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The Darwin Entertainment Centre 2012 Season

Richard Fitzgerald General Manager

For over a quarter of a century The Darwin Entertainment Centre has been at the forefront of keeping Top End residents and visitors entertained. In 2012 my team at The Centre have put together a year that will give you a laugh, give the chance to singalong, give you something to think about and might even see a tear or two shed. We have some of Australia’s biggest names coming to visit, sometimes for the first time, but all will prove why they are much loved stars. This program lays out many of the highlights we have in 2012 and gives you the chance to book early to guarantee the best seats or prevent missing out altogether. This program is a guide for you all year long and then perhaps be a keepsake and a reminder of some of the good times you enjoyed at The Centre. But I should warn you there will be one or two surprises that are not included here, so if you want us to keep you up to date visit our website at and join our free database. I look forward to welcoming you to The Centre.

The Darwin Entertainment Centre thanks our sponsors and funding bodies for their generous support.

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Menopause the Musical® IN CONCERT by Jeanie Linders One of the biggest selling musicals of its time, this joyful production returns to Darwin with a fresh new look, delivering an up close and personal experience with the cast and a revitalised look at “The Change”. Menopause the Musical® IN CONCERT crystallises all of the magic of the original stage show, slips it into a cocktail dress, and pours it into an evening of fun and elegance in equal measure. Set to classic tunes of the 60s, 70s and 80s, this new production will draw you in as if sharing the experience with an old friend. Be a part of the delightful collusion of stylish cabaret, comedy and musical genius that is Menopause the Musical® IN CONCERT. Presented by The Darwin Entertainment Centre

Thu 14 & Fri 15 June 8pm The Playhouse ON SALE APRIL

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Stephen K Amos in Laughter is My Agenda

Stephen K Amos is one of the biggest names in British comedy, and a household name all over Australia, after appearing on Thank God You’re Here, Spicks & Specks, Talkin’‘Bout Your Generation and Good News Week. Following sell-out seasons across Australia in 2011, the great Stephen K Amos is making his Darwin debut with a brand new show, Laughter Is My Agenda.Full of his life observations and hilarious stories, this show will be bursting with Stephen’s unique brand of melt-in-themiddle comedy. Prepare to be charmed and deliciously entertained, by one of the world’s great masters of comedy. Presented by Mary Tobin

Sat 24 March 8pm & Sun 25 March 5pm The Playhouse $44.90/$39.50 Conc, Grp10+/ $39.90 DEC member ON SALE NOW

Raw Comedy NT Heat What do Chris Lilley, Josh Thomas, Claire Hooper, and Tim Minchin all have in common? Before becoming some of Australia’s most recognisable names in comedy, they all finessed their funny and took on RAW Comedy, Australia’s biggest annual open mic comedy competition. Expect a RAWcous battle of wit and skilful tussle of tongue as courageous NT comics brave the stage in hope of being crowned the 2012 RAW Comedy winner at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in April. Get down and support local entrants in the NT final… you could be witnessing Australia’s Next Top Comedian launch into stardom. They’ll have you RAWing with laughter! Presented by The Darwin Entertainment Centre

Fri 23 March 8pm The Playhouse All Tickets $25 ON SALE NOW 4

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Tom Green Tom Green’s reputation as one of the world’s most unpredictable comedians, comes as a result of hysterical performances as ‘The Chad’ from Charlie’s Angels, Road Trip and Freddy Got Fingered. On the small screen his credits include Saturday Night Live and MTV. Now, Tom brings his unique brand of hilarity to the Playhouse Stage for one night only. Tom recently headlined at the world renowned Edinburgh Comedy Festival, performing to sold-out audiences and receiving rave reviews.  Experience one of the great comic minds in the field of entertainment, when Tom Green takes the stage and provides non-stop laughter with his brilliantly cracked view of the world around him. Presented by A-List Entertainment

Tue 20 March 8pm The Playhouse $44.90/$39.90 Conc, Grp10+ ON SALE NOW

Kevin Bloody Wilson Loveable Aussie larrikin, Kevin Bloody Wilson is the only international artist who can shift seamlessly between an outback pub and the hallowed halls of the London Palladium. After another huge year in 2011, Kev is looking forward to an action packed 2012, with tours planned for USA, South Africa and the United Kingdom. The man who has influenced much of the Aussie vernacular and become an integral part of Australian culture returns to Darwin as part of his Goin’ Bush Tour, also coinciding with the release of his brand new album Klassik Kev. Wrap your laughing gear around it, it’s going to be a cracker! Presented by Both Barrels Music and Westside Talent

Sat 31 March 8pm The Playhouse $52/$46 DEC Member ON SALE NOW WARNING: contains strong coarse language . Suitable for 18 years and over.

