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‘Grease' makeover huge opportunity

‘Grease' makeover huge opportunity

Creating an epic production of Grease: The Arena Spectacular Live is both a challenge and a ‘‘fantastic'' opportunity for Taieri Musical Society and Doug Kamo's DKCM Ltd.

'Friends' star makes playwriting debut

'Friends' star makes playwriting debut

'Friends' star Matthew Perry swaps the television screen for the London stage in 'The End of Longing', his playwriting debut about four people feeling the pressures of life as they reach their forties.

Bouncing ideas off the theatre walls

Kings of the Gym, by Dave Armstrong Directed by Partick DaviesFortune Theatre February 6-27

Swiss director Bondy dies

Swiss director Luc Bondy, whose work influenced theatres across Europe, has died at the age of 67, the Paris-based Odeon theatre, which he had headed since 2012, announced.

Kidman wins best actress award

Kidman wins best actress award

Nicole Kidman won the best actress award for her performance as a DNA researcher in the play "Photograph 51" at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

Feel-good comedy sure to be popular

Flagons & Foxtrots, Fortune Theatre, Saturday, November 14. 

Review: Be/Longing

Review: Be/Longing

Be/Longing at the Fortune Theatre Studio is a moving look at migration, reviewer Barbara Frame finds.

Harry Potter play picks up after final book

Harry Potter play picks up after final book

A new play that opens in London next summer will pick up the story of Harry Potter where the seventh and final volume of J.K. Rowling's saga left off, with a plot involving a grown-up Harry and his youngest son, Albus.

Fast-forward film-making

Fast-forward film-making

A lunchtime date with friends has become the catalyst for a science documentary, writes Shane Gilchrist.

Opera addresses assisted suicide issue

Opera addresses assisted suicide issue

"The Last Hotel" sounds like the title of a horror movie in which the guests check in but don't check out, and the video trailer opens with a woman with a haunted gaze standing at a reception desk.

Dunedin playwright centre stage

Dunedin playwright centre stage

A Dunedin playwright has been named runner-up in the final of the Playwrights' Association of New Zealand inaugural 10-Minute Play Festival.

Nuanced depth gets audience thinking

Nuanced depth gets audience thinking

Time Stands Still Fortune Theatre Saturday, September 26Reviewed by Barbara Frame

James and Sarah have retreated to their New York home. He's a psychologically damaged war correspondent; she's a photographer seriously dinged up by a roadside bomb. The last thing they need, or so they think, is a new friend in the form of Pollyanna-ish airhead Mandy.

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