As we usher in the 2017 season, a curated selection of the greatest works touring the nation, I am inspired and excited by what I see. This act of telling our stories, connecting with each other through the strength of our shared human experience, is what drives us in the arts, and what connects us as communities.
OUR ROLE IN THE CBR COMMUNITY
During 2015/16 we delivered some great results for the Canberra community when we engaged with over a quarter of a million people at 443 performances, delivering over $6 million to the visitor economy and over $5 million in wages to 180 local team members. We hosted 13,000+ students from 134 different schools, 43,600 people attended free or low cost events, we spent $27,000 on 380 tickets in our Social Capital Initiative. We thank all those producers and investors (government and private) who took a chance on us. We can do more for our community and I encourage you to complete our surveys and guide us in delivering what you value.
Speaking of taking a chance, I couldn’t be happier to have announced MAMMA MIA! for 2017. That Louise Withers, Linda Bewick and Michael Coppel are commencing this national tour in Canberra is indicative of their faith in us. They, like us, see a future in which the nation’s capital is included in the tour schedule for the biggest national and international shows. It’s a future that we at Canberra Theatre Centre are working towards, and one that we couldn’t dream of without the incredible support shown to us by the Cultural Facilities Corporation, Chief Minister, Arts Minister, and Visit Canberra. The collective confidence shown in us and our 2015/16 results affirms that the Canberra Theatre Centre is OPEN FOR SHOW BUSINESS.
The 2017 season opens with Ladies in Black, Tim Finn’s (Split Enz, Crowded House) Helpmann award winner. This boutique tour, direct to us from Sydney Festival, takes us on a journey through the lives of the employees of F.G Goodes’ department store. Caught at the crossroads between the stuffy repression of the 1950s and the glorious liberation of the 1960s, this colourful future classic will go down in history.
Another highlight from the State Theatre Company of South Australia is an adaptation of a book that generations have studied in school, myself included, a story that has more resonance with each passing year. 1984 is an eerie example of classic work representing actual living futures, and one that is delivered by one of the most creative companies operating in Australian Theatre.
The season closes with MAMMA MIA! produced by one of the world’s most accomplished producers, Australia’s very own Louise Withers. This fully professional musical tours the capital cities from its opening here in Canberra so we see this production first.
I encourage you all to join us for the 2017 journey.
Canberra Theatre Centre
Season Ticket Holder Benefits
Purchasing Season Tickets to Canberra Theatre Centre 2017 Collected Works is the best way to enjoy a full and varied year of performing arts. You’ll guarantee yourself the best seats available and you’ll be getting the best value for your money.
A night out watching live theatre, dance or a musical is special. It’s like nothing else. It can be joyful, breathtaking and sometimes provocative. Don’t miss out on your favourite events. Purchase a Season Package to guarantee yourself the best seats available for the Collected Works 2017 and get the very best value for money. You can save up to 17% on single ticket prices.
Season Ticket holders receive a range of special benefits and offers not available to the general public.
GET THE BEST SEATS IN THE HOUSE
As a Season Ticket holder, enjoy the luxury of choosing the best seats in the house – before they go on sale to the public. Many of our shows fill quickly, so get your bookings in early.
INVITE A FRIEND
Let your family and friends share in your love of theatre with additional tickets at special discounted prices. For selected performances you can purchase additional tickets at the Season Ticket holder price. Remember that additional tickets are available only when you purchase your Season Ticket package.
FIRST IN BEST DRESSED
Existing Season Ticket holders enjoy a priority renewal period up to 28 October 2016 within which to book their package and take the first pick of the best available seats before new Season Ticket holders join in the fun. Season Ticket renewals are processed in order of receipt during the priority period. If you’re signing up as a new Season Ticket holder, send us your booking form and we’ll process it in order of receipt from 31 October 2016 – once priority bookings close.
Every Season Ticket is discounted. Season Ticket holders enjoy the best value tickets. Save up to $10 off full price tickets. Concession discounts and further savings for people under 27 are also available.
HOBNOB WITH THE GLITTERATI AT OPENING NIGHT EVENTS
Do you want to mingle with the stars and crew and enjoy a free drink and canapés? Season Ticket holders can book selected Gala Opening Nights which means an automatic invitation to apres-show functions.
THE INSIDE RUNNING
Season Ticket holders who sign up to receive our e-newsletter alerts have an exclusive opportunity to buy tickets for exciting extra shows before they go on public sale. Also receive invitations to meet and greets, lecture series and celebrations. To benefit, simply make sure we have your email address and you’ve agreed to us sending you information.
