Category: THEATRE

East London Shakespeare Festival (ELSF) brings Much Ado About Nothing to London

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There are lots of events in London parks throughout the summer, but few are so purposeful in their mission in injecting the wholesome feeling that comes from community theatre as the East London Shakespeare Festival. In parks dotted all around London this summer, the Shakespeare theatre company will be showing one of the bard’s most popular plays, Much Ado About Nothing. And if you’ve got kids, bring them along! The group is keen on getting kids involved to plant those seeds of interest and enjoyment of Shakespeare’s work from a young age. They put on some crafty options that kids go wild for. It’s the kind of thing that just makes you smile. And the cast do a truly excellent job of blending contemporary reality with Shakespearean whimsy that you can very easily get into. Throw in a little crowd participation and dance choreography that is as funny as it is engaging, there really is something for everyone. If you’re not a theatre or community theatre-goer particularly, my suggestion is to throw off your preconceptions, go and surprise yourself. In Shakespeare’s delightful comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, audiences are transported to the enchanting setting of a modern-day Messina where sun-soaked mischief and romance intertwine under the Mediterranean stars. Filled with witty banter, clever trickery, and heartwarming moments, this opulent tale showcases the triumph of love amidst playful deceptions, showcasing the vibrant tapestry of human emotions and relationships set against a backdrop of timeless charm and laughter. The East London Shakespeare Festival is known for its… Read More

Theatre review: Sunset Boulevard, Melbourne


The latest production of Sunset Boulevard at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre is a mixed bag, encapsulating both the brilliance and pitfalls of adapting a classic film into a stage musical. The much-anticipated lavish new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning musical masterpiece, SUNSET BOULEVARD, starring musical theatre and international superstar Sarah Brightman, is now playing in Melbourne. Audiences have been offering standing ovations for the spectacular show, currently gracing the stage at the Princess Theatre. A season at the Sydney Opera House will follow from August 28. Tickets are on sale at Marking her return to the theatre after more than three decades, Sarah Brightman stars as Norma Desmond, the iconic role that catapulted Glenn Close to Broadway stardom and recently earned Nicole Scherzinger an Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical in the West End. Alongside her will be critically acclaimed Australian actor and performer Tim Draxl in the role of Joe Gillis, a role last played on stage in Australia by Hugh Jackman in 1996. Joining Sarah and Tim on stage in the role of Max Von Mayerling is stage and screen veteran Robert Grubb, with the role of Betty Schaefer brought to life by emerging leading lady Ashleigh Rubenach. Musical theatre performer Jarrod Draper takes on the role of Artie Green, while established theatre actors Paul Hanlon and Troy Sussman play the roles of Cecil B. DeMille and Sheldrake, respectively. At select performances, the remarkable Silvie Paladino will assume the role of Norma Desmond. The extremely talented ensemble cast includes… Read More

Theatre review: Invocación at Sadler’s Wells

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If ever you wanted to know what an eardrum throbbing 24+ sets of Spanish castanets sound like for an hour, then Rubén Olmo’s “Invocación” at Sadler’s Wells is for you. Performed by Ballet Nacional de España, is an ambitious blend of four distinct pieces that encapsulate the richness of Spanish dance. The evening unfolds with ‘Invocación Bolera’, which revives the 18th-century bolera dance, a fusion of traditional Andalusian folk and classical styles. The opening transports us to a 1920s MGM melodrama with its castanets-led performance and Goyesque costumes. It’s got Hollywood flair that showcases what it is to choreograph en masse. When second performance ‘Jauleña’ begins, there’s dramatic lighting design by Ginés Caballero and Felipe Ramos that highlights the dancers’ movements beautifully. It’s not a purely flamenco rendition and does an alright job of combining styles to a fairly contemporary backing track. ‘Eterna Iberia’ comprises five movements showcasing refined technique with castanets, Spanish capes, and Cordobes hats. The lighting design by Nicolás Fischtel evokes the essence of Degas’ ballerina paintings, while the music by Manuel Moreno-Buendía recalls Manuel de Falla’s El Amor Brujo. Although the costumes by Yaiza Pinillos are fitting and beautiful, the dancers again show their ability to command the stage with choreography that is more an exercise in ‘cape-ography’ and costuming generally. An intermission resets the narrative and in the second half of the show a band appears for ‘De lo Flamenco’, which is a triumph, featuring live music that breathes life into the production and invigorates the performers. Noelia Ruiz delivers… Read More

Best place to watch theatre in Athens: discover the city of Athens Lycabettus theatre

