Welcome to our BIG list of arts and cultural events happening in the NSW Central West gathered from artists, event producers, great local venues and groups across the region.

This is a busy artistic region. There’s usually more than 2000 arts and heritage events happeing in the region each year. Of course, 2020 looks a little different but the events are slowly returning where possible.

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Orange Civic Theatre

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Cnr Byng Street & Lords Place
ORANGE, NSW 2800 Australia
(02) 6393 8111 www.orange.nsw.gov.au/go/community-facilities/orange-civic-theatre/

September 2020

The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

Sun September 6 at 2:30 pm
Orange Civic Theatre, Cnr Byng Street & Lords Place
ORANGE, NSW 2800 Australia

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. Benjamin Britten’s Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra spotlights each of the instrumental groups before the full orchestra comes together for a rousing finale. In a special performance, the work will be narrated by Marian Arnold.

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The Nutcracker & Don Quixote

Thu September 10 at 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Orange Civic Theatre, Cnr Byng Street & Lords Place
ORANGE, NSW 2800 Australia

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. Following their sell-out 2019 performances of Swan Lake, the Imperial Russian Ballet Company return to Australia to perform a double bill, The Nutcracker & Don Quixote.
Two sensational ballets, one magnificent night of ballet.

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Dads – Orange

Sat September 12 at 8:00 pm
Orange Civic Theatre, Cnr Byng Street & Lords Place
ORANGE, NSW 2800 Australia

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. The team have taken inspiration from the shared collective of family history with dance, memories of dance, and what becomes more than just daggy dad dance moves but a beautiful foray into the layman’s perspective on art.

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Anh Do – The Happiest Refugee Live – Orange – New date

Tue September 15 at 8:00 pm
Orange Civic Theatre, Cnr Byng Street & Lords Place
ORANGE, NSW 2800 Australia

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. When one of Australia’s most talented comedians delves deep into his own life’s joys and sorrows, the result is an unforgettable night at the theatre that leaves an audience uplifted and quite simply experiencing… happiness.

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Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2020 – NEW DATE

Fri September 18 at 7:00 pm
Orange Civic Theatre, Cnr Byng Street & Lords Place
ORANGE, NSW 2800 Australia

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. The Banff Mountain Film Festival is the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival now in its 44th year. After premiering in the mountain town of Banff, in Canada, a selection of the best short films about adventure tour the globe.

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Girls on Tap

Sat September 26 at 7:30 pm
Orange Civic Theatre, Cnr Byng Street & Lords Place
ORANGE, NSW 2800 Australia

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. A high energy, theatrical tap show celebrating women and female empowerment throughout the ages.

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October 2020

Leaving Jackson – The Johnny Cash & June Carter Show – New date

Sat October 10 at 7:30 pm
Orange Civic Theatre, Cnr Byng Street & Lords Place
ORANGE, NSW 2800 Australia

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. Take a step back in time to when country music told a true story of life, love and heartache. From the famous Walk The Line and Folsom Prison Blues to the iconic Ring of Fire.

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Mamma Mia! – New dates

Fri October 16 - Sun October 25
Orange Civic Theatre, Cnr Byng Street & Lords Place
ORANGE, NSW 2800 Australia

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. Over 60 million people all around the globe have fallen in love with the story and the music that makes MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good musical. And now, Orange Theatre Company invites you to fall in love all over again! 

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Fables from Afar – Dance Theatre of Orange – new date

Tue October 27 at 6:00 pm
Orange Civic Theatre, Cnr Byng Street & Lords Place
ORANGE, NSW 2800 Australia

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. Follow a cast of over 100 hard-working and talented dancers from ages 4 to 17 in the Dance Theatre of Orange annual performance, “Fables from Afar”.

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Edward the Emu

Thu October 29 at 6:00 pm
Orange Civic Theatre, Cnr Byng Street & Lords Place
ORANGE, NSW 2800 Australia

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. The award-winning Monkey Baa team brings to the stage the classic Australian tale of two emus searching for their identity. The emus’ journey of hilarity and tenderness leads them to discover that the best thing you can be is …. you!

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Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase – Orange

Sat October 31 at 8:00 pm
Orange Civic Theatre, Cnr Byng Street & Lords Place
ORANGE, NSW 2800 Australia

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. Boasting a line-up of Festival favourites, international stars, and some of the freshest emerging talents, this jam-packed night of pure entertainment is bringing the best of the fest direct to you!

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November 2020

By A Thread

Sat November 7 at 8:00 pm
Orange Civic Theatre, Cnr Byng Street & Lords Place
ORANGE, NSW 2800 Australia

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. By a Thread offers rich visuals of inventive aerial acrobatics from some of Australia’s best emerging circus artists

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Handel’s Voice

Sat November 14 at 8:00 pm
Orange Civic Theatre, Cnr Byng Street & Lords Place
ORANGE, NSW 2800 Australia

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. Colour City Chamber Orchestra presents internationally acclaimed Australian Tenor, Andrew Goodwin in a performance of arias of baroque composer George Fredric Handel.