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An Evening with Rhonda Burchmore From the small to the big screen, musical theatre to opera and cabaret to stage there is little in entertainment this multi-award winning performer has not embraced with her extraordinary talents. In association with the Darwin Symphony Orchestra, we are proud to launch our newest season, The Leading Ladies, with the totally embraceable and larger than life Rhonda Burchmore. Having starred in musicals both here and overseas, including Sugar Babies, Hot Shoe Shuffle, Mame, The Drowsy Chaperone (with Geoffrey Rush) and Calendar Girls, she is best known for her portrayal of Tanya in Mamma Mia. Rhonda ‘s mesmerising interpretation of her songs, her beauty, humour and stunning gowns offer a night of Australian entertainment at its best. Presented by The Darwin Entertainment Centre

8pm Thu 29 & Fri 30 March $69.90/$64.90/$59.90 DEC Members/ $99.90 Premium (Includes premium seating and an invitation to an exclusive post show party on Fri 30 March) ON SALE NOW

An Evening with Marina Prior Beloved siren of the stage Marina Prior, has performed over twenty leading roles in her career. Best known for her portrayal of Christine in The Phantom of the Opera, she has also performed with international stars including Richard Harris and JosĂŠ Carreras. In this third and final of our Leading Ladies series, Marina will perform songs from the shows that have established her as a true leading lady of musical theatre. Join Marina on a journey through time as she performs songs from a repertoire including her early busking days in Melbourne to The Phantom of the Opera and songs from female performers of the 70s and 80s. Prepare to be captivated! Presented by The Darwin Entertainment Centre

Sat 26 May 8pm The Playhouse ON SALE MARCH 6

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An Evening with Silvie Paladino Silvie Paladino has one of the greatest female voices in Australia. Her remarkable vocal range enables her to sing a vast repertoire including jazz, contemporary, musical theatre and light opera. Silvie is well known to audiences through her stage and screen appearances including lead roles in Les Miserables, Cats, Miss Saigon and Mamma Mia, as well as a regular favourite at Carols by Candlelight. Now, in her Darwin debut, Silvie will showcase songs from her debut solo album On My Own, songs from musicals and much more. Join us for a night with one of Australia’s great leading ladies. Presented by The Darwin Entertainment Centre

Fri 11 & Sat 12 May 8pm The Studio Theatre ON SALE MARCH

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Happy BirthdayJames and the Peter Rabbit Giant Peach Celebrating 110 years! Based on the Books by Beatrix Potter

By Roald Dahl Adapted by David Wood Directed by Laura Cooney

When beloved James Henry Trotter accidentally drops a bag full of magic Celebrate the 110th Anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s classic by the old peach strange begins to happen... with Happy Birthday Peter Rabbit, a mischievous musical abouttree, thesomething world’s most loveable bunny. Join James and his assortment of over-sized friends in this innovative musicalcontinues adaptation Published in 1902 by Frederick Warne, The Tale of Peter Rabbit to of Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s classic, James the some Giant of Peach. Revel in the fantasy of this transport children of all ages to Mr McGregor’s vegie patchand where fully-staged production and let the world’s most beloved storybook characters come to life. Adapted by your imagination take you on a journey... on a peach asMagic, big as a house! Children and adults Australian writer and award-winning producer Garry Ginivan (Possum alike will in Birthday followingPeter James on his adventure away from Wombat Stew, My Grandma Lived in Gooligulch) anddelight Happy the misery life with the horrible Rabbit seamlessly interweaves the tales of Peter Rabbit,ofBenjamin Bunny and Aunts Sponge and Spiker and intoadults. the Giant Peach. Here, he’ll meet a motley crew of delightful Mr Tod, and is designed to delight children and companions! Presented by The Darwin Entertainment Centre Presented by The Darwin Entertainment Centre

Fri 4 May 9.30am, 11.30am & 6.30pm Tue 19 June 6.30pm and The Playhouse Wed 20 June 9.30am & 11.30am magical… had the audience All“Simply tickets $15 The Playhouse literally gasping… “ ON SALE NOW All Tickets $15 - Otago Daily Times, NZ ON SALE NOW A Garry Ginnivan Attraction

