New Brisbane theatre The West End Electric

Following the unprecedented success of their Sydney theatre, The Grand Electric, the globally prolific Strut & Fret (Blanc de Blanc, The Party) is thrilled to announce a permanent new 400+ seat theatre in Brisbane’s West End, The West End Electric.

The bespoke new live entertainment space will open with Brisbane Festival on 29 August, premiering Strut & Fret’s smash-hit circus-cabaret, LIMBO – THE RETURN.

This spectacle of otherworldly proportions features an international cast of circus performers and the music of New York’s Jank maestro Sxip Shirey.

This jaw-dropping spectacular reimagines the original LIMBO which toured to no less than 17 countries, wowing audiences from Brussels to Bogota with its stunning fire-breathing and gravity-defying stunts. Madonna loved LIMBO so much when she saw it in London, that not only did she see it twice, she later invited Scott to direct highlights of her REBEL HEART WORLD TOUR.

Strut & Fret Creative Director, and Director of LIMBO – THE RETURN, Scott Maidment:

We have been blown away by The Grand Electric’s success since it opened in Sydney last year. It’s quickly established itself as both a smashing venue for our own shows, and a venue for other players like Michael Cassel (Titanique) and Sydney Comedy Festival.

Brisbane is where Sarah Stewart and I founded Strut & Fret in 1997. It’s also our home city, where we grew up and where I still have a home. Since then, we’ve become a major producer of live entertainment, touring to 38 countries and creating hugely popular festival event hubs like The Garden of Unearthly Delights in Adelaide and New Zealand’s Bread & Circus.

We staged our first Brisbane Festival production over 25 years ago in 1998, so it feels very fitting to launch The West End Electric with this year’s festival.

Multi-talented designer, James Browne, will bring The West End Electric to life with uniqueness and flair.

James:

You can expect a stylistic nod to London’s famous West End theatre district. It will be chic and luxurious but with the essence of historical vaudeville, bohemian hedonism and abandonment. The space itself will be immersive, full of surprising elements that are unforgettable.

Scott Adds:

When we open in August, Queensland audiences will literally see sparks fly! Expect a cracking cocktail list and the kind of experiences that have you on the edge of your seat – starting with LIMBO – THE RETURN.

This is a high-powered extravaganza that will leave you gasping for air and begging for more. Chances are you’ll want to see it twice, too!


Season Details

Venue: The West End Electric
Date: 29 Aug 2024

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