Ladies in Black | Queensland Theatre
28 January - 19 February [Past Event] Playhouse, QPAC$60 - $95*Buy tickets Season tickets

In a nutshell

Frock up and rock up

Step back through the doors of F.G. Goode's department store and into a magical modern fairytale. The ladies in black are back for the summer sales.

Sydney, the late 1950s: the city swelters in stuffy repression, longing for the cool, glorious liberation just around the corner. 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.

With its irreverent humour and immense charm, Ladies in Black is a magical, modern-day fairy tale sure to leave you singing long after you leave the theatre.

Queensland Theatre has created a heartwarming adaptation of Madeleine St John’s popular 1993 novel, The Women in Black. 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).


Touring in 2017 to Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. More Information

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Cast and Crew

Director Simon Phillips 

Designer Gabriela Tylesova 

Lighting Designer David Walters

Musical Supervisor Guy Simpson 

Choreographer Andrew Hallsworth 

Musical Director David Young 

Cast includes Kate Cole, Carita Farrer Spencer, Bobby Fox, Natalie Gamsu, Tamlyn Henderson, Madeleine Jones, Kathryn McIntyre, Sarah Morrison, Trisha Noble, Ellen Simpson and Greg Stone

Image Sarah Morrison

  • Griffith University
  • QPAC