Live Performance Australia (LPA) have announced that the 15th annual Helpmann Awards are set to shine in Sydney mid-year.

The yearly ceremony will see the stars of Australia’s live performance industry come together with fans for a remarkable night on Monday 27 July at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney.

The Helpmann Awards are the premier celebration of Australia’s vibrant live performance industry and recognise distinguished achievement and excellence in Australia’s live performance sectors, including musical theatre, contemporary music, comedy, opera, classical music, theatre, dance and physical theatre, children’s presentations, regional touring, and cabaret.

LPA Chief Executive, Evelyn Richardson said “The live performance industry is unique in bringing together so many talented people across a wide range of performance genres. With the live performance industry annually attracting over 18 million people to shows nationwide and contributing $1.5 billion of revenue to the local economy, it is only fitting that we celebrate the achievements of those that contribute to this success.”

Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer, Sandra Chipchase added that, “Sydney is the creative and cultural capital of Australia, and is the natural home of events like the Helpmann Awards, so I am pleased that NSW will host the Awards in 2015 and 2016.”

The 2015 Helpmann Awards will be presented on the set of Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of Les Misérables which opens in Sydney next week.

Les Misérables is undisputedly one of the most popular musicals of all time, and this new production features glorious new staging, dazzlingly reimagined scenery and thirty-three of the country’s most exciting musical theatre actors.

Tickets for the 15th annual Helpmann Awards will go on sale later this month, and the full program for the 15th annual Helpmann Awards, including award category nominees, will be announced in June on the official website.