Six roles, 200 auditions video

Thea Erichsen, centre, auditioning for a role in the production of The Sound of Music.

How do you pick six children from 200 auditioning for roles in The Sound of Music?

Review: Uncle Vanya

The Court Theatre production of Uncle Vanya, stars Stephen Lovatt

Delicate and tastefully staged production never quite musters the rawness and intimacy needed to truly move.

What's on in Christchurch this week

Cyndi Lauper  plays Horncastle Arena on Saturday alongside the legendary Blondie.

Sticking around Christchurch over Easter? Here's how to keep busy.

A flawless piece of theatre

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time runs until April 22 at The Court Theatre.

Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time is a cinematic, funny and moving play.

What's on in Christchurch this week

Game of Thrones' Miltos Yerolemou is coming to Christchurch for this weekend's Armageddon Expo.

 From play titles to artworks and events, birds dominate the week's activities around the city

This Mikado strikes the right notes

Arguably The Mikado's best performance was that of Byron Coll, who delivered a virtuoso display of perfectly timed ...

REVIEW: It's easy to lose your head over a Mikado which looks this good, sounds so good and, by Titipu, does you good.

I'm in the opera, Richie!

Byron Coll plays Ko-Ko, a humble tailor thrust into the role of Lord High Executioner in The Mikado.

There's more to Byron Coll than those awkward Mastercard ads.

What's on in Christchurch this week

Liam Finn is one of the headliners at Saturday's Nostalgia Festival at Ferrymead Heritage Park.

From celebrations of children and Japanese culture to a pair of big music festivals, there is plenty to see and do this weekend

New feet stomping old boards

Dan Pengelly, Centrepoint Theatre's new creative director.

Centrepoint Theatre has a fresh new face.

Classic Carmen not to be missed

Natalya Kusch as Carmen and Joseph Skelton as Don Jose in Carmen.

REVIEW: A triumphant vindication of RNZB artistic director Francesco Ventriglia's decision to stage Petit's Carmen.

Is Joseph's dreamcoat amazing?

A cast from South Africa are traveling to New Zealand to perform Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

We talk to the man who has done 300 performances wearing "the amazing technicolour dreamcoat".

Ballet done boldly video

Royal New Zealand Ballet dancer Mayu Tanigaito rehearses Carmen.

The Royal New Zealand Ballet starts the year with two short ballets of passion and fire.

What's on in Christchurch

T-Pain will perform at The Foundry on Saturday night.

There's plenty to do this long weekend, including a Chinese New Year parade, a celebration of the city's wetlands and a performance by the Grammy-winning T-Pain.

What's on in Christchurch?

Devilskin will be joined by Halestorm and City of Souls for a New Year's Eve concert in Cathedral Square.

Last-minute shopping, international cricket and and a New Year's Eve party among the city's holiday events.

What's on in Christchurch this week

Sol3 Mio will be joined by Stan Walker and Hayley Westenra  for Christmas in the Vines on Saturday night.

Christmas concerts abound around the city over the next week

Kiwi adaptation of Oliver borne from row

Director Mike Friend rehearses with actors Tom Trevella and Clive Kneller.

A new adaptation of Oliver Twist opening in Christchurch was created after a fight with a Hollywood movie star.

What's on in Christchurch this week

Celtic Illusion hits the Isaac Theatre Royal on Wednesday night.

A retro exhibition of original classic New Zealand tourism posters has returned to Canterbury Museum for a limited time.

What's on in Christchurch this week

Operatunity will celebrate its 15th anniversary with a gala concert in Christchurch next week.

All the world's a stage and plenty are being filled with performers in Christchurch over the next week

Intricate, fast-paced and clever theatre

Alison Bruce and Arlo Gibson star in The Forge's production of The Events.

REVIEW: The Events offers up a simple and pure idea that has many complex strands.

Bailey delivers face-hurting funny

Bill Bailey began his Australasian tour in Christchurch, New Zealand on Thursday night.

Review: Despite persistent interruptions, Bill Bailey showed why he is still a unique, funny, inventive and lovable stage presence.

Return home a Triumph

From the moment Triumphs and other alternatives' set is revealed in a shimmer of light and blaze of sound, it is clear ...

REVIEW: Sound and set design add much to Ross McCormack's hypnotic work

Truly cutting-edge opera

Antoinette Halloran and Teddy Tahu Rhodes were mesmerising in the main roles of the NZ Opera's production of Sweeney Todd.

REVIEW: Teddy Tahu Rhodes's imposing physicality and dark, dark voice made Johnny Depp's Sweeney Todd sound and look like a lightweight salon singer.

A real crowdpleaser of a show

Beyond the Barricade's four main artists are all seasoned musical theatre performers - and it showed.

REVIEW: Everyone got what they came for and more with Beyond the Barricade

Rare insights, powerful performance

Kali Kopae shows breathtaking versatility in portraying five vastly different women in Not In Our Neighbourhood.

REVIEW: Not In Our Neighbourhood is a piece that transcends the realm of entertainment, presenting the important issue of domestic violence in a way that cannot fail to affect those in attendance.

Streaker disappointingly flaccid

When a local radio station offers $1 million to a successful streaker at the big rugby final, Ron (Mark Wright) ponders ...

REVIEW: Over-reliance on farce and over-commericalisation mar Court's latest production

Evita hits all the right notes

Showbiz Canterbury's Evita is being perfomed at the Issac Theatre Royal until October 1.

REVIEW: Showbiz Canterbury's latest production is a revelation.

Playwright on a winning streak

Actor, playwright and director Gregory Cooper is returning to his home town.

Christchurch playwright talks about coming home, mid-life changes and Puss in Boots.

Guru nothing short of genius

Jacob Rajan plays a total of 17 characters in Guru of Chai.

REVIEW: Indian Ink's Guru is a bold, beautiful journey through love, laughter, longing and loss.

The Guru finally lands in Christchurch

Jacob Rajan plays 17 characters in the Indian Ink show The Guru of Chai.

Indian Ink's Jacob Rajan talks Gurus, new venues and his company turning 20 next year

Moving play tells universal story

Playwright Hone Kouka is directing a revival of his play Waiora at The Court Theatre in Christchurch.

Review: Waiora is a tragedy that tells an urgent, universal and vibrant story about the importance of staying true to your heritage.

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