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Nestled atop the majestic Mt. Lycabettus, overlooking the enchanting city of Athens, lies a cultural gem that has captivated hearts for decades – the City of Athens Lycabettus Theatre. This summer of 2024 marks a momentous occasion as this iconic venue reopens its doors after years of anticipation, beckoning both locals and tourists to experience the magic of open-air performances in a setting like no other. A legacy of musical splendour For years, the City of Athens Lycabettus Theatre has been a cornerstone of Athens’ cultural scene, hosting legendary concerts that have left an indelible mark on the city’s musical history. Imagine the thrill of witnessing performances by renowned artists such as Radiohead, Björk, Lou Reed, Nick Cave, and many more against the backdrop of the starlit Athenian sky. It’s a venue steeped in history and melodies that resonate through time. A grand revival Originally envisioned by the esteemed architect Takis Zenetos in 1965, this architectural marvel has recently undergone a grand renovation, breathing new life into its hallowed stage. Following a spectacular reopening in September 2023 with a magnificent concert by Greek composer Stavros Xarchakos, this summer heralds the true debut of the theatre’s renaissance, promising a lineup that will set the city abuzz with excitement and anticipation. Summer extravaganza Operated by Technopolis Athens, the City of Athens Lycabettus Theatre is set to dazzle audiences with a vibrant program of over 50 nights of concerts catering to diverse musical tastes. The summer season kicks off with collaborations with esteemed music festivals like Plisskën Festival… Read More

New theatre show Parade at Everest Theatre

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Step into a world where talent and passion intertwine to create an unforgettable experience. Secure your tickets now and prepare to be transported on a journey of discovery, reflection, and theatrical wonder. Parade awaits, promising an evening of entertainment that will leave you enthralled and inspired. Venture into a captivating realm where music, lyrics, and storytelling converge to create an unforgettable theatrical experience. Parade takes the stage at the prestigious Everest Theatre, promising an evening filled with emotion, intrigue, and thought-provoking themes. Delight in the Brilliance of Parade From the creative genius of Jason Robert Brown’s music and lyrics to Alfred Uhry’s compelling script, every element of Parade weaves together to form a tapestry of emotions that will resonate long after the curtains close. Director Mark Taylor guides a talented cast through a narrative that explores justice, prejudice, and the resilience of the human spirit. Meet the Visionaries Behind the Scenes As the production unfolds, the brilliance of the team shines through: Season Details and Booking Information Don’t miss your chance to witness the magic of Parade at Everest Theatre:

More shows for WICKED in Melbourne

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Since its grand opening on 2 March, the resplendent Regent Theatre has been graced by the enchanting presence of “Broadway’s Biggest Blockbuster,” WICKED. To cater to the overwhelming demand and keep the magic alive, new performances have been released for sale until 28 July. Presales commence today, with general public tickets available from 12 April. The Mesmerizing Tale of WICKED The theatrical phenomenon that is WICKED has captured the hearts of critics and audiences in Melbourne, earning five-star reviews and effusive praise across social media platforms. Here’s what the critics have to say: A Worldwide Sensation Celebrating over two decades since its Broadway premiere, WICKED stands as one of the most successful and beloved musicals globally. With an audience of over 65 million people worldwide, it proudly holds the title of the 4th longest-running show in Broadway history. Accolades and Legacy Winner of over 100 major awards, including the Grammy Award, Olivier Award, six Helpmann Awards, three Tony Awards®, and six Drama Desk Awards, WICKED continues to enthrall audiences with its originality and depth. As proclaimed by USA Today, WICKED is “A complete triumph! An original musical that will make you laugh, cry and think.” Captivating Performances Under the guidance of a stellar Australian cast, led by Courtney Monsma as Glinda and Sheridan Adams as Elphaba, the musical unfolds the captivating journey of two extraordinary women in the land of Oz. The ensemble cast, with their exceptional talent and dedication, brings this timeless tale to life with every note and step. Unravel the Origins of… Read More

Melbourne Theatre Company’s new show: The Almighty Sometimes

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Kendall Feaver’s illuminating portrait of a mother-daughter relationship, The Almighty Sometimes, will grace the stage of Southbank Theatre, with previews beginning on 15 April. This piece unfurls with biting humour and fierce honesty, a poignant coming-of-age story that meticulously explores the tribulations of adolescence entwined with the complexities of growing up under the shadow of mental illness. Authored by the talented Australian playwright Kendall Feaver, the play has received acclaim and recognition, winning the Judges Award at the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting – Europe’s premier playwriting competition. It has also secured both the Victorian and New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards, earmarking Feaver as a distinguished voice in contemporary theatre. In a new production helmed by Hannah Goodwin, audiences will see Nadine Garner (known for ABC’s Savage River) and Max McKenna (Muriel’s Wedding The Musical) bringing to life the roles of Renee and Anna, the mother-daughter duo at the heart of this narrative. They are joined by Louisa Mignone (The Twelve) and Karl Richmond (The Inheritance), adding to the play’s dynamic ensemble. The narrative arcs around 18-year-old Anna, who discovers her old stories, unveiling a vibrant imagination that seems alien yet thrilling. This discovery becomes the catalyst for Anna’s quest to redefine her identity beyond the mental health label that has dominated her life. Yet, this quest is met with resistance from her mother, her boyfriend, and even her therapist, setting the stage for intense familial and personal conflict. Feaver’s script resonates with the ongoing discussions surrounding mental health, capturing the heart of these… Read More

