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Ladies in Black

The swankiest new home-grown musical since Priscilla was queen, Ladies in Black is a whirling, toe-tapping trip back in time. Based on a novel by Madeline St John, it’s a uniquely Australian fashion-forward fairy tale with all the shine and sparkle of Broadway.

Sydney, 1959 – a city at the crossroads between the stuffy repression of the 1950s and the glorious liberation of the 1960s …

Bright-eyed, bookish school leaver Lisa steps through the doors of the city’s most prestigious department store, F.G. Goodes. A world of unknown possibilities opens up as she befriends the colourful denizens of the Ladies Cocktail Frocks Department – including her new mentor, the exotic Magda, mysterious mistress of Model Gowns.

This sparkling production is the work of internationally-acclaimed director Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Musical, Love Never Dies, First Wives Club) and writer Carolyn Burns, with original music by superstar Tim Finn (Split Enz, Crowded House). It won the prestigious “Best New Australian Work” Helpmann Award.



Monday to Saturday: 7.30pm. Saturday and Sunday: 2pm




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Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 2601

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