COOL NIGHTS BIG BAND STILL STANDING
      Following the reopening of the Empire Theatre Saturday evening, the Empire Strikes Back series continues July 25 with popular local group Cool Nights Big Band. After previously selling out the seat allocation shortly after going on sale, more tickets have been released for Cool Nights Big Band due to the further easing of government restrictions. The members of Cool Nights Big Band are “Still S...
    • 09
      Jul
      More tickets released - Camerata
        Following the reopening of the Empire Theatre Saturday evening, the Empire Strikes Back series continues July 17 with Queensland’s premier chamber orchestra, Camerata. After previously selling out the seat allocation shortly after going on sale, more tickets have been released for Camerata due to the further easing of government restrictions as well as a live stream option being made available f...
    • 09
      Jul
      Local Musical Theatre Stars are Love Sick
       Local musical theatre stars, Shannon Gralow and Justin Tamblyn will be back on stage at the Empire Theatre on August 1 with song and dance performance Love Sick. As part of the reopening program of events, Love Sick is the fourth performance in the Empire Strikes Back series, following Project 62, The Beamish Brothers, Camerata and Cool Nights Big Band. Love Sick includes the highs and lows of ...
    • 02
      Jul
      Empire strikes back with Project 62 and The Beamish Brothers
        The first in the highly anticipated Empire Strikes Back series, Project 62, supported by the Beamish Brothers will be on stage on July 11. Project 62 are a local rock band who last year launched their EP No Passing Thought in the Empire Theatre’s Armitage Centre.  Project 62 were 2020 Queensland Music Award finalists, with their song Ancient Valleys up against Busby Marou, Luke Daniel Peacock an...
    • 16
      Jun
      The Empire Theatre Strikes Back
       After being closed since March, the Empire Theatres will be raising the curtain once again for a series of performances featuring local artists starting in July. The weekly performance series aims to reopen the Empire Theatre to limited audiences to safely restart the performing arts industry in the Toowoomba area. The first four performances include local bands Project 62 supported by The Beamis...
    • 09
      Jun
      Arts Grant Makes an IMPACT
      After months of uncertainty, plans for the Empire Theatres Youth Ensemble program IMPACT Senior, can now go ahead thanks to a grant awarded to the Empire Theatres Projects Company. The $14,000 grant, received from the Australia Council for the Arts Resilience Fund, will offset the costs of running the 2020 Senior IMPACT Ensemble program and includes the appointment of a guest artist to the creativ...
    • 08
      Jun
      Empire Theatre advocate Sheena Liley receives OAM
      Long serving Empire Theatre advocate Sheena Liley has been named as a recipient of the Order of Australia for her service to the community. Mrs Liley was a founding trustee of the Empire Theatres Foundation and served as Chair of the Foundation Trustees for 9 years until she stepped down in 2019, assisting to facilitate more than 400 young people to develop their skills in the arts with the Youth...
    • 05
      Jun
      2020 Brian Boak Bursary Recipient Announced
      Brisbane based actor, Thomas Larkin has been announced as the 2020 Brian Boak Outstanding Performer Bursary recipient. Mr Larkin's bursary of just over $17,000 will allow him to undertake a Masterclass Series of intimate coaching and mentorship in London, under the tutelage of exceptional, world renowned practitioners including Patsy Rodenburg (Head of Voice- Guildhall School of Music and Drama),...