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'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.

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.

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.

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.

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