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The Princess and the PAC

Two creative powerhouses join forces

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A play about Charles Darwin, Queensland’s oldest standing theatre and a new partnership look set to open a new chapter in the state’s live performance scene. 

In exciting news, we have announced a ticketing and presenting partnership with Brisbane’s newest/oldest arts venue, The Princess Theatre, that will see us collaborate to present engaging work and provide new opportunities for Queensland artists.  

The creative team behind Brisbane institution The Tivoli has poured their heart and soul into restoring and revitalising Queensland’s oldest standing theatre and the result is nothing short of extraordinary. 

The Princess Co-Owner Dave Sleswick said there was power in collaboration and it made sense for the new venue to join forces with an established presence like QPAC.  

“The Princess really is a venue like no other in Queensland – it's casual, steeped in heritage but also with a great rock ‘n’ roll vibe – as a new venue, we can really lean into QPAC’s business nous and established presence to work collaboratively, attract new audiences and present some incredible shows.” 

We’re every bit as keen to work with The Princess team to explore new opportunities and joint initiatives that will support the local arts sector and deliver outstanding live performance. 

We believe we both bring a wealth of knowledge and experience together that we hope will translate into performances that reflect and engage our community.  

Our long-time friends at Dead Puppet Society (DPS) provided the perfect starting point for the partnership with their internationally-acclaimed The Wider Earth by David Morton which will open at The Princess in February next year.  

This is hot on the heels of DPS’ successful world premiere season of Ishmael at QPAC as part of Brisbane Festival this year, that no doubt won them a legion of new fans. 

The much-loved DPS team is resident company in The Princess Studios (next door to The Princess Theatre) and has worked to re-stage The Wider Earth to create an immersive experience. 

A reimagined tale of Charles Darwin’s global voyage of scientific discovery, The Wider Earth was developed at St Ann’s Warehouse and Lincoln Centre in New York ahead of its sold-out world premiere season in Brisbane in 2016. It played at Sydney Opera House for Sydney Festival in 2018, performed a five-month season at the Natural History Museum in London and was nominated for an Olivier Award and two Helpmann Awards. 

Together with the team at The Princess we’re looking forward to nurturing the ongoing development of Queensland's live performance sector through joint ventures (such as The Wider Earth) and other projects with a particular focus on engaging schools.  

 Although it’s very early days in our partnership, we can’t wait to see where this goes! 



Acknowledgement of Traditional Custodians

We pay our respects to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestors of this land, their spirits and their legacy. The foundations laid by these ancestors – our First Nations Peoples – gives strength, inspiration and courage to current and future generations, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, towards creating a better Queensland.