Adelaide Fringe

Fringe’s newest hub, THE QUEENS has been unveiled

THE QUEENS will offer Fringe-goers a curated program of first class music, cabaret and comedy from February 19 to March 21 in Australia’s oldest mainland theatre.

Photo by Morgan Sette

Adelaide’s newest Fringe destination will transform one of the city’s oldest and most spectacular buildings, Queen’s Theatre, into a West End Fringe hub.

THE QUEENS will offer Fringe-goers a curated program of first class music, cabaret and comedy from February 19 to March 21 in Australia’s oldest mainland theatre.

The team behind THE QUEENS is: Torben and Richelle Brookman of GWB Entertainment and Amelia Ryan and Zac Tyler (Release Creative). All have a history of producing and presenting events and productions in Australia and internationally.

Curated by Amelia and Zac, THE QUEENS will host more than 25 shows and 82 performances across the 2021 Fringe with 11 world premieres and 16 South Australian premieres.

But the team say the defining feature of THE QUEENS’ inaugural program is the impressive depth of acclaimed performers in the full line-up, which will be announced later this month.

“With our combined history, experience and contacts, we are going to be putting on something pretty special that will appeal to those looking for a different Fringe experience, under one historic roof,” says Amelia, an award-winning cabaret performer of acclaimed shows such as A Storm in a D Cup, Lady Liberty and UNSUNG to name a few.

The socially distance-friendly venue will feature an inviting bar and lounge area that will host people pre and post shows, while the main performance area, The Chamber, will house 220 seats, including premium tables, theatre style seating and high table options.

THE QUEENS is where Fringe-goers with a taste for the finer things in life will find their place amongst world-class artists in a sophisticated and vibrant venue.

GWB Entertainment Director, Richelle Brookman, says the historic Queen’s Theatre will star alongside the world-class line up of performers as a feature of THE QUEENS’ experience.

“We’re looking forward to showcasing the Queen’s Theatre itself as an experience alongside the shows that are on stage. We want to create a wonderful experience for both patrons and artists to ensure everyone’s return to live performance is a welcoming and festive one,” Richelle says.

“The Queen’s Theatre is mainland Australia’s oldest purpose built theatre and we are privileged to utilise this historic building to showcase Fringe at its finest – entertaining, irreverent and humorous and all presented with approachable sophistication. We can’t wait, it’s going to be a blast!” says Torben, who is a former Executive Producer of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and Deputy Executive Director of the Adelaide Festival.

THE QUEENS will showcase acclaimed performers in a premium venue with first class production values – more than 50 local musicians and 17 local venue staff will help the headline acts bring the 25 shows to life – a major factor as to why so many talented artists have jumped at the opportunity to feature in THE QUEENS’ inaugural Fringe season.

Aside from the performances, THE QUEENS is a hub where people can meet before or after the shows thanks to the inviting bar & lounge foyer which will host a Cellar Door experience in the heart of the city for the Clare Valley region.

THE QUEENS: Fringe at its Finest will run from February 19 to March 21 at the corner of Playhouse Lane and Gilles Arcade, Adelaide

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