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Season 2024

Canberra Theatre Centre’s Season 2024 comprises a curated selection of world-class performances, representing some of the very best works from around Australia and the world.  We’re proud to bring Canberran audiences works made by leading visionary artists and companies including Akram Khan Company, The Farm, Circa, shake & stir, Kate Miller-Heidke, Sydney Theatre Company, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Dead Puppets Society, Sydney Dance Company and more.

Many of the shows have been seen by audiences at leading arts festivals including Sydney Festival, Adelaide Festival, Darwin Festival, Perth Festival and Brisbane Festival.  These are must-see projects spanning blockbuster theatre, internationally renowned dance, hot music acts, thrilling physical theatre and circus, awe-inspiring puppetry, moving literary adaptations, powerful First Nations collaborations and joyous work for children and families.

The season will grow over coming months as we announce even more exceptional works to fill our stages in 2024. Keep an eye on this page or sign up to our e-news to hear more about the wonders we have in store for you!

– Dan Clarke,
Head of Programming


– SEASON 2024 –

KATE MILLER-HEIDKE – CATCHING DIAMONDS TOUR

Kate Miller-Heidke embarks on the Catching Diamonds Tour, coming to Canberra this January. This is a special opportunity to see Kate in an intimate, stripped-back mode, accompanied by her long-term collaborator Keir Nuttall on guitar. Like all Kate Miller-Heidke shows, the Catching Diamonds Tour will be a celebration of voice, storytelling, emotion, humour and music that transports and transcends, of discovering anew each night the transformative connection between the performer and the audience.

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW

One of the most-read and famous children’s books of all time, The Very Hungry Caterpillar emerges off the page in a masterful theatrical experience for children 18 months+ and their adults. Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, the production features a menagerie of over 75 magical puppets, including the star of the show – The Very Hungry Caterpillar – and an Australian cast who bring these beloved books to life on stage.

AKRAM KHAN COMPANY’S JUNGLE BOOK REIMAGINED

Akram Khan Company – Jungle Book reimagined. The world-renowned Akram Khan Company arrives on stage in Canberra for a magical dance-theatre retelling of Kipling’s classic. Witness one of the world’s most acclaimed international dance companies turn the stage into a mythical world with spectacular movement and stunning stagecraft. Featuring an original score, ten international dancers and state-of-the-art animation and visuals, Jungle Book reimagined is a beautifully compelling and vital piece of storytelling about our intrinsic need to belong and bond with others, and placing the importance of connecting with and respecting our natural world at its heart.

DEBORAH CONWAY & WILLY ZYGIER: SONGS FROM THE BOOK OF LIFE

Deborah Conway

Embark on a musical journey with Songs from the Book of Life, a unique theatrical experience by Deborah Conway & Willy Zygier, based on Deborah’s just released memoir. This bold tour-de-force features original music, theatrical storytelling, and the gritty details of an iconic woman who transformed the Australian music industry.

AFRIQUE EN CIRQUE

Gravity-defying acrobats, frantic African rhythms, a kaleidoscope of colour and an explosion of energy – welcome to Afrique en Cirque! Experience the heart and soul of Guinea come to life in a spectacular celebration of culture and vitality. Created by Kalabanté Productions’ artistic director Yamoussa Bangoura, Afrique en Cirque was inspired by daily life in Guinea. This upbeat show features scenery, costumes and staging that vibrate with energy. “Impeccably performed slice of family-friendly circus” – Culture Fix

STUNT DOUBLE

Stunt Double

Step inside the filming of a 1970s Aussie action-flick and watch as extraordinary stunt doubles cycle through take-after- take of high-octane flips, fights and more, putting their bodies on the line while the actors reap the glory. Groundbreaking dance and theatre collective The Farm are coming to Canberra with a jaw-dropping and genre-bending immersive theatre blockbuster. Inspired by films such as Wake In Fright, Razorback and BMX Bandits, Stunt Double is sure to be an unforgettable ride and tongue-in-cheek dive into the absurd power dynamics of the film industry and the human cost of celebrity.

