Simon Gallaher

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Simon Gallaher
Born: (1958-10-24) 24 October 1958 (age 58)
Brisbane, Australia
Actor, singer, director, pianist

Simon Gallaher (born 24 October 1958[1]) is an Australian singer, actor, director and pianist.

Gallaher was born in Brisbane and educated at the Anglican Church Grammar School.[2] and studied at the Queensnsland Conservatorium of Music.[3] In 1977 he appeared on the Mike Walsh Show,[4] he had his own television program, The Simon Gallaher Show on ABC-TV (1982–83), in which he sang and played the piano.[3] Later, he joined the Queensland Light Opera Company.[5]

With his own musical theatre company Essgee Entertainment, Gallaher has produced and acted in stage productions of The Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Mikado, The Merry Widow and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, among others.

For most of the 1980s his song "Australia Be Proud" was heard at the conclusion of each broadcast day on television station CTC Canberra, accompanied by a montage of video clips from across Australia.

In 2014 Gallaher returned to the stage to be reunited with Jon English for the first time in many years as they performed in Spamalot for Harvest Rain Theatre Company at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC). In 2015 he took over the role of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in the Australian production of Wicked and opened with it at the commencement of the Brisbane season. Gallaher recently directed a new production of his version of The Pirates of Penzance, which played at the QPAC to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Arts Centre and of the show's original opening.

He is currently Deputy Chair on the Board of Trustees of QPAC and is also on the board of the Queensland Theatre Company (QTC). ,[3] He was formerly the Chair of Harvest Rain Theatre Company (2012–15).[3] He is patron to many arts organisations including The Queensland Show Choir, Queensland Youth Symphony Orchestra, Spotlight Theatre Company, Gold Coast Theatre Alliance and the Canberra Area Theatre Awards. He is a member of Live Performance Australia (LPA) and sits on the Helpmann Awards nominating panel for Musical Theatre.

Private Life[edit]

Simon Gallaher married Lisa in 1990, They live in Tambourine Mountain and have a property at Palm Beach on the Gold Coast.[6]

Selected Theatrical Bibliography[edit]

1985 The Pirates of Penzance (performing - Frederick) [7]

1985 Hello Dolly (performer)[3][8]

1987 The Student Prince (performer - Karl Franz)[3][9]

1988 My Fair Lady (performer - Freddy Eynsford -Hill)[3][10]

1994 The Pirates of Penzance (creator of stage production, producer) [3]

1994 The Pirates of Penzance (TV Movie producer, performing - Frederick)[11] A triple-platinum video and an ARIA Award.[12]

1996 The Mikado (creator of stage production)[3]

1996 The Mikado (TV Movie producer)[11]

1997 HMS Pinafore (creator of stage production)[3]

1997 HMS Pinafore TV Movie producer and performer)[11]

1998 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Producer)[3]

1999 Master Class (Producer)[3][13]

1999 Merry Widow (creator of stage production and performer- Camille) [3][13]

2001 The Pirates of Penzance (created revival production)[3]

2004 Eureka (producer in Association with Melbourne International Arts Festival) [3]

2008/09 The Mikado (producer)[3]

2012 Hairspray (performer)[3][14]

2014 Spamalot (performer)[15]

2015 Wicked (performing : Wizard) Brisbane and Perth[7]

2015 The Pirates of Penzance (director)[16]


Logie (1981) [17]

Mo Variety Awards 1982[18] and 2 others [19]

Aria Award

Queenslander of the Year Commendation[3]

Advance Australia Award for his contributions to the arts[3]

Voted Queensland's Entertainer of the Year twice[3]

2016 Nominated for 2016 Helpmann award for Wicked (Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical)


  1. ^ Simon Gallaher biography
  2. ^ Mason, James (2011). Churchie: The Centenary Register. Brisbane, Australia: The Anglican Church Grammar School. ISBN 978-0-646-55807-3. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Trust members". QPAC. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Simon Gallaher interviewed by Bill Stephens [sound recording]". National Library Australia. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  5. ^ Simon Gallaher interview
  6. ^ "Song's soul mates 19 October 2011". City News. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "Wicked has a new wizard! 29 December 2014". Wicked the Musical. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "Hello Dolly!". AusStage. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  9. ^ "The Student Prince". AusStage. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  10. ^ "My Fair Lady". AusStage. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  11. ^ a b c "Simon Gallaher". IMDb. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  12. ^ "A lyric tenor pirate and coloratura soprano daughter 18 September 2011". ABC. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  13. ^ a b "Simon Gallaher". David Spicer Productions. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  14. ^ "Simon Gallaher to star in Harvest Rain's Production of Hairspray". Stage Whispers. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  15. ^ "Spamalot". Harvest Rain. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  16. ^ "Thirty years of trading the boards 16 February 2015". Bmag. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  17. ^ "Don't bet on it 5 May 2003". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  18. ^ "Winners 7th Mo Awards 1982". Mo Awards. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  19. ^ "Song's soul mates". City News. Retrieved 3 January 2016. 

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