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The Sapphires


The safety of our audience and employees is our greatest priority.

The Empire Theatres Board and Management are actively monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and will act promptly on any updated advice from the Australian Government Department of Health. The Empire Theatres is also acting on advice from Live Performance Australia (LPA) which is the peak body for the live performance industry.

In line with this morning's Federal Government statement to ban indoor public gatherings over 100 people the Empire Theatre is now closed.

Due to this closure, The Sapphires, originally scheduled to be performed Thursday 19 March, will not proceed.

All performances between now and April 30 will be cancelled or postponed until later in the year.

As more information comes to light, we will continue to update our patrons.

We thank you for your patience as we work through this complicated situation.

Ticket holders will be eligible for a full refund or exchange and our team will be in touch with patrons to arrange this as soon as possible. 

If you have any further questions, please get in contact with our Ticket Office team on 1300 655 299 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

We will provide more information regarding other upcoming performances as it becomes available.

Empire Theatres Management Team



The Sapphires is one of the Australia’s best-loved stories. Winning multiple awards as a play, film and soundtrack album there was one challenge left and that was to undertake a national tour of Australia. Bringing the raw energy, fun and emotion of this story directly to stages across the nation.

Writer Tony Briggs will direct his work in a version he promises will be the most intimate telling of The Sapphires story yet.

“I hope the audience will feel a fresh sense of connection to a story that has already successfully infiltrated the psyche of the Australian theatre and movie going public and get a sense of joy and understanding of who Aboriginal people are and walk away from ‘The Sapphires’ with a smile on their faces. Said Tony.

Four young Aboriginal women from regional Australia, who like singing country music, suddenly get the chance to change their tune and their lives. Wearing uniforms of sequins, armed only with microphones they find themselves trying to spread joy in the hell that is the Vietnam War.

The Sapphires is a funny, heart-warming tale inspired by the true story of writer Tony Briggs’ mother. It tells of the incredible journey of a singing group of four Yorta Yorta Women, who sing classic soul hits against the backdrop of personal change and massive social upheaval. It is an energetic, fun and engaging play that affirms life and the realisation of dreams.

The Empire Theatre is now closed until April 30 The Empire Theatre is now closed until April 30
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 This event may be postponed or may be cancelled due to restrictions associated with COVID-19.

We will be in touch with patrons to arrange new show dates or refunds as the procedure is verified by the promoter.



Empire Cardholder  $48.00 

Adult                        $52.00 

Concession             $50.00 

Youth U25               $25.00 

Group 6+                $48.00 

More Information

Suitable for ages 7+. Some adult themes, simulated warfare and a small amount of coarse language.

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