Trio of big musicals for Chch

A production of Evita was staged by the Hamilton Operatic Society earlier this year.

A trio of blockbuster musicals are coming to Christchurch next year.

Dawn French announces 4th Christchurch show

Dawn French

Tickets to Dawn French's additional Christchurch performance are on sale. 

Review: Mary Poppins

Jan Di Pietro plays Bert in the Court Theatre's lavish production of Mary Poppins.

Mary Poppins is the most challenging and ambitious show the Court Theatre has ever staged, but the company pulls it off with dazzling charm.

Fundraising success for Loons

Loons Theatre Trust director Mike Friend receiving money from Lyttelton Main Primary school children.

Loons Theatre Trust raises more than $95,000 to help fit out its new venue.

Theatre marks first year with ‘dark’ circus video

Le Noir performer Gediminas “Geddy” Pavlovicius defies gravity with his Rolla Bola act.

Le Noir – The Dark Side of Cirque will feature death-defying performances at the Isaac Theatre Royal.

Theatre Royal shines bright

Kevin Cawley's award-winning facade lighting of Isaac Theatre Royal.

Kevin Cawley wows with theatrical facade lighting at the Isaac Theatre Royal.

Mary Poppins ready for takeoff

Mary Poppins star Laura Bunting and co-director Ross Gumbley admire hundreds of costumes created for the new Court Theatre show.

The Court Theatre's new production of Mary Poppins is the biggest show they have ever staged, reports CHARLIE GATES.

Fringe erosion of festival

Christchurch's World Buskers Festival used to be an event primarily fuelled by direct contact with its audience. Not any more, believes Christopher Moore.

OPINION: Buskers Festival being marginalised by Hagley Park siting

Play about death that's full of life

Exit the King makes fun of all the things that tragedy usually takes seriously.

Exit the King - a blackly comic play

Hi-5 headed our way in January

Mary Lascaris and the rest of the Hi-5 team will perform their House of Dreams show in New Zealand in January.

Aussie musical group Hi-5's House of Dreams is coming to Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland.

Sculpture helps new works see the light of day

Ernest George Gillick's Ex Tenebris Lux was a feature of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens between 1980 and 2003.

Even in storage, sculpture helps inspire

Cal Wilson brings show home

Christchurch comedian Cal Wilson's one-woman show opens on Thursday night as part of the Christchurch Arts Festival.

Christchurch comedian Cal Wilson's one-woman show opens on Thursday night as part of the Christchurch Arts Festival.

NZ drivers 'ruthless' - Hobbit actor

Christchurch actor and The Hobbit star Mark Hadlow performing his bicycle-themed show MAMIL at The Court Theatre.

NZ drivers are ruthless to cyclists, The Hobbit actor Mark Hadlow says

How good is the Everest movie?

Jason Clarke plays Kiwi mountaineer Rob Hall in the movie Everest.

REVIEW: Based on the tragic 1996 disaster on Mt Everest this is epic cinema - entertaining and emotionally enervating.

Yin and Yang of musical theatre dancers

The musical comedy Spamalot is about to hit the stage at The Isaac Theatre Royal, featuring Ella Wilson and Warwick Shillito.

Two performers at different ends of their respective careers will hit the stage of this season’s production of Spamalot.

Loons performers together again

Loons members Sophie Ewert, left, Skye Broberg, and Tom Trevella are reuniting for a Christchurch Arts Festival show.

 A new show created for the Christchurch Arts Festival is reuniting a local theatre company scattered to the world by the Canterbury earthquakes.

Review: MAMIL

MAMIL, starring Mark Hadlow, opened at the Court Theatre on Sunday night.

Mark Hadlow's funny one-man show is a fantastic showcase for the Christchurch actor's impressive skills.

Eels take over bus interchange video

School girls react to performance artist Alex Rigg, of Eel Mother, who performed in the bus interchange on Friday morning as part of the Christchurch Arts Festival.

Christchurch's new bus interchange filled with movement, sound and mischief as part of art festival.

Review: The Daisy Theatre

The Daisy Theatre opened at the Christchurch Arts Festival on Thursday night.

The Daisy Theatre is an act of magic. The cast is comprised of inanimate objects, but they come alive.

The festival spiegeltent is back

A Spiegeltent being erected in the Arts Centre for the Christchurch Arts Festival.

A beautiful and ornate spiegeltent is taking shape in the city centre, heralding the start of the Christchurch Arts Festival.

Free Theatre's quirky international project

The Mauricio Kagel Project at Free Theatre culminates with a presentation as part of the 2015 Christchurch Arts Festival in September.

A unique project by Christchurch group Free Theatre includes a collaboration by two internationally renowned artists.

The Art of Recovery video

Wellington street artists BMD create a large blueprint-inspired piece of street art in Cashel St.

A feature on the creative rebuild of Christchurch opens at the International Film Festival next week.

Film returns to city

Projectionist Nick Paris setting up at the Theatre Royal for the upcoming New Zealand International Film Festival.

The New Zealand International Film Festival returns to the city centre on Friday, for the first time since 2010.

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.

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