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Choreographer Graeme Murphy puts an inventive twist on Swan Lake

Adam Bull and Amber Scott, front, in the wedding scene from Graeme Murphy's  2013 <i>Swan Lake</i>.

Michelle Potter 11:45pm Graeme Murphy's controversial interpretation of Swan Lake is said to be inspired by the Charles/Diana/Camilla saga.

Dario Fo's rollicking satire on New World encounters conveys a timely message about people power

All at sea: Steve Gome plays the lead in <i>Johan Padan and the Discovery of the Americas</i>.

Kathy Evans 11:45pm Stories of intrepid discoverers usually present a victor's perspective but Italian dramatist Dario Fo has penned a subversive take on the New World voyaging of Christopher Columbus.

Eddie Izzard has a world to share

At lunch with English comedian, actor and writer Eddie Izzard  at the Melba Dining Room in the Langham Hotel.

KYLIE NORTHOVER 11:45pm Street performance launched the career of this British comedian, actor and marathon runner. Kylie Northover shares lunch.

Jumpy, a fable of mother-daughter angst

Jane Turner

Fiona Gruber 11:45pm The character of a mother troubled by her daughter's behaviour that Jane Turner plays in Jumpy has a lot in common with that of Kath, who she played in Kath and Kim.

Nakkiah Lui's Kill the Messenger exposes truths about racism

Raw storytelling: Nakkiah Lui stars in her own play <i>Kill the Messenger</i>.

ELISSA BLAKE 11:45pm An award-winning playwright stars in her own black comedy about institutionalised racism.

Verity Hunt-Ballard's Secret Sydney

Verity Hunt-Ballard enjoys Cooper Park in Bellevue Hill.

NICOLE ELPHICK 11:45pm When Verity Hunt-Ballard was invited to take on the title role of the eternal optimist in Hayes Theatre Co's gritty 2014 production of Sweet Charity, the lure of spending time in Sydney's sunshine proved too great to turn down. "I was living in Melbourne at the time

SummerSalt review: Melbourne Ballet Company's Divenire offers lovely moments

Highlight: The dancers performed Infinite Space with elegance and confidence.

Reviewed by Jordan Beth Vincent Although it is a bit underwhelming, the Melbourne Ballet Company's Divenire still features some moments of lovely dancing.

Thriller Live review: Sean Christopher's Michael Jackson a show-stopping tribute to King of Pop

British performer Sean Christopher is so good as Michael Jackson in <i>Thriller Live</i> it's as if the King of Pop is on stage.

Chloe Smethurst Moving easily between songs and even decades, Thriller Live is more like a concert than a musical.

Lion King highest grossing show ever at QPAC

Giraffes and a Cheetah on-stage in The Lion King.

Jorge Branco It captured the attention of theatre tragics and everyday people alike and now it's official, Brisbane fell in love with The Lion King.

What's on stage in Sydney

What's on at the theatre.

ELISSA BLAKE "After Dinner" is a light comedy, but it's no souffle.

Anna Bolena review: More than a history lesson at Perth premiere

Soprano Jenna Robertson in the lead role as Anne Boleyn.

CANDICE BARNES They say it ain’t over until the fat lady sings, but in the case of Donizetti’s opera Anna Bolena, it ain’t over until the lady in the fancy dress has her head chopped off.


David Williamson returns to the stage to the annoyance of his critics

Home, Sweet Home: David Williamson directs Guy Edmonds in his latest play,

ANDREW TAYLOR David Williamson's continued presence on Australian stages is a source of annoyance to some of his fellow theatremakers.

Giant tale revealed ahead of extraordinary Perth Festival performance

The story of the

CANDICE BARNES Call them massive or call them impressive, but whatever you do, don’t call them puppets.

Backflip over non-payment of young performers during Australian tour by former Dance Moms stars

Bodyslam: <i>Dance Moms</i>, a hit reality TV show created in the United States, shows young dancers' mothers trying all their moves.

BHAKTHI PUVANENTHIRAN A production company acting for United States reality television show "Dance Moms" has refunded audition fees and cancelled its invitation for Australian dancers to perform for no pay in an upcoming live tour.

