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It’s another Non-Stop November!

Once again, us Brisbanites are spoiled for choice up and down the coast. From the classic Rogers and Hammerstein at Gold Coast Little Theatre, to the seductively scintillating Chicago at our première Lyric theatre, this is just a little list of what’s going on in November!

ANTIGONE // Queensland Theatre

Play // Professional Theatre

A great city has been torn apart by a civil war between two brothers. In the aftermath, both lie dead – one hailed as a hero and lying in state, the other condemned as a traitor and dumped in a carrion pile. From the ashes of their conflict rises a dystopian state under a new leader – a career politician who rose to power by dint of her ruthlessness.

Grieving and heartbroken, their sister Antigone challenges the leader for the right to bury and mourn her dead brother with dignity, sparking a furious act of rebellion that will shake the city to its foundations.

In this lyrical adaptation of Sophocles’ timeless tragedy, award-winning Brisbane playwright Merlynn Tong adds an urgent modern twist, reuniting Christen O’Leary and Jessica Tovey after their triumphant pairing in Twelfth Night.

26 October - 16 November
Bille Brown Theatre, Queensland Theatre

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) // Javeenbah Theatre Company

Play // Community Theatre

Can three guys really cover thirty-seven Shakespeare plays in less than two hours? This fast-firing comedy does just that as it parodies all of the Shakespeare plays (plus the sonnets!) with only three performers in two acts. This play is full of energy as the characters run across the stage and keep you guessing how they will pull off the next play. Clever use of some interesting costumes also adds to the fun.

The play starts with an eccentric version of Romeo and Juliet, followed by a parody of Titus Andronicus (which is portrayed as a cooking show). Next is Othello, which is done as a rap song (the infamous “Othello Rap”). The members of the trio compete in a hilarious football game which summarizes the histories (King JohnRichard IIRichard IIIHenry IV etc), complete with commentary and details of each character’s rise and fall from power.

As the characters are about to come to the end of the first act, they realize they forgot to perform Hamlet. One of the actors becomes nervous and runs out of the theatre with another actor chasing him. The final actor is left to entertain the audience by himself, which he does by telling jokes and calling for the intermission.

After the intermission, the missing two actors return and save their companion from reciting all of the sonnets. All three actors then perform their very abbreviated version of Hamlet (with a little help from the audience), thus “completing” the canon in only an hour and a half!

If you like Shakespeare – don’t miss this!

8 November - 23 November
Javeenbah Theatre, Cnr Stevens & Ferry Streets, Nerang

THE KING AND I // Gold Coast Little Theatre

Musical Theatre // Community Theatre

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s fifth musical, ‘The King and I’, based on the novel Anna and the King of Siam, was first performed in 1951. After a movie and countless revivals, ‘The King and I’ remains an audience favourite.

Colourful costumes and classic songs such as “Getting to Know You”, “We Kiss in a Shadow” and “Hello Young Lovers’ are highlights in this epic story of a British school teacher and her complex relationship with the King of Siam.

One for the whole family!

9 November - 7 December
GCLT, 21A Scarborough Street Southport 4215 Gold Coast, Queensland

BOEING, BOEING // Ipswich Little Theatre

Play // Community Theatre

A Real Rib tickler!

It’s the 1960s, and swinging bachelor Bernard couldn’t be happier: a flat in Paris and three gorgeous air hostesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other. It is all a question of timetables and a reliable maid who never forgets to change the photos in the bedroom.

However, Bernard’s perfect life is thrown into turmoil when a new and speedier Boeing jet and changed flight schedules could mean the end to his elaborate charade. His friend, Robert, comes to stay and becomes embroiled in the chaos when all three fiancées arrive in town simultaneously and Bernard enlists his help.

A riotous farce recently enjoying hit revivals in London and New York.

Fasten your seat belts. You’re in for a bumpy ride!

15 November - 30 November
Walter Burley Griffin, Incinerator Theatre Burley Griffin Drive, Ipswich QLD 4305

CINDERELLA // Lynch & Paterson

Musical Theatre // Independant Production

The classic fairy tale brought to life from the very pages of the book. This timeless story speaks of Cinderella, a young servant girl, and her adventures which lead her to meet Prince Charming at the Ball.

Lynch & Paterson brings this story to life in a semi-staged production, bringing out modern themes within the story to shine a new light on a traditional fairy tale. The production will feature an onstage orchestra (Cadenza Chamber Players), stripped back sets, lively choreography, and beautiful music! 

A story for the hopeless romantics, and families of all ages!

15 - 17 November
Princess Theatre, Woollongabba

BONNIE AND CLYDE // Beenleigh Theatre Group

Musical Theatre // Community Theatre

At the height of the Great Depression, Bonnie Parker & Clyde Barrow went from two small-town nobodies in West Texas to America’s most renowned folk heroes & Texas law enforcements worst nightmares. Fearless, shameless & alluring, the Tony-nominated Bonnie & Clyde from the legendary Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde, Civil War, Dracula) is the electrifying story of love, adventure & crime that captured the attention of an entire country.

With an ear worm Blue Grass score, this show is not 100% family friendly, but should keep a lot of the family entertained!

15 November - 30 November
Crete Street Theatre, Beenleigh

MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT // Brisbane Arts Theatre

Musical Theatre // Independant Theatre

Lovingly ripped off from the classic 1975 film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot is a fun-filled, irreverent parody that has audiences roaring in the aisles around the world.

Featuring showgirls, cows, killer rabbits and French people, this is the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, told in the only way the team behind Monty Python know how. King Arthur and his knights are on a divine mission to locate the illusive Holy Grail, with uproarious consequences.

Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical, Spamalot was written by Python legend Eric Idle, with a fantastic score co-written by John DuPrez, including ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’.

23 NOVEMBER - 23 DECEMBER
BRISBANE ARTS THEATRE, PETRIE TERRACE

CHICAGO // Lyric Theatre

Musical Theatre // Professional Theatre

Don’t miss CHICAGO at QPAC’s Lyric Theatre! Starring Natalie Bassingthwaighte as Roxie Hart, Alinta Chidzey as Velma Kelly, Casey Donovan as Matron ‘Mama’ Morton and Tom Burlinson as Billy Flynn.

A true New York City Institution, CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the slickest dancing in town. Created by the musical theatre talents of John Kander, Fred Ebb and legendary choreographer Bob Fosse, CHICAGO’s sexy, sassy score includes “All That Jazz” and “Razzle Dazzle”. No wonder CHICAGO has been honoured with six Tony Awards®, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy® and thousands of standing ovations. It would be a crime to miss it!

PLAYING UNTIL DECEMBER 7 LYRIC THEATRE, QUEENSLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE