The Guide – Aug/Sep/Oct

What’s on in South Australia

AUGUST – September – October


The Red Cross Letters

Adelaide Festival Centre, corner of King William St and Festival Drive

August 3-6

Based on a collection held at State Library of SA for the past 96 years, this State Theatre Company work incorporates material from letters sent to the South Australian Red Cross Information Bureau during World War I. The correspondence between Australians seeking news of their loved ones on the front, and the replies, will be interpreted by award-winning playwright Verity Laughton.


Amazing India

Adelaide Festival Centre, corner of King William St and Festival Drive

August 6

This local production takes the audience through a journey of Indian classical, contemporary, folk as well as Bollywood songs and dances presented by Kalalaya School of Indian Performing Arts.


The Johnny Cash Show presents The Greats of ‘70s Country Music

Adelaide Festival Centre, corner of King William St and Festival Drive

August 5

Daniel Thompson, known as one of Australia’s most respected tribute performers, salutes the best names in country music, including Glen Campbell, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton. He’ll also pay special tribute to Johnny Cash.


Umbrella: Winter City Sounds

Various venues

Until August 7

The city proves why it has been recognised as a UNESCO City of Music with this new music festival that celebrates all genres, from folk to hip-hop. Gigs will pop up all over town, from the Art Gallery of South Australia to the tram and the Popeye.


The Sound of Music

Adelaide Festival Centre, corner of King William St and Festival Drive

August 9-September 2

The critically-acclaimed production comes to Adelaide following its record-breaking run at the London Palladium. It stars many of Australia’s favourite stage performers, including Cameron Daddo as Captain von Trapp, Marina Prior, Lorraine Bayly, Jacqui Dark, and joining them as Maria, Amy Lehpamer.


Adelaide Guitar Festival

Adelaide Festival Centre, corner of King William St and Festival Drive

August 11-14

Curated by internationally renowned Australian guitarist Slava Grigoryan, this biennial festival is made up of performances, free and low-cost workshops, masterclasses, artist talks, panel discussions and programs for emerging musicians.


The South Australia of the French Explorers exhibition

State Library of South Australia, North Tce

Until August 14

View a range of contemporary photographs of Kangaroo Island, Victor Harbor, Spencer Gulf and the Great Australian Bight that are on display for the first time in Australia.


German Cornejo’s Tango Fire

Her Majesty’s Theatre, 58 Grote St

August 16, 17 and 18

See the world’s greatest tango dancers and musicians take to the stage. The performance combines rawness and sophistication, with the seductive and sultry side of tango, evoking the intoxicating passion of late-night Buenos Aires.


Classics Unwrapped 2: Big Egos, Big Music

Adelaide Town Hall, 128 King William St

August 17

The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra pays tribute to composers with larger-than-life personalities who have towered over generations of musicians and artists.


2016 Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year

South Australian Museum, North Tce

August 18-October 3

This photographic competition celebrates the natural heritage of the Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea bio-regions each year. The nature and wildlife snaps have been submitted by photographers from across the world.


The Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase

Adelaide Festival Centre, corner of King William St and Festival Drive

August 19

The festival is roadtripping to SA for the first time bringing a mix of local and international comics to the Adelaide stage.


The 39 Steps

Adelaide Festival Centre, corner of King William St and Festival Drive

August 19-September 11

Jon Halpin’s stage adaptation of John Buchan’s classic novel and Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film will be presented by the State Theatre Company. The deranged comedy features four actors playing 139 roles in 100 minutes.


The Australian Bee Gees Show: 50th Anniversary Tour

Her Majesty’s Theatre, 58 Grote St

August 20

The Australian Bee Gees Show has conquered Las Vegas and played to capacity houses around the world. This tribute marks 50 years of hits from the Brothers Gibb.


Gilles St Market

Gilles Street Primary School grounds, 91 Gilles St

August 21

Browse through more than 90 stalls selling a range of pre-loved fashion, jewellery, accessories, vintage pieces and more. The regular market offers a family-friendly atmosphere with DJs and food stalls.



’90s Mania

HQ Complex, 1 North Tce

September 1

Five of the biggest 1990s dance acts – Haddaway, La Bouche, Jenny Berggren from Ace of Base, Katrin from Black Box and Amber – will take to the stage alongside special guests DJ Nick Skitz and MC James Spy.


