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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Bizet’s Carmen – Orange – Postponed due to Covid-19

Tue August 4 at 7:30 pm

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. A cast of some of Australia’s finest opera singers assemble with a chamber orchestra and a local children’s chorus to perform one of the world’s most popular opera. Hear some of opera’s most famous tunes such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song when you join us for Opera Australia’s 25th Anniversary tour of Bizet’s Carmen.

Robot Song – cancelled (covid-19)

Tue August 11 at 11:00 am
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One event on Tue 11 August 2020, at 6:30 pm

BMEC, BATHURST. When eleven-year-old Juniper May receives a petition signed by her entire class stating that she is ‘the most hated person in the school’ her life is thrown into complete meltdown. After exhausting all other avenues her parents’ resort to the only thing they have left, a giant singing robot.

Animal Farm – Bathurst – Postponed due to Covid-19

Mon August 17 - Tue August 18

BMEC, BATHURST. 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.

Anh Do – The Happiest Refugee Live – Bathurst

Mon September 14 at 8:00 pm

BMEC. 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.

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

Tue September 15 at 8:00 pm

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.

Loose Ends

Wed October 14 at 6:30 pm
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One event on Thu 15 October 2020, at 10:00 am

One event on Thu 15 October 2020, at 12:30 pm

BMEC, BATHURST. Step into a magical world of wonders and wacky contraptions. A quirky tale of friendship with a touch of Mr Bean.

Mamma Mia! – New dates

Fri October 16 - Sun October 25

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! 

Edward the Emu

Thu October 29 at 6:00 pm

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!

Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase – Orange

Sat October 31 at 8:00 pm

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!

Magic Beach

Mon November 16 at 6:00 pm

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.

Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase – Bathurst – New date

Sat November 28 at 8:00 pm

BMEC, BATHURST. 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!

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

Fri 29 January 2021, at 8:00 pm

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.

Bluey’s Big Play – Bathurst

Sun 14 March 2021,

BMEC, BATHURST. 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.

The 91-Storey Treehouse – New date

Mon 29 March 2021, at 6:00 pm

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?

Bluey’s Big Play – Orange

Fri 16 April 2021, at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Fri 7 May 2021, - Sat 15 May 2021,

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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