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Theatre spotlight: Five shows to see in March

There’s a diverse line-up of theatre headed for Brisbane stages this month. From highly anticipated international productions to local theatre and foreign language shows, there is plenty to keep you entertained. Get ready to laugh, sing and question the laws of the universe.

My Fair Lady

The Cinderella story of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady is a pretty familiar one – what you really need to know about this production is that it’s directed by none other than Julie Andrews. From the costuming to the sets, Andrews promises to deliver a classic musical theatre experience full of grandeur. The show stars Charles Edwards from Downton Abbey as Henry Higgins and Australian Anna O’Byrne as Eliza Doolittle.

Tuesday 14 March to Sunday 23 April at QPAC 

The 39 Steps

You cannot fault Brisbane Arts Theatre for ambitiousness. In the on-stage production of The 39 Steps – a novel that was famously adapted for screen by Alfred Hitchcock – a small cast will bring more than 150 characters to life in a fast-paced whodunnit laced with comedy and inventive stagecraft. The 39 Steps has won two Tony Awards and a Drama Desk Award and promises to keep you guessing for the whole show.

Saturday 25 February to Saturday 1 April at Brisbane Arts Theatre

Constellations

Queensland Theatre has had a big start to the year, with its first two shows Ladies In Black and The Flick praised during their respective seasons. For Constellations, Lucas Stibbard and Jessica Tovey star in a charming love story with a scientific flavour. The show’s description opens as follows: So if everything we’ve ever done, and never done, has happened in alternate universes, that means there are universes in which we’ve never met. This one is sure to get you thinking.

Thursday 9 March to Sunday 9 April at Bille Brown Studio

White Snake

White Snake is one of China’s oldest legends, regarded as one of the country’s four great folktales. In a show that offers an evocative glimpse into Chinese culture, this tale of love and loss is told through a fusion of film and performance. It follows Suzhen, a white snake who wants to enter the human world. She transforms herself into a lady in white and meets a scholar named Xu Xian, but the pair faces a number of struggles on their path to happily ever after.

Friday 31 March to Saturday 1 April at QPAC

Stones In His Pockets

Set in Ireland, Stones In His Pockets (pictured) doesn’t skimp on the craic. The award-winning comedy takes place in a quaint Irish village that isn’t ready for the Hollywood big shots who are about to roll into town. When they do, tensions arise as locals are hired as extras and amid it all, an unlikely romance blossoms between a local farmer and a rich girl. After appearing in London’s West End for five years, this show has toured the world, with actors Sean Hawkins and Jamie Oxenbould playing 15 characters throughout the performance.

Friday 31 March to Saturday 1 April at QUT Gardens Theatre

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