Happy Birthday Peter Rabbit

“More bounce than a bag full of baby bunnies” - Herald Sun

Celebrating 110 years! Based on the Books by Beatrix Potter

Celebrate the 110th Anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s beloved classic with Happy Birthday Peter Rabbit, a mischievous musical about the world’s most loveable bunny. Published in 1902 by Frederick Warne, The Tale of Peter Rabbit continues to transport children of all ages to Mr McGregor’s vegie patch where some of the world’s most beloved storybook characters come to life. Adapted by Australian writer and award-winning producer Garry Ginivan (Possum Magic, Wombat Stew, My Grandma Lived in Gooligulch) and Happy Birthday Peter Rabbit seamlessly interweaves the tales of Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny and Mr Tod, and is designed to delight children and adults. Presented by The Darwin Entertainment Centre

Fri 4 May 9.30am, 11.30am & 6.30pm The Playhouse All tickets $15 ON SALE NOW 8

This production is licensed by Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd. Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd, is the sole owner of all rights, copyrights and trademarks in the Beatrix Potter character names and illustrations.

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I-Bunyip Created by Erth Visual & Physical Inc. A rare chance to meet a mythical Bunyip or a Yawk Yawk awaits when you enter the magical world of I-Bunyip. This mesmerising work is filled with enchanting characters from our indigenous folklore. Developed in consultation with five different Aboriginal communities I-Bunyip is the latest show from Erth, the creators of the 2010 Darwin Festival hit show After Hours at the Dinosaur Museum. Erth has become well-known for their spectacular puppetry and performances, transfixing children across the globe. It’s not just families that love I-Bunyip, the critics too have raved about this extraordinary production. Don’t miss it! Presented by The Darwin Entertainment Centre

Fri 20 July 1.30pm & 5.30pm and Sat 21 July 11.30pm & 2.30pm The Playhouse Suitable for ages 5 years and over All Tickets $15 ON SALE NOW Produced in association with Carriageworks

“It’s a rare and pleasurable work that manages technical brilliance, cultural insight and enchantment all in one go” -Sydney Morning Herald Photo by Prudence Upton

Happy Birthday Hi-5 Holiday! Peter Rabbit

Full of energy, music and lots of fun, Hi-5 has been entertaining young children on our television screens for over 14 years. Now, in their Darwin Entertainment Centre debut, Based on the Books by Beatrix Potter they are excited to invite all their Darwin Hi-5 friends to join them for their brand new Potter’s beloved classic Celebrate the 110th Anniversary of Beatrix stage show Hi-5 Holiday! Pack your bags with Happy Birthday Peter Rabbit, a mischievous musical about the world’s and celebrate your favourite Hi-5 TV most loveablewith bunny. stars as they take you on a special journey Published in 1902 by Frederick Warne, The Tale of Peter Rabbit continues to to a wonderful world of live entertainment transport children of all ages to Mr McGregor’s vegie patch where some of and adventure. The Hi-5 cast members are the world’s most beloved storybook characters come to life. Adapted by vibrant, highly talented young performers, Australian writer and award-winning producer Garry Ginivan (Possum Magic, whose warmth and energy has won the Wombat Stew, My Grandma Lived in Gooligulch) and Happy Birthday Peter acclaim of young fans all over the world. Rabbit seamlessly interweaves the tales of Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny and Share in the excitement of exploring the Mr Tod, and is designed to delight children and adults. world through movement, music and Presented byyour The young Darwinones! Entertainment Centre laughter with

Celebrating 110 years!

Presented by Andrew Kay & Associates Fri 4 May 9.30am, 11.30am & 6.30pm and Hi-5 Operations

The Playhouse All 2tickets Sat June $15 11.30am & 1.30pm ONPlayhouse SALE NOW The All Tickets $39.90 ON SALE NOW

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The Sleeping Beauty A night of enchantment awaits as one of theTerritory’s most acclaimed ballet company’s present this much loved ballet with Tchaikovsky’s beautiful music. Sleeping Beauty reinvents the classic fairy tale in a delightful whirl with gorgeous costumes and a colourful set. The ballet brings to life the story of Princess Aurora, cursed to die by needle prick by the wicked fairy Carabosse. The spell, thwarted by the Lilac fairy, grants her to sleep for 100 years - to be awakened by the kiss of a handsome prince who asks her hand in marriage. Duprada Dance Company have been delighting Darwin audiences for over 27 years, are delighted to present their latest offering, guaranteed to enchant audiences of all ages. Presented by Duprada Dance Company

