Melbourne Theatre Company season 2017

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Melbourne Theatre Company’s 2017 season features eleven mainstage productions and seven of them can be considered comedies (and among them are three new Australian plays), the directorial debut of Judy Davis in Melbourne and former MTC artistic director Simon Phillips returning to direct Macbeth. Born Yesterday  By Garson Kanin (USA) January 14– 25 February, Southbank Theatre Cast of

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Cirque du Soleil: Kooza review (Sydney – Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park)

Reviews, Stage |

French Canadian circus giant Cirque du Soleil first pitched its Grand Chapiteau in Australian soil in 1999 with its long-running show, Saltimbanco. Since then, the company has paid regular visits to Australia with its gorgeously designed, whimsical, and often spectacular circus productions. While the shows might have taken on different themes during that time period, they all follow the

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FIRST LOOK: Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical rehearsals

Musicals, News & Commentary, Stage |

Dream Lover, the musical based on the turbulent life of music superstar Bobby Darin, opens next month at the Sydney Lyric Theatre, starring David Campbell as Darin. We had a first look inside the rehearsal room today and caught up with Campbell after he rehearsed Mack the Knife and Splish Splash, with some brilliant choreography by Helpmann Award winner

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Opera Australia reveals bold 2017 season, unperturbed by Opera House closure

News & Commentary, Opera, Stage |

With Opera Australia’s traditional home, the Sydney Opera House’s Joan Sutherland Theatre, closed for seven months of renovations in 2017, the company was always going to require some innovative thinking for its upcoming season. OA’s artistic director Lyndon Terracini certainly hasn’t shied away from the challenge, attracting the world’s most in-demand tenor Jonas Kaufmann (pictured above) back

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When artists win, it’s worth more than just a gold medal

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Who’d be an Olympic athlete, eh? After years of thankless slog, committing hour upon gruelling hour to punishing training regimes and joyless calorie-controlled diets, striving for the merest chance to fly the native flag on sport’s most venerated international stage, the braying masses back home, lolling on the sofa, sneer at anything but gold. If

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Monash Uni gets a $45 million arts expansion with “sonic virtual reality”

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Live, Music, News & Commentary, Stage |

The 586-seat Alexander Theatre at Monash University in Melbourne’s south-east was built in 1967 but now $10 million in state government funding and a $5 million gift from the Potter Foundation will see the theatre renovated as a “state of the art” facility as part of a $45 million “Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts” complex of

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True West review (Powerhouse, Brisbane)

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Reviews, Stage, Theatre |

See how these brothers love one another! One (Austin, played by Julian Curtis) is a meek-and-mild, mildly successful Hollywood scriptwriter and family man; the other (Lee, played by Thomas Larkin) is his cultural opposite, a big ne’er-do-well brute of a man, who arrives out of the blue at their mother’s house, where Austin is house-sitting

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Eddie Perfect faces his food in The Beast

News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

Eddie Perfect’s debut play The Beast was a sell-out hit when it premiered at Melbourne Theatre Company in 2013. It follows three upper-middle class, tree-changing couples as they embark upon a dining experience like no other. The group has purchased a calf to slaughter for a nose-to-tail feast, but when the butcher doesn’t show, they’re

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The Fiery Maze review (Malthouse, Melbourne)

Reviews, Stage, Theatre |

Given the rapturous reception of the Kiwi rocker’s debut musical, Ladies in Black, it’s safe to say that Tim Finn can now be counted amongst Australia’s theatre fraternity. You might, therefore, be forgiven for assuming the new live performance of The Fiery Maze – Finn’s mid-90’s album-esque collaboration with the gusty rebel poet, Dorothy Porter

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