Top cast in The Ladykillers

The Court Theatre's production The Ladykillers relies heavily on slapstick.

Slapstick may not be a universal favourite, but The Ladykillers cast could win you over to practically anything.

Confessions of an opera bore

NZ Opera's production of Madama Butterfly at the Isaac Theatre Royal

There are some artistic moments that I prefer to avoid.

Architect defends James Hay Theatre

The James Hay Theatre in the Town Hall is being revamped as part of restoration plans for the heritage performance complex.

One of the original architects of the Town Hall has questioned revamp plans for the James Hay Theatre.

Mother-son duo in opera

Christchurch mother and son duo Elizabeth and Theo Moolenaar are in the cast of Madama Butterfly, which is showing at Christchurch's Isaac Theatre Royal.

A rare mother-son combination will feature in the cast of upcoming opera production Madama Butterfly.

Fish and hits

Jacob Rajan and Nisha Madhan star in Kiss the Fish.

Monkeys, masks and Freddie Mercury all inform Kiss the Fish, a play presented by the Indian Ink theatre company in Christchurch this week.

African quest documented in film video

In the film, Pannell described his weeks-long search as "a really arduous process". Pictured in his hostel room in Kigali, 2007.

In 1999, Christchurch's Sven Pannell was kneeling at the mercy of gun-toting youths in Africa, wondering how to escape.

Mosh and Mozart for revamped theatre

The James Hay Theatre, pictured in 2005, will become a venue for chamber music and rock gigs.

The revamped James Hay Theatre in the Town Hall will be able to switch between chamber music and a mosh pit.

How do you rebuild the Court Theatre?

Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, England, is the inspiration for a rebuilt Court Theatre in central Christchurch.

A good theatre is as hard to build as a nuclear facility and your company could be destroyed if you get it wrong.

Theatre: Botch up won't cost us

The panels had to be craned into place on Gloucester St.

Isaac Theatre Royal bosses say they won't pay extra costs as construction firms squabble over delays.

Teen play a New Zealand first

12062015. News Photo. Stacy Squires/Fairfax NZ.
For Mainland Live.The Invisibles: Dan Bain and Luke Di Somma (at piano)have co-written The Invisibles - an anti musical, which will be premiered by St Margaret???s College at the end of Term 2 this year. Leads Gabby McDonald and Tom Nye.

A new school musical highlights real pressures faced by Kiwi teenagers.

Music can still surprise you

Whether it's Tchaikovsky or the Eagles, music discovery continues to be an exciting journey.   (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Never assume that you have heard or tasted everything because just around the corner.

Niu Sila sharp and funny

Actor Gregory Cooper stars with Semu Filipo in Nui Sila at the Forge Theatre in Christchurch.

REVIEW: Niu Sila is a story full of compassion and laughter, bought to life by a talented crew and cast.

Sleeping Beauty on Ice cancelled

Imperial Ice Stars' Sleeping Beauty on Ice will not come to Christchurch and Dunedin

Shipping error forces cancellation of South Island Sleeping Beauty on Ice shows.

Oamaru is a comedy no-go zone

Comedian Ed Byrne is touring New Zealand in May.

Irish comedian Ed Byrne is performing all over New Zealand... but not Oamaru.

Buddy 'all about the music'

ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC: Glen Joseph is performing with a cast of 16 actors and musicians on a 21-date tour of New Zealand.

Planning to see Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story? Make sure to put on your dancing shoes.

Thousands queue to see theatre

OPEN DAY: Up to 2000 people turned up to have a look on the Isaac Theatre Royal's open day.

People queued all the way down to Colombo St to have a little peak inside the Isaac Theatre Royal.

Showbiz gets back to business

NEW ERA: Musical theatre company Showbiz has opened its new headquarters on St Asaph St.

Christchurch theatre company at the start of "an exciting new era" with the opening of a new headquarters.

A force to be reckoned with

Eddie Izzard

British comedian Eddie Izzard returns to New Zealand next month as part of a grand world tour.

The Ego has landed for 7 Days show

Live Laughs: The 7 Days cew are taking their laughs on tour around New Zealand. Back, from left, Urzila Carlson, Paul Ego, host Jeremy Corbett, and Josh Thomson. Front, from left, Dai Henwood, Ben Hurley and Jeremy Elwood.

The Friday night TV comedy show 7 Days is taking to the road on a national tour.

A proper theatre for a proper city gallery video

GRAND OPENING: The moment the curtain went up at the Isaac Theatre Royal's first post-quake show.

Velvet curtains, chandeliers, spectacular dancing and a standing ovation - last night's Isaac Theatre Royal opening was a truly giddy affair.

Final push for theatre opening video

FINISHING UP: A team of about 60 carpenters, painters and technicians will work through the long weekend to ensure the theatre is ready for the curtain to rise for the first time in nearly four years.

Workers are racing to get the restored Isaac Theatre Royal ready for its big opening night on Monday.

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