A shipwreck sets in motion a wild and whimsical tale of mistaken identities, separated twins, rebellious servants, unrequited love and a pair of ridiculous yellow stockings. After the twelfth night, the land of Illyria will never be the same. Washed ashore and separated from her twin brother, the plucky Viola must learn to survive alone in an exotic foreign country. Disguising herself as a man, she quickly becomes entangled in a web of amorous pursuits gone awry. As Cupid’s arrows send dukes and countesses running in disastrous directions, a wacky entourage of servants and drunken freeloaders watch on in amusement. All the while, Viola must fight to ensure nothing blows her cover. Shakespeare’s hilarious and lovable characters are brought to life through all new songs by legendary composer Tim Finn and a cast of comedic greats including Jason Klarwein, Christen O’leary and Jessica Tovey.
28 April–19 May, Playhouse, QPAC, cnr Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Bank. 136 246. qpac.com.au
Doo-bop Jazz Bar has a number of impressive acts that are not to be missed this month. After two sold-out shows in 2017, get ready to worship Australia’s most prestigious 70s soul/r&b group, STYLUS. They’re back by popular demand this month for another two nights of classic hits at Doo-bop Jazz Bar (13–14 April). Laurence Hobgood is a contemporary virtuoso pianist, collaborator, composer, arranger, producer, multiple Grammy® nominee and 2010 Grammy® winner. He is recognised for his dazzling piano technique and his signature style of composing and arranging, and he hits Doo-bop with the Laurence Hobgood Trio (New York) on 20 and 21 April. Settle in for a great show with Grace Knight (27–28 April), one of the most enduring talents in Australian music. Knight’s spellbinding performances touch the soul and lift the heart, while her magical presence connects with audiences of all ages like few others can.
101 Edward Street, Brisbane. 3151 7520. doo-bop.com.au