2019 – A Year in Review

And with that, another year is done!

Before we say goodbye to 2019, we wanted to look over some of the amazing stuff that happened this year. This is just a snapshot at some of what we’ve covered in the last 365 days.

It’s been a crazy one for Aussietheatre.com, and we’ve loved every moment of it!


We’ve seen some amazing changes for the industry, including a 24/7 Wellbeing Helpline provided by Arts Centre Melbourne for those working in the Arts industry, and the launch of Takeyourseats.com, our affiliate site that aims to bring audiences closer to the performances they love whilst still assisting productions throughout the ticket cycle.

Hayes Theatre Co. announced their stellar 2020 season, as did The Malthouse Theatre, Sydney Festival, Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP), and Adelaide Fringe Festival.

Melbourne’s iconic Regent Theatre will be reopening its doors for the premiere of War Horse in January 2020, after completing a refurbishment for the better part of this year.

Alinta Chidzey and the cast of Chicago | Photo by David Hooley

Resident photographer David Hooley snapped pics from productions including Herringbone, Shrek The Musical, Billy Elliot, Chicago, Cirque Stratosphere, Dorian Grey Naked, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

We said a sad farewell to The Production Company, but welcomed the premieres of new musicals such as The Dismissal and Electric Dreams,

We spoke to Zoe Gertz, Justin Smith, Alinta Chidzey, Elise McCann, Richard Piper, Rhonda Burchmore and Lara Mulcahy, Irene Sankhoff and David Hein, Chloe Zuel and Lyndon Watts, Erin Cornell, Anthony Warlow, Hayden Tee, Casey Donovan, Jemma Rix, Todd McKenney, and so many more.

For the first time ever, the Helpmann Awards were held in Melbourne at the iconic State Theatre. Act 1 and Act 2 winners can be viewed here and here.

The leading ladies of 9 to 5 – Erin Clare, Marina Prior, Samantha Dodemaide and Caroline O’Connor

We said goodbye to Aussietheatre.com directors Erin James and Matt Edwards, but welcomed new directors Peter J. Snee and Sean McLoughlin to the team.

We’ve had announcements for Australian productions for shows including Shrek The Musical, Magic Mike Live, FrozenPreludes, Bat Out Of Hell, The Secret Garden, Fiddler On The Roof, Six The Musical, 9 to 5, Hamilton and Moulin Rouge. It’s safe to say the next few years are going to be huge for Australian Theatre.

From all of us here at Aussietheatre, we’re wishing you a very happy New Year, and we can’t wait to show you what’s in store for 2020.

Gabi Bergman

Gabi Bergman is a Melbourne-based performer and educator, and is the current Deputy Editor-in-Chief of AussieTheatre.com. She holds a Double Arts degree in Theatre Studies and Film/Screen Studies and a Master of Teaching (Secondary Education). Gabi has always been an avid lover of theatre, specifically musicals, and spends way too much money than she’d like to admit on tickets. Her most prized possession is her crate of theatre programs.

Gabi Bergman

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