• 27
      Feb
      MY MY! MAMMA MIA OPENS NEXT WEEK!
      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
      Feb
      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
      Jan
      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
      Dec
      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
      Nov
      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
      Nov
      2019 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 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...
    • 22
      Oct
      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...
    • 03
      Oct
      MAMMA MIA! AUDITIONS OPEN
      Mamma Mia Auditions Auditions will be held at the Empire Church Theatre, 54 Neil Street, Toowoomba from 9- 18 November.  Role call backs will be held as necessary over the period.  Applicants will be emailed with their confirmed time to attend their audition. Please download and carefully read the Production and Audition Information Pack and complete the online registration form by 9am Monday 4...
    • 12
      Sep
      EMPIRE THEATRES CIRCUS SHOW TO BENEFIT THF
      Empire Theatre audiences have a unique opportunity to enjoy an incredible performance which celebrates young people and supports a worthwhile cause in the Armitage Centre on Friday September 27. Based on the stories of parents, siblings, and guests of Queensland’s only youth hospice, Hummingbird House, We Live Here by Flipside Circus is an inspiring circus show that brings to the stage, memories a...
    • 31
      Aug
      ROB MILLS ENTERTAINS WITH QUEENSLAND POPS ORCHESTRA
      The Queensland Pops Orchestra will be joined by star of stage and screen, Rob Mills, for a show celebrating the best of musical theatre on Sunday September 1. That’s Show Business highlights the timeless tunes from classic Broadway and West End musicals, performed live by an incredibly talented orchestra. Rob Mills first came to the attention of the nation in 2003 as a finalist of the first series...
    • 30
      Aug
      MAMMA MIA ON SALE!
      The highly anticipated 2020 Empire Theatres major musical, Mamma Mia will on sale from Monday September 2. This fun and entertaining theatre experience will be performed across at least seven shows from March 5-15. Mamma Mia! is a jukebox musical based around the hit music by Swedish pop group ABBA. Set on a Greek Island, Mamma Mia! is a heart-warming tale that centres around young bride-to-be...
    • 15
      Jul
      2019 YOUTH BURSARY APPLICATIONS EXTENDED
      Applications for the Empire Theatres Youth Bursary Program will be accepted until Friday August 16, after the original application period was extended by one week. The Empire Theatres Foundation are currently inviting young people between the ages of 12 and 25 to apply for bursaries to attend professional development short courses at leading Australian performing arts institutions. The bursaries...
    • 26
      Jun
      Classic Australian Story Makes Magic on Stage
      Classic Australian picture book Possum Magic returns to the Empire Theatre stage from August 5-6 for three incredible performances. Based on the book by Mem Fox and Julie Vivas, this brand-new stage adaptation is brought to life by Monkey Baa Theatre Company’s Eva Di Cesare (Diary of a Wombat, Peasant Prince, Hitler’s Daughter) and Sandra Eldridge (The Unknown Soldier, Hitler’s Daughter). Possu...
    • 20
      Jun
      TAKE A JOURNEY THROUGH LOVE'S COLLISION COURSE
      After sell-out seasons at Brisbane Festival and Brisbane Powerhouse, a unique theatre piece, I Want to Know What Love Is will be spreading the love at the Empire Theatre. Creators and acclaimed Queensland performance collective, The Good Room make their Toowoomba debut in the Armitage Centre – Heritage Bank Auditorium on Saturday August 3, 7.30pm with a show that takes a 60-minute journey through ...
    • 12
      Jun
      CIRCA BRING MAGICAL SHOW TO EMPIRE THEATRE
      Internationally renowned contemporary circus company, Circa bring a modern-day story of circus, magic and musical madness to the Empire Theatre from July 4-5. Recently nominated for a prestigious Helpmann Award in the Best Presentation for Children and Young People category, Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus has been heralded as “circus with a classy, classical touch” (Three Weeks in Edinburgh, UK...
    • 19
      May
      TOOWOOMBA TO EXPERIENCE BOLSHOI BALLET EPIC
      Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) has announced the Empire Theatre will be one of eight Queensland cities and towns to welcome a performance by Russia’s mighty Bolshoi Ballet direct from QPAC’s Lyric Theatre via a free simulcast. Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said audiences throughout Queensland will have an opportunity to enjoy a live simulcast of Yuri Grigorovich’s Spartacuson Satur...
    • 08
      May
      Empire Theatres Weekend of Dance!
      The Empire Theatres will host two of the country’s most entertaining and acclaimed dance companies for one entertaining weekend of dance in June. Brisbane-based Expressions Dance Company and well-known Indigenous dance sensations Djuki Mala (The Chooky Dancers), will perform from June 1-2, giving dance audiences a chance to experience two extraordinary performances across two days. Presenting N...
    • 18
      Apr
      EMPIRE THEATRE TO TAKE ON MUCH LOVED MUSICAL IN 2020
      Following on from the extremely successful 2019 production, hit musical Kinky Boots, the Empire Theatres are delighted to announce that they will be presenting, Mamma Mia! as their major production in 2020. Mamma Mia! is a jukebox musical based around the hit music by Swedish pop group ABBA. Set on a Greek Island, Mamma Mia! is a heart-warming tale that centres around young bride-to-be Sophie as...
    • 16
      Apr
      EASTER TRADING HOURS
      The Empire Theatres will close 5pm Thursday 18th April and reopens 9am Tuesday 23rd April. This means the Box Office will be closed on Saturday 20th April. The Theatres will also be closed on Anzac Day, Thursday 25th April. As always you can continue to buy tickets online at www.empiretheatre.com.au We wish everyone a happy and safe Easter break.   ...
    • 01
      Apr
      Living Gems partners with Theatre for Daytime Series
      Living Gems Toowoomba has partnered with local iconic arts precinct, The Empire Theatre to deliver its well known Daytime Series program to the local Toowoomba community. Formerly known as Morning Melodies, the Daytime Series will bring a mix of Thursday morning and Sunday afternoon shows to the recently renovated theatre including:   April 11 Michael Cormick & Claire Lyon June 9 Austra...