MAJOR MODERN MUSICAL
Musician and TV star Simon Gallaher first performed Pirates of Penzance in 1984 and has now brought it back to the Brisbane stage
After a sensational launch last week, Harvest Rain is preparing to stage Simon Gallaher’s Pirates of Penzance. With QPAT turning 30 in 2015, and as part of a very special line-up of productions, Harvest Rain and Simon Gallaher are reinventing and restaging the show that opened the Concert Hall. At the invitation-only launch last Monday night, it was revealed that Simon himself will be directing, with guest artists Nancy Hayes playing Ruth, and TV personality Andrew O’Keefe as the Pirate King. Newcomers Georgina Hopson and Billy Bourchier are filling Marina Prior’s and Simon’s parts of Mabel and Frederick. With just five performances (March 1922), tickets are bound to be highly sought after. They are on sale at QPAT now. This column comes to you from the National Capital – Canberra, where HRH and Yours Truly are attending his 55th anniversary of graduation from the Royal Military College, Duntroon. We managed to fit in a performance of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit at Canberra Repertory last Friday night. Rep is the oldest amateur theatre group in the country (heading up to 85 years old) and puts on high quality community theatre six times a year. Canberra is alive with theatre, with Mary Poppins and Evita on the boards for next year. The Coast will stage two Noel Coward shows next year. Gold Coast Little Theatre and director Roger McKenzie will present Private Lives in June, and Top Hat Productions will be staging musical revue Cocktails with Noel & Gertie – A Marvellous Party! at Spotlight’s Basement Theatre in September. Coward needs precise, articulate actors to do justice to the clever dialogue and timeless songs – both directors are on the lookout. Pirates, mermaids, monkeys and magic – what a terrific way to kick off the school holidays! GCLT is staging Christmas pantomime The Golden Monkey Mystery from Saturday to Monday. There will be two shows each day at 10am and 2pm. Tickets are $17. Bookings can be made by phoning 0410 570 200. On Tuesday morning, atop Brisbane’s iconic Kangaroo Point Cliffs overlooking the CBD, Christopher Wayne and Mike Tyler, otherwise known as acclaimed The Naked Magicians, will reveal their Brisbane season 2015. Brisbane 2015 is part of a major national tour which will see the Brisbane-born duo star at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival and Perth Fringe World Festival. This year the two have put it all on the line for audiences, with sold out shows at the Brisbane Comedy Festival and Adelaide Fringe Festival and sellouts in Sydney, Gold Coast, Cairns, Newcastle and more. The two Brisbane boys – whose mothers are still very proud of them – share the mantra: good magicians don’t need sleeves and great magicians don’t need pants. The critically acclaimed The Naked Magicians indeed put on the world’s boldest and cheekiest magic show, one which takes abracadabra to a whole new level. A brand new show called High Country Legends opens this week at Outback Spectacular for the bumper Christmas season. If it’s anything like previous offerings it should be sensational. Watch this space for more info after the opening night tomorrow. Final arrangements are in hand for next Tuesday’s Presentation Night for the 2014 Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards. There are less than four tickets available from the Arts Centre, and nominees have been cocktail-partied and introduced to their competition at last week’s party. Leading man Ian Stenlake will fly in Tuesday morning and rehearse the opening number that afternoon, for performance that night. Nice to work with a pro. He will do Morning Melodies at Twin Towns the following morning – see you all there in your best bib and tucker.
Billy Bourchier and Georgina Hopson star in a new production of
Pirates of Penzance.