Theatre: North by northwest Following sell out seasons in Melbourne, the UK and Toronto, the triumphant stage adaption of Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest is coming to Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) this November for a strictly limited season. Combining the magic of film and theatre, this incredible production of Hitchcock’s supreme comedy of suspense will be presented live on QPAC’s Lyric Theatre stage from 27 November for two weeks only.  culture north Queenslanders Christen O’Leary and Leon Cain will join a stellar line up of talent for the triumphant stage adaption of North by Northwest, for the strictly limited season, which sees Brisbane as the second Australian city to experience this celebrated production following sell out seasons in Melbourne, the U.K. and Toronto. Christen O’Leary, a multi-award winning musical theatre star most recognised for recent roles in A Twelfth Night, Scenes from a Marriage, and the popular seasons of Ladies in Black and End of the Rainbow among many more, as well as her television credits (Blue Heelers, State Coroner), will play the role of Maggie and other female parts in this Hollywood classic Queensland stage premiere. Leon Cain will showcase his talent in the role of Janitor and various other roles. Cain frequently treads the boards at QPAC, most recently in Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine with Shake & Stir Theatre Co. His career has earned him two Matilda Awards and will bring his diverse experience to the stage once more. Cristen and Leon join leads Matt Day (Roger O. Thornhill) and Amber McMahon (Eve Kendall) who reprise their roles from the Melbourne season of North by Northwest. Every twist, every thrill, every hairbreadth escape from Hitchcock’s original genius work is retained for this stunning new stage production by director Simon Phillips and adapted for the stage by Carolyn Burns; the creative team behind Ladies in Black.  Everything you will recall from the original Hitchcock film, from drunken car rides down twisting roads, a love affair on a train, to the famous cliffhanger ending on Mount Rushmore is recreated live on stage. Don’t miss this lightning-paced thriller that combines glamour with espionage for a truly irresistible cocktail. 

When: From 27 November to 9 December Where: QPAC Lyric Theatre Bookings: qpac.com.au or 136 246


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Theatre: a christmas carol

Queensland audiences are in for a Christmas treat this year with a brand new theatre production of Charles Dickens’ beloved A Christmas Carol coming to the Playhouse at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) Brisbane from 7 to 16 December. Shake & Stir Theatre Co, renowned for their innovative adaptations of popular fiction, are bringing the world premiere of this nostalgic Christmas story to Brisbane following recent page to stage co-productions with QPAC including George’s Marvellous Medicine and Dracula. Directed by award-winning Michael Futcher and adapted for stage by co-artistic director for Shake & Stir Theatre Co, Nelle Lee, audiences can expect a sumptuous and surprising reimagining of Dickens’ classic story of compassion, forgiveness and redemption.  The tale begins on a cold and gloomy Christmas Eve. Ebenezer Scrooge is spending his evening hunched over his coals, counting his fortune and cursing the happiness of others. After a ghostly night of unexpected visitors, each with an important lesson for Scrooge direct from the grave, Scrooge awakens on Christmas Day with a whole new outlook on life. Acclaimed Brisbane actor Eugene Gilfedder will star as Scrooge alongside a stellar cast including Ross Balbuziente, Salliana Campbell, Arnijka Larcombe-Weate, Nelle Lee, Bryan Probets and Nick Skubij. Hailed as one of Dickens’ most popular pieces of fiction, the book and its timeless reminder to honour the spirit of Christmas and remember those less fortunate are as relevant today as in 1843 when Dickens put pen to paper. Featuring live musicians, yule-tide carolling, lavish costumes and of course, snow, A Christmas Carol will be a visual feast to set your spirits soaring! 

When: 7-16 December 2018 Where: QPAC Bookings: qpac.com.au or 136 246

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