In the lead up to the Sydney Theatre Company’s Perth season of The War of the Roses, the ensemble’s jubilation is growing.

“There’s a whole range of reasons why there’s a lot of excitement about going over there,” says STC Associate Director Tom Wright, speaking to Australian Stage’s Sarah Wells from his Sydney office. 

Young Melbourne talent, Samuel Kitchen plays Zanna in the Off-Broadway musical, Zanna, Don’t!

Ahead of the Melbourne debut of the show, he spoke to Australian Stage's Anna Lozynski.

Andrew Dunn is the Creative Director of Spiegelworld and the Director of Absinthe which has its Australian premiere as part of the entertainment program accompanying this year's Australian Open.

Sandwiches is the first production for Melbourne’s latest independent theatre company, The Melbourne Town Players (TMTP). Ahead of its opening performance on 21 January, Anna Lozynski spoke to director Ming-Zhu Hii about the exciting debut.

Acclaimed Australian actress Lola Nixon began her career in 1949 on the legendary Tivoli Theatre circuit. In 1967 she stepped onto the stage at Melbourne's Her Majesty’s Theatre, as Nancy in JC Williamsons' fabled production of Oliver. Forty years later, she returns to the same stage to play Grandma in the smash hit, Billy Elliot The Musical.

Melissa Cantwell is excited. As the new artistic director of Perth Theatre Company talked via phone to Australian Stage’s Anna Locke about the 2009 season, her enthusiasm and excitement for the future was evident.

From humble beginnings in 1985, Brisbane-based Harvest Rain Theatre Company has grown to become one of the largest independent theatre companies in Australia.

Australian Stage’s Tamara Whyte spoke to Harvest Rain’s Artistic Director, Tim O’Connor.

On 5 and 6 December 2008, a cast of 120 students of the Australian Ballet School will be performing a Christmas favourite, Nutcracker – The Gift of a Dream, at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

Anna Lozynski interviewed two star students from the graduating class: Valerie Tereschchenko and Brett Chynoweth, both of whom have accepted positions at the Australian Ballet commencing in 2009.

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