An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson

Sir Michael Parkinson’s farewell Australia tour is a celebration of the life and career of a man who has interviewed over 2000 of the most important cultural figures of the 20th and 21st centuries.

In conversation with his son Mike and showing highlights from the Parkinson archive, An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson is a unique opportunity to get an intimate, informative look at his remarkable journey from the pit village in Yorkshire to the BBC with a talk show that for many defined their Saturday night.

It will also be a chance for Sir Michael to fondly remember his time in Australia and some of the fascinating colourful and engaging people he met and interviewed which cemented his love affair with the land Down Under

You’ll see him dance with Will Smith, sing with Bing Crosby, kiss Lauren Bacall, flirt with Bette Davis, laugh with Billy Connolly, spar with Muhammad Ali, have an audience with Dame Edna Everage, marvel at Sir David Attenborough plus many, many more household names.

Don’t miss this very special farewell tour.

 

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Dame Edna My Gorgeous Life

The grand dame of world theatre, Dame Edna Everage, has been forced out of retirement by the demands of her adoring “Precious Possums”, announcing a surprise tour of Australia in September & October.

In a letter to her fans, Dame Edna apologised for upsetting them when she announced her retirement from public life, blaming her manager, “failed actor and attention seeker” Barry Humphries.

“One of the reasons I am adored pretty much worldwide is that I’ve always told you the truth; mostly the truth about yourselves, and even sometimes about me,” Dame Edna said.

“However this is an apology. It’s an apology for once telling you a wicked fib: a porkie, a cruel deceitful lie. I told you I had retired. That was a few years ago and when my announcement got around the globe a lot of people ‘freaked out’, to employ a phrase I never use. Now I’m reborn, fit as a fiddle, and rid of the leech who tormented me for so long. So, Possums, please do come and say hello to me. It would be lovely to see your faces again.”

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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – In Concert

Experience the complete Star Wars film on the giant screen with John Williams’ epic score played live by WASO.

As Imperial Forces launch an all-out attack on the Rebel Alliance, Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) flee to Cloud City where they are captured by Darth Vader. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) journeys to the mysterious, marshy planet of Dagobah, where the wise Jedi Master Yoda teaches the young hero the ways of the Force.

Little does Luke know that all his Jedi training will be called upon so soon. A stunning revelation – and a seeming life-or-death duel with Darth Vader – await.

This performance includes subtitles on the screen.

Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts in association with 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm, and Warner/Chappell Music. © 2019 & TM LUCASFILM LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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Em Rusciano – The Rage & Rainbows Tour

Stand-up comedian, singer, writer and broadcaster Em Rusciano is back with her biggest theatre tour to date! The Rage and Rainbows Tour will see Em and her 8-piece band leave a trail of glitter across the country.

For ten years, if you asked Em Rusciano how she was, she said, “fine”. Yeah bullshit. She was lying awake at 3am with unexplained rage, and so was EVERY OTHER WOMAN SHE KNEW.

This past year Em had a baby, turned 40, left a high profile job and had a combined 45 minutes sleep. There’s been next-level rage. There’s also been love. There’s been day drinking and breast feeding NOT AT THE SAME TIME PISS OFF CLICK-BAIT WRITERS.

In The Rage and Rainbows Tour, Em is finally giving voice that gnawing rage we all try to hide. She’s unleashing it, she’s dunking it in white wine, she’s rolling it in glitter, and giving it an 8 piece back-up band and four costume changes.

She’s also going to tell you what you can do with it; to send it on its way.

The Rage and Rainbows Tour is more than a show. It’s a festival for anyone who’s felt fed-up, furious, exhausted, demoralized… but still maintained a passion for sequins.

Em has teamed up with Australia’s 2019 Eurovision representative, the ridiculously talented Kate Miller-Heidke and her partner Keir Nuttall to write four original, fabulous songs especially for The Rage and Rainbows Tour. The songs are available here and learning all the words so that we can have a knee-trembling singalong is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED!

Em lovers know to book in early to be close to the action – The Rage and Rainbows Tour is bound to be another sell-out. And yes, of course Em’s Dad Vincie is in the band.

Recommended for ages 15+.

★★★★★ ‘Had the crowd utterly spellbound’ – Herald Sun

★★★★★‘Hilarious’ – Theatre People

★★★★★ ‘Manic hilarity, chaotic extroversion and one huge and beautiful voice.’ –  The Age

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Steve Martin and Martin Short – Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t

Steve Martin and Martin Short will bring their critically acclaimed comedy tour Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t for the first time to Australian audiences in November.  This celebrated comedy show redefines the form in unexpected and profound ways, from two of the funniest, most influential and acclaimed talents of the past century.   The duo will be joined on stage by Grammy Award-winning bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers.

Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t follows Steve Martin and Martin Short’s sold-out tour An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life.  The tour was filmed for a Netflix special that earned rave reviews and garnered four Emmy® nominations. Fueled by comedic precision and anchored in a lifelong friendship, Rolling Stone called the special “wryly hip but unexpectedly touching,” with the New York Times describing it “gleeful and satisfying.”

Steve Martin and Martin Short’s humour is often subversive, but it is always a joyous self-deprecating romp from two comedy masters driven to make each other laugh as much as the audience. The jokes come at you at a rapid-fire pace with little set-up and big punch lines as they mock Hollywood and the fickle nature of celebrity, but the comedy truly soars when they lovingly (and relentlessly) roast each other.