Get your tickets for Grease on stage in Sydney

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Tonight marks the grand opening of the much-anticipated stage production, GREASE, at the Capitol Theatre, a show that has already garnered rave reviews. Described as “close to perfection” by Broadway World and a “bucket list production” by Theatre Matters, this spectacle promises an unforgettable experience. The cast features some of Australia’s most loved performers, including Patti Newton, Marcia Hines, and Jay Laga’aia, alongside a talented group of actors who bring the vibrant world of Rydell High to life. The final tickets are on pre-sale today, with the availability opening to the general public on Friday, 5 April. After its Sydney season, the production is set to wow audiences in Perth and Brisbane, showcasing the timeless appeal of GREASE. Critics have lauded the show for its “non-stop extravaganza of electrifying hits” (The AU Review) and praised its “slicker, sexier and bursting with raw energy” production (Aussie Theatre). With a star-studded cast, including Joseph Spanti as Danny Zuko and Annelise Hall as Sandy, this production brings together an array of talent that shines in every performance. The iconic songs, dazzling costumes, and dynamic choreography make GREASE a must-see production that captures the essence of the beloved film. Be sure to follow the excitement and updates on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok @GreaseOzTour. Book your tickets early and immerse yourself in the electrifying energy of GREASE – the production that proves this classic tale is still the word! For further information and tickets visit

Club Kabarett and Spiegeltent returns to Sydney

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Sydney, get ready to be seduced all over again! The incomparable, utterly salacious Bernie Dieter is making a triumphant return to Sydney in her legendary show Bernie Dieter’s Club Kabarett. From 29 May to 28 July, the opulence and otherworldliness of the Sydney Spiegeltent will transport us to the Berlin Underground with an intoxicating blend of theatrics, circus, aerials, and kabarett. Bringing together a diverse menagerie of misfits and mischief-makers, an electrifying live band, and a mix of Bernie’s iconic and brand-new music, it is a riotous evening that pushes physical boundaries, embraces non-conformity, and sits comfortably on the edge of danger, whilst also tickling your bohemian, gender-bending, and debaucherous funny bone. After sell-out seasons across the globe and setting London’s West End ablaze, Bernie is back in Sydney after a two-year absence, promising a cabaret experience that’s more provocative, more daring, and more outrageously entertaining than ever before. Prepare to be whisked away into a world where the extraordinary is the norm, and the line between the audacious and the sublime is tantalizingly blurred. Bernie Dieter’s Club Kabarett is a feast for the senses, showcasing a dizzying collection of the most exceptional artists in the world, from hair hanging to fire breathing, unique aerials to toe-curling contortionists. Bernie’s unique brand of risqué humour, original songs, and bold covers will span the gamut from The Beatles to Gwen Stefani, ensuring every moment is filled with surprise, delight, and a touch of debauchery. This east coast exclusive is your invitation to join the ultimate party, a… Read More

East London Shakespeare Festival announces Much Ado

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The East London Shakespeare Festival (ELSF), under the imaginative steersmanship of Ursula Early and Rosie Ward, co-artistic directors and the creative force behind the company, is poised to bring a fresh breeze of dramatic art to the parks and open spaces of East London this summer. Their adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing not only promises to be a visual delight set against a modern, summery Messina backdrop but also aims to strike a chord with audiences through its contemporary approach to Shakespeare’s work. The choice of the play speaks volumes about ELSF’s commitment to delivering performances that resonate with love, laughter, and the complexities of human relationships, drawing a direct line to the comedic heart of Shakespeare’s timeless narratives. This summer’s production is not just a retelling but a reimagining, infused with modern romantic comedy elements, promising an engaging blend of Shakespeare’s classic wit with the allure of contemporary romance narratives. The decision to integrate the character of Margaret as Messina’s resident lounge singer, thereby incorporating the Balthasar role, is a testament to ELSF’s innovative approach to adapting Shakespeare for modern audiences. This inventive twist not only adds a unique flavour to the production but also sets the stage for a truly immersive experience, underscored by music and the Mediterranean ambiance. Furthermore, ELSF’s ambition to make Shakespeare accessible and enjoyable to a wider audience, particularly to the residents of East London, reflects in their extensive community engagement program designed to run alongside the tour. By offering a plethora of activities and engaging directly with… Read More