Elliott Wheeler talks Strictly Ballroom the Musical

The Sydney-based composer and arranger on translating the much-loved Australian film for the stage.

Rafael Bonachela: From Madonna to JS Bach

Sydney Dance Co's AD used to chose Madonna over flamenco, but nowadays it's classical that sets his toes tapping.

Noises Off (Sydney Theatre Company)

Michael Frayn’s comic masterpiece reveals the goings-on as a Z-list touring theatre company attempts to mount the somewhat dire bedroom farce, Nothing On. Jonathan Biggins directs a cast led by Marcus Graham as the despotic director, and including Genevieve Lemon, Tracy Mann and Ron Haddrick. Behind the pratfalls and missed cues is a craft so precise you never know where reality ends and the play begins.

Review: Situation Rooms & You Once Said Yes (Perth Festival)

From interactive iPads to magical encounters on the mean streets of Perth, it’s comfortable shoes time at the Festival.

Theatre review: The Long Way Home (Sydney Theatre Company)

A personal examination of War by returned Australian soldiers.

Secret River and Godot top the Sydney Theatre Awards

Andrew Bovell and Andrew Upton's production of Beckett's classic head the winners at Sydney's annual theatre awards.

Live review: Oedipus Schmoedipus (Sydney Festival)

A stomach-turning celebration of death at Belvoir Theatre.

Sydney Theatre Awards 2013 Nominations Announced

The Secret River, Jerusalem, Waiting for Godot and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels top the 'hot' list.

What's going on behind Katie Noonan's fringe?

Up close and personal with the Adelaide's Fringe Ambassador for 2014.

Record year for Melbourne Theatre Company

Melbourne Theatre Company cashes in on a record-breaking box office in 2013.

Kneehigh Theatre's Brief Encounter

Switching seamlessly between theatre and film inspired by Noël Coward’s original stage play Still Life and David Lean’s classic 1945 film Brief Encounter (which starred Trevor Howard & Celia Johnson), Emma Rice and the legendary UK company Kneehigh (The Red Shoes), take us back to a bygone age of romance and the silver screen.

Live review: Brief Encounter (Kneehigh Theatre Company, Adelaide)

The iconic British theatre company begin their Australian tour with a Noel Coward classic.

Live Review: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (STC)

Witty words and postmodern pastiche fuse in Sydney Theatre Company's latest existential offering.

My music: John Gaden

On sleeping out all night for SSO tickets and what hearing the Eroica on period instruments taught me about acting.

Live Review: Babyteeth (State Theatre Company of SA)

A tragic tale of family loss in this latest offering from the State Theatre Company of South Australia.

Daniel Smith: first Aussie to conduct the Mariinsky

Conductor Daniel Smith will be the first Australian to helm the world famous Mariinsky Orchestra in Saint Petersburg.

Live Review: The Maids (Sydney Theatre Company)

Sydney Theatre Company delivers a knockout performance led by stage royalty.

Live review: Adelaide Cabaret Festival Variety Gala Performance

Adelaide Festival Centre’s 40th birthday and 2013 Cabaret Festival celebrate showbiz style with a glittering gala of sequins and song.

Live review: Adelaide Festival Centre Gala (ASO, Volmer)

Adelaide Festival Theatre, June 1
Beethoven's epic ode to humanity recognises forty years of music making in Adelaide.

Come Out, Come Out wherever you are…

South Australia has been spoiled at this year’s Come Out Festival, and it’s not just the kids who’ve had all the fun.

Don't just dream, let's shout Come Out!

South Australia's arts festival for young people is about to begin. But why is Adelaide keeping so quiet about it?

A Clockwork Orange

Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange, the seminal dystopian novel celebrated the 50th year of its first publication in 2012. This production comes from UK theatre company Action To The Word. Seymour Centre, Sydney, April 23 to May 5 then on tour around Australia.

