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Arise, Sir Michael: Monty Python star knighted in New Year's Honours

Arise, Sir Michael: Monty Python star knighted in New Year's Honours

Monty Python star Michael Palin has been knighted in Britain's New Year's Honours List, alongside former England cricket captain Alastair Cook, while 1960s model Twiggy will become a dame. 

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Arty things to see and do in Melbourne (and beyond) this summer
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Arty things to see and do in Melbourne (and beyond) this summer

From the offbeat to the beatific, there's a plethora of cultural stuff to keep you occupied in and around town over the warmer months.

  • by Hannah Francis
The year that was: Opera in 2018
Performing arts

The year that was: Opera in 2018

The year was a mixed bag with a few star turns along the way.

  • by Bridget Davies
Chunky Move's new leadership steps up
Performing arts

Chunky Move's new leadership steps up

Antony Hamilton and Kristy Ayre say they want Melbourne's flagship dance company to be more inclusive and focus on where humanity is headed into the future.

  • by John Bailey
Sydney Symphony Orchestra returns controversial grant
Performing arts

Sydney Symphony Orchestra returns controversial grant

Sydney Symphony Orchestra has refunded $1 million it received from the NSW government.

  • by Linda Morris
Sydney Theatre Company sweeps mainstage nominations in 2018 awards

Sydney Theatre Company sweeps mainstage nominations in 2018 awards

STC's productions dominated the nominations, while women made up the majority of nods for best new Australian work.

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos
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The young star trying to wow a new generation with Jersey Boys
Performing arts

The young star trying to wow a new generation with Jersey Boys

'A lot of people my age don't know who Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons are,' the 26-year-old lead admits.

  • by Lydia Lynch
Schoolhouse, outhouse? The mysterious history of the Nutbush

Schoolhouse, outhouse? The mysterious history of the Nutbush

It's a Christmas party favourite, but the origins of this Australian invention are largely unknown.

  • by Mary Ward
Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta stars in own biopic

Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta stars in own biopic

The film Yuli tells Acosta's life story but, he says, it shares many similarities with the experiences of other Cubans.

  • by Sarah Marsh
Exceptional acrobats fall flat when it comes to speech
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Exceptional acrobats fall flat when it comes to speech

An inspired interpretation of Stephen Sewell's writing results in intriguing circus art but the performers are often clumsy when it comes to verbal delivery.

  • by Cameron Woodhead
Sydney theatre companies reach gender parity
Performing arts

Sydney theatre companies reach gender parity

Quotas and a focus on gender equity at Sydney's main theatre companies will see women as the majority of playwrights and directors for the first time.

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos