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Rejigged 'Pinafore' brilliant production

Rejigged 'Pinafore' brilliant production

A very different style of performance for Gilbert and Sullivan's H. M. S. Pinafore was presented to a good-sized audience in the Regent Theatre last Friday evening.

Spare set and costumes, but content confronts

Spare set and costumes, but content confronts

Niu Sila, by Oscar Kightley and Dave Armstrong, was first performed in 2004. Since then it's become a New Zealand classic, but this is the first time Dunedin audiences have had the chance to see it.

Show keeps actors on their toes

Show keeps actors on their toes

A strong Pacific Island arts voice will be heard in Dunedin in coming weeks with Fortune's Niu Sila and a reading of Sons, Rebecca Fox says.

Collaboration comes full circle

Collaboration comes full circle

Burns Fellow Victor Rodger and actor Robbie Magasiva go back a long way. They tell Rebecca Fox about an upcoming reading of the play Sons.

One woman, well-grounded

One woman, well-grounded

Claire Chitham is one of those rare actors instantly known for not one but two beloved "Kiwi'' characters she has played, Waverley in Shortland Street and Aurora in Outrageous Fortune. She tells Rebecca Fox she hopes her character in Grounded, at the Fortune Theatre, will also endear herself to the audience. 

NZ’s busiest actor has ‘never stopped’

NZ’s busiest actor has ‘never stopped’

As the saying goes, variety is the spice of life and no-one knows this better than veteran actor George Henare. He tells Rebecca Fox about his latest challenges.

Fast-paced comedy also has a more sombre side

The Comedy of Errors is one of Shakespeare's funniest plays, and the Globe's energetic, fast-moving production, directed by Ellie Swann, exploits its potential for hilarity.

Music of Versailles court enthusiastically received

A near-capacity crowd enthusiastically applauded Les Talens Lyriques at Glenroy Auditorium.

Opera on a small scale

Opera on a small scale

Opera Otago's staging of two one-act operas in Olveston's drawing room should have worked well.

Rare Shakespeare folio found

Rare Shakespeare folio found

A rare, nearly 400-year-old copy of a first edition of William Shakespeare's collected plays has been found at a stately home in Scotland, on the Isle of Bute.

Director following her passion

Director following her passion

Dunedin's Globe Theatre is celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death with its first production of one of his earliest plays. Rebecca Fox talks to director Ellie Swan about The Comedy of Errors.

Dench picks up record eighth Olivier Award

Dench picks up record eighth Olivier Award

Veteran film, television and stage actress Judi Dench picked up her eight Olivier Award on Sunday, a record tally at Britain's biggest night for theatre.

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