Sat 21 April 7pm The Playhouse $35/$30 DEC Members, Grp 10+/$22 Child ON SALE NOW

Urban Quest Singer/songwriter Paul Costa, the soulful Deni Hines and Mark “Touchdown” Holden will pick the next big thing in April in 2012’s Urban Quest. Will you pick it too? More than just a talent competition, this is a celebration of music, community and creative endeavour amongst Territory youth. Following a series of heats around the Territory, The Centre will once again host the finest young vocalists at the competition’s thrilling Final in April. Ten of the NT’s best will rap, rock, croon and harmonise in a bid to impress a trio of star judges. Don’t miss this extraordinary display of talent from the Territory’s hottest, rising stars. Presented by Mission Australia

Sun 15 April 7pm The Playhouse $20/$10 Conc & Child ON SALE NOW


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Marbles World Premiere A play by Kate Wyvill From the writer and director of 2010’s acclaimed production The Wardrobe, comes the world premiere of a roller coaster journey into the hidden depths of family life. Three sisters living in separate parts of the globe, are thrown together for one night to confront the reality of their aged father’s dementia. Tensions rise as they compete for control of Stanley’s future. Add to the mix the uninvited arrival of their mother, who hasn’t seen Stanley for over thirty years, and the walls of family civility come tumbling down. Featuring a cast of the NT’s finest actors, including former NT Administrator Tom Pauling, this poignant drama will leave you pondering life’s absurdities.

“Wyvill’s writing is perceptive, witty and lyrical” - Birmingham Post UK

Presented by Sanity Productions and Brown’s Mart Productions in association with The Darwin Entertainment Centre

Thu 15 - Sat 17 November 8pm and Thu 22 - Sat 24 November 8pm The Studio Theatre ON SALE SEPTEMBER

Chasing the Lollyman What do you get when you cross storytelling, standup, theatre and a good dose of clown? You get Chasing The Lollyman, a one man show devised and performed by one of Queensland’s most dynamic and funny indigenous performers, Mark Sheppard. Playing a variety of characters, Mark pokes fun at everything from Neighbours to an episode of Getaway. This brilliant new comedy is a joyous sharing of stories, and a celebration of urban Indigenous identity that takes a satirical look at the media and popular culture. Guaranteed to open your mind to fresh perspectives as it deconstructs stereotypes, celebrates community and offers hope for a future where cultures can meet without prejudice and fear. Presented by Artback NT in association with The Darwin Entertainment Centre

Sat 6 October 8pm The Studio Theatre ON SALE JUNE

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Bell Shakespeare

The School For Wives By Molière Translated by Justin Fleming Directed by Lee Lewis For over 22 years, Bell Shakespeare have been creating incredible theatre that allows audiences everywhere to connect, engage and realise something of themselves. Now in a first for Darwin, one of the world’s great Shakespearean theatre companies brings to The Playhouse stage a seminal play by one of the great masters of comedy in Western Literature. Lee Lewis directs this fresh new production of Molière’s comedic train-wreck of a love story that tangles innocence with arrogance – and the other way around. Falling in love is never easy. In The School For Wives, our hero, desperate to marry yet afraid of betrayal, enlists the help of a local convent to raise a girl so stupidly innocent that she won’t know the first thing about cheating - let alone the last. In his mind she will be ever-faithful. The perfect wife. Or is she? Presented by The Darwin Entertainment Centre

Tue 24 July 8pm and Wed 25 July 11am The Playhouse ON SALE MARCH 12

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Boy Girl Wall A production by The Escapists. In association with Critical Stages This is not a love story. This is a story about love. This is the story of Thom and Alethea. Two neighbours in an apartment block, trying desperately to keep their lives from falling apart. But the wall that stands between them has decided they belong together. Following sell-out seasons across Australia, this hilarious smash-hit production by The Escapists is a stunning celebration of theatricality, imagination and the joy of play. Using chalk, sock puppets, an overhead projector and over two-dozen characters, Lucas Stibbard’s captivating tour de force performance will inspire and delight with live music by Neridah Waters in a tall tale of whimsy and architectural enlightenment.

“There are a million magical moments… You must see this show…” - ArtsHub

Presented by The Darwin Entertainment Centre

Fri 14 September & Sat 15 September 8pm The Studio Theatre ON SALE JUNE WARNINGS: Contains strong coarse language and adult themes. Suitable for audiences over 15 years.