Red Sky Morning

Bakehouse Theatre, 255 Angas St

September 8-30

This play follows a woman, man and girl who tell their stories of isolation in regional Australia. Discover moments missed, dreams not shared and the tragedy of the everyday coursing through this powerful and redemptive tale about the need to connect.


Piano Legend: Master 6

Adelaide Town Hall, 128 King William St

September 9 and 10

Brazil’s most revered pianists, Nelson Freire, will perform new and old works. He will be joined by conductor Nicholas Carter.


The Colour Run Adelaide

Victoria Park Racecourse, Fullarton Rd

September 11

Participants will experience an all-new Tropicolor Zone at this year’s Colour Run, where they will be bathed in a tropical array of colours and island scents as they pass through the shade of palm trees, arches and island-style music. At the end of the 5km run, there will be music, dancing and massive colour throws.



Her Majesty’s Theatre, 58 Grote St

September 6-11

Direct from the US, Shadowland is a groundbreaking performance by acclaimed dance troupe Pilobolus. A fusion of shadow theatre and dance, the show uses dynamic screens to produce a performance that blends projected images and front-of screen choreography.


OzAsia Festival

Adelaide Festival Centre, corner of King William St and Festival Drive

September 17-October 2

Expect contemporary dance, theatre, music, film, visual arts, food events, discussions and the spectacular Moon Lantern Festival at this annual event that celebrates the best of Asia.


Philippine Fiesta of South Australia

Victoria Square, King William St

October 1

This cultural event showcases the vivacity and splendour of the Philippine culture in the heart of Adelaide. There will be Filipino food, entertainment, display stalls, souvenirs, street parades and dance competitions.


In the Mood

Her Majesty’s Theatre, 58 Grote St

October 4 and 5

Travel back in time to the 1940s through sizzling choreography, familiar melodies, romantic ballads, sassy costumes and pulsating rhythms from the String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra. During the show, expect an authentic score of timeless hits from Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra and more.


The Beatles Orchestrated

Adelaide Festival Centre, corner of King William St and Festival Drive

October 8

Join the cast and crew of The Beatles Orchestrated for a celebration of George Martin’s contribution to The Beatles’ musical legacy. The Fab Four’s tribute band, the Fabulous Beatle Boys, will perform with the Australian Symphony Orchestra under the baton of internationally acclaimed conductor George Ellis.



Adelaide Festival Centre, corner of King William St and Festival Drive

October 11-30

Actor Paul Capsis stars as a shapeshifting imp whose thirst for vengeance may well bring him undone. Expect a theatrical spectacular filled with pumping music, extravagant performance and supreme silliness.


The Nutcracker

Adelaide Festival Centre, corner of King William St and Festival Drive

October 21 and 22

Following its sellout performances of Swan Lake in 2015, the Imperial Russian Ballet Company returns to Australia to perform The Nutcracker. Elite dancers will perform alongside children from local ballet schools.


The Gruffalo

Her Majesty’s Theatre, 58 Grote St

October 22

Join the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra as it ventures into the deep, dark world with animated films based on the successful children’s books The Gruffalo and its successor The Gruffalo’s Child. A Gruffalo? What’s a Gruffalo? … Why, didn’t you know?


Fawlty Towers Live

Her Majesty’s Theatre, 58 Grote St

October 26-November 6

This adaptation of BBC TV sitcom Fawlty Towers will bring all your beloved characters to life on stage in an unmissable evening of hilarity.


3 Things to look forward to


King William St and North Tce

November 12

The Credit Union Christmas Pageant is regarded as one of the world’s greatest festive parades and is an important part of the state’s history. Thousands of children and their families line the streets each year to witness the event. The 3.3km route begins on the corner of King William St and South Tce and continues toward North Tce.


Various locations

January 14-22, 2017

The Santos Tour Down Under kicks off the cycling year in style. First held in 1999, the event has grown to become the biggest cycling race in the southern hemisphere. It brings top UCI WorldTour professional cycling teams to race around the streets of Adelaide and regional South Australia while punters observe and cheer them on.


Various locations

2017 (TBC)

Witness all the on-track action of Australia’s premiere motorsport festival in the heart of the city. More than 270,000 punters head to Clipsal 500 each year to see V8 supercars roar through the city.