THE WIZARD OF OZ
The world’s favourite musical is returning to Australia. The London Palladium production of “The Wizard of Oz” will have its Australian Premiere in Brisbane this month. Australia’s leading musical theatre star Anthony Warlow plays The Wizard and Professor Marvel, while Lucy Durack will play Glinda the Good Witch, and Jemma Rix will be The Wicked Witch of the West. Rising star Samantha Dodemaide breaks out of the chorus to wear the ruby slippers of Dorothy Gale.
From 4 November, Lyric Theatre, QPAC, cnr Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Bank. 136 246. qpac.com.au
Gather in King George Square for the much-loved tradition of the lighting of the Brisbane City Christmas Tree. Join Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, Santa and special guests to welcome the festive season by illuminating Queensland’s largest solar-powered Christmas tree. Soak up the festive cheer with a host of Christmas carols on the night and a special Christmas performance. The tree will light up the city sky every night until Christmas Eve, so make sure you visit King George Square to enjoy the beautiful sight.
25 November, King George Square, Brisbane City. visitbrisbane.com.au
Take the hand of Peter Pan and come on a journey to the fabled Neverland. Wendy and her two brothers literally fly into the adventure of a lifetime when Peter Pan leads them to a fantastical imaginary world of fairies, mermaids, pirates and one very large crocodile. With swashbuckling sword fights, oversized puppets and breathtaking flying sequences, Trey Mcintyre’s “Peter Pan” uses a brilliant mix of dance and theatre to tell the tale of the boy who never grew up. Told from a child’s perspective, this imaginative ballet re-interprets J M Barrie’s famous story with wit, verve and a distinctly modern spirit. Peter Pan may not have grown up, but his story has.
Until 5 November, Playhouse, QPAC, cnr Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Bank. 136 246. qpac.com.au