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Opportunity dressed in underpants

Opportunity dressed in underpants

A Kiwi take on the age old Hans Christian Andersen tale of The Emperor's New Clothes is on at the Fortune Theatre. Rebecca Fox discovers the children's production has a lot riding on it. 

Children love a funny show

On Saturday afternoon, the Fortune Theatre was full of kids laughing themselves silly.

The greatest story never told

The greatest story never told

Claimed to be the ''untold story everyone should know'' Everest Untold tells the story of the less well known members of Edmund Hillary's famous 1953 Everest expedition. Writer Gareth Davies tells Rebecca Fox about his fascination with the story.

'Hamilton' sweeps Tonys with 11 awards

'Hamilton' sweeps Tonys with 11 awards

'Hamilton', the pop culture phenomenon based on US founding father Alexander Hamilton, swept the Tonys, winning 11 of Broadway's top awards including best musical, best actor, best direction and best score and book for creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Charming story of family foibles

Families - they care for us, they love us to bits and they drive us crazy.

Back where he belongs

Back where he belongs

The Fortune Theatre's latest production Over the River and Through the Woods marks an important milestone for its artistic director, Jonathan Hendry. He talks to Rebecca Fox about directing his first play for the Fortune. 

Shakespeareans impress at nationals

Shakespeareans impress at nationals

The hurly-burly was done and the battle won for a group of Queen's High School drama pupils who have won three awards in a national Shakespeare festival.

Wizardly production

Wizardly production

Where to begin? This production was outstanding - from stunning costuming and a large-scale set to exquisite dancing.

Wizardry set to enchant

Wizardry set to enchant

Royal New Zealand Ballet dancers William Fitzgerald (The Wizard) and Lucy Green (Dorothy) pull off a difficult manoeuvre during rehearsals yesterday for their sold-out performance of The Wizard of Oz at the Regent Theatre tonight.

Brilliant performance

Music of great power and majesty demanding virtuosic performances from soloist and orchestra under the inspired direction of Gustavo Gimeno was applauded with huge enthusiasm by a near capacity audience at the Dunedin Town Hall.

Wizard of Oz a labour of love

Wizard of Oz a labour of love

New Zealand Ballet's production of The Wizard of Oz had its origins in calamity, but it has been born again to the delight of its choreographers and designers. They tell Rebecca Fox about the work behind the scenes. 

Review: Sitcom re-created convincingly

The Vicar of Dibley the popular BBC award-winning series which screened from 1994-2007, starred comedian Dawn French as Rev Geraldine Granger, and a cast of unforgettable characters as parish council members of Dibley's Church of St Barnabus.

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