Queensland Theatre Company

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The Queensland Theatre Company was established in 1970 by Alan Edwards AM MBE, and was granted the prefix "Royal" in 1984.[1] The Company is the state's flagship professional theatre company, headed up by playwright and director Wesley Enoch. Each year Queensland Theatre Company presents a season of mainstage plays which includes comedies, classic drama and new Australian work and a Studio Season which features theatre that some claim breaks the rules. Many productions are organized in association with other state theatre companies with a great many actors coming to perform from Sydney and Melbourne.

The company has a strong history of development programs and is dedicated to encouraging artistic growth across the state through its emerging artists program, writing program – which includes the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award – and regional partnerships program.

Emphasis is also placed on developing and inspiring young people through the company's youth & education program, with specially devised education performances, theatre skills courses, a playwriting program and more. The Company is principally supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and the Major Performing Arts Board of the Australia Council.

Actors who began their career with Queensland Theatre Company include Geoffrey Rush, Bille Brown, Kate Wilson (Foy) (former Chair of the Board of the Queensland Theatre Company and Honorary Professor of Theatre at the University of Southern Queensland), Carol Burns, David Waters and many others. The late Babette Stephens, as well as Diane Cilento are among two of many other Queensland artists who have also worked with the Company during their careers.

The foundation Artistic Director was Dr. Alan Edwards AM MBE. He was succeeded in the position by Aubrey Mellor, Chris Johnson, Robyn Nevin and Director/playwright Michael Gow. In 2011, Wesley Enoch succeeded Michael Gow as Artistic Director and has become the first Murri to head a State Theatre company in Australia. Other directors for the company have included Gale Edwards, Joe McCallum, and Murray Foy.


Productions have included: many Shakespeare's plays (presented in the Roma Street Parkland Amphitheatre (formerly called the Albert Park Amphitheatre), as well in the Lyric Theatre and the Playhouse at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.[2] Other productions have included: Twelfth Night, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Alchemist by Ben Jonson, That Face by Polly Stenham, God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, 25 Down by Richard Jordan, The School of Arts by Bille Brown, Ninety by Joanna Murray-Smith, The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion, The Crucible by Arthur Miller and Toy Symphony by Michael Gow.


  1. ^ Queensland Theatre Company - Queensland Government Legislation
  2. ^ Eckersley, M. 1997. Soundings in the Dramaturgy of the Australian Theatre Director. University of Melbourne. Melbourne. p33.

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