The Empire Theatres have announced their largest ever annual program with the launch of Season 2018.
Following the success of the 20th anniversary season this year, Season 2018 features a number of national companies and well-known performers.
Headlining the season is the Empire Theatres major in-house production Essgee’s Pirates of Penzance, proudly sponsored by Heritage Bank.
Pirates of Penzance, a hilarious rollick over the high seas, full of adventure and swashbuckling musical numbers, will be on stage from March 14-17.
Returning in 2018 are favourites Queensland Ballet’s Swan Lake for three performances, Opera Queensland with Ruddiogore or The Witch’s Curse and Queensland Symphony Orchestra with Films and Flowers.
Empire Theatres Marketing and Development Manager Emilee Nichols said next year’s dance program was particularly strong.
“We have an incredible range of dance on offer, including Bangarra Dance Theatre, Sydney Dance Company and Australian Ballet with Coppélia,” Ms Nichols said.
“The 2018 Season has a fantastic children’s and family program including live performances of much loved books, The Gruffalo, The 78-Storey Treehouse, Josephine Wants to Dance and The Very Hungry Caterpillar,
“Our selection of drama is exemplary this year with Hotel Sorrento, political thriller A Prudent Man, and the incredibly emotive and moving Letters to Lindy which is based on the life and experiences of Lindy Chamberlain.”
“Both Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow and Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase return as well as international comic, Jimmy Carr,” he said.
‘We also welcome stars of the stage Nancye Hayes and Todd McKenny for their show Bosom Buddies as well as David Hobson and Marina Prior in The 2 of Us.”
Continuing in 2018 is the Beauaraba Living Daytime Series, with performances on Thursdays and Sunday afternoons.
The Daytime Series starts with the Australian Army Band Brisbane in February, followed by Back to the Tivoli variety shows in April and June, Simon and Garfunkel performance Feelin’ Groovy in October, with the music of Olivia Newton-John and Peter Allen in Livvy and Pete finishing off the series in November.
Also as part of this series is the return of the highly popular Queensland Pops Orchestra in May and October.
“While there are many performances announced as part of the season launch, rest assured there will also be so many more shows going on sale as the year progresses,” Ms Nichols said.
The 2018 Empire Card is now available, offering a raft of patron benefits, including discounted prices on ticketing and bar purchases.
For more information and to purchase tickets, contact the Box Office on 1300 655 299 or visit www.empiretheatre.com.au.