Syncopation Syncopation is a smash-hit fusion of comedy, drama, romance and ballroom dancing. It tells the story of Henry, a jewish meatpacker and Anna, an Italian seamstress who bridge a cultural divide and breach social constraints in their attempt to create a brilliant partnership. Set against a glittering backdrop of a jazzfuelled electrified Manhattan in 1912-13, this gorgeous production creates an entire world and every fascinating nuance of relationship dynamics. With a beautifully simple set, two actors, wonderful choreography and movement, eloquent lighting, superb direction and the wonderful music of Irving Berlin, Scott Joplin and George Gershwin, Syncopation captures your heart and makes you think about what it truly means to be a partner.

“Sizzling!” - Sunday Herald Sun

Presented by The Darwin Entertainment Centre

Sat 16 June 8pm The Playhouse ON SALE APRIL BOOKINGS: / 08 8980 3333


David Williamsons’

Let the Sunshine Australian television legend, Peter Phelps stars in Award winning Australian playwright David Williamson’s satirical comedy Let the Sunshine. Set in Noosa, this hilarious new production, tells the story of two couples. Toby and Ros, retired left wing radicals flee to the upmarket Sunshine Coast seaside town to escape scandal in Sydney. There, Ros meets an old school friend Natasha, married to Ron, a hugely wealthy property developer. When their children find romance together, the patter of tiny feet brings on the clashing of egos and then, in typical Williamson fashion, it’s on for young and old. A fascinating snapshot of middle Australia, Let the Sunshine deals with ageing, the questionable benefits of materialism, and how errant actions of sons and daughters can affect a long term marriage today. Presented by The Darwin Entertainment Centre

Fri 29 June 8pm, Sat 30 June 2pm & 8pm and Mon 2 July 8pm The Studio ON SALE APRIL WARNINGS: Contains Strong language and adult themes

A Circus Affair From the Red Centre of Australia, comes a delightful tale of circus and romance. In A Circus Affair Circosis step back to a time reminiscent of the vaudeville era to present a sophisticated show with soul, slapstick and sex appeal. Circosis cleverly blends multi-media with a beautiful aesthetic that references the nostalgia of old time circus. A Circus Affair tells the tale of Sarita and Mr Kiko and their love affair with circus. When the pair collides a hilarious yet whimsical tale of romance ensures. With a combination of wit, old school charm and Chaplinesque comedy, Circosis perform highly impressive circus skills; juggling, hula hoops, slack- rope, partner acrobatics, walking globe and strongwoman feats. Guaranteed to delight children and adults alike. Presented by Circosis

Fri 9 Nov 7pm and Sat 10 Nov 2pm and 7pm The Studio ON SALE SEPTEMBER


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Graeme Connors in At the Speed of Life As one of Australia’s most loved songwriters, Graeme Connors creates music that we can hold on to; songs that somehow make sense of our lives even when we can’t. Graeme’s well-crafted songs have led to a distinguished career spanning more than 35 years and 17 albums, plus walls and mantelpieces full of awards including 14 Golden Guitars, an ARIA, 2 MO awards and the list goes on. Now, as part of his At the Speed of Life tour, Graeme returns to The Centre, for a live show that with warmth and passion delivers a legendary blend of the new and the familiar the people and places and wide open spaces that make Australia what it is today. Presented by The Panama Touring Company

Fri 20 April 8pm The Studio $59/$56 Conc, Grp 10+DEC Members/$48 Child ON SALE NOW

John Williamson John Williamson is truly an Australian icon. The modern day poet is firmly cemented in the nation’s musical culture. With an impressive career spanning more than forty years, his unofficial anthems, tributes to legends and unsung heroes and tender ballads have captured the spirit of the nation in song unlike any other. Now after years away from the Territory, John Williamson returns to perform songs from his latest album The Big Red. This special night will deliver an unforgettable live experience with his trademark blend of humour, romance and campfire stories woven together by his extraordinary music. Be a part of it! Presented By Artist Network Australia

Sat 30 June 8pm The Playhouse $54/$52 Conc, Grp 10+ & DEC Member/ $33 Child ON SALE NOW

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Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow Stuffing one of the world’s largest comedy festivals into the one show is no easy feat, but the Melbourne International Comedy Festival has done just that with Roadshow 2012. Offering a selection of Australian, and international comedians, the Roadshow is literally all the best bits of the Comedy Festival condensed into the one ‘all killer, no filler’ travelling event. This year the lineup includes two of Australia’s top emerging comedians gracing the Playhouse stage for 2 nights only, with yet more to be announced. Joel Creasey is one of Australia’s youngest, brightest and most sought after comedians and Deanne Smith i sset to take Australia by storm in 2012 after extensive television appearances in Canada and the US. Presented by The Darwin Entertainment Centre

