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Helpmann Awards: Beautiful and Muriel’s Wedding musicals and Bennelong the big winners

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The musical import Beautiful edged out the home grown musical Muriel’s Wedding The Musical at the annual Helpmann Awards held in Sydney on Monday and (in a new award system) Sunday nights. Beautiful won six awards in the musicals category over both nights to Muriel’s’ five. At last night’s awards at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney for the ‘big’ awards, Beautiful won best

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Geoffrey Rush pulls out of MTC’s upcoming Twelfth Night

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Geoffrey Rush, currently pursuing a defamation action against News Limited’s The Daily Telegraph for its reporting of a complaint of alleged “inappropriate behaviour” by a fellow cast member during a Sydney Theatre Company show in 2015, has withdrawn from Melbourne Theatre Company’s production of Twelfth Night due to open on November 12. In a statement (reproduced below), Rush said the reason was due to medical

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Gloria theatre review (Sumner Theatre, Melbourne)

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There’s a burst of baroque music as US playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Gloria kicks off: Handel, maybe? Whatever. It hints at the contrapuntal complexity of what’s to come. Set in a publishing house (the play’s Pulitzer Prize winning author worked as an editorial assistant at The New Yorker for three years) just before the internet rendered literacy redundant, Gloria gives

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The Hypochondriac (Darlinghurst Theatre, Sydney)

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The hangover from seeing a really great piece of theatre, a work of the moment that speaks to the moment, can be particularly cruel. Saint Joan, at the Sydney Theatre Company, captured so powerfully the isolation and subjection of women. The Hypochondriac, which opened at the Darlinghurst Theatre on Wednesday, is a portrait of an

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Civilisation beaten in a brawl between left and right

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With friends like the former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who needs enemies? The proposed Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra has died in the trench warfare between the post-modern left and the new right. According to The Australian this week, the ANU’s incoming history department head, Professor Frank

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Costuming James Joyce’s Ulysses, one literary period at a time

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In June, Melbourne celebrates its 25th ‘Bloomsday In Melbourne’ festival, the annual literary event commemorating James Joyce’s famous novel Ulysses. The festival includes a stage production of Holy Cow! James Joyce Slaughters the Sacred Cows of English Literature, directed by Jennifer Sarah Dean at fortyfivedownstairs in Flinders Lane, Melbourne. The festival’s director Frances Devlin-Glass looks at how its costumier, Rhiannon Irving,

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