Theatre

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.

What's on in Christchurch this week

British comedian Alan Carr will be centre-stage at the Isaac Theatre Royal on Thursday night.

From Disney to David Bowie, it's busy week in Christchurch

Family affair for Kirwee show

Oliver (Katriel Thomas), Dodger (Oscar Gosling), and Fagin (Edward Stott) in the Kirwee Players' production of Oliver! ...

This year the Kirwee Players celebrate 40 years of operation.

What's on in Christchurch this week

Former Masterchef NZ contestant Richard Harris will be offering up tips and hints at the Canterbury Caledonian Society ...

Plenty to eat and see around Christchurch this weekend

What's on in Christchurch this week

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are playing at Horncastle Arena this week.

From Manfredini to Macklemore, it's music galore in Christchurch this week

Christchurch film festival starts

Nick Paris, left, and festival director Bill Gosden at the Isaac Theatre Royal in central Christchurch.

The Christchurch leg of the New Zealand International Film Festival opens on Thursday evening at the Isaac Theatre Royal.

Some of the best of the fest video

Miss Sharon Jones! looks at the life and career of ones of music's unsung heroines.

Christchurch's annual feast of cinema gets under way on Thursday. The Press previews 13 titles from the vast selection of choices on show.

Prepare yourselves, Disney fans video

The Magic Ice Festival involves characters from a raft of Disney favourites.

A massive Disney On Ice mash-up has arrived in New Zealand.

What's on in Christchurch

The New Zealand International Film Festival starts in Christchurch next Thursday, July 28.

 The NZSO and Troye Sivan head for Christchurch, as the city prepares for this year's NZ Film Festival.

What's on in Christchurch

Tui and Silver Scroll winner Lawrence Arabia will performed at Blue Smoke at The Tannery on Saturday.

Katchafire on Friday, Lawrence Arabia on Saturday, Flume on Wednesday. It's a week of music in Christchurch.

Traviata triumph from go to woah

The NZ Opera's latest production of La Traviata allowed the soloists to become believable characters, rather than ...

REVIEW: From chorus to soloists, this staging oozes pure class on every note.

The long road home

Mike Friend gets passionate while talking about theatre, Lyttelton and his new play.

Mike Friend stands in front of the Lyttelton Arts Factory. He talks fast and cups a cigarette in one hand between deep draws of smoke.

What's on in Christchurch this week

Broods: "This record is about accepting that we’re adults now, and things have changed."

Concerts and activities abound, as the school holidays kick off in Christchurch this weekend

What's on in Christchurch this week

Esther Stephens as New Zealand suffragette Kate Sheppard  in "That Bloody Woman" hit musical coming to the Court Theatre ...

From Stan Walker to Woolston Brass - it's concerts galore in Christchurch this week

Hairspray 'storm' offers lessons for all video

For all its bouncy music and lyrics, Hairspray is a musical with a message, something that Showbiz Christchurch perhaps ...

OPINION: Showbiz was effectively damned if it did and damned if it didn't over Hairspray casting

The Loons reopen in new home

Loons founding member Joe Bennett will host the opening night cabaret.

Lyttelton theatre group The Loons reopens in new home.

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