PAY IN INSTALMENTS
Pay half now and the rest later! Pay half of your season ticket now and the other half on 1 April 2017. It’s as easy as that.
Your plans may change – a case of unforeseen circumstances. When that happens, we can exchange your tickets free of
charge for another performance of the same production – provided seats are available.
Conditions apply, refer to our website for details.
BEHIND THE SCENES
Learn more about the shows, the artists and their inspirations – ask the questions you’ve always wanted answered. Throughout the season, we have arranged a series of interactive forums at various venues including the theatre, Parliament House and other Canberra venues. When you purchase a Season Ticket, you are welcome to join our Take Part forums for free. For news on extra forums added to our Collected Works 2017 diaries, we will advise you via email.
DISCOUNTED DRINK VOUCHERS
There’s the added advantage for Collected Works 2017 Season Ticket holders of discounted drink vouchers and the opportunity to pre-order interval drinks.
Canberra Theatre Centre offers a range of services to ensure that its venues and shows are accessible to all.
Please note, it is essential that you tick the appropriate boxes with regard to special assistance requirements on your Season booking form. You will then be issued with a ticket for the service you have reserved as part of your Season Ticket package. All devices can be collected from Canberra Theatre Centre Cloak Room. Please see the show pages or the diary pages for the dates of dedicated access performances.
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS AND MOBILITY ASSISTANCE
Wheelchair spaces are available in all theatres and we can provide assistance with other mobility issues.
A carer is entitled to a free ticket when accompanying a paid Companion Card holder to the theatre. Please indicate when booking your ticket if you are a Companion Card holder. You will be required to present a copy of your Companion Card to the Box Office to finalise your booking.
FOR THE DEAF AND HEARING IMPAIRED
FM RADIO-ASSISTED HEARING SYSTEM
An FM radio-assisted hearing system is available for all performances in the Canberra Theatre and The Playhouse. This system amplifies the sound through the use of a supplied headset or the patron’s own neck loop. A limited number of these units are available. Please tick on your booking form to reserve a unit.
A hearing loop for foyer announcements, forums and speeches operates throughout the Link Foyer and foyer spaces of the Canberra Theatre. Please note that the Box Office and toilets are not covered by the loop. The system is accessible via hearing aids with telephone setting. Please note, reception quality and levels may vary according to the age and type of hearing aid.
FOR THE BLIND AND VISION IMPAIRED
A large print version of the Collected Works 2017 booklet is available from Canberra Theatre Centre’s Box Office or by calling Vision Australia’s Canberra office on 02 6247 1000.
Selected performances in Collected Works 2017 will be live captioned. All dialogue and sound effects are described in real time on screens in the theatre or via the new Go Theatrical! smart phone and tablet applications. These can be downloaded from iTunes or Android Market Place. Patrons without access to these devices will be able to book an iPod Touch* by ticking the relevant box on your booking form. Our services for the deaf and hearing impaired are provided with the assistance of Better Hearing Australia, ACT Deafness Resource Centre, Mac1 ANU and The Captioning Studio.
* Limited numbers available.
Selected performances in Collected Works 2017 may offer a pre-show guided tactile tour of the set for patrons with low or no vision. To book for the tactile tours, please select the relevant box on your booking form.
Selected performances in Collected Works 2017 will be audio described by trained volunteers from our access partner, Vision Australia. Audio description provides minimal narration, between dialogue, of the visual elements of live theatre, transmitted through a small receiver and earpiece. Please tick the relevant box on your booking form to reserve a unit.
NEED HELP WITH YOUR BOOKING FORM?
Our Box Office staff will be happy to assist you in purchasing a Collected Works 2017 package.
For general enquiries call 02 6275 2777, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Box Office in person.
Ticket and Booking Information
Please include your email address and mobile number. Show updates such as forums and bar opening times, new show announcements and special offers may be sent via email or free SMS.
PROOF OF CONCESSION
Please provide photocopied proof with your booking form. A photocopied driver’s licence is preferable for Under 27. Your form cannot be processed until the Box Office receives the copies of your concessions. Canberra Ticketing staff will happily photocopy your concession for you if you deliver your form in person at the Box Office.
If you would like to access wheelchair seating, our audio description or captioning services, don’t forget to indicate the type of assistance you require on the booking form.
NEED HELP WITH YOUR BOOKING FORM?
