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Musica Viva: Adam McMillan, Madeleine Jevons, Eunise Cheng & Daniel Smith

Melbourne Recital Centre Melbourne
In the opening concert of Musica Viva’s 2021 Melbourne Morning Masters Season, rising pianist Adam McMillan joins members of the acclaimed Penny and Partridge quartets to perform this great Schumann masterwork alongside a crystalline piece for piano quartet by Australia’s Andrew Ford.

Adelaide Festival: Small Metal Objects

Moseley Square Glenelg
It's street-theatre-but-not-as-we-know-it in which the performers are disguised threads in the very real tapestry of a busy city thoroughfare and we, be-headphoned on raked seating, are the ones on display to be ignored or gawked at by passers-by. Via our ears though, the familiar urban scene becomes a movie replete…

Melbourne Recital Centre: Rebirth

Melbourne Recital Centre Melbourne
Life is full of different journeys. Some leave us untouched. Others amount to a full rebirth. Affinity Quartet meditates on the strength and fragility of our human experience, through compelling works that reflect this battle. Shostakovich and his younger compatriot Weinberg both lived through war and composed through periods of…
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Adelaide Festival: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Adelaide Festival Centre Adelaide
Benjamin Britten's musical transformation of Shakespeare's most loved comedy is something of a miracle: apart from a single short sentence, every word is that of England's finest poet; every fibre and comic nuance of the play is preserved. And while a lesser composer might have merely adorned a masterpiece, he…
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Adelaide Festival: A German Life

Adelaide Festival Centre Adelaide
Robyn Nevin plays Brunhilde Pomsel in this 90-minute solo tour de force. A self-described “apolitical women”, Pomsel worked as a secretary to Joseph Goebbels. Christopher Hampton fashioned the play from testimony she gave to documentary makers two years before she died, aged 105. Neil Armfield directs. Read our review by…
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Sydney Theatre Company: Playing Beatie Bow

Wharf 1 Theatre Sydney
The STC makes its long-awaited return to the renovated Wharf with Kate Mulvany’s new stage adaptation of Ruth Park’s classic novel. Mulvany charmed audiences with her sublime adaptation of Park’s Harp in the South trilogy, so we’re expecting more thrills with this time-travelling story set in The Rocks. Limelight Editor's…
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Adelaide Festival: The Pulse

Her Majesty's Theatre Adelaide
Sixty people on stage: 30 physical performers and 30 choristers. It sounds like the stuff of lockdown dreams, but it’s happening at this year’s Adelaide Festival when Australian circus company Gravity & Other Myths combines forces with Aurora – Young Adelaide Voices to premiere The Pulse. Gravity & Other Myths have been described by Limelight as…
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Australian Brandenburg Orchestra: Handel’s Rome

City Recital Hall Sydney
La Città Eterna had been a sparkling metropolis for more than two thousand years when a brilliant young musician from Halle arrived. Drawn by its drama, Rome would be imprinted forever on the musical mind of George Frideric Handel. Handel absorbed Baroque Rome's dynamism and met minds with its most…

Imagination Workshop: Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

Adelaide Oval Adelaide
The world’s most successful Fawlty Towers tribute, this unforgettable immersive show sees audiences become paying guests at the Faulty Towers hotel, ready for two hours of chaos, comedy and action.

The Australian Shakespeare Company: Macbeth

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Melbourne
The Macbeth's are back with their unparalleled thrust for the ultimate power of the throne. A stunning mix of minds games and manipulation, sparked by the prophesies of three witches that Macbeth encounters on the heath as he returns from war, triggers his burning ambition which in turn ignites an…

Griffin Theatre Company: Green Park

Green Park Sydney
You've walked past it. Maybe through it. Down the end of Victoria Street, opposite St Vincent's Hospital—Green Park. It's picturesque by day, a little eerie by night. And it's where Warren and Edden are meeting, as a prelude to their Grindr hook up. One of them doesn't look like his…

Musica Viva: Diana Doherty and The Streeton Trio

Adelaide Town Hall Adelaide
This lovely concert features two works specifically written for the rare combination of oboe, violin, cello and piano. The first is a tuneful and attractive quartet written just after the war by Czech émigré Bohuslav Martinů. This amazing and still under-rated composer, whose retentive memory for music was literally prodigious,…
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Black Swan Theatre Company of WA: The Cherry Orchard

Sunset Heritage Precinct Dalkeith
Black Swan opens its 2021 season with an Aussie take on Chekhov’s final masterpiece, presented in association with Perth Festival. Adapted by Adriane Daff and Katherine Tonkin, the play is now set in Manjimup in WA, where the BBQ is firing, the champagne flowing, and the debts mounting. The only thing…

Hayes Theatre Co: Young Frankenstein

Hayes Theatre Co 19 Greenknowe Avenue, Elizabeth Bay
Hayes Theatre Co presents the Australian premiere of this brilliantly kooky musical comedy, adapted by comic genius Mel Brooks (The Producers, Blazing Saddles) from his 1974 American comedy horror film. Scientist Frederick Frankenstein (it’s pronounced Fronk-en-steen) – grandson of the infamous scientist – travels reluctantly to Transylvania where he has inherited his…
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Opera Australia: Tosca

Sydney Opera House Sydney
She lived for love. On this desperate day, can she find the strength to kill for it? Three ominous chords ring out of the orchestra pit and the mood is set. On stage, the soaring marble columns are brilliant with light, but somewhere out of sight, a shadow looms. A…

Adelaide Festival: Fangirls

Ridley Centre Wayville
As Hamilton proved, in a world where new musicals are often focus-grouped into blandness, fabulous butterflies can still emerge from the chrysalis of a single brilliant mind. Such is Fangirls, whose book, music and lyrics are by young Sydney-born writer Yve Blake. Fascinated by the way that society can see…