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Disgraced star

Hulk Hogan pulled from WWE Australian tour after sacking, fans demand refunds

Hulk Hogan is one of the most famous professional wrestlers after starring in TV shows and movies.

SARAH THOMAS 12:54pm Disgraced WWE star Hulk Hogan has been quietly pulled from the wrestling group's Australian tour just days after his sacking over racist rants. 

Theatr Iolo's Out of the Blue created especially for babies

Husband-and-wife team Sarah Argent and Kevin Lewis are staging a show for babies at the Sydney Opera House.

ELISSA BLAKE Some in the audience may not have the developmental chops to clap their hands together just yet, and a lot depends on nap time. But that doesn't mean babies aged six to 18 months can't enjoy a trip to the theatre, says Sarah Argent of the Welsh company Theatr Iolo.

Anything Goes with Gerry Connelly at the helm

Caroline O'Connor and Alex Rathgeber in the Cole Porter musical Anything Goes.

NATALIE BOCHENSKI Gerry Connolly has a simple message for Brisbane theatre goers – his latest show, Anything Goes, is "better than the woodchop at the Ekka."

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Rep's thriller Gaslight tackles timeless theme of marital manipulation

Peter Holland, left, and Pat Gallagher in <i>Gaslight</i> at Canberra Rep.

RON CERABONA Patrick Hamilton's play Gaslight was first produced in 1938 and is set in London about 60 years earlier. But Kate Blackhurst, who plays the lead role of Bella Manningham in the Canberra Repertory Society's production, said it still resonated today.

Black Books star Dylan Moran elevates the comedy of middle age through surreal flights of fancy in Off the Hook

Irish comedian Dylan Moran's humour isn't too saggy in the middle yet.

CRAIG PLATT Dylan Moran has been labelled "the Oscar Wilde of comedy" according to the promotional materials for his Australian tour.

Gaslight by Canberra Repertory Society: A woman in peril

Peter Holland, left, and Pat Gallagher in Gaslight at Canberra Rep.

RON CERABONA For the first time since 1946, Canberra Repertory Society is presenting the classic melodrama Gaslight.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival increases box office

Hot ticket: Melbourne comedian Ronny Chieng.

DEBBIE CUTHBERTSON A man walked into a Melbourne bar ... and if it was during the four weeks from March 23, most likely into a Melbourne International Comedy Festival venue, if  box office figures for the event, released on Monday, are anything to go by.

Melbourne Theatre Company hit show North by Northwest returns - without the MTC

May 31 - WED North by Northwest

DEBBIE CUTHBERTSON The Melbourne Theatre Company's sell-out stage show based on the Hitchcock film North by Northwest is returning – apparently without the Melbourne Theatre Company.

Tradition and trance

Tradition meets collaboration in ritual of trance and dance at Supersense Festival

Choreographer Gideon Obarzanek at Arts Centre Melbourne.

PHILIPPA HAWKER The Arts Centre presents a trance ritual that combines the talents of contemporary Australian artists and performers from an Indonesian folk tradition

Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell characters return for fundraiser

<i>Mad as Hell</i> star Roz Hammond.

John Bailey Political punchlines: Operation Gag teams Mad as Hell actors with music and satire.

Complete Works Theatre Company presents fresh take on Medea

A fresh take on <i>Medea</i> emerges from theatre in education.

John Bailey Complete Works Theatre Company, which is presenting Medea, might be the most prolific outfit you've never heard of.

La Mama and Platform Youth Theatre present smorgasbord of 23 shows in one night

The members of Platform Youth Theatre will present 23 plays in one night in their new season at La Mama.

John Bailey Audiences have to choose six shows to fill their individual dance cards for the evening at La Mama and Platform Youth Theatre's new season.

Why Judith Lucy is dressing up like a giant moth

Judith Lucy dresses as a moth for her latest stand-up routine.

ELISSA BLAKE "I have no news of my coming or passing away – the whole thing happened quicker than a breath; ask no questions of the moth." So goes the poem by Farid ud-Din Attar. It would be safe to say there aren't many comedians on the Aussie circuit who would see the title of their next stand-up tour in a poem by a 12th-century Persian mystic.

Sport for Jove's Of Mice and Men comes to the Playhouse, Canberra

Of Mice and Men: Andrew Henry, as Lennie and Anna Houston as Curley's Wife.

RON CERABONA Steinbeck's classic retains its dramatic and emotional strength in a powerful production which is coming to Canberra for the first time.

Power play

Andrew Upton, Cate Blanchett and Chekhov take on classic theatre's boys' club

Stars of Sydney Theatre Company's The Present: Anna Bamford, Cate Blanchett, Susan Prior, Jacqueline McKenzie.

Andrew Upton The Sydney Theatre Company's artistic director pays tribute to the wild women created by a playwright ahead of his time.