Fri 11 & Sat 12 May 8pm The Playhouse $39/$36 Conc, Grp 10+/$33 Members ON SALE NOW

Henry Rollins in The Long March Singer-songwriter, spoken word artist, writer, actor, radio host, television host, activist and now photographer Henry Rollins is one of the most intriguing career chameleons of the modern world. Now for the first time in more than a decade, he returns to Darwin as part of The Long March national tour. For better than a quarter century, Rollins has toured the world as a spoken word artist, as frontman for both Rollins Band and Black Flag and as a solitary traveller exploring unbeaten tracks of places around the globe. His no-holdsbarred delivery of opinions and observations, coupled with his incredible experiences and wicked sense of humour make him one of the most inspiring and interesting commentators and entertainers of a generation. Presented by Feel presents

Sun 29 April 8pm The Playhouse All tickets $49 ON SALE NOW 16

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Jimeoin in Lovely

‘ gets no better than this...Hilarious” - Time Out London

Jimeoin is acclaimed as one of the hottest stand-up comics of this generation - a true comedy master. A prolific writer and star of screen (both big and small), there is not much he hasn’t done. With an exceptional audience rapport, he is known and loved for his brilliantly funny wit and charming observations on the absurdities of every-day life. Now, direct from a sold out season at the Edinburgh Fringe, Jimeoin returns to The Centre bringing world-class stand-up of the highest order in his new show, Lovely. No gimmicks, just pure and simple great craic which will leave you feeling... Lovely! Presented by A-List Entertainment

Sat 23 June 8pm The Playhouse ON SALE APRIL

Kitty Flanagan in Hello Kitty Flanagan Australia’s darling of comedy Kitty Flanagan, returns to The Centre with her highly anticipated new show and this time she answers all the difficult questions: What’s wrong with teenagers? Why are babies so angry? What snackfoods should be avoided when dating? Is it okay to take hot beverages into the dunny can? Is dunny can an acceptable term for toilet? And of course, are all women who own cats mental?. A regular on Channel 10’s The 7pm Project and Good News Week, in her new show Kitty will mix her trademark sardonic wit and hilarious anecdotes with ill founded opinion on just about everything. Guaranteed to deliver laughs aplenty! Presented by A-List Entertainment

Fri 3 August 8pm The Playhouse ON SALE APRIL “...without doubt - Australia’s hottest female comedian right now.” - The West Australian

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Men in Pink Tights By Les Ballets Eloelle

“Artistically brilliant, absolutely hilarious”. - New York Post

Making their world premiere season in Australia, Les Ballets Eloelle are bringing their new production Men in Pink Tights - the most spectacular, talented and hilarious all-male comedy ballet ever, to Darwin. From the thrilling pirouettes of the male dancers (in male and female costumes) with brilliant choreography, to the side splitting humour Men in Pink Tights is a show designed for both young and old. This hilarious production personifies the elemental parody of both classic and present-day ballet. The extraordinary combination of magnificent dance, extreme wittiness, dance misadventures and naturally outrageous hissy fits by gentlemen role playing both masculine and feminine personas, produces bang-up amusement and laugh out loud family entertainment for all. Be truly amazed. Presented by Retfar Entertainment

Sat 7 July 8pm The Playhouse $69.90/$59.90 Conc, Grp 10+ & DEC Members/ $200 Family 4/$49.90 Child 2-15yrs ON SALE NOW

Vienna Boys Choir From the world’s finest concert halls to our very own Playhouse, this October sees twenty four of the world’s most beautiful voices perform for one night only right here in Darwin. These angelic voices will premiere a new work by composer Elena Kats-Chernin. For more than 500 years, the Vienna Boys Choir have been an enduring symbol of Europe, having worked with composers such Haydn, Fux, Salieri and Bruckner and conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Leonard Bernstein and Sir George Solti. The choir is one of the world’s most active musical ensembles, performing over 300 concerts a year all around the world. Don’t miss this incredibly sensory musical experience. Presented by Andrew Mckinnon

Wed 17 October 8pm The Playhouse $89/$79 Conc, Grp 8+ & DEC Members/Family 4 $299/Child 3 - 15yrs $69 ON SALE NOW 18

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The Reef

World Premiere Richard Tognetti, Artistic Director and Lead Violinist of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, is joined by a stellar cast to present a virtuosic program of classical and contemporary music. A soaring world class orchestra, earthy didgeridoo and vocals with evocative land and sea filmed projection combine to create a spellbinding event. The Reef Tour is a rare opportunity to see the nation’s leading violinist with members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and ACO2 in collaboration with Indigenous artists Mark Atkins and Steve Pigram With music by Iain Grandage, original film and imagery created by Jon Frank and Mick Sowry showcasing surfing legend Derek Hynd, The Reef is a not to be missed cultural highlight for regional Australia.

