SARAH THOMAS Frank Woodley is limbering up for a new show at the Sydney Comedy Festival.
'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.
STEPHANIE BUNBURY One of the most recognised faces on television takes a role close to her heart.
STEPHANIE BUNBURY Patricia Routledge was bound for a life at the blackboard until destiny staged a dramatic intervention.
MICHAEL LALLO Six unlikely YouTube stars are reshaping the future of their island home.
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.
SARAH THOMAS From a rough beginning, Kevin Bridges has turned into one of Scotland's biggest comedians.
KYLIE NORTHOVER Malthouse Theatre's annual Helium festival has sought the most experimental new indie theatre-makers.
Reviewed By Chloe Smethurst Director Yaron Lifschitz has produced yet another exciting contemporary circus piece, painting a picture of humanity through spectacular action.
John Bailey Hopes that Barry Humphries' farewell tour would receive recognition were dashed.
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.
Ron Cerabona The Girls in Grey, by Carolyn Bock and Helen Hopkins, is a play commemorating women who served in World War 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.
Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
Sonia Harford Perth's leading academy is turning out stars who go on to conquer the world.
STEPHANIE BUNBURY Comic Joe Lycett doesn't mind offending people, because it makes them think.
John Bailey All the latest news, views and shows from the world of theatre.
ANDREW TAYLOR Juliana Engberg's vision for the Biennale of Sydneyhas proved to be divisive.
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.
KARL QUINN Tim Minchin - not a performer known to play safe - has signed on for what may be his most ambitious project yet.
Peta Doherty Red velvet and mirror balls set the scene for a star studded world premier of Strictly Ballroom the Musical on Saturday night.
ELISSA BLAKE The dark overtones of a thoroughly modern fairytale are a long way from Disney's cheerful interpretation.
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.
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.
LINDA MORRIS In a novel, almost radical move, Rigoletto returns to its decadent origins.
Michael Shmith Sir Richard Eyre attempts to give Massenet's Werther the look and feel of an Ibsen play.
Stephanie Bunbury Before he was a stand-up, Acaster was a musician in a relentlessly experimental two-piece.
Reviewed By Craig Platt Key is ostensibly a prose poet, reading his brief works from the back of pornographic playing cards.
Hot songs from the year 1942 will be reprised in a special show.
Director Rafael Bonachela was inspired by signs.
Celestial magic as ensemble takes to the open air.
Life and times of Pat Thompson at Four Winds Festival.