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On tour

Sydney's Waiting for Godot bound for London's Barbican

Hugo Weaving and Richard Roxburgh in the Sydney Theatre Company's Waiting for Godot.

7:00pm The Sydney Theatre Company's acclaimed production of Waiting For Godot will be part of the International Beckett Season in 2015. 

Canberra Weekender – September 19-21

The LIfeline Spring Bookfair is on all weekend at EPIC.

JIL HOGAN 1:16pm Your guide to what's going on around the capital this weekend.

Australian Ballet tackles classic and contemporary works in 2015 season

Lana Jones and Daniel Gaudiello in Sleeping Beauty.

PHILIPPA HAWKER In 2015, Australian Ballet artistic director David McAllister will do what he has never done before: direct a ballet for the company.

Kids

Sydney Children's Festival comes to Seymour Centre

Science and storytelling will combine in Twinkle, a new work inspired by the night sky.

ELISSA BLAKE A new home and a new outlook for Sydney's big arts festival for kids.

Ballet

Sleeping Beauty: The Australian Ballet rouses a classic for 2015 season

A rosy outlook: Lana Jones as The Sleeping Beauty, the ambitious centrepiece of the Australian Ballet's 2015 season.

ANDREW TAYLOR Sleeping Beauty will be woken from her slumbers yet again with the Australian Ballet mounting a new multi-million dollar production of the classic 19th-century dance work.

Dance

Sydney Dance Company 2015 season a series of big wins for Bonachela

Milestone: SDC artistic director Rafael Bonachela.

Dee Jefferson In a major coup, Quintett, a rarely performed ballet by choreographer William Forsythe's, will be staged next year.

10 Melbourne Fringe Festival shows that will surprise you

Climb onboard: Kwality Chai incorporates taste, sight and sound.

BHAKTHI PUVANENTHIRAN From a Sexpo crossover show to explorations of homophobia on stage and a circus act about being a hoarder, here are our top ten picks for the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Assassins hits the road for regional tour

Mark Dickenson, Luigi Lucente, Nadine Garner and Aaron Tsindos in the Helpmann Award-nominated production of Stephen Sondheim's Assassins at fortyfivedownstairs in 2013.

John Bailey An independent production of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins is about to embark on a tour of regional Victoria.

Dream team of Daniel Keene and Ariette Taylor reunite for Dreamers

Daniel Keene and Ariette Taylor's 2000 production <i>The funniest man in the world</i>.

John Bailey Tickets are available for Dreamers, the long-awaited reunion of playwright Daniel Keene and director Ariette Taylor at fortyfivedownstairs.

Cabaret for kids part of Darebin Arts' holiday program

John Bailey Two shows at the Darebin Arts' Loudmouth school holiday program offer exceptional entertainment for all ages, writes John Bailey.

Designing The Perfect American

Brisbane will be only the third city in the world to see Philip Glass' new opera about Walt Disney, The Perfect American.

NATALIE BOCHENSKI Brisbane Festival-goers may not know the name Dan Potra, but they will more than likely encounter his work.

Comments

Lucy Durack: Flying again in Wicked

Friends for now: Lucy Durack as Glinda the good witch.

ELISSA BLAKE Lucy Durack has taken on some high-profile roles lately. 'My hair has been through a lot,' she tells Elissa Blake.

Fringe Festival

Fringe Festival show honours horror of a bygone era

The Laudanum Project's Robyn Womersley, Nick Wilson, Nick Ravenswood and Toby Harrison.

BHAKTHI PUVANENTHIRAN Of the many spectres, scares and shadowy stories at this year's Melbourne Fringe Festival, which show will take out the mantle of "most terrifying"?

Bethany Simons gets a great reception for her office-life musical

Ringing endorsement: Country girl Bethany Simons is enjoying success, away from the reception desk, in the big smoke of Melbourne.

LAWRENCE MONEY After four years at the reception desk of Melbourne's National Music Academy, Bethany Simons turned her job into a stage musical.

Exclusive

James Cromwell to play Rupert Murdoch in David Williamson play

Enter the dragon: James Cromwell is set to play Rupert Murdoch in David Williamson's <i>Rupert</i>.

