Buddy 'all about the music'

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

Thousands queue to see theatre

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

Showbiz gets back to business

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

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

A proper theatre for a proper city

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

Grand opening going ahead Monday

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

Theatre a labour of love


OPINION: Christchurch can celebrate a third milestone in its slow return to normalcy with the Isaac Theatre Royal.

One step closer to Broadway


Oh, the drama. A new Chch-based web series celebrates all things musical theatre.

Review: La Boheme

La Boheme

Having seen La Boheme many times, I'd rate NZ Opera's production one of the most enjoyable.

Review: CSO

Amanda Atlas

In a city the size of Christchurch the performance of a gargantuan work such as Mahler's Symphony No 2 is a rare event.

Review: Blood Brothers

Ali Harper

The Court Theatre's slick and handsomely staged production is ultimately a success but has some uneven moments.

Spot of Shakespeare?

Campaign to build amphitheatre in Lyttelton

Brian Rick

Brian Rick dreams of staging a Shakespeare festival at an open-air amphitheatre he is establishing in Lyttelton.

The theatre company with no theatre

mel camp

Theatre company The Forge is responding to its homelessness with burst of creativity and experimentation.

Review: Language of Living

Language of Living

The programme consists of five dramatic yet graceful recent works performed before a simple backdrop.

Gadsby-McPhail play 'weak, cheesy'

David McPhail and Jon Gadsby

OPINION: I wanted Suite 16, by local comedic duo Jon Gadsby and David McPhail, to impress me. It didn't.

Review: White Rabbit, Red Rabbit

White Rabbit, Red Rabbit

This play at the Court Theatre has a cunning conceit: the script is handed in a sealed envelope to a different actor each night.

Court Theatre: Mastering a risky business

Philip Aldridge, CEO of Christchurch's Court Theatre

In a meeting of art and commerce, the Court Theatre in Christchurch is one of the most financially successful theatres in NZ.

Tedium of married life?

Henry and Alice

A quip-laden play about a couple who have each developed techniques to relieve the tedium of their married lives.

Theatre downsize unlikely

Council is 'not listening to the arts community'

James Hay Theatre

The 1000-seat theatre in the Town Hall is unlikely to be re-sized despite calls from the performing arts community for a smaller venue.

From Rocky Horror to Frock'n'Roll

Richard O'Brien

Rocky Horror Show writer Richard O'Brien is helping to raise funds for the rebuild of the Isaac Theatre Royal.

Behind the smiling mask

Kvetch's smiling mask of politeness

REVIEW: Latest play from Top Dog Theatre is brutally frank, often shocking and very funny.

Chaos reigns supreme

Well Hung

REVIEW: Nearly 40 years later, the play's satirical impact is weakened, but its farcical elements are a delight.

They're all on the boat

Noye's Fludde

Weta and moa will join traditional northern hemisphere animals for a ride in Noah's Ark in a modernised retelling of an old tale.

Grease: tangible on-stage chemistry

Matt McFarlane and Lauren Marshall

REVIEW: The Court Theatre's new production of Grease is the must-see musical of the summer.

Judging the buskers

Do you have what it takes to be a critic?

REVIVING EFFECT: The World Buskers Festival has attracted people back to the central city.

Are you critical? Energetic? Witty?

A clever touch

How To Make Friends And Still Appear Normal

There is something real and earthy about How To Make Friends And Still Appear Normal.

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