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Magic Beach

Mon November 16 at 6:00 pm
Orange Civic Theatre, Cnr Byng Street & Lords Place
ORANGE, NSW 2800 Australia

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. Alison Lester AM’s classic book comes to life on stage in a wonderful world of text, song, light, shadow and movement for children aged 3-8 and their adults.
From the team behind The Gruffalo and The 13-, 26-, 52-, 78- and 91-Storey Treehouses, this new Australian adaptation from multi-award winning playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer is a celebration of the power of the imagination and the differences that make every child special.

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December 2020

1970: The Year in Music (Orange) – New date

Thu December 10 at 7:30 pm
Orange Civic Theatre, Cnr Byng Street & Lords Place
ORANGE, NSW 2800 Australia

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. The Original Masters Project proudly presents “1970, the year in music” – a 50th anniversary showcase celebrating the hits from an iconic year in music.

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January 2021

The Wharf Revue 2020: Good Night and Good Luck – Orange

Fri 29 January 2021, at 8:00 pm
Orange Civic Theatre, Cnr Byng Street & Lords Place
ORANGE, NSW 2800 Australia

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. Don’t miss out on this one last hurrah as the indefatigable trio of Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott reunite with dazzling accomplice Mandy Bishop for one final victory lap of The Wharf Revue.

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February 2021

Mark Vincent – A Tribute to Mario Lanza – Orange – New date

Sat 6 February 2021, at 2:00 pm
Orange Civic Theatre, Cnr Byng Street & Lords Place
ORANGE, NSW 2800 Australia

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. Fans can expect an intimate evening with Mark Vincent performing a rich repertoire of songs and arias made popular by the great Italian-American tenor and actor Mario Lanza

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March 2021

The 91-Storey Treehouse – New date

Mon 29 March 2021, at 6:00 pm
Orange Civic Theatre, Cnr Byng Street & Lords Place
ORANGE, NSW 2800 Australia

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. Andy and Terry’s Treehouse has reached an amazing 91 Stories! It’s now more fantastically dangerous than ever, with a deserted desert island, a whirlpool, and a giant spider!
But Andy, Terry and Jill have no idea they’re about to face their biggest challenge yet! Mr Big Nose has sent his grandchildren to the Treehouse, and they don’t want to just sit quietly. Can Andy, Terry & Jill master this extreme babysitting challenge? What does mysterious fortune teller Madam Know-It-All really want? And will the Big Red Button really destroy the world?

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April 2021

Bluey’s Big Play – Orange

Fri 16 April 2021, at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Orange Civic Theatre, Cnr Byng Street & Lords Place
ORANGE, NSW 2800 Australia

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. See Bluey, Bingo, Mum and Dad as you’ve never seen them before... Join The Heelers in their first live theatre show created just for you with puppetry, live actors and iconic Australian sets. It’s a little bit different and a little bit beautiful.

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Running in the Shadows – The Fleetwood Mac Show

Sat 17 April 2021, at 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Orange Civic Theatre, Cnr Byng Street & Lords Place
ORANGE, NSW 2800 Australia

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. The Internationally Acclaimed Australian Fleetwood Mac Show “Running In The Shadows” is heading to Orange to pay homage to the superstar band. The six-piece rock band explore Fleetwood Mac’s extensive back catalogue, covering all the classic ballads, blues and rock songs from their five decade plus career.

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May 2021

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Fri 7 May 2021, - Sat 15 May 2021,
Orange Civic Theatre, Cnr Byng Street & Lords Place
ORANGE, NSW 2800 Australia

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. Orange Theatre Company production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic, Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

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Animal Farm – Orange

Thu 20 May 2021, at 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Orange Civic Theatre, Cnr Byng Street & Lords Place
ORANGE, NSW 2800 Australia

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. Created by shake & stir and directed by Michael Futcher, Animal Farm promises to be one of the most shocking, relevant and wickedly funny theatre events of 2020.

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July 2021

Bohemian Rhapsody – Greatest Hits Tour – new date

Fri 30 July 2021, at 8:00 pm
Orange Civic Theatre, Cnr Byng Street & Lords Place
ORANGE, NSW 2800 Australia

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. Thomas Crane and his band Bohemian Rhapsody bring back to life the visual excitement and stage energy for which Queen are renowned. 

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August 2021

Wallflowering

Fri 27 August 2021, at 8:00 pm
Orange Civic Theatre, Cnr Byng Street & Lords Place
ORANGE, NSW 2800 Australia

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. This delightfully amusing and poignant play about marriage, happiness and the pursuit of the perfect foxtrot, features action interspersed with world class ballroom dancing by a younger couple, who represent not only Peg and Cliff in their glory days, but also the older couple’s idealised view of themselves.

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