Queensland Theatre unveils record 2019 season for 50th birthday
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Queensland Theatre unveils record 2019 season for 50th birthday

Queensland Theatre has unveiled a record-setting 2019 season filled with world-premiere performances, Queensland-exclusive shows and Australia's newest theatre.

It is the country's fastest-growing theatre company, according to the number of season ticket holders, and will also celebrate its 50th birthday next year.

Queensland Theatre will mark its 50th anniversary next year with its biggest season yet.

Queensland Theatre will mark its 50th anniversary next year with its biggest season yet.

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Queensland Theatre artistic director Sam Strong said the season would feature a record five world premieres, a record number of interstate performances, state exclusives and the reopening of the Bille Brown Studio as the Bille Brown Theatre after a $5.5-million renovation to become Australia's newest theatre.

The company's world exclusive performances start with Hydra, from award-winning playwright Sue Smith, and is followed by City of Gold, which Mr Strong hailed as "the most provocative play to come to Australia in 25 years".

The Sunshine State will also host to the world premiere of Joanna Murray-Smith’s latest work titled L'Appartement, which is also her international directorial debut.

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Next year's line up also features the entertaining musical Fangirls, as well as the world premiere of award-winning Brisbane writer Merlynn Tong’s adaptation of Antigone.

The season will be capped off by a Queensland-exclusive performance of Death of a Salesman, which will feature an all-star local cast.

"Death of a Salesman makes you feel more than any other play, it's an incredibly powerful experience in the theatre," Mr Strong said.

"I spend an enormous amount of time planning our seasons, what has distinguished the last couple of years is our partnerships with the rest of the country.

Queensland Theatre artistic director Sam Strong.

Queensland Theatre artistic director Sam Strong.

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"We spend a lot of time talking to other Australian theatres to broker co-productions and extend the lives of what we put on.

"It's a wonderful opportunity for Queensland artists to have their work seen and consolidate Queensland Theatre as the national home of new stories and new talent.

"Theatre company seasons are like the Olympics, they need to be bigger and better than the last one so we are always trying to do something different."

Mr Strong said the Queensland arts industry was soaring, with collaborations the key to bringing a variety of productions.

"Something to distinguish this season is the range of shows and experiences the audience will get. They will have their hearts broken and mended, they will laugh, cry and be intellectually challenged.

"Next year we will also be having quite a long celebration for our 50th anniversary, but those plans are secret."

In 2017, Queensland Theatre was named the fast-growing theatre company in the country and continued to grow its number of season ticket holders in 2018, reaching 6800.