Darryn King Academy Award-nominated character actor James Cromwell will play media mogul Rupert Murdoch in the Sydney premiere of the Melbourne Theatre Company's production of the David Williamson play.

Ralph Myers on bidding farewell to Belvoir St Theatre

Dogged determination: Ralph Myers, Belvoir's artistic director with his dog Lucky outside the theatre on Belvoir Street, Surry Hills.

ANDREW TAYLOR Battles over copyright have been a hallmark of Ralph Myers' tenure at Belvoir. The departing artistic director and set designer reveals some of the frustrations of being a theatremaker.

Would you volunteer your lounge room for Art & About's Armchair Apocalypse?

At home: Cait Harris (left) and Fanny Lumsden entertain on an intimate scale.

Louise Schwartzkoff Louise Schwartzkoff opens her home to 15 strangers - all in the name of a night at the theatre.

Rising star

'People overthink acting': Josh McConville, star of The Infinite Man and The Sublime

Josh McConville

KARL QUINN There's only one Josh McConville, but suddenly this rising star of stage and screen seems to be everywhere.

Comments

Damon Lockwood's metafictional Horsehead the Godfather of Melbourne Fringe shows

Cutting edge: Melbourne Fringe show <i>Horsehead</i>.

Sonia Harford HorseHead, now coming to the Melbourne Fringe Festival, does a brisk canter around the story of two fictional gangsters.

Matt Okine: 'I'm not about to change the world with these huge waves of political commentary'

Performance anxiety: Stand-up comedian Matt Okine says he gets more nervous the more successful he becomes.

SARAH THOMAS Scratch the surface of any comedian – or performer, for that matter – and you will find a pivotal moment or era that spurred them on to attention-seeking for a living.

Canberra Weekender - September 12-14

Floriade, Canberra's month-long celebration of spring, kicks off this weekend.

JIL HOGAN Your guide to what's going on around the capital this weekend.

Theatre

Bell Shakespeare plans tragicomic theatre program for 25th birthday

Happy Birthday: John Bell, of Bell Shakespeare, says he relishes the challenge of trying to direct works afresh.

John Shand How to celebrate a theatre company's 25th birthday? If it's Bell Shakespeare, why not with the Bard's ultimate tragedy, funniest comedy and strangest vision?

Tribute

Broadway stoush over dimming its lights to mark the death of Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers appeared on Broadway three times, the last time in 1994.

MICHAEL IDATO It's a tradition to mark the death of a stage veteran, such as Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall, but not everyone agreed that Rivers qualified.

Musicals

Is the King and I racist, and is it time it was put to rest?

Orientalism criticised: Lisa McCune as Anna and Teddy Tahu Rhodes as the king in The King and I.

Dee Jefferson Racism concerns have been raised over The King and I production that opens in Sydney this week following successful seasons in Brisbane and Melbourne.

Rush

Rush for Sydney Theatre Company 2015 season tickets crashes website

Geoffrey Rush will reveal his version of King Lear in 2015.

JOEL MEARES The Sydney Theatre Company got the One Direction treatment as subscription season demand crashed the website.

Helpmann award-winning production of Sweet Charity set for Canberra

Verity Hunt-Ballard grabs the spotlight in Sweet Charity.

RON CERABONA Sweet Charity is coming to the Canberra Theatre Centre, much to the delight of the centre's director.

Belvoir unveils feminist 2015 season

ANDREW TAYLOR Belvoir's 2015 season will be dominated by women in a dramatic reversal of theatre's traditional gender imbalance.

Fancy Boy Variety Show: the secret late-night comedy show that's winning prestigious awards

Fancy Boy Variety Show.

LENNY ANN LOW Fancy Boy Variety Show have shocked and awed audiences with famous Australian comedians performing material they could not perform to their fans. Now they've won a prestigious comedy award.

The Wharf Revue 2014 is back in business

Phillip Scott in The Wharf Revue 2014

RON CERABONA Politicians beware – The Wharf Revue is back an no one in the public eye is safe from the arrows of outrageous satire.

Sydney Fringe

Intimate Sydney Fringe show The Bookbinder brings a tiny world to the stage

Interesting props: Ralph McCubbin performs The Bookbinder using pop-up books and paper art.

LENNY ANN LOW The award-winning production will be performed beneath an Anglepoise lamp, before an up-close audience of 35 people.

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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