In Perth, Black Swan State Theatre Company has collaborated for the first time with Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company to present the world premiere of Skylab, a play about the crash landing of a NASA space station into the West Australian desert in 1979. Sydney Theatre Company will also debut a uniquely Australian work - acclaimed playwright and actor Kate Mulvaney’s stage adaptation of Ruth Park’s landmark novel The Harp in the South.
For a new take on a classic, don’t miss Moliere’s glorious satire of polite society The Misanthrope, presented by Bell Shakespeare in association with Griffin Theatre Company and directed by Griffin’s Artistic Director, Lee Lewis.
Australian Chamber Orchestra begin an extensive national tour with their Goldberg Variations concerts, featuring the Australian premiere of Canadian conductor Bernard Labadie’s adaptation of Bach's keyboard piece to a string arrangement.
Opera Queensland also embark on an extensive tour, taking in several major regional centres with their staging of Ruddigore, or The Witch's Curse. In each venue, the OQ cast will be joined by 21 local artists who have been trained through Project G&S, which offers aspiring regional singers the opportunity to work alongside professional artists in a major production.
And State Opera South Australia mark a special occasion as they commemorate 20 years since their first production of Wagner's Ring Cycle with The Mastersingers of Nuremberg Act III at the Festival Theatre. The cast for this gala celebration will feature Kate Ladner, Bradley Daley, Shane Lowrencev and British Wagner specialist Andrew Shore, along with the mighty 60 voice State Opera chorus and performance partners the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.