All the top events across Australia in March 2019.
The Book of Mormon
From 16 March | QPAC, Brisbane
Their shirts are cleaned and pressed and their haircuts are precise, all in preparation to say hello to the Sunshine State. After record-breaking seasons in Sydney and Melbourne, elders Price and Cunningham are moving on to their new mission at QPAC.
Eagles World Tour
9-10 March | Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Take it easy, Brisbane – the 1970s American West Coast rockers are back in the country to play hits like Hotel California that shaped the soundtrack of a generation, with Deacon Frey stepping in for his late father, Glenn, on vocals and rhythm guitar.
World Science Festival
20-24 March | Queensland Museum, Brisbane
The World Science Festival is coming to the Asia-Pacific for the first time this year. Filled with demonstrations, interactive activities and talks from leaders in the world of science, it features everything from a discussion exploring our future on Mars to a Q&A with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki.
1-17 March | Various venues, Adelaide
Celebrate all that’s great in the City of Churches with an eclectic program. Among the festival offerings are opera (The Magic Flute), dance (Carmen, Two Feet) and long lunches with Maggie Beer.
8-11 March | Botanic Park, Adelaide
Showcasing global talent across music, dance and art, this famed festival includes performances by Christine and the Queens, the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir and the John Butler Trio.
21-30 March | Space Theatre, Adelaide
George Orwell’s revolutionary story comes to life as a one-man show, with actor Renato Musolino playing more than 20 memorable characters, from the rebellious pigs to the cynical donkey, Benjamin.
William Wegman: Being Human
Until 17 March | National Gallery of Victoria
They say dogs are man’s best friend but in the case of American artist William Wegman, Weimaraner dogs are more than just pals – they’ve been his muses since 1970, as seen in this collection of his colour photographs.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival
27 March-21 April | Various venues, Melbourne
Prepare to exercise your funny bone as this popular annual laughfest takes over the city for almost a month. Headliners include Judith Lucy, Urzila Carlson and Rhys Nicholson.
19-28 March | Arts Centre Melbourne
Bring the family to this reprise season of the beloved fairytale, created exclusively by renowned choreographer Alexei Ratmansky.
Muriel’s Wedding: The Musical
From 12 March | Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne
Our favourite ABBA fan from Porpoise Spit is making her return to the stage after the musical’s successful 2017 première season by the Sydney Theatre Company.
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
8-24 March | Various locations, Melbourne
From tiny laneways to sprawling parks, Australia’s cultural capital will be a gourmet’s dream as the city turns on more divine food and wine. This year’s festival, the 27th, has a regional focus.
Blue Planet II Live in Concert
8 March | ICC Sydney Theatre
Be awed again by highlights of the award-winning BBC TV series as images come to life on the big screen with narration by Joanna Lumley. An immersive score performed by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra completes the experience.
West Side Story on Sydney Harbour
22 March-21 April | Mrs Macquarie’s Point, Sydney
The timeless musical, with Jerome Robbins’ original choreography, is set to transport Sydneysiders to New York’s Upper West Side in this tale of gangs and ill-fated lovers.
Rob Brydon: I Am Standing Up
28-31 March | Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
Known for playing the hilariously dorky Bryn on Gavin & Stacey and hosting the British panel show Would I Lie To You?, Brydon ends his nationwide I Am Standing Up tour under the sails of the Opera House.
Janet Laurence: After Nature
Until 10 June | Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Featuring photographs, videos, sculptures and installations created by the contemporary Australian artist over the past three decades, this exhibition puts a spotlight on the environmental challenges our planet is facing.
Until 31 March | Centennial Park, Sydney
Film fans can do a different kind of star spotting at this event under the night sky. The nation’s largest outdoor cinema boasts a brilliant line-up of blockbusters, recent releases and silver-screen classics.
Cradle Mountain Film Festival
29-31 March | Cradle Mountain
The high country becomes a movie-lover’s paradise thanks to this weekend-long event showcasing some of the best short adventure films from around the state as well as highlights from Colorado’s renowned annual Telluride Mountainfilm festival.
Dinosaur Revolution: Secrets of Survival
Until 5 May | Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Hobart
Be captivated by the size and scale of some of the world’s earliest inhabitants as animatronics, 3D models and casts of fossils bring dinosaurs to life.
Ten Days on the Island
8-24 March | Various locations, Tasmania
From opera in a vineyard to gravity-defying physical theatre, this event takes place at three locations on the Apple Isle over three consecutive weekends.
Tim Minchin – Back
19-23 March | Crown Theatre, Perth
Singer, actor, writer and composer Tim Minchin is heading back to his hometown for a string of four shows comprising old and new material collated from his extensive repertoire.
Opera in the Quarry
27-30 March | Quarry Amphitheatre, City Beach
The dramatic open-air Quarry Amphitheatre once again turns into a concert hall for four nights as the West Australian Opera performs some of the most loved operatic pieces.
Art Love and Desire: Pre-Raphaelite Masterpieces from the Tate
Until 28 April | National Gallery of Australia
April marks your last chance to see 40 stunning mid-19th-century British works from the Tate in London – including paintings by John Everett Millais and William Holman Hunt – alongside 40 other loans from prominent collections.
1-17 March | Various locations, Canberra
Some of the capital’s most iconic buildings will be illuminated with projections as part of Enlighten, a 17-day festival packed with attractions such as fireworks, music and hot-air balloon rides.
Between the Moon and the Stars
From 23 March | Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
Marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, this art-meets-science exhibition explores the stars and the moon and its phases, along with their influence on human and animal life.
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