WILCO

Australia has been waiting for over ten years to see the return of musical champs and Grammy Award winning outfit WILCO. One of the planet’s most powerful and intuitive rock’n’roll bands, WILCO will be delivering audiences an unforgettable show filled with old tunes, classic hits and probably some new music from their latest album Cousin. It just couldn’t get more exciting!

DARKFIELD: SÉANCE | CIVIC SQUARE

SÉANCE

SÉANCE is an intense sonic performance that explores the psychology of a group of people who have been bombarded with suggestible material. In complete darkness, your senses become vulnerable to persuasion. We only ask that you proceed with an open mind. Step inside, take a seat but don’t get comfortable.

DARKFIELD: FLIGHT | CIVIC SQUARE

FLIGHT shepherds audience members through two worlds, two realities and two possible outcomes to their journey. The ‘many worlds’ interpretation of quantum mechanics proposes all possible outcomes that could occur are occurring in countless worlds of varying similarity.

RBG: OF MANY, ONE

RBG

RBG: OF MANY, ONE – by Suzie Miller, directed by Priscilla Jackman. After a wildly popular, sold-out premiere season in 2022, this smash-hit production arrives in Canberra with the brilliant Heather Mitchell reviving her award-winning “virtuosic performance” (The Conversation) of the woman who changed the face of the American legal system: the indominable Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Now, her life is brought to the stage by the extraordinary pen of Olivier Award-winning Australian playwright Suzie Miller (Prima Facie), in a story that chronicles Ginsburg’s wins and dissents, and brings you right into the room with Ruth at the most pivotal moments of her life.

DOG MAN: THE MUSICAL

Dog Man

With the head of a dog and the body of a policeman, Dog Man loves to fight crime and chew on the furniture. But while trying his best to be a good boy, can he save the city from Flippy the cyborg fish and his army of Beasty Buildings? Can he catch Petey, the world’s most evil cat, who has cloned himself to exact revenge on the doggy do-gooder? And will George and Harold finish their show before lunchtime??

HUMANS 2.0

Humans 2.0

A symphony of acrobatics, sound and light, this is next level circus by Circa. Ten bodies appear in a flash of light. They move in harmony for a fleeting moment and then descend into a sinuous trance. Towers grow and decay, bodies leap and are caught, as physical limits are pushed to their extreme. Can we ever find a perfect balance or is adapting to constant change the only way forward? Humans 2.0 is intimate, primal and deeply engaged with the challenge of being human.

FOURTEEN

FOURTEEN

The year is 1999 and Shannon has a secret. Shannon Molloy is a year 9 student at an all-boys rugby-mad Catholic school in regional Queensland, with a secret that no one can ever find out. Shannon is gay. Based on the best-selling memoir by award-winning journalist Shannon Molloy, FOURTEEN is the inspirational true story of growing up gay in central Queensland, transformed into a powerful must-see theatre production by nationally acclaimed Shake & Stir Theatre Co.

GASLIGHT

Gaslight

Young, trusting, and fragile – Bella Manningham thinks she’s losing her mind. In the evenings, she hears strange noises. The sitting-room gas lamps dim for no apparent reason. Is Bella’s loving relationship with her urbane partner Jack all that it seems? Patrick Hamilton’s 1938 play introduced us to the powerful term we now use to describe an insidious form of deception and manipulation. This liberating adaptation by Johnna Wright and Patty Jamieson, which world premiered at the 2022 Shaw Festival, is a gripping, reimagined thriller of daring and doubt.  Will the “gaslighting” have its intended dire effect, or will our heroine find the strength to save herself?

