Jump in the car and catch th­ese great shows a short drive from the Gold Coast, in­clud­ing Noel Coward’s clas­sic play Blithe Spirit

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - DRESSING ROOMERS - KATE PETERS

There’s masses of theatre go­ing on at the Gold Coast over the next cou­ple of weeks, and if you fancy a quick trip down the high­way, why not drop in at Bal­lina Play­ers for a dose of Noel Coward. They are pre­sent­ing the ever-pop­u­lar Blithe Spirit, a witty and in­trigu­ing com­edy ex­plor­ing how writer Charles Con­damine re­acts to a very un­usual sit­u­a­tion. His prob­lem is that he sud­denly has two wives, each of whom nat­u­rally re­sents the other. This is a charm­ing theatre in a lovely town – about an hour and a quar­ter from the Coast. This clas­sic opens March 24 and runs to April 1. Book­ings at bal­li­naplay­ers.com.

Down the high­way a lit­tle, lovers of mur­der mys­ter­ies are in for a shock when Mur­willum­bah Theatre Com­pany presents the bril­liant Tom Stop­pard farce The Real In­spec­tor Hound from March 17 – April 1. When feud­ing theatre crit­ics Moon and Bird­boot come to re­view a new Agatha Christie-like who­dunit, they be­come im­pli­cated in the lethal atroc­i­ties of a sus­pected es­caped mad­man. Drawn into the lu­di­crous plot, they re­luc­tantly be­come part of the con­flict on stage. The crit­ics be­come play­ers, and play­ers crit­ics. The mur­der mys­tery – the play-within-a-play – is set at Mul­doon Manor, a typ­i­cal stage for the de­tec­tive genre. The Real In­spec­tor Hound will be staged at the Mur­willum­bah Civic Cen­tre on March 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31 and April 1. Night-time shows start at 8pm and Sun­days at 2pm. This is an 80-minute pro­duc­tion with no in­ter­val but drinks and snacks will be avail­able from 7pm. Book at mur will um­bah theatre com­pany.com

The an­nual Dol­phin Awards will be staged by Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre on Sun­day, March 19 at 7pm. Theatre lovers are in­vited to put on their glad rags and bling and join them for a great night of cel­e­bra­tion and en­ter­tain­ment. En­try at $10 per per­son in­cludes a drink and fin­ger food. RSVP on 5532 2096.

The sleepy vil­lage of Tyal­gum will once again de­light theatre lovers with a fab­u­lous concert from Belinda Wol­las­ton – The

Mu­sic of Judy Gar­land. Fresh from her Lon­don tri­umphs in the new hit mu­si­cal play

Through the Mill about the life and times of Judy Gar­land, ac­claimed Aus­tralian mu­sic theatre per­former and ac­tor Wol­las­ton re­turns briefly to Aus­tralia for a month in March, be­fore re­turn­ing to Lon­don for another sea­son of the hit play on Gar­land’s life. For one night only, Belinda will present at the Tyal­gum Hall on Satur­day, March 18 at 8pm, a cabaret show based around the songs of Judy Gar­land. This one night only per­for­mance is a rare chance to see Belinda per­form in her own coun­try. Tick­ets for the Tyal­gum concert are $50 with pre-show din­ner pack­ages avail­able at Flut­ter­bies Cafe. Tick­ets can be pur­chased at heart­saflame­pro­duc­tions.com or call 0488 713 241.

The Pro­duc­tion Com­pany in Mel­bourne is con­tin­u­ing its mas­sively pop­u­lar pro­gram into 2017 with Ma­rina Prior star­ring in Hello, Dolly!, Rob Mills star­ring in Je­sus Christ Su­per­star and Ro­han Browne in Bri­gadoon. They are also adding a Tues­day mati­nee se­ries. All info avail­able at the Pro­duc­tion Com­pany web­site.

Belinda Wol­las­ton will per­form Judy Gar­land’s great­est hits at Tyal­gum Hall.

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