The must-see shows in 2016

The must-see shows in 2016

Brisbane’s art scene is flourishing, and whether you’re into comedy acts, theatre shows, musicals or art exhibitions, there is so much to choose from in 2016!

By Candice Jackson | 29th December 2015

Start your new year with some insider tips on the upcoming must-see performances and events. We’ve scoured the 2016 seasons of Brisbane’s art scene regulars to find the best shows to pre-book now.


opt-HeathersEditHeathers: The Musical, QPAC
In this dark and twisted story, you’ll experience these girls at their worst and watch as the Westerberg High’s most powerful clique comes crashing down. Read our interview with the queen bee herself, Heather Chandler, here.

In town until April, this free three-level international contemporary art series focuses on the work of Asia, the Pacific and Australia.
Carrie: The Musical, Brisbane Powerhouse & Wax Lyrical Productions
In a blood-soaked Brisbane debut, Stephen King’s Carrie will be performed as the Broadway musical hit that shocked audiences 27 years ago.


Raiders of the Lost Ark, Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Celebrate the 35th anniversary of Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark with an epic score performed live to film by QSO.


Brisbane Street Art Festival (BSAF)
This two-week festival will showcase more than 100 local and international street artists, alongside live music, pop-up events, food stalls and boutique bars.

Cinderella by The Australian Ballet
Be whisked away as The Australian Ballet brings this beloved fairytale to life at QPAC with choreography by Alexei Ratmansky, “the most gifted choreographer in classical ballet today”.

Knee Deep, Judith Wright Centre
Now in its fourth wildly successful year, four performers explore the boundaries of strength and fragility. Bodies are pushed and pulled, weighed and tested, unlikely bonds are forged and acts of intimacy cohabit space with thrilling physical feats.


Titanic: The Movie, The Play, Brisbane Powerhouse & Act/React
Fresh off the back of the smash hit Speed: The Movie, The Play, hop aboard the interactive play shamelessly paying homage to the epic 90s flick as part of the Brisbane Comedy Festival.

The Sound of Music, QPAC  
The world’s favourite musical returns to Brisbane for the perfect family treat and sing-along.



Hairspray: The Big Fat Arena Spectacular, Harvest Rain Theatre Company
You can’t stop the beat as more than 800 performers take to the stage for the largest arena production of Hairspray EVER.

Principal Dancer Clare Morehen performs in Midsummer Nights Dream. Photographer:Simon Lekias

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Queensland Ballet
Enter a world of enchantment as you watch Shakespeare’s classic tale come to life with the beautiful pirouettes and arabesques of the Queensland Ballet.


Strictly Gershwin, Queensland Ballet
Celebrating the big band era and George Gershwin, this is Queensland Ballet like you’ve never seen it. With a live jazz band, tapping, swinging and more, watch as they take on the class and elegance of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers

Image credit: Magnus Hastings

Bianca Del Rio: Not Today Satan, QPAC
The Queen of the Queens and winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Bianca Del Rio is back with her brand new impeccably quick-witted comedy show that will make audiences cry from laughter (or just plain cry) while she rips their self-image to shreds and leaves audiences begging for more.

The Tragedy of King Richard III, La Boite Theatre Company
Armed with some of Queensland’s most intrepid theatre-makers, this promises to be a fast and furious blood-soaked battle royal, where nobody’s getting out clean – or alive. Playing until June.


The Time of Others, QAGOMA
A curatorial collaboration combining four of the Asia-Pacific region’s leading contemporary art institutions will be at QAGOMA until September, encouraging viewers to reflect on today’s social and cultural relations in the Asia-Pacific.

Lang Lang, Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Experience the magic of the man hailed by millions around the world as the most flamboyant, fashionable and daring virtuoso on the planet. For one night only, superstar pianist Lang Lang will astound you at the Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s mid-season gala.


The Wider Earth, Queensland Theatre Company & Dead Puppet Society
For the world premiere of The Wider Earth, 30 puppets will be used to recount the tale of a younger Charles Darwin’s voyage on the HMS Beagle.

Laura Hidalgo and Vito Bernasconi perform in Lest We Forget. Photographer:Simon Lekias

Lest We Forget, Queensland Ballet
Honouring the Anzac legacy and commemorating the centenary of WWI, this powerful performance uses dance to reflect on the turmoil of war.


St Mary’s in Exile, Queensland Theatre Company
This true story follows the tale of a beloved Brisbane priest excommunicated for preaching equality. Written by Brisbane playwright David Burton, this is one story all Brisbanites should know.


Snow White, La Boite Theatre Company
At once enticing and confronting, this retelling will upend fairytale expectations and blur the boundaries of good and evil, beauty and ugliness, truth and lies, trust and betrayal, killer and prey. Audiences will be up close and in-the-round with all the blood and poison, sweet apples, shards of glass and moonlight. This musical theatre production is not for children.

Singin’ in the Rain, QPAC
Gene Kelly’s famous role is being revived by none other than Adam Garcia! And you do not want to miss Adam Garcia singin’ in the rain. Experience the iconic dance musical live with the help of 12,000 litres of water.


A Streetcar Named Desire, La Boite Theatre Company
Be swept away by the classic 1947 hothouse melodrama and themes that still resonate with modern-day culture. Think desperation, violence and desire.


The Graduate, QPAC
Here’s to you, Mrs Robinson! Jerry Hall (formerly married to Mick Jagger) is travelling to Brisbane to bring you this award-winning coming-of-age story straight off the back of successful Broadway and West End seasons.

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Article by Candice Jackson

Candice Jackson is a former Journalist of Style Magazines. She has an uncontrollable sweet tooth, an irrational fear of birds and a love of travel. Candice believes in the Yes Man Philosophy.


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