• 09
      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
      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
      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
      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
      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
      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
      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),...
    • 17
      The Empire Theatre has lit up the night in support of health workers and to highlight the struggling entertainment industry during the coronavirus pandemic. As part a national initiative by the Australasian Lighting Industry Association (ALIA), the Empire Theatre's spectacular light show was projected onto the facade of the art deco theatre from 6pm-8pm on Wednesday 15 April and was livestreamed...
    • 09
      The Empire Theatres will be closed over the Easter period from 3pm Thursday 9th April, including the Ticket Office. From Tuesday, 14th April you will be able to contact the Ticket Office by emailing boxoffice@empiretheatre.com.au only until further notice. We wish you and your loved ones a happy and safe Easter....
    • 03
      The Empire Theatres has continued to provide an artistic outlet to its Youth Arts students, providing the highly popular drama classes from a virtual platform. Following the temporary closure of the Empire Theatre in line with direction from the Australian Government during the COVD-19 pandemic, Empire Youth Arts moved to an online system with facilitators finishing the final classes of Term 1 via...
    • 13
      OFFICIAL STATEMENT RE: COVID-19 UPDATE- MONDAY 23 MARCH, 9am The Empire Theatre ticket office in Neil Street is now closed for the foreseeable future. At this time staff will be available to answer the phones between 9am and 3pm – Monday to Friday (not on scheduled Public Holidays) Staff will continue to contact patrons to organise refunds for all cancelled shows over the coming months Refunds a...
    • 12
      Curious Arts Festival POSTPONED
      It is with regret that due to the rapidly changing situation associated with COVID-19, Festival Management has decided to postpone Curious Arts Festival 2020, including the performance by Judith Lucy, to a date later in the year. Our priority is the health and wellbeing of our audiences, artists, volunteers and our wider community and, while we are naturally disappointed, we feel that postponing...
    • 09
      Time to see Mamma Mia! is slipping through your fingers!
      Time to see the Empire Theatres highly successful musical Mamma Mia! is running out with just four more performances left in the season. On stage Thursday night, Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, this musical has been a hit with an audience of around 4500 throughout the opening weekend. There are just four performances remaining before the curtain falls on this idyllic Greek islan...
    • 27
      Mamma Mia is the name of the game at the Empire Theatre with the blockbuster ABBA jukebox musical opening to audiences next week.  On stage from March 5-15, Mamma Mia tells the hilarious heart-warming story of a young woman’s search for her birth father before her wedding, which brings three men from her mother’s past back to the Greek island they last visited 20 years ago. Director James Shaw...
    • 20
      Sapphires Sparkle on Empire Theatre stage
      One of Australia’s most loved stories is coming to life on the Empire Theatre stage on Thursday March 19. The Sapphires is an energetic and heart-warming tale inspired by the true story of playwright Tony Brigg’s mother, set in 1968 during landmark changes to Aboriginal rights. The Sapphires tells the story of a singing group of four young Yorta Yorta women who travel to Vietnam to sing classic so...
    • 09
      Vale, Prof. Peter Swannell
      The Empire Theatres management and staff were saddened to learn of the passing of former Chairman of the Empire Theatres Pty Ltd, Professor Peter Swannell AM on Wednesday January 8, 2020. Empire Theatres General Manager Kerry Saul said Prof. Swannell’s passing was a great loss to performing arts in the Darling Downs. “We have lost a passionate leader and supporter of the Empire Theatre and art...
    • 19
      Holiday Trading Hours


      The Empire Theatre Ticket Office will close at 1pm on Christmas Eve, Tuesday December 24 2019, reopening at 9am on Monday January 6, 2020. 

      Purchases are available via the website during this closure. 

      The Empire Theatre Administration offices will close from 5pm Friday 20 December and will reopen on 9am Monday January 6. 

    • 25
      Mamma Mia! Cast Announced!
      The Empire Theatres are thrilled to announce an incredibly talented lineup of local performers who will take the stage for the 2020 major production, Mamma Mia! This blockbuster jukebox musical features hits from the incredible songs of pop powerhouse ABBA including Dancing Queen, Voulez Vous, S.O.S, Take a Chance on Me and The Winner Takes it All. Mamma Mia! tells the hilarious heart-warming stor...
    • 06
      The Empire Theatre has continued its commitment to supporting and nurturing the region’s young performers with the presentation of the 2019 Empire Theatres Youth Bursaries. Some of the region’s most talented young artists were acknowledged in the presentation today, with more than $18,000 awarded to 28 students who come from areas including Toowoomba, Chinchilla, Dalby, Goodiwindi, Warwick, the...
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      Homegrown Independents Program 2020
      Receiving 2020 Applications Now! Homegrown is the Empire Theatre Projects Company’s Independents program now in its 9th year. The program encourages the development and production of new and exciting works and allows them space to be seen and presented. Homegrown encourages applications from all disciplines including cross discipline work. We want to hear your idea and help you share it with the...