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.
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.”
Ticket and Booking Information
Ready to buy your Season Ticket? Choose four or more shows to create a package and secure your tickets to the best theatre to come to Canberra in 2020.
BOOK ONLINE OR WITH A PAPER FORM
Our online booking form is secure, convenient and confirmed on the spot. It also allows you to select your own seats. You will need to add the details for all other SeasonTicket Holders in your Season Ticket package — if not provided, your Season Ticket package cannot be finalised.
If you have access or special assistance needs, please post or hand in your booking form.
Use the brochure form or download a form from our website and post or hand it in to our Box Office.
Include your email address and mobile number. Updates such as forums and bar opening times, new show announcements and special offers will be sent via email or free SMS.
Selected shows offer concession prices. Concession prices are available for pensioners, health care cardholders and full-time students. BellShakespeare offers a special price for Government-issued seniors card. To claim a concession you need to provide photocopied proof with your booking form. A photocopied driver’s licence is preferable for Under 30. Your form cannot be processed or finalised until the Box Office receives the copies of your concessions. Canberra Ticketing staff can photocopy your concession if you deliver your form in person.
UNDER 30 (U30)
Under 30 prices apply to selected shows.
For shows where no specific child price is listed, the Under 30(U30) or Bell Under 18 (Bell U18)price applies.
While some shows in Collected Works 2020 may be suitable for children, parental discretion is advised.
If you would like to access wheelchair seating, audio description or captioning services, indicate the type of assistance you require.
Canberra Ticketing staff are happy to help book your season ticket package. For general booking enquiries or assistance with completing your form, contact Canberra Ticketingon 02 6275 2777, email@example.com visit the Box Office. CanberraTicketing will be open for extended hours, between 9amand 9pm, Monday to Friday until 25 October 2019.
YOUR SEASON 2020 PREFERENCES
Indicate, where requested, whether seating or date is your priority. If seating preference is requested, please let us know if you prefer stalls or balcony seating for The Playhouse.
Choose your preferred date and time for each performance along with an alternative date and time.
Single ticket prices are the advertised ticket price for non-Season Ticket Holders.
ADDITIONAL TICKETS FOR FRIENDS
For selected productions, you may purchase additional tickets for friends at the Season Ticket Holder price. Additional tickets are available only at the time of purchasing your season ticket package. For other productions, such as Bell Shakespeare productions, The Choir of Man, Bran Nue Dae and Carmen you may purchase unlimited additional tickets. However, these tickets will beat single ticket prices. Make sure these are selected as Additional Tickets.
SEASON TICKETS FOR GROUPS
To purchase a Season Ticket with a group, ensure all booking forms are returned in the same envelope at the same time,otherwise you will not be seated together. Please include the contact details of all additional patrons. For large groups, please submit forms early.
You can exchange your tickets free of charge for any other performance of the same production. Conditions apply and subject to availability. In order to exchange, original tickets must be returned in person to Canberra Ticketingat least 24 hours before the performance.
SPLIT THE BILL
Canberra Ticketing can charge your credit card half of the total price now, and the remainder on 1 April 2020. A deferral fee of$10 will apply. This option is not available for packages booked online. An email reminder will be sent in March to ensure your payment details for the second payment are still correct.
For the best seats in the house, buy in the Premium area as shown on the seating maps. You may have a combination of Premium seats with an A-Reserve package.
Seating plans showing seating reserves can be found online at canberratheatrecentre.com.au. Premium seats may sell out, so buy early to avoid disappointment. For some productions, the orchestra pit seats and the balcony sides of ThePlayhouse will be held off sale until production staging and sightlines have been established.
The Playhouse: Seating is available on three levels: stalls, first and second balcony. There is no lift access to the second balcony. Canberra Theatre: Seating is in one raked tier.
If you wish to purchase drink vouchers, please indicate the number and value of each on the booking form. To pre-order your interval drinks on the night, simply present your drink vouchers to the bar staff prior to the show. Lost drink vouchers are unable to be replaced.
Season Ticket Holder prices do not apply to preview performances.
GALA OPENING NIGHTS
Season Ticket Holders attending Gala and/or Mingle nights will be sent a voucher to gain entrance to the post-show event.
TAKE PART SERIES
Take Part is an interactive series of events and activities, such as Pre-ShowConversations and Post-Show Q&As. Some of these activities are already listed in this brochure, however more activities will be announced throughout 2020. Where possible these events are free to Season Ticket Holders. To stay in touch with these events, become an inbox e-news member at canberratheatrecentre.com.au, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, call 02 6275 2777 or simply visit the box office in person