THE RIVER THAT RAN UPHILL

The River that Ran Uphill

A tiny girl finds strength to survive the wildest of winds and raging rivers in this triumphant true tale from South Australia’s own trailblazing theatre company Slingsby. Do you know the story of the river that ran uphill? With a cyclone at its centre, this is a story of the collision between nature and humanity set in the Pacific Islands. It’s a story that shows audiences, young and old, how the seemingly impossible can become possible when we work together. As the waters rise, this story carries forward a message of warning and, perhaps, a raft of hope.

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RENT: THE MUSICAL

RENT

Experience Jonathan Larson’s electrifying, multi-Tony Award winning musical RENT, when it hits Canberra Theatre in June 2024. Step into the vibrant streets of New York City’s East Village, where dreams are born, friendships are tested, and the power of love prevails against all odds. Featuring the iconic songs ‘Seasons of Love’, ‘Take Me or Leave Me’ and ‘La Vie Bohème’, this groundbreaking phenomenon is more than a musical; it’s a celebration of life, love, and the human spirit. Don’t miss your chance to discover the show that took Broadway by storm.

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM | BELL SHAKESPEARE

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Shakespeare’s classic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is reawakened in this breathless production brimming with magic, mirth and mayhem. Young lovers retreat to the forest with plans to elope, but they are not alone. A hapless bunch of tradies have gathered to rehearse a play and a mischievous sprinkling of fairies are also in the forest that night. The three worlds collide in an explosion of comic confusion that throws the future of all the lovers into jeopardy. Fast, funny and family-friendly, this is A Midsummer Night’s Dream reimagined.

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AN EVENING WITH VIKA & LINDA

 

Vika & Linda


Vika & Linda 
are the most loved vocal duo of their generation – admired and respected by fans and fellow artists, they’ve been singing together their entire lives. It all began in a church and from church to the charts Vika & Linda have enjoyed a remarkable musical journey.

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momenta | SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY

momenta

‘momenta’ is a journey into the poetry and physics of human connection by celebrated choreographer Rafael Bonachela. This mesmerising piece presents a kaleidoscope of energies, capturing the essence of fleeting moments suspended between past and future, where individual trajectories collide and intertwine.

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ROALD DAHL’S JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH

James and the Giant Peach

A little magic can take you a long way. From the company that brought us the smash-hit, adored seasons of Fantastic Mr Fox, The Twits and George’s Marvellous Medicine comes this bold new theatrical adaption of one of the most loved children’s classic books. You’ve read the book and seen the movie – now it’s time to experience this Dahlicious tale – from the wacky mind of the world’s No. 1 Storyteller – live on stage.

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HORIZON | BANGARRA DANCE THEATRE

Horizon Bangarra

There is a place between sea and sky—a sacred realm, where the sun rises and falls, and the light is new. From two of the world’s great First Nations comes a brand-new work: Horizon. Some call it a feeling, some call it the mother spirit. It’s the place where sea meets sky, the horizon we all look to, the compass that guides us home. Come explore the cultural forces that bind us together, across oceans and eons. Horizon is a double bill opening with Kulka by Bangarra alum Sani Townson, followed by the primary piece, The Light Inside, choreographed by Bangarra alum Deborah Brown and Māori choreographer and Arts Laureate Moss Te Ururangi Patterson.

Bangarra is proud to offer Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Māori community members discounted tickets to Horizon. Please contact our Box Office on 02 6275 2700 to book.

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44 SEX ACTS IN ONE WEEK

44 Sex Acts

Girl meets boy. Girl hates boy. Girl f**s boy 44 times. World collapses. Celina is a journalist stuck writing clickbait for a lifestyle blog. It falls to her to road test a new book, The 44 Sex Acts That Will Change Your Life. All she has to do is experience 44 different kinds of sex, across the full spectrum of kink, by Friday. The problem is she needs a partner and the only person available is her nemesis, brooding animal activist and office mail boy, Alab Delusa.