Martin and Short’s chemistry and timing on stage reflects a friendship of more than three decades; they met for the first time on the set of the 1986 film Three Amigos.  The comedy icons have been touring together since 2016, when they launched their first live show titled “A Very Stupid Conversation.”

Don’t miss comedy legends Steve Martin and Martin Short! Hurry, this will sell out!

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Herbie Hancock

One of the most revered and controversial figures in jazz – the innovative and influential living jazz legend, HERBIE HANCOCK returns to Australia & New Zealand this June. Hancock is joined by a line-up featuring long-time band member, guitarist Lionel Loueke, Brooklyn-based bassist James Genus and virtuoso drummer Vinnie Colaiuta.

Herbie Hancock is a true icon of modern music. Having transcended limitations and genres with his unmistakable voice, his illustrious career, now spanning into its sixth decade, has seen the master of jazz claim a staggering 14 Grammy ® Awards including “Album of the Year” and a Lifetime Achievement, an Academy Award for his ‘Round Midnight’ score, a Kennedy Centre Honours Award, five MTV Video Awards and six honorary doctorates. It is without a doubt that throughout Herbie Hancock’s career he has been a driving force of influence, a mainstay of innovation at the forefront of culture, technology, business and music for more than 50 years.

Russell Howard – Respite – Rescheduled!

Following the record-breaking success of his 2017 tour Round The World, Russell Howard returns with his biggest globe-spanning stand-up tour to date.

Hot on the heels of his critically-acclaimed hit Sky One show The Russell Howard Hour, and his global smash Netflix special Recalibrate, Russell is back on stage where he belongs, making sense of a world that’s spinning out of control.

It’s time for Respite.

“It’s thrilling to see Howard with fire in his belly” ★★★★★ Metro “world domination is looming… he has grown darker, angrier and more satirical on stage. His sets deal with everything from foreign policy to his fear of death, and he rages as much as he teases.” The Sunday Times

Due to overwhelming demand, new shows across Australia have been added! Russell Howard will now be performing at the Riverside Theatre on Friday 13 Feb 2021, in addition to Saturday 14 Feb 2021.

BILL BRYSON – OBSERVATIONS ON LIFE AND THE HUMAN BODY – LIVE ON STAGE

Best known for his wickedly sassy travel books, Bill Bryson undertook the gigantean task of providing a layman’s take on science in the best-selling ‘A Short History of Nearly Everything’. For the past three years, Bill Bryson has been taking a good long look at the human body. The result; his latest soon-to-be-released tome ‘The Body; A Guide for Occupants’.

With his matchless homing instinct for the funniest and quirkiest, his unerring eye for the idiotic, the endearing, the ridiculous and the scandalous, Bill Bryson will exercise his razor-sharp wit in sharing his globe-trotting travel experiences, his forays into science and his latest endeavour – the human body; live on stage. Joining Bill Bryson on stage in the role of host will be French-born Australian television presenter, radio host, actress, singer, writer and comedian Julia Zemiro. Zemiro is best known as the host of the musical quiz RocKwiz, co-host of the ABC’s Star Gazing Live with Prof Brian Cox and for her own show for the ABC; Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery.

 

Professor Brian Cox “Universal World Tour”

Lateral Events is pleased to announce Prof Brian Cox’s first world tour ‘Professor Brian Cox Universal World Tour 2019’ will land in Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia in June 2019.

Using state of the art graphics and imagery from ground-based telescopes and space probes, presented using ultra-high-resolution LED screen technology, Brian will explore the latest missions to the planets, the nature of space and time from the Big Bang to black holes and the origin and fate of life and intelligence in the Universe. He will also address questions about the value of science, how we acquire scientific knowledge and why we should trust it.

Visual highlights will include a journey around and into a black hole, created in partnership with Double Negative, the four-time Academy Award-winning visual effects company responsible for creating the black hole effects in the movie Interstellar.

Taking audiences to the edge of our current understanding about the origin and evolution of our Solar System and the Universe, Professor Brian Cox Live 2019 offers a fascinating insight into the workings of nature at the most fundamental level. Whether an avid science reader or a total novice, Professor Cox makes challenging ideas accessible to all, exploring the vast, possibly infinite universe and our place within it from earth to the edges of the cosmos.

Brian will be joined by co-host of The Infinite Monkey Cage and award-winning comedian Robin Ince to oversee an audience Q&A, giving fans the chance to ask any questions they have and making every show unique.

Daniel O’Donnell

Ireland’s most popular “easy listening” entertainer returns to Australia in 2019.

Daniel has enjoyed tour and chart success in Australia and New Zealand for many years and earned himself a loyal following that stretches across both countries.

Daniel, who was awarded an Honorary MBE in 2002 for services to the music industry, has an immense chart history with both record and video sales. To date he has had 20 UK chart albums and 14 UK Top 10 music videos. His most current video release “Songs Of Faith” topped the UK music charts. He is the only artist to feature in the UK album charts each of the last 20 years! Daniel has also received great chart success in Australia with his Showtime DVD reaching No. 6 and his album ”The Jukebox Years” reached No. 36 on the ARIA charts.

He may be a superstar, but Daniel remains as excited and enthusiastic about his work and his fans as when he first launched his career. Daniel has never forgotten that it was the public who gave him his success in the first place, especially as he struggled long and hard to achieve his ambitions.

A native of Kincasslagh, Co. Donegal, Daniel’s concert appearances have taken him from London’s Royal Albert Hall and Dublin’s Point Depot to New York’s Carnegie Hall and Sydney’s Opera House, but he still continues to set himself fresh ambitions and new worlds to conquer.