Live review: A Clockwork Orange

More show than substance as all-male cast bring Burgess to the stage. (Seymour Centre, Sydney, April 23)

Live review: Henry IV (Bell Shakespeare)

Bell Shakespeare's canny updated adaptation compresses six hours of history plays neatly into three.

Live Review: L'Isola Disabitata (Covent Garden, Hobart Baroque)

A short-but-sweet triumph in Tasmania marks an auspicious beginning for Hobart Baroque.

Live review: The Kreutzer Sonata (Adelaide Festival)

Tolstoy would have approved of this intimate production's novel approach.

One Man, Two Guvnors: The latest “Craze” to hit Australia

On the eve of its Sydney opening, Limelight catches up with the show’s award winning composer, Grant Olding.

Melbourne Festival 2013 "PUSH"ing boundaries

Kneehigh's Brief Encounter and Sylvie Guillem in PUSH will headline at this year's Festival.

Robert Wilson's Theatrical Universe

On making silent operas and how Einstein on the Beach was supposed to be about Hitler.

Live review: Pirates of Penzance (Sydney Theatre Co)

Pirates... But not as we know ‘em!

Pirates of Penzance: Sydney Theatre Company

This riotous, all-male Gilbert & Sullivan production revels in high camp on the high seas.

Bromance in Gilbert & Sullivan: Pirates of Penzance

There are high Cs on the high seas at the Sydney Theatre… but no women to sing them.

Live review: The School for Wives

Bell Shakespeare, dir Lee Lewis
Playhouse, Sydney Opera House
October 25

Sydney Opera House theatre renamed after Joan Sutherland

The iconic opera house takes the name of the legendary soprano who called it home.

Melbourne Festival opera After Life tackles the big question

Dutch composer Michael van der Aa's existential opera is guaranteed to get audiences thinking.

Live review: Noel Coward's Private Lives

Company B, dir Ralph Myers
Belvoir St Theatre, Upstairs
September 30, 2012

The 2012 Helpmann Awards, Sydney Opera House

The Australian entertainment industry's night of nights: a red carpet who's who of opera and theatre.

Helpmann Awards revealed at the Sydney Opera House

Cate Blanchett, Evgeny Kissin, operas La Traviata and Moby Dick among the big winners.

The Wharf Revue: Red Wharf, Rings of Satire

A same-sex Marriage of Figaro among the offerings in this year's political romp.

Wharf Revue takes aim at Australian politics from outer space

Tony Abbott as Darth Vader: just one of this year's spoofs in STC's great political satire.

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy pens dark Rapunzel ballet

The British author turns her hand to dance in an adaptation of Grimm’s twisted fairytale.

Hamer Hall Reborn

After a $135.8 million rebuild, Melbourne’s once-dodgy Hamer Hall may just be the country’s finest concert venue.

Baritone Derek Hammond-Stroud has died aged 86

The English singer was a fine interpreter of Gilbert and Sullivan and Lieder.

Opera column: In defence of Regietheater

Why director-driven travesty beats bland traditionalism in opera any day.

Sydney Chamber Opera: In the Penal Colony

Australian premiere: Philip Glass's disturbing work explores the inner-workings of Kafka's grim torture machine.

The Marriage of Figaro - Opera Australia

In 2012, Mozart’s revolutionary masterpiece The Marriage of Figaro gets a new production for Opera Australia from one of the most exciting theatrical minds in Australia, Benedict Andrews. After his award-winning productions of The Wars of the Roses and The Seagull, what will he make of Mozart?

Live review: Love Never Dies (Capitol Theatre)

One of the most ravishing visual and theatrical feasts to be seen on our stages for some time.

Bernstein's "courageous" Mass for the masses

Is this controversial piece of music theatre a masterwork for our times?

Classical music is a "tyrannical" term, says Melbourne Festival director

Melbourne Festival artistic director Brett Sheehy serves up a classical music feast like no other.

Sydney dominates 2011 Helpmann Awards

Emma Matthews, the Berlin Phil and Cate Blanchett take out top honours.
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