Thu 5 July 8pm The Playhouse $45/$30 Conc/$40 Grp 10+/$20 Young Traveller/ $15 Child/$90 Premium package (includes premium seating and invite to exclusive post show party) ON SALE NOW

Wave image: Jon Fran

Presented by Tura New Music and the Australian Chamber Orchestra

Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia The Sydney International Piano Competition is a competition like no other. It returns to Darwin for a special concert in 2012 and is your chance to see one of the world’s newest rising stars before their name is made on the great stages of the world. Throughout the month of July every four years, 36 competitors take over Sydney’s Seymour Centre to battle it out for the coveted prize. A Finals series is then held at Sydney’s iconic Opera House which is broadcast live to an audience of millions around the country on ABC Classic FM. The prize is a life-changing touring schedule resulting in engagements all over Australia and the world. An opportunity not to be missed! Presented by The Darwin Entertainment Centre

Tue 25 September 8pm The Studio ON SALE JUNE

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Darwin Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony in the City Immerse yourself in two stirring performances from The Darwin Symphony Orchestra right in The Centre of Darwin.

Michael Kieran Harvey in Performance Acclaimed pianist Michael Kieran Harvey joins Darwin Symphony Orchestra to perform Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Featuring guest conductor Stephen Pevely, the second concert in the Symphony in the City series includes works by Beethoven and Stravinsky. Currently Adjunct Professor at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, Harvey has received several awards as a pianist including the Australian Government’s Centenary Medal in 2002 and the 2009 APRA award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music. An accomplished composer, his homage to Zappa 48 Fugues For Frank was premiered at Mona Foma 2010 and received the AMC Tasmanian state award for composition in 2011. Presented by the Darwin Symphony Orchestra

Sat 14 April 8pm The Playhouse Full $45/ Conc $35/Child $10 ON SALE NOW

Messa di Gloria with Rosario La Spina Award-winning tenor Rosario La Spina returns to Darwin to join Darwin Symphony Orchestra and Darwin Chorale in a performance of Puccini’s Messa di Gloria. The third concert in the Symphony in the City series also features a new work by local composer Nora Lewis. La Spina wowed audiences with his rendition of Nessun Dorma at DSO’s 2011 concert Opera Gala Under the Stars and it’s easy to see why he is considered to be one of Australia’s most exciting young tenors. Trained at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Rosario made his Opera Australia debut as Cavaradossi in 2005 and has since appeared as Alfredo, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, The Prince in Rusalka, Calaf in Turandot and Rodolfo in La Bohème. Presented by the Darwin Symphony Orchestra

Sat 1 December 8pm The Playhouse Full $45/ Conc $35/Child $10 ON SALE NOW Meet the artists at 7pm in the studio before each concert 20

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Big Bill Morganfield Big Bill Morganfield, international blues ambassador and keeper of the blues flame makes his Darwin debut as part of the 2012 Darwin Blues Festival. The son of music legend Muddy Waters, big Bill learnt from the master and in the last few years has emerged in his own right as one of the top young Blues talent’s in America. For the last 15 years Big Bill has toured the world with his own brand of Chicago blues, armed with a fiery slide guitar. Now he brings to Darwin his full band and a special guest on the blues harp. This is the chance to see a new legend in the making as he builds on his father’s legacy and infuses the family brand with his own talent and style. Sure to be a highlight of this year’s Darwin Blues Festival. Presented by the 2012 Darwin Blues Festival

Thu 28 June 7.30pm The Playhouse All Tickets $45 ON SALE NOW

Shellie’s Story Renowned Indigenous singer songwriter and much loved Territorian Shellie Morris has performed all over the globe. Now, through music and story, Shellie will take you on an intimate journey through her life, her music and her extraordinary adventures right here in her hometown. As member of the Black Arm Band, Shellie has entranced audiences all over the globe. In this special concert, Shellie will share her trademark blend of earthy and honest songs with intimate stories that will keep you on the edge of your seat.Shellie has a beautiful voice and her soulful enigmatic acoustic ballads will make your heart soar. Presented by Darwin Entertainment Centre in association with Artback NT

Sat 2 June 8pm The Studio ON SALE APRIL BOOKINGS: / 08 8980 3333


How to Book Make sure you book your tickets early to ensure you get the best possible seating, and to avoid missing out altogether as shows do sell out.

