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Welcome to Theatre North's 2021 Winter Season.
Become a Friend of Theatre North to access great discounts and a range of benefits when attending our Theatre North presented program.
Shows marked with "*" are proudly supported by our 2021 Theatre Season Sponsor - the Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston.
Also, be sure to check out the Theatre Humans program, for events and experiences to enrich your theatre life!
ONCE IN A BLUE MOON
Australian Musical Theatre Festival
Thursday 20 May: 8pm
From ‘The Boy from Oz’ to ‘Strictly Ballroom’ and ‘Ned Kelly’, an all-star cast combines with local talent to celebrate the great moments of Musical Theatre in this country and introduce audiences to a world of new gems from the likes of Tim Minchin, Eddie Perfect and Nick Enright and introduce you to local writers at the start of their careers.
Starring Simon Gleeson, Natalie O’Donnell, Deone Zanotto, Natalie Gamsu, John Xintavelonis and Tyran Parke this night is not to be missed.
$20 for Friends of Theatre North.
THE SOUND OF MUSICALS
Australian Musical Theatre Festival
Saturday May 22 May: 8pm
The jewel in the crown of AMTF's performance program returns after a spectacular debut in 2019 featuring the best of Broadway combined with local artists in a celebration of Musical Theatre through the ages. From founders such as Jerome Kern and Rodgers and Hammerstein, to the modern leaders in Stephen Sondheim, Janine Tesori and Adam Gwon this concert features something for everyone as we recreate the great moments from Musical Theatre in the stunning Princess Theatre.
Featuring: Callum Francis, Natalie Gamsu, Simon Gleeson, Natalie O’Donnell, Tyran Parke, Brittanie Shipway, John Xintavelonis, Deone Zanotto and others $30 for Friends of Theatre North
BEAUTY & THE BEAST
Victorian State Ballet
Friday 25 June: 7:30pm
A full length classical ballet production of the traditional fairy-tale story
Following Australian nationwide sell-out seasons, Beauty & the Beast returns to stage in 2021!
A must see stunning full length classical ballet production of the traditional fairy-tale story. Featuring internationally recognized artists in leading roles in a rich display of outstanding skill! One of the world’s most loved fairy tale classics is retold through a superb production featuring classical ballet skill and choreography which honour the spirit of this magical work - an inspiring, impacting, entertaining and memorable experience for the whole family! $36 for Friends of Theatre North
THE HARMONIC INSPIRATION*
Van Diemen's Band
Saturday 26 June: 6pm
Van Diemen’s Band hits the road for the first time since 2019, showcasing the music of Antonio Vivaldi! Audiences right around Tasmania will be treated to a selection of concertos from Vivaldi’s celebrated L’estro armonico, a collection which dazzled 18th-century Europe and continues to hold listeners spellbound today.
Theatre North is delighted to welcome the acclaimed Van Diemen's Band to the Princess Theatre stage for the first time. $36 for Friends of Theatre North
Monday 28 June: 7:30pm
Carmen is the femme fatale you can’t forget.
In Bizet’s famous opera, she sings her sensual Habanera and lures Don José into her world. He gives up everything to follow her. But Carmen’s wandering eye has already found a new lover: the dashing bullfighter Escamillo.
Don José’s jealousy is fierce. Escamillo’s passion is strong. In a gripping finale, Carmen must face her fate.
Experience the thrilling Spanish colour and rhythms of Bizet’s vibrant score with Opera Australia’s singers, live chamber orchestra and a children’s chorus drawn from the local community. This new production includes gorgeous sets and vintage-inspired costumes. You can hear classics such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song just as Bizet meant them — loud, live and completely unamplified. From $49 for Friends of Theatre North.
A GOLDEN JUBILEE
Friday 23 July: 7:30pm
An evening of story, song and more as the community comes together to celebrate 50 years of live performance at the Princess Theatre. Featuring some of Launnie's favourite local performers.
Friday 20 August: 7:30pm
Circa’s Peepshow turns cabaret on its head, literally.
Join Circa as they embark on a seductive dance through the hall of mirrors that is your imagination, Circa’s Peepshow lurches from the thrillingly acrobatic to the comically playful. Expect teetering towers of balanced bodies, extreme bending and devilishly precarious aerials.
Circa’s Peepshow combines some of the finest acrobatic talent on the planet under the direction of circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz to create a playfully exhilarating ride into the beautifully bizarre recesses of your mind.
Come to Circa’s Peepshow and see the world from the other side of the mirror. From $52 for Friends of Theatre North.
GRAND EVENINGS: Whatever: Poetry of the 21st Century*
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FRIDAY 4 JUNE: 5:30PM
Whether the century has already had its 21st birthday or whether it’s just in its twenty-first year, we’re going to mark it with a celebration of contemporary poetry. Whatever!
‘In the late 20th century and early 21st century, the word, “whatever” became a sentence in its own right’, rules Wikipedia , itself a child of the new millennium, founded in 2001.
For us the sentence reads, ‘WHATEVER is a program of diverse contemporary poetry, challenging, comforting, serious, frivolous…Whatever.’
Michael Edgar and Cameron Hindrum join forces once again for an evening of insightful poetry. This time, the worlds of Twentieth Century Australian icons, Les Murray and Clive James