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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.

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.

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