Stage and Theatre

Urzila Carlson: Hard graft of success

Urzila Carlson hosts the comedy festival-opening gala.

If the cliche of performing to two men and a dog sounds bad, how much worse would it be if the dog didn't show?

Shakespeare meets steampunk

Titania Queen of the Fairies summons her fairies, Cobweb, Mustard-seed, Moth and Pease-blossom in Hutt Repertory ...

A new take on A Midsummer Night's Dream opens it up to people of all ages.

Review: Hand to God

Expert direction: Lyndee-Jane Rutherford.

Darkly comic US stage hit arrives in Wellington.

Phill Jupitus: I might die in NZ

Phill Jupitus will perform in Auckland on 1 May.

"I'm 54 years old and I weigh 300 pounds. Anything could happen," jokes comic giant.

Alice Snedden: Trump v the Easter Bunny

Photo of the week!

President or mythical children's egg-giver: both gigs suck. Hardy anyone believes in you; you get made fun of a lot.

Guy Williams' comedy fest picks

Hey and come to my show too, obviously.

Don't bother choosing what Comedy Festival shows to go to, just read this and follow my instructions

Comedy actors at home

Comedians Emma Newborn, left, and Amelia Dunbar will perform their show Sons Of A Bitch at the NZ International Comedy ...

Amelia Dunbar and Emma Newborn are actors performing their show at this year's NZ International Comedy Festival.

Ismo Leikola: Funniest person in world

Finnish comedian Ismo Leikola.

Once officially the world's funniest man, comic Ismo Leikola takes our Q and A.

'Let the songs shine'

Free Theatre manager George Parker, left, singer-songwriter Delaney Davidson and director Peter Falkenberg.

The songs at the heart of this warped and twisted musical are as barnacled, magnificent and romantic as a shipwreck.

Ed Byrne's Kaikoura soft-spot

Irish comedian Ed Byrne

The quake-hit town has a special place in Ed Byrne's heart. He proposed to his wife there.

All The King's Women

The King in the title is Elvis Presley himself.

Play explores the female fan persona and the aberrations in the behaviour of otherwise ordinary women.

Evita coming to Blenheim

Jessie Sawers, 17, is playing Evita in this year's school production.

Blenheim's colleges will be the first in the country to perform Evita.

Theatre review: Cymbeline

One of the Bard's lesser-known works is getting an airing.

Cymbeline, by William Shakespeare, directed by Ivana Palezevic.

Short shorts and strong voices

Earl Gregory plays Joseph the underdog who must rise to success, despite his scheming brothers.

REVIEW: I can say with great confidence that if you like strapping young men in shiny short-shorts - this is the musical for you.

Ballet dancer pirouettes to stardom

Macy Cook, one of New Zealand's top young dancers, performing at the St James Theatre.

Watch this space for rising dance star, 13-year-old Wellington ballerina Macy Cook.

Review: Mr and Mrs Alexander

David Ladderman and Lizzie Tollemache in Mr & Mrs Alexander.

Mr & Mrs Alexander: Sideshows & Psychics, written and performed by Lizzie Tollemanche and David Ladderman, directed by Mike Friend

The devil rides into Christchurch

Free Theatre manager George Parker, left, singer-songwriter Delaney Davidson and director Peter Falkenberg cast shadows ...

It's a musical, but not as you might know it.

Not a hard knock life

Talented singer Charlotte McLean, 12, will share the lead role in Blenheim Musical Theatre's production of Annie.

An impressive performance during her warm-up won Charlotte McLean the top spot in the musical Annie.

'Stoned Jesus' takes the stage

Kristian Lavercombe in the New Zeland production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

How a Kiwi actor accidentally took marijuana on opening night but still went on with the show.

Hip-hop comic shatters knee during show

Freestyling comedi hip-hop master Rob Broderick has fractured his knee performing in Australia, which means... no show ...

Comedian Rob Broderick's antics are so raucous bones get broken - for real. Which is why he's cancelled his Kiwi shows.

Plenty of puff from dragon

Puff the Magic Dragon, played by actor Tim Raby, and Jack (Cole Johnston) star in the latest Pumphouse show by Tim Bray ...

This Kiwi adaptation of the classic kids' song is entertaining young and old at Auckland's Pumphouse theatre.

In defence of Kiwi comedy

John Clarke as Fred Dagg. It is a mark of his talent that he succeeded in two entirely different markets.

The praise of John Clarke shows we don't celebrate our heroes when they're alive. Particularly comedians.

The nicest guy in showbiz

'Are you feeling comfy? Would you like a cup of tea?'

Sir Tim Rice is a charming gentleman (and very rich, thanks to his expertise in delivering very long-running musicals).

Tim Minchin on his Matilda masterpiece

Tim Minchin is the world's leading musical comedian. He wrote the music and lyrics for Matilda The Musical, staging in ...

A reviewer once wrote that Tim Minchin was to musical comedy what Darwin was to evolution. Growing up, Minchin had never shown particular prowess at either.

Dance principals in their element

Dancers Carl Tolentino, Chrissy Kokiri, Eddie Elliot, Chris Ofanoa, Xin Ji, Lucy Lynch, Katie Rudd and Tupua Tigafua of ...

NZ Dance Company practitioners present their talents and moves in debut East Auckland showcase.

Origami wizard coming to town

Little Dog Barking actor Kenny King, with puppet Tim, from the company's play A Sausage Went for a Walk.


Dancers strive for the top video

Macy Cook, 13, rehearsing for the Alana Haines ballet competition over Easter weekend. She hopes to dance with the Royal ...

Watch some of New Zealand's top teen dancers preparing for an international ballet competition over Easter.

Dazzling audiences with Disney

A group of young South Auckland performers are hoping the hype of the new movie will bring audiences to their stage show ...

A group of young performers are hoping the hype of the new movie will bring audiences to their stage show of Beauty and the Beast.

Harry Potter's magical award night

Jamie Parker, winner of the Best Actor award for Harry Potter And The Cursed Child.

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child stage adaptation sweeps up nine wins at theatre's Olivier Awards.

Playing the Trump card

Wellington Donald Trump impersonator Alexander Sparrow is on his way to LA to take part in an international Trump ...

Wellington comedian Alexander Sparrow selected as one of the world's top Trump impersonators.

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