By Rachel Seeley
Ghost – The Musical (pictured above, image: Jeff Busby)
8 January – 4 June
Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth
THE West End and Broadway hit Ghost – The Musical will tour Australia in 2016. Adapted from the 1990 Academy award nominated movie of the same name, the Australian stage adaption will star Rob Mills as Sam and Jemma Rix as Molly.
In this timeless love story, Sam is killed during a mugging while the couple walks home one night, but remains trapped as a ghost between this world and the next when he learns Molly is in danger. With the help of a phony psychic, Sam tries to communicate with Molly to protect her.
Ghost – The Musical has been nominated for five Olivier Awards and three Tony Awards, and has sold more than 1 million tickets worldwide.
The Australian tour began in Adelaide in January, and will continue in Melbourne (5 February to 12 March), Sydney (18 March to 1 May) and Perth (21 May to 4 June).
30th Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow 2016
20 April – 9 July
Victoria, ACT, NSW, Queensland, Northern Territory, WA and Tasmania
THE 30th Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s colossal program of stand-up comedy, cabaret, theatre, street performance, film, television, radio and visual arts is in town between 23 March and 17 April.
As part of the festivities, a super-sized line up of local and international comedians will hit the road to tour capital cities and regional areas around Australia.
Acts already secured for the ultimate comedy roadtrip include Dave Callan, Rhys Nicholson, Hannah Gadsby, Nath Valvo and Will Sylvince, with many more to be announced.
John Cleese and Eric Idle Australian Tour 2016
25 February – 18 March
Gold Coast, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne
BRITISH comedy legends and Monty Python founding members John Cleese and Eric Idle have teamed up for the first time with a must-see show – Together Again At Last…For The Very First Time – playing around Australia.
Cleese and Idle will blend together scripted and improvised works to serve up storytelling, musical numbers, exclusive footage, aquatic juggling and an extended audience Q&A in this unique, not to be missed comedy experience.
Good Food Month
1 March – 30 April
Canberra and Perth
GOOD Food Month is the world’s largest food festival, showcasing the best Australia has to offer. Each city hosts events that range from fine dining to family-friendly gatherings, and incorporate eating, cooking and writing.
The celebration kicks off with The Canberra Times Good Food Month from 1 March to 31 March, with the most diverse program the ACT has ever seen. Renowned chefs and restaurants will be involved, and the city will come alive with the Enlighten Night Noodle Markets from 4 March to 13 March.
The inaugural WAtoday Good Food Month event in Perth will bring together the state’s best restaurants, bars, pubs, pop-ups, cafes and food businesses from 30 March to 30 April. A highlight of the celebration will be the Perth Night Noodle Markets from 30 March to 10 April.
Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane Good Food Month events will be confirmed in the coming months.
Dawn French – 30 Million Minutes
1 March – 10 April
Perth, Melbourne, Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland and Adelaide
AWARD-winning actor, best-selling author and all-round comedy royalty Dawn French has been touring Australia since January and will continue on to Perth, Melbourne, New Zealand and Adelaide in the coming months.
The critically-acclaimed show, based on her life and career, takes audiences through some tough life lessons learned. Described by French as somewhere between a monologue, a play and an autobiographical slideshow with a few funnies thrown in, 30 Million Minutes promises to give an enthralling glimpse into the life of this incredible comedic talent.