One of the greatest plays ever written, two world premieres and a rock ‘n roll reunion –
2019 Queensland Theatre tickets go on sale TODAY
Single tickets to the first four productions of Queensland Theatre’s Season 2019 go on sale on Monday
December 3 at 9am. Given the first four include one of the greatest plays ever written in Death of a Salesman, the world premieres of both Hydra and City of Gold, and the hit rock ‘n roll road trip story Barbara and the Camp Dogs, marking the diary to ensure a seat is advised!
Queensland Theatre Artistic Director Sam Strong said the Company had incredible momentum at the moment. “I’m so proud of the success of Queensland Theatre. We’re not even at the end of 2018, and we’ve already broken the records we set in 2017. Last year, we were the fastest growing theatre company in Australia and played to more people than ever before in our half-century history. This year, we have opened the newest theatre in the country with the highest selling new Australian play the company has ever produced…. we’ve exceeded 2017 season ticket sales and are on track to set a 10-year record high at the Brisbane box office.”
“Queensland Theatre is reaching record numbers of people, creating a legacy through the new stories we are producing, and taking the work of Queensland artists around Australia and the world. It’s a wonderful time at the company.”
2018 highlights include:
- The opening of Australia’s newest theatre and Brisbane’s first corner stage in the transformed Bille Brown Theatre;
- Nearer the Gods becoming the highest selling new Australian play the Company has produced;
- 2018 season tickets sales exceeding the record-breaking 2017 levels (levels which made Queensland Theatre the fastest growing theatre company in Australia);
- 2018 Brisbane box-office on track to exceed 2017 levels and reach a 10 year high;
- Shows developed at Queensland Theatre garnering accolades around Australia and the world – My Name is Jimi wowed the Sydney and Melbourne Festivals and The Wider Earth has opened to great acclaim in a purpose-built theatre in the ‘home’ of Charles Darwin, at the Natural History Museum in London.
To Season 2019:
Season 2019 begins in extraordinary fashion with the staging of one of theatre’s biggest classics, Arthur Miller’s 1949 Death of A Salesman, performed by an all-star cast of Queenslanders (both resident and returning) including Charles Allen (True West, Hoges: The Paul Hogan Story), Kevin Hides (Composing Venus, A Conversation), Peter Kowitz (Janet King, Crownies), Thomas Larkin (The Wider Earth, Macbeth), Jackson McGovern (The Owl and the Pussycat, Rent –The Musical), Angie Milliken (The Effect, Rake), Sarah Ogden (An Octoroon, Stories I Want to Tell You In Person), Ilai Swindells (Redfern Now, Open Slather) and Gemma Willing (Tidelands, Looking for Grace). Directed by powerhouse Jason Klarwein it opens on February 9 in the Playhouse at QPAC.
The first of what will be five world premieres in Season 2019, Hydra follows on March 9 and is the award-winning playwright Sue Smith’s portrait of writers Charmian Clift and George Johnston, starring Ray Chong Nee (Noises Off, Glitch), Tiffany Lyndall-Knight (Wolf Creek, Going for Gold), Anna McGahan (Picnic at Hanging Rock, Underbelly), Nathan O’Keefe (Alexandra’s Project, Balloon Man), Hugh Parker (Nearer the Gods, The 39 Steps), Bryan Probets (The 39 Steps, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) and is directed by Sam Strong.
After a sell-out season in Sydney, rock’n’roll family reunion story Barbara and the Camp Dogs, by the brilliant Ursula Yovich and Alana Valentine will take over the Bille Brown Theatre in May, under the directorial hand of one of the most in-demand directors in the country, Leticia Caceres. Ursula is joined onstage by Troy Brady (Black Arm Band, Troy n Trevelyn and the Tribe) and Elaine Crombie (Top of the Lake, An Octoroon).
On June 29 the world premiere of the most provocative play to hit the Australian stage in years, City of Gold by electric young actor and writer Meyne Wyatt (Neighbours, Redfern Now) takes place, directed by Queensland Theatre’s Resident Dramaturg Isaac Drandic. Mathew Cooper (Janet King, Redfern Now) and Queensland Theatre favourite Anthony Standish (An Octoroon, The Wider Earth) join the production that calls for change and will sound out for years to come.
2019 is a significant year for many reasons. Next year Queensland Theatre will start the celebrations for the company’s 50th anniversary season (2019 – 2020), and it will see the Company continue to present work in Brisbane’s newest venue, the state-of-the-art Bille Brown Theatre as well as performances at QPAC.
QUEENSLAND THEATRE SEASON 2019:
9 Feb to 2 Mar: Death of a Salesman
9 Mar to 6 Apr: Hydra
1 May to 25 May: Barbara and the Camp Dogs
29 Jun to 20 Jul: City of Gold
29 Jul to 17 Aug: Storm Boy
3 Aug to 31 Aug: L’Appartement
7 Sep to 5 Oct: Fangirls
26 Oct to 16 Nov: Antigone
SEASON 2019 TICKETS ON SALE DATES:
- Single ticket sales for Death of a Salesman, Hydra, Barbara and the Camp Dogs and City of Gold on sale from 9am Monday 3 December 2018.
- Single ticket sales for Storm Boy, L’Appartement, Fangirls and Antigone on sale 9am Monday 29 April 2019.
***If the season if just too exciting to choose individual plays, season tickets for 3, 5, 6 and 8 plays are still available. Season ticket buyers save up to 35% on the price of single tickets.