Canberra Ticketing staff will be happy to help you book your Season Ticket package. For general booking enquiries or assistance with completing your form, contact Canberra Ticketing on 02 6275 2777 or email email@example.com or visit the Box Office in person. Canberra Ticketing will be open for extended hours, between 9am and 8pm, Monday to Friday until Friday 28 October 2016.
YOUR SEASON 2017 PREFERENCES
Please indicate, where requested, whether seating preference or preferred date is your priority.
Please choose your preferred date and time for each performance along with an alternative date and time.
ADDITIONAL TICKETS FOR FRIENDS
For selected productions you may purchase additional tickets for friends at the Season Ticket holder price. Additional tickets are limited to two per Season Ticket holder and are available only at the time of purchasing your Season Ticket package. For other productions, such as MAMMA MIA!, you may purchase unlimited additional tickets. However, these tickets will be at single ticket prices. Make sure these are selected as Additional Tickets.
Prices listed for single tickets are the advertised ticket price for non-Season Ticket holders.
For the best seats in the house, buy in the Premium or A-Reserve area as shown on the seating maps. You may have a combination of Premium and A-Reserve seats. Please note that Premium and A-Reserve seats are very popular and may sell-out, so buy early to avoid disappointment. For some productions, the orchestra pit seats will be withheld
The Playhouse: Seating is available on three levels: stalls, first and second balcony (please note: there is no lift access to the second balcony). The balcony sides are withheld from sale until production sightlines have been established.
Canberra Theatre: Seating is one raked tier.
Wheelchair spaces are available in the Canberra Theatre and The Playhouse and are located in the stalls.
Seating plans showing seating reserves can be found online at canberratheatrecentre.com.au.
MAMMA MIA! only offers Premium to Season Ticket holders. All other productions offer Premium and A-Reserves. Sales for B-Reserve open at a later time.
For consistancy CTC has updated terminology around seating: A-Reserve has become Premium, B-Reserve has become A-Reserve.
SEASON TICKETS FOR GROUPS
If you are purchasing a Season Ticket with others please ensure that all booking forms are returned in the same envelope at the same time, otherwise you will not be seated together. Please include the contact details of all additional patrons. For large groups, please submit forms early.
You can exchange your tickets free of charge for any other performance of the same production. Conditions apply and
subject to availability. In order to exchange, original tickets must be returned in person to Canberra Ticketing at least 24 hours before the earliest of the performance.
DRINK & GALA OPENING VOUCHERS
Spend more time socialising during interval without having to wait in long queues at the bar by pre-purchasing drink vouchers. Please indicate on the booking form if you wish to pre-purchase drinks. To pre-order your interval drinks on the night, simply present your drink vouchers to the bar staff prior to the show. Lost drink vouchers are unable to be replaced. Patrons attending nominated Gala Opening nights will receive a voucher entitling them to entry to the post-show function. All vouchers will be sent with your show tickets.
SPLIT THE BILL
Would you like to pay for your Season Ticket package in two easy payments? We can charge your credit card half of the total price now, and the remainder in 1 April 2017. A transaction fee of $10 will apply. (This option is not available for packages booked via our online booking form.) You will be sent an email reminder in March to obtain the payment details to set up the second payment.
For shows where no specific child price is listed, the Under 27 (U27) or Bell Child Under 18 (Bell U18) price applies. Please note that while some shows in Collected Works 2017 may be suitable for children, parental discretion is advised.
CONCESSION & SENIOR PRICES
Selected shows offer concession prices. Concession prices are available for pensioners, health care card holders and full-time students. Bell Shakespeare offer a special price for Government issued seniors card.
UNDER 27 (U27) 7 BELL YOUTH UNDER 30 (BELL U30)
Under 27 prices apply to selected shows. Bell Shakespeare offer Under 30 prices to patrons aged 30 years through their Youth Under 30 initiative (limited availability per selected performance)
The Cultural Facilities Corporation, trading as Canberra Ticketing, collects personal information as an agent for the promoter, for the purposes of cancellation notification, accounting and marketing of future events. The collected information will be disclosed to Canberra Ticketing by the promoter for these purposes. The collected information will be dealt with by Canberra Ticketing and the promoter in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cwlth) and other laws. You are not obliged to provide information, but a failure to do so may mean you cannot purchase tickets. The promoter’s contact details are available upon request from Canberra Ticketing. You may seek access to information about you held by the promoter or Canberra Ticketing. Our privacy statement is available on our website.
All prices, dates, session times and other information contained within this brochure were correct at the time of printing and may be subject to change.