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GRUG

Grug

Grug began his life as the top of a Burrawang tree that fell to the ground. Resembling a small, striped haystack with feet and a nose, Grug is fascinated by the world around him and solves everyday problems creatively and without fuss. When dancing instructions are too difficult to understand, he invents his own dance and calls it ‘The Grug’. Having performed to more than 50,000 children and families worldwide, Grug is perfect for our youngest theatre lovers.

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TEENY TINY STEVIES: TWICE THE LOVE TOUR

Teeny Tiny Stevies

The old feel young, the young feel like grown-ups, and everyone just meets somewhere in the middle for a rocking good time! Playing all the Teeny Tiny Stevies favourites along with some sparkly new ones from their most recent offering, The Green Album, Byll, Beth and their band create a snug atmosphere with much delight! Even the most serious adults will find themselves singing, laughing and potentially even moving their bodies in a way that resembles… dancing.

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JULIA

Julia 2024

JULIA by Joanna Murray-Smith | Directed by Sarah Goodes. “Not now, not ever.” Co-produced by Sydney Theatre Company and Canberra Theatre Centre, Julia is both a compelling insight into the person behind the public mask, and a reflection on the experience of women in contemporary politics. In a thrilling coming together of history and art, Murray-Smith’s incredible dramatic imagination has rendered a powerful monologue that takes us through key moments in Prime Minister Gillard’s life, culminating in an “electrifying” (The Guardian) verbatim performance of the ‘misogyny speech’. Secure your tickets now to one of 2024’s greatest theatrical experiences.

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MANAGE YOUR EXPECTATIONS

Manage Your Expectations

Manage Your Expectations takes the idea of the ‘trigger warning’ to its absurdist extreme using humour to question how ‘informed’ consent can really be and asking, ‘How much do you really want to know?’ Be prepared to go on a hilarious and moving journey using a unique blend of dance, theatre, live film, clowning, and logic-bending philosophising. Full of vigour and energy with a dash of confrontation and chaos, come and experience this bold, thought-provoking new show created and performed by multi award-winning maverick of the stage Eliza Sanders.

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TROPHY BOYS

Trophy Boys

Played in real-time as the St Imperium team prepare their case, Trophy Boys is a queer black comedy about power, privilege and high school debating. Using a winning combination of satire and camp, Trophy Boys interrogates the well-documented toxic masculinity, misogyny and homophobia of our elite private boys’ schools, and their prevalence in the backgrounds of those holding the highest offices in the country.

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JURRUNGU NGAN-GA [STRAIGHT TALK]

Jurrungu_Ngan-ga

Brimming over with sadness, anger, joy and steely resistance, Jurrungu Ngan-ga is a deeply affecting and urgent work by one of our nation’s most innovative dance theatre companies, that confronts Australia’s shameful fixation with incarceration. This breathtaking new work connects the shockingly disproportionate levels of Indigenous Australians in custody and the indefinite detention of asylum seekers in Australia’s immigration detention centres.

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THE PEASANT PRINCE

The Peasant Prince

The Peasant Prince tells the remarkable true story of a 10-year-old peasant boy’s journey from impoverished rural China to the international dance scene. This is a story of courage, resilience and unwavering hope. The children’s version of Li Cunxin’s iconic autobiography, Mao’s Last Dancer, The Peasant Prince is an extraordinary production of a remarkable story – of a peasant boy turned dance giant. It will inspire and enthral young audiences.

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ENEMIES OF GROVINESS EAT SH!T

Enemies of Grooviness

After a decade of playing within her spiritual access point and avatar, Betty Grumble performance artist Emma Maye Gibson re-emerges, bringing her latest offering Enemies of Grooviness Eat Sh!t back to the stage as a mantric wish. Across the season, Gibson returns Grumble from whence she came, performing an unfurling of the eco-feminist seeping carapace that gave her a way to heal, feel and defy the damn enemies of grooviness that keep her, them, you, all of us down.

