Get your calendar ready for 2018 – these shows are going to add colour to it. From annual festivals to major new exhibitions and blockbuster musicals, these are the events that have already been announced.
-- THEATRE + MUSICALS --
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
This international best-selling novel captivated readers all over the world, and now it's hitting the stage. The National Theatre’s production The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has won a swag of awards for its immersive depiction of the story of 15-year-old Christopher Boone.
12–24 June at QPAC
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Carole King’s rise to stardom and the musical catalogue that ensued is celebrated in this inspiring musical. As one of the year’s most anticipated shows, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical traces King’s journey from schoolgirl to a worldwide star who finally found her true voice. It features hits including ‘Natural Woman’, ‘I Feel The Earth Move’ and ‘Locomotion’.
13 July to 19 August at QPAC
Lysa and The Freeborn Dames
This fierce female-led dramedy is inspired by the original battle of the sexes, Aristophanes’ Lysistrata. Lysa and The Freeborn Dames is billed as 'Aristophanes crossed with a girl group power-ballad served with a plate of your Grandma’s best CWA scones', and it's about to make its world premiere at La Boite.
21 July to 11 August at La Boite
See the onstage adaptation of this iconic Australian coming-of-age murder mystery. Queensland Theatre is bringing Melbourne Theatre Company’s sell-out show to Brisbane in 2018. Set in a small country town where everyone’s business finds its way into the public domain, Jasper Jones examines issues of bullying, racism and family through a distinctly Australian lens.
28 July to 18 August at QPAC
Stirring show Mother is making its way to QPAC for a two-week season in August, where Noni Hazlehurst will make her mainstage debut in Brisbane. Mother has been touring Australia for two years now, being labelled Hazlehurst’s ‘performance of a lifetime’.
7–18 August at QPAC
Priscilla: Queen of the Desert
Priscilla is one of Australia’s most famous musical exports. ‘It’s Raining Men’, ‘I Will Survive’ and ‘I Love The Nightlife’ form the background of the sassy story of three fabulous friends taking a battered bus to Alice Springs to put on a show of a lifetime. It features more than 500 costumes and 200 headdresses, and promises more glitter than ever.
From 26 September at QPAC
-- COMEDY --
Lano & Woodley – Fly
More than 150,000 Australians turned out for their farewell tour. Now after a 12-year hiatus, comedians Lano & Woodley have reunited. They’ll return to stages in 2018 with a new show inspired by the Wright brothers, with the personas of their alter egos still firmly in tact.
5–17 June at Brisbane Powerhouse
-- FESTIVALS --
After making its debut in Brisbane last year, the Walkley Foundation’s journalism festival is returning. Storyology will present two days of thought-provoking in-conversation events from journalists who've travelled the world and seen it all. Speakers include photojournalist Nick Moir, local writer Bri Lee, cartoonist Sean Leahy, journalist Peter Greste and The Trace podcast's Rachael Brown.
July 27–28 at Palace Barracks Cinemas
Brisbane Writers Festival
From fact to fantasy, the written word inspires in so many ways. Whether you escape through books or use them to challenge yourself, you will find a talk to suit your literary persuasions when Brisbane Writers Festival returns this year.
4–7 September at State Library of Queensland
It’s one of the city’s biggest music events and BIGSOUND Festival will continue to celebrate Australian music in 2018. As well as being an industry conference, the festival is also your chance to take a four-day musical excursion as you hop between bars in Fortitude Valley.
4–7 September at Fortitude Valley
Brisbane Festival – our annual arts bonanza of music, cabaret, circus and theatre – will turn the city pink for 22 days at the start of spring. It all wraps up in a glittering flurry of colour for Riverfire on 29 September. A first look at the program has been released, ahead of the full line-up announcement in July.
8–29 September across Brisbane
Brisbane International Film Festival
This year Brisbane International Film Festival is moving to GOMA, with the gallery also curating the festival's program. More announcements are in the works, including festival dates and what's in the program, but you can be sure GOMA will bring a fresh new edge to our annual celebration of global cinema.
-- ART + EXHIBITIONS --
Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection
Australian artist Patricia Piccinini has opened her most ambitious exhibition to date, with her works occupying the entire ground floor of GOMA in a retrospective of her career. The exhibition features the hybrid creatures she’s become known for, as well as a newly commissioned inflatable sculpture and GOMA's popular Up Late series.
14 March to 5 August at GOMA
Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives
Last year Queensland Museum took us back to Ancient Roman times with the Gladiators exhibition, and next it will venture deep inside the pyramids of Ancient Egypt with Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives. Presenting six mummies, the exhibition offers insight into their lives using CT scanning technology and more than 200 artefacts from the British Museum’s Egyptian collections.
16 March to 16 August at Queensland Museum
The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9)
GOMA’s signature art series is back. From Turkey to Hawaii and our own shores, the Asia Pacific Triennial series is a vast survey of contemporary art. Returning for the ninth time, APT9 will showcase works that reimagine traditional practice and showcase the diversity of nature, history and culture.
24 November, 2018 to 28 April, 2019 at GOMA
Local fashion designers Lydia Pearson and Pamela Easton became an important part of the Australian fashion landscape with their colourful label, Easton Pearson. After gifting their archive of more than 3,300 garments to Museum of Brisbane, a major exhibition is being planned to showcase their sartorial legacy.
22 November 2018 to 18 April 2019 at Museum of Brisbane
-- BALLET --
Some of the world’s finest ballet dancers are bound for Brisbane in November, when QPAC presents Italy’s Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company – or, La Scala for short. La Scala is one of the oldest and most respected ballet companies in the world, and this is the first time the company has ever performed in Australia.
7–18 November at QPAC
After launching in 2017, Queensland Ballet is bringing back Bespoke. In a collaboration with Expressions Dance Company, this production challenges assumptions about dance. The new dance experience is performed together with film, photography and sculpture.
9–17 November at Brisbane Powerhouse
It's not Christmas without seeing Queensland Ballet's annual delight, The Nutcracker. This beloved Christmas tale captures the essence of the season, bringing festive cheer over Yuletide.
14–22 December at QPAC
-- MUSIC --
The Merry Widow
This operetta revives the glamour of Art Deco Paris. In Opera Queensland’s The Merry Widow, love affairs and jealousy simmer against a glittering backdrop of Champagne, silky ballroom gowns and cabaret salons. It all comes together with music and dance numbers performed by musical stars including David Hobson and Natalie Christie Peluso.
22–30 June at QPAC
Star Wars: A New Hope
Queensland Symphony Orchestra will perform the score to Star Wars: A New Hope live to a screening of the film, led by conductor Benjamin Northey. The 1977 film’s iconic music captured the essence of its mythic story, taking out the Academy Award for Best Original Score, and this is a rare chance to see the film on the big screen.
7 July at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
The White Album Concert
The While Album Concert features one of history's most iconic albums, performed by Australian musical icons. See Chris Cheney, Phil Jamieson , Tim Rogers and Josh Pyke come together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this landmark album. They'll be supported by a 17-piece rock orchestra as they perform the entire album in track order.
19–20 July at QPAC
Bernstein at 100
This special event will see Queensland Symphony Orchestra celebrate the 100th birthday of superstar composer Leonard Bernstein. Pieces on the program include Symphonic Suite from the film On the Waterfront, Chichester Psalms, The Age of Anxiety and Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.
15 August at QPAC
It has been some time since Opera Queensland performed Mozart, but that ends this year. As charming as he is dangerous, Don Giovanni is a compelling character. He’ll be brought to life in a bold show that celebrates the complexity of Mozart’s work.
19 October to 3 November at QPAC
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