Keeping The Curtain Up: a musical theatre treat supporting the Australian performing arts community

As part of Arts Centre Melbourne’s continued commitment to offering audiences digital experiences through the Together With You program, on Saturday 18 July Shane Jacobson will host Keeping The Curtain Up, an evening dedicated to musical theatre with funds being raised by the Actors Benevolent Fund of NSW to support performers and theatre workers around Australia.

The evening will take a look at some of the best moments from musicals produced in Australia in the last decade or so with special guests Lisa McCune, Lucy Durack, Alinta Chidzey and Verity Hunt-Ballard revisiting much-loved shows Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Mary Poppins, Billy Elliott, My Fair Lady, The Rocky Horror Show and many more.

Viewers will have the opportunity to see performances from stars of the Australian stage including Reg Livermore AO, Jemma Rix, Hayden Tee, iOTA, Paul Capsis, Esther Hannaford, Eddie Perfect, Kate Ceberano AM and Genevieve Lemon, entertaining you as only these icons can.

The Actors Benevolent Fund of NSW is welcoming donations to support actors, singers, dancers, creatives and technicians with financial assistance during this difficult time. All donations will be distributed across the Actors and Entertainers Benevolent Funds, Trusts and organisations around Australia.

Over the years the performers generously gave their time and talent to make the Helpmann Awards the success they have become. This is one small way we can help those that have found themselves in great difficulty during this insidious pandemic, says co-producer Jon Nicholls OAM.

Keeping The Curtain Up promises to be a fun-filled night that will have you singing along to your favourite show tunes.

The program was devised and produced by David Mitchell and Jon Nicholls OAM, and directed by Martin Croft.

Arts Centre Melbourne announced it had postponed welcoming visitors back to its venues in accordance with the most recent Victorian Government guidelines on COVID-19. The ghost lights will stay on a little longer as Arts Centre Melbourne focusses on finding new ways to engage with audiences, including the digital online hub – Together With You. For more information, to book free and ticketed events in the reopening program, for Arts Centre Melbourne’s health and safety policies and additional digital content and experiences visit



Arts Centre Melbourne presents
Keeping The Curtain Up
Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne | Saturday 18 July | 7pm
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Peter J Snee

Peter is a British born creative, working in the live entertainment industry. He holds an honours degree in Performing Arts and has over 12 years combined work experience in producing, directing and managing artistic programs & events. Peter has traversed the UK, Europe and Australia pursuing his interest in theatre. He is inspired by great stories and passionately driven by pursuing opportunities to tell them.

Peter J Snee

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