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How I unwind: Frank Woodley

Comedian Frank Woodley. (Supplied shot, 2014)

SARAH THOMAS Frank Woodley is limbering up for a new show at the Sydney Comedy Festival.

Top 10: Shakespeare scenes

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'To be or not to be'' - these are probably the most famous words uttered in literature. However, they do not move the Shakespearean actor and director John Bell as much as the balcony tryst in Romeo and Juliet. To mark the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare, Bell has put together a list of his favourite scenes. He shies away from the famous soliloquies to compile a top 10 typified by unmatched tension, emotional volatility, complex characterisation and even on-stage violence.

Patricia Routledge is keeping up her stage appearances

Patricia Routledge.

STEPHANIE BUNBURY One of the most recognised faces on television takes a role close to her heart.

Sad clown: No laughing matter

Comedian Rhys Nicholson

LENNY ANN LOW The truth behind the sterotype of the sad clown.

Patricia Routledge: Class act

Patricia Routledge started her career at the Liverpool Playhouse.

STEPHANIE BUNBURY Patricia Routledge was bound for a life at the blackboard until destiny staged a dramatic intervention.

'Chooky Dancers': Spirits rise amid sorrow

19 yr old Elcho Islander Wakara Gondarra in Darwin on the eve of the Chooky dancers national tour.

MICHAEL LALLO Six unlikely YouTube stars are reshaping the future of their island home.


Sydney ballet dancer Harrison Lee wins world's top youth competition

Harrison Lee.

Joel Meares Four years ago, dancer Harrison Lee was invited to New York to audition to play Billy Elliot on Broadway. He danced and sang his heart out but missed out on the part by a few centimetres.

Home is where the humour is

Kevin Bridges

SARAH THOMAS From a rough beginning, Kevin Bridges has turned into one of Scotland's biggest comedians.


Malthouse Theatre's Helium festival gives out-there acts a lift

Tuesday club

KYLIE NORTHOVER Malthouse Theatre's annual Helium festival has sought the most experimental new indie theatre-makers.


Review: Silver service for the letter 'S'


Reviewed By Chloe Smethurst Director Yaron Lifschitz has produced yet another exciting contemporary circus piece, painting a picture of humanity through spectacular action.

Stage whispers


John Bailey Hopes that Barry Humphries' farewell tour would receive recognition were dashed.

Timeless vision of 1984


Ron Cerabona Having presented its adaptation of George Orwell's Animal Farm shake & stir theatre co is bringing its version of the author's other dystopian vision with 1984.


Tribute to nurses in war


Ron Cerabona The Girls in Grey, by Carolyn Bock and Helen Hopkins, is a play commemorating women who served in World War I.

Lisa McCune dresses for success in The King and I

Lisa McCune and Teddy Tahu Rhodes in Brisbane for The King and I.

NATALIE BOCHENSKI It’s a good thing the Lyric Theatre stage is so big, because Lisa McCune’s wardrobe for The King and I is enormous.

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Pulitzer Prize 2014 winners in the arts

Donna Tartt'?s <i>?The Goldfinch</i>? won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction on Monday.

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.


Perth's WAAPA is turning out stars

Feature on the Musicals being performed in Melbourne next year.
Picture shows scenes from Grease the musical showing at The Lyric Theatre.
Gretel Scarlett back stage.
5th December 2013.
Photo: Steven Siewert

Sonia Harford Perth's leading academy is turning out stars who go on to conquer the world.

Standup comic Joe Lycett finds fun in the uncomfortable

English comedian Joe Lycett.

STEPHANIE BUNBURY Comic Joe Lycett doesn't mind offending people, because it makes them think.


Stage: Treading the boards

Bell Shakespeare's John Bell and model, actress and founder of, Lily Cole, will host a Google Hangout to mark William Shakespeare's 450th birthday.

John Bailey All the latest news, views and shows from the world of theatre.


Critics maul 'obscure' Biennale of Sydney

Douglas Gordon and Rufus Wainwright – Phantom. Part of 2014 Biennale of Sydney. (Video still. Pic courtesy of Biennale.)

ANDREW TAYLOR Juliana Engberg's vision for the Biennale of Sydneyhas proved to be divisive.

Opera on the Harbour benefactor commits to three encores


Joel Meares The fat lady will have to wait at least three more years for her big moment: Opera on the Harbour is coming back.


Tim Minchin's dream works: it's an animated bilby musical comedy


KARL QUINN Tim Minchin - not a performer known to play safe - has signed on for what may be his most ambitious project yet.

Strictly Ballroom the Musical premiere a star-studded affair

Kylie minogue

Peta Doherty Red velvet and mirror balls set the scene for a star studded world premier of Strictly Ballroom the Musical on Saturday night.

The real Pinocchio: sweet-faced puppet or a very naughty boy


ELISSA BLAKE The dark overtones of a thoroughly modern fairytale are a long way from Disney's cheerful interpretation.

Funny girl Jennifer Saunders talks about her Bonkers life

Jennifer Saunders.

SHANE GREEN Comic Jennifer Saunders is a brilliant writer and queen of the successful double act. On the eve of her visit to Australia, she talks friendship, family, procrastination and her brush with cancer.

Julian Clary: The cutting-edge riposte

'Every night I go into the audience with a cattle prod and herd men that I like the look of on to the stage and into a sheep pen.'

ELISSA BLAKE Sharp of tongue and armed with a cattle prod, British comedian Julian Clary intends to corral more than a few Australian men in his new stage show.

Rigoletto: Bitterness a fatal flaw

Warwick Fyfe as <i>Rigoletto</i>. The costume was inspired by a Flemish painting, <i>The Laughing Fool</i>.

LINDA MORRIS In a novel, almost radical move, Rigoletto returns to its decadent origins.


British director Richard Eyre brings theatre to Massenet's opera

Michael Shmith Sir Richard Eyre attempts to give Massenet's Werther the look and feel of an Ibsen play.

Comedy Festival

James Acaster studies comedy at the Melbourne Town Hall

James Acaster

Stephanie Bunbury Before he was a stand-up, Acaster was a musician in a relentlessly experimental two-piece.

Comedy Festival

Comedy Festival review: Tim Key performs prose poetry

Apr 11 - SAT Tim Key

Reviewed By Craig Platt Key is ostensibly a prose poet, reading his brief works from the back of pornographic playing cards.

A chance to play with Sam Moran in Canberra

Children's entertainer and former Wiggle, Sam Moran.

MEGAN DOHERTY Former yellow Wiggle Sam Moran admits it was daunting leaving the kids’ supergroup to strike out as a solo artist.

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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