In Person

At the Box Office Darwin Entertainment Centre 93 Mitchell St, Darwin Phone: (08) 8980 3333 Open 10am- 5.30pm weekdays and from one hour prior to each ticketed performance. Cash, Diners, American Express, Mastercard, Visa and EFTPOS cards accepted. Proof of concession entitlements is required at the time of booking. Tourism Top End Visitor Information Centre 6 Bennett Street, Darwin. Open for ticket sales Monday to Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm and Saturday and Sunday 10:00am - 3:00pm. Cash, Diners, American Express, Mastercard, Visa and EFTPOS cards accepted. CMAX Cinemas 3 Maluka Street, Palmerston. Open for ticket sales Monday to Sunday 10:00am - 8:00pm. Cash, Diners, American Express, Mastercard, Visa and EFTPOS cards accepted. Nightcliff Newsagency Nightcliff Shopping Centre. Open for ticket sales Monday to Saturday 10:00am - 5:30pm and

Sunday 10:00am - 2:30pm. Cash, Diners, American Express, Mastercard, Visa and EFTPOS cards accepted.

By Telephone 08 8980 3333

Mon- Fri 10am – 5.30pm Don’t have a credit card or need time to pay? Unpaid reservations made at the counter or over the telephone may be held until close of business the following day.

Online 24 hours, 7 days a week

Please read the conditions of sale and performance details (date, time & venue) carefully prior to finalising your booking, as no refund or exchange can be offered on tickets purchased online. We’ll hold your tickets at the Box Office for collection on the night of the performance. The credit card used to purchase the tickets, as well as relevant concession cards, must be shown by the cardholder when collecting tickets. Bookings paid for over the telephone and online incur a service fee of $2.95 per transaction. Bookings made in person will not attract a service fee. GST and booking fees, if applicable, are included in the cost of all tickets. Occasionally, when tickets are sold from ticketing agencies outside of the Box Office, you may be charged an agency fee.

Please be at the theatre at least 20 minutes prior to the start time, as latecomers may not be admitted to the venue until a suitable break in the program. Bar facilities open one hour prior to the start of the performance and doors to the Studio and Playhouse usually open 15-20 minutes prior to the performance start time.

Disabled Facilities

We want to make your theatre experience as enjoyable as possible, so our disabled facilities include wheelchair access to both theatres and reserved seating for patrons with special requirements. Audio enhancement facilities are also available upon request. To book a wheelchair bay or to reserve a hearing loop please contact our friendly Box Office staff on (08) 8980 3333.

Pre-Ordering Interval Drinks

Want to avoid queuing at the bar during the interval? We now offer you the option of pre-ordering interval drinks! To take advantage of this great service please phone the Box Office on (08) 8980 3333 or stop at one of our bars prior to the start of the performance.


Limited free parking is available on the street near The Centre from 5pm MonFri and 2pm Saturday and Sundays. Darwin City Council metered charges apply at other times. There is a public car park underneath The Centre, which has a standard fee of $7 a time.

Funding Acknowledgements The Australian Government is proud to be associated with these tours through the national performing arts touring program, Playing Australia, which gives Australians across the country the opportunity to see some of our best performing arts. I-Bunyip, James and the Giant Peach, Happy Birthday Peter Rabbit, Chasing the Lollyman, Syncopation, Boy Girl Wall, Let the Sunshine School for Wives

I-Bunyip, Syncopation, School for Wives

These projects have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Marbles, School for Wives, Syncopation, Boy Girl Wall


BOOKINGS: / 08 8980 3333

When you want to relax after the show, Mantra makes room for you. Mantra, proud sponsors of the Darwin Entertainment Centre, will have you feeling right at home after a night of entertainment. With two properties located at the heart of Darwin, you will find the perfect space in the ideal place. Visit to access great Mantra rates and tickets for your next night out.

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2012 Season Brochure  

The Darwin Entertainment Centre's 2012 Season Brochure

2012 Season Brochure  

The Darwin Entertainment Centre's 2012 Season Brochure