Secret Sydney

Paul McDermott's secret Sydney

Paul McDermott at his home art studio in Bondi.

NICOLE ELPHICK Paul McDermott reveals the one aspect of modern-day cafe culture that gets him boiling mad.

William Shatner

William Shatner's one-man show Shatner's World: We Just Live in It coming to Oz

William Shatner is bringing his one-man show to Australia.

KARL QUINN The seeds of his acclaimed one-man show were sown in Australia, and now William Shatner is finally bringing the finished product back where it all began.

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National tour of critically acclaimed play Hello, Goodbye and Happy Birthday on hold following arts cuts

Actor Hai Ha Le with writer/director Roslyn Oades and actor Jim Daly during rehearsals for <i>Hello, Goodbye and Happy Birthday</i>. Plans for a national tour of the production are on hold following cuts to arts funding in the federal budget.

DEBBIE CUTHBERTSON Plans for a critically acclaimed new Australian play that premiered at last year's Melbourne Festival to tour nationally are in doubt as cuts to the Australia Council start to bite.

Glyndebourne Chorus are the unsung opera heroes

Members of the chorus in a Glyndebourne Festival Opera  production of The Rake's Progress.

Rupert Christiansen Being a member of the opera chorus may not be glamorous but it has its own rewards.

Theatre review: Melbourne Theatre Company's Death and the Maiden unleashes trauma of past

Susie Porter arms herself in <i>Death and the Maiden</i>.

Cameron Woodhead Susie Porter's delicacy is always watchable, but Death and the Maiden falls short of its devastating potential.

Back on tour

Clarkson, Hammond and May Live: The Top Gear boys are back in town

Richard Hammond admits the demise of Top Gear

SARAH THOMAS "It's been an interesting and exciting time," Richard Hammond says drily, in possibly the understatement of the year. 

Shellshock's war heroes come out of their shell

Actors Jack Finsterer and Benson Jack Anthony at Burwood Park. 
Photo Nick Moir 21 July 2015

ELISSA BLAKE It can take generations to deal with the effects of a war.

Tim Freedman channels the forgotten Harry Nilsson in his one-man show

Tim Freedman in his one-man show about Harry Nilsson called  <i>Everybody's Talkin 'bout Me</i>.

John Bailey When Tim Freedman performs his one-man show Everybody's Talkin' 'Bout Me, he's always fascinated how many people in the crowd don't realise that they know the music of its central figure.

Antony and Cleopatra review: Globe takes middling stab at Bard's last love tragedy

Clive Wood (Antony) and Eve Best (Cleopatra) in Shakespeare's Globe on Screen production of <i>Antony and Cleopatra</i>.

Peter Craven This is a rough stab by a couple of upper-level actors leading an ordinary company. But it's worth seeing for the heights it gestures towards.

Shakespeare (Abridged) presented by Honest Puck is fun

Ryan Pemberton, left,  James Scott and Brendan Kelly star alongside 'Lavinia the skull' in 'The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).

RON CERABONA Three actors present all the plays of Shakespeare in an enjoyable romp.

Musical Grease rolls into the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre

The girls of Grease (from left) Jan (Sophie Hopkins), Frenchy (Risa Craig), Sandy (Rosanna Boyd), Marty (Amelia Juniper-Grey), and Rizzo (Vanessa de Jager).

RON CERABONA The 1970s show about high schoolers in the 1950s retains its appeal in the 21st century.

I Am a Miracle: Declan Greene's Death-row drama an original, complex and ambitious work

Bert Labonte in Malthouse Theatre's <i>I Am a Miracle</i>.

Cameron Woodhead As a theatrical hymn to the dignity of human life, "I am a Miracle" is a work that continues to grow on reflection.

Bob Kingdom's Dylan Thomas: Return Journey a fine tribute to Welsh writer

Bob Kingdom as Dylan Thomas in

Peter Wilkins Bob Kingdom's one-man Dylan Thomas show breathes life into the poetry and prose of Wales' most celebrated bard.

Theatre Works season of new Australian plays spans St Kilda and Footscray

A new play, Yours The Face, seeks out the perfect image.

John Bailey Graduate writers premiere their plays at Theatre Works

Road to Refuge enlists comedians and human rights advocates in asylum seeker debate

Cal Wilson will debate border policies in an evening of comedy.

John Bailey A comedy debate over Australia's border policies is mediated by Judith Lucy.

Cabaret rolls back years

Hot songs from the year 1942 will be reprised in a special show.

Different signals

Director Rafael Bonachela was inspired by signs.

Heavenly musical tribute

Celestial magic as ensemble takes to the open air.

Madam Pat and all that jazz

Life and times of Pat Thompson at Four Winds Festival.


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