On the eve of my departure from this role I’m looking back at the last 12 years with the fondest memories, and I look forward to the future with the greatest hope for Canberra Theatre Centre.
The season that the team here have put together for 2020 is full to the brim with excellent shows and I encourage you to take a look.
ENTERTAINMENT BY NUMBERS
Arts and entertainment venues make a great contribution to their communities. Some of this contribution, particularly connecting communities, cannot be easily measured. Other aspects of the contribution, specifically economic, can be measured, and we have never been more proud of how our numbers stack up.
In 2018/2019 we had more than275,000 people walk through the front door to see over 550 performances. This created $32.9 million in economic impact for Canberra, which is an increase of more than 10% over the previous year.
Canberra audiences have proven their appetite for spectacular live entertainment of all genres and scale.
For lovers of stage drama, we have Belvoir with My Brilliant Career, and Malthouse Theatre with Wake In Fright. We also welcome back the inimitable Shake & Stir who return to Canberra with Animal Farm.
From the cutting edge of Australian theatre we have Griffin Theatre Company bringing us David Williamson’s latest work, Family Values. Also hot off the presses and ready for its premiere in 2020 is Ensemble Theatre Company’s A Broadcast Coup, written by ABC Radio talent and local legend Melanie Tait.
Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Choir of Man and Circa’s acrobatic masterpiece, Peepshow are all making an appearance to fill your cup with laughter and excitement.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Canberra Theatre Centre season without the return of season favourites, Bangarra Dance Theatre with yet another new and outstanding work, and Bell Shakespeare with The Comedy of Errors and the iconic Hamlet. This year we wave goodbye to comedy stalwarts The Wharf Revue, who in 2020 will wrap up their decades-long act with a Good Night and Good Luck show!
And finally, for the fans of the sensational and spectacular, Opera Australia is bringing us two works in 2020. We’re planning to marvel at Bizet’s Carmen, performed in French with English surtitles, and to sing along with Bran Nue Dae, Australia’s beloved homegrown musical.
To all the friends I’ve made in foyers over the years, thank you for being on this journey with me.
Don’t forget, if you have a millennial in your life that you would like to share a great night out with, theatregoers aged under 30 get excellent discounts on tickets to all season shows!
Canberra Theatre Centre
Season Ticket Holder Benefits
Don’t wait – get a season ticket! Want to experience the best theatre of 2020 right here in Canberra? Become a Canberra Theatre Centre Season Ticket Holder to guarantee your tickets to our season of quality productions from Australia’stop theatre companies. Plus, you will receive exclusive discounts (up to15 per cent) and special benefits that last the entire year. Choose four or more shows to create your own season Ticket package and unlock these benefits:
Choose four or more Season Tickets to get: A PICK OF THE BEST SEATS BIG SAVINGS SHARE THE LOVE WITH FRIENDS FREE TICKET EXCHANGES PAYMENT FLEXIBILITY ACCESS TO STAR-STUDDED EVENTS SKIP THE BAR QUEUE FIRST DIBS ON THE HOTTEST TICKETS GO BEHIND THE SCENES
We’re holding the best seats for Season TicketHolders. Access the best seats available during the priority renewal period, which runs until 8 November 2019. All Season Ticket bookings are processed in order of receipt — so be quick.
Save up to $20 off full-price tickets, plus further discounts and savings for concessions and people aged under 30.
Your family and friends can also benefit from your Season Ticket with special discounted additional tickets for selected performances. Just remember that additional tickets are available only when you purchase your Season Ticket package.
We understand that plans can change unexpectedly. We can exchange your tickets free of charge for another performance of the same production if seats are available. Conditions apply –refer to our website for details.
Don’t be overwhelmed by the upfront cost. You have the option to pay half of your Season Ticket now and the remainder on 1 April 2020.
By booking tickets to a Post-show Gala or Mingle you will gain access to a VIP function where you can rub shoulders with the stars and crew, and enjoy nibbles and a drink on us!
You can purchase discounted drink vouchers to pre-order interval drinks on the night of the show, so you can spend less time waiting at the bar and more time debriefing with friends.
Sign up for our INBOX e-news alerts and you’ll be the first to know about any other must-see events that come to the Canberra Theatre Centre. This inside info means that you can buy tickets for popular productions before they go on public sale.
Learn what makes the cast and creatives tick through our Take Part series of events. These forums, Q&As and In-Conversation events are curated for those who love theatre the most — you!
Choose four or more Season Tickets to get:
A PICK OF THE BEST SEATS
SHARE THE LOVE WITH FRIENDS
FREE TICKET EXCHANGES
ACCESS TO STAR-STUDDED EVENTS
SKIP THE BAR QUEUE
FIRST DIBS ON THE HOTTEST TICKETS
GO BEHIND THE SCENES
Canberra Theatre Centre has a range of seating to ensure its venues and shows are accessible to all. If you have access or special requirements, please post your booking form to us instead of using our online form. We will select tickets to suit your needs, as these seats are unable to be booked online. Please specify your requirements at the time of booking by ticking the appropriate space on your Season Ticket booking form. You will then be issued with a ticket for the service you have reserved as part of your Season Ticket package. All devices can be collected from the Canberra Theatre Centre Cloak Room. Please see the show pages or the diary pages for the dates of dedicated access performances.
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS AND MOBILITY ASSISTANCE
Wheelchair spaces are available in all theatres and we can provide assistance with other mobility issues.
CTC will honour Companion Cards. You will be required to present a copy of your Companion Card to the Box Office to finalise your booking.
FOR THE DEAF AND HEARING IMPAIRED
FM RADIO-ASSISTED HEARING SYSTEM
An FM radio-assisted hearing system is available for all performances in the Canberra Theatre Centre and The Playhouse.
A hearing loop for foyer announcements, forums and speeches operates throughout the Link Foyer and foyer spaces of CTC. The system is accessible via hearing aids with telephone setting.
Selected performances in Collected Works 2020 will be live captioned onto screens on stage.
Selected performances in Collected Works 2020 may offer a pre-show guided tactile tour of the set and costumes for patrons with low or no vision.
Selected performances in Collected Works 2020 will be audio described by trained volunteers from our access partner, Vision Australia.
PARALYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST LINDY HOU IS CANBERRA THEATRE CENTRE’S ACCESS SERVICES AMBASSADOR
“I enjoy coming to the theatre. Thanks to the wonderful group of Describers, I can now follow what is happening in the show like everyone else. I always believe that there are many ways to overcome challenges. With the help of Audio Description, being blind means that I can enjoy the Theatre World with my ears and imagination.”