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ENGLISH

English

A small classroom in Iran is the birthplace for a big-hearted comedy in which the laughs fly thick and fast. From the absurd conversations you’ll only hear in a language lesson to the hilarity of serious subjects lost in translation, English is a masterclass in contemporary playwriting and features a lovingly rendered ensemble of characters that will carve out a place in your heart.

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CHICAGO

Chicago

Murder, greed, corruption, exploitation, adultery, treachery … and ‘All That Jazz’ … so begins the international multi-award-winning musical, CHICAGOCreated by the musical theatre talents of John Kander, Fred Ebb and legendary choreographer Bob Fosse, it’s no wonder CHICAGO has been honoured with 6 Tony Awards®, 2 Olivier Awards, and a Grammy®. With a glittering score that includes ‘All That Jazz’ and ‘Razzle Dazzle’, CHICAGO truly is “sexy, pin-sharp and flawless” (Sydney Morning Herald).

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ARC BY ERTH

ARC by Erth

Showcasing exquisite puppetry, an enigmatic host, audience interaction and a world of rare and exotic animals, ARC is a profound experience that embraces the natural world and the creatures that cohabit this place we call Earth. Renowned as innovators of physical and visual theatre, for the past three decades Erth’s body of work has explored the depths of the past. With ARC, they look unblinkingly to the future, as this menagerie of animals transforms the stage before your very eyes.

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360 ALLSTARS

360 ALL STARS

A phenomenal physical performance exploring all forms of rotation, 360 ALLSTARS connects the street with the elite to deliver a supercharged urban circus. Boasting a stellar cast of World Champion and World Record holding artists and athletes, 360 ALLSTARS is a spectacular fusion of the extraordinary artistry that emerges from street culture.

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PETER AND THE STARCATCHER

Peter and the Starcatcher

The Broadway smash hit and 5-time Tony Award winner Peter and the Starcatcher will have its Australian Premiere in Canberra in 2024. Before Neverland there was an Island. Before Captain Hook, a pirate. Before Wendy, her mother Molly. Before Peter, a nameless boy. Originally developed by Disney Theatrical Group, written by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), directed by David Morton (The Wider Earth), and reimagined by Dead Puppet Society. Experience the joy of this theatrical spectacle with 100 unforgettable characters, puppetry, live music, and technical wizardry – jump onboard this epic voyage and discover the untold story of Neverland. Hook tickets now!

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WARU – JOURNEY OF THE SMALL TURTLE

Waru

In Bangarra’s first dedicated work for children, join our heroine Migi as she undertakes a journey of discovery and survival. A contemporary saltwater Lagaw Kazil (Island Children) story inspired by the totemic system of the green turtle, Waru – journey of the small turtle is an interactive and immersive introduction to Torres Strait Islander culture and dance for 3–7-year-olds.

Bangarra and Canberra Theatre Centre are proud to offer Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members tickets from $37* to this production. Please select “Community” ticket type at checkout.

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DRIZZLE BOY

Drizle Boy

Drizzle Boy is autistic. Drizzle Boy is poked, prodded and diagnosed by a world that wants to change him and a family who doesn’t understand him. Then, on his first day of university, he meets Juliet and suddenly everything seems possible — even his lifelong dream of building a rocket and blasting-off toward the stars!

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JACK MAGGS

Jack Maggs

The story follows the enigmatic ex-convict Jack Maggs (Carey’s version of Magwitch) returning to London from Australia and embarking on a relentless quest to find his ‘son’ Henry Phipps, who has mysteriously disappeared. Maggs soon becomes entangled in the web of Phipps’ neighbour, Percy Buckle and his bizarre household, where he makes a deal with young novelist and “mesmerist” Tobias Oates (or is it Charles Dickens himself?) to find Phipps. Oates has other plans though, and in Maggs, might just find the perfect inspiration for his new novel.

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THE GRUFFALO

The Gruffalo

A mouse took a stroll through the deep, dark wood … After sell-out seasons across the world, including London’s West End & Broadway, The Gruffalo returns to Australia! Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in this magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

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