La Soiree prepares for Perth Fringe Festival premiere

Cheeky acrobats The English Gents perform feats of strength in La Soiree.

CANDICE BARNES If the thought of ripped bodies in sparkling, barely-there costumes gets your pulse racing, then the saucy cabaret show La Soiree might be right up your alley.

Phoenix Players presents High Fidelity

Zach Raffan plays Rob in High Fidelity.

RON CERABONA Phoenix Players presents the Canberra premiere of a rock musical about growing up - when you're in your 30s.

Sydney Festival 2015 wrap: Many tales told, many ways

A dancer at Mira Calix's <i>Inside There Falls</i> at Carriageworks.

JOEL MEARES Despite a rainy opening weekend that caused saw numbers at the Parramatta opening concert and Summer Sounds in the Domain concert fall below expectations, the Sydney Festival looks set to match last year's total audience across its program of 179 free and ticketed events.


National Voice

The state of gender on Sydney's theatre stages

Sarah Peirse as Patricia Highsmith in Joanna Murray-Smith's <i>Switzerland</i>.

ELISSA BLAKE Cast your eye over a typical theatre audience and you'll see that women are in the majority. Take a look at the organisational make-up of Sydney's theatre companies: there too, women are in the majority.

The Iliad returns – Stork Theatre leads Homer-inspired Greek odyssey

Stork Theatre explores The Illiad and Homer's Odyssey.

John Bailey Stork Theatre is launching a hands-on project in the form of a 2016 tour to Greece, tracing the steps of Odysseus himself.

MKA Theatre founder's new play among Cybec Electric readings at Melbourne Theatre Company

MKA Theatre creative director Tobias Manderson-Galvin.

John Bailey MKA Theatre founder Tobias Manderson-Galvin's The Unknown Man on Somerton Beach is among Melbourne Theatre Company's annual Cyber Electric series of play readings next month.

Melbourne Comedy Festival: Daniel Kitson to go on a polyphonic spree with new play

British comedian Daniel Kitson's new play, <i>Polyphony</i>, will debut at the 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

John Bailey The work, titled Polyphony, will see Kitson playing opposite around 20 characters all voiced by pre-recorded cassettes played on a retro tape-desk.

Carl Maria von Weber's German Romantic opera Der Freischutz (The Marksman) returns to Melbourne

BARNEY ZWARTZ "Der Freischutz" (The Marksman), a gothic horror opera long dismissed outside Germany as ludicrous, has ridden changing entertainment fashion to make a rare reappearance in Melbourne.

Midsumma review: The Fastest Clock in the Universe makes slow progress

Timing is off: Ian Rose (Captain Tock) and Cougar Glass (Robert Ricks) in <i>The Fastest Clock in the Universe</i>.

Cameron Woodhead A lack of charisma makes this already dark-humoured play even more uncomfortable to watch.

The Glugs: Sydney's oldest theatre appreciation group

Devoted to the stage: Lee Young, Beverley Davies and Norbert Snashall attend up to three productions a week.

LENNY ANN LOW For almost 50 years, a group of dedicated enthusiasts has been meeting for long lunches and longer debates about what's on stage in Sydney.

WA's 'first lady of television' Coralie Condon farewelled in Fremantle

Coralie Condon was fondly remembered at a service in Fremantle on Friday.

CANDICE BARNES In the days when short hemlines were scandalous and marriage was a career-ending move for a woman, television pioneer Coralie Condon forged a path forward.


Music stopped

Here Lies Love postponed, no longer part of Vivid Sydney 2015

The cast of <i>Here Lies Love</i>, with concept and lyrics by David Byrne and music by Fatboy Slim.

JOEL MEARES Producers of the much-hyped musical Here Lies Love, which follows the rise and fall of former Philippines first lady Imelda Marcos – to tunes written by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim – have postponed its Sydney season.

Midsumma review: Loving Repeating - A Musical of Gertrude Stein is worthy of its subject

Deidre Rubenstein (centre) in <i>Loving Repeating: A Musical of Gertrude Stein</i>.

Reviewed by Cameron Woodhead Brashly ambitious and sometimes side-splittingly funny, Loving Repeating: A Musical of Gertrude Stein is a worthy tribute to its subject.

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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