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.

Christchurch Hairspray row

African American characters in the Christchurch production of Hairspray are played by actors of many different ...

Race row erupts over Christchurch production of musical Hairspray after show accused of "arrogance or blindness" for not casting black actors.

What's on in Christchurch this week?

Michael Jackson's music will be given new life in a tribute concert this weekend.

From Broadway tunes to Michael Jackson songs there's plenty of variety on offer in Christchurch this coming week

Teacher celebrates over 100 productions

Christ's College director of drama David Chambers says after three shows every year for almost four decades, he is "just ...

David Chambers has lost track of how many shows he has directed, produced or acted in.

Dreamy dancing highlight of seamless Oz

The trio of  Loughlan Prior (The Scarecrow), Massimo Margaria (Tin Man) and Jacob Chown (Lion) provide Dorothy with ...

REVIEW: The RNZB give a quintessentially American tale a distinctly European gloss.

Repertory's Desire well expressed

Canterbury Repertory Theatre's main cast in A Streetcar Named Desire: Margot Gray as Stella, left, Naomi Ferguson as ...

The Repertory Theatre navigates a challenging play with prowess.

Playing the Blues

Keeping up with the Blue Men as they come off stage and interact with the audience can make life challenging and ...

He might not be the face of the Blue Man Group, but Tony Aguirre has a vital role to play

Blue Man Group are here

The Blue Man Group has entertained more than 35 million people during the past 25 years.

A trio of iridescent, indigo usurpers have been causing disruption in our main centres this week - but who are the Blue Man Group?

Loons returning to the stage

Members of The Loons theatre company enjoy the retractable seats in their new home. From right: creative director Mike ...

A new season of shows will mark return of Lyttelton theatre company.

Bollywood Dreams become reality

The members of Bollywood Dreams dance company vary in age from five to 25.

A chorus of colourful silks and sequins will be on show as Bollywood Dreams launches its first large-scale production.

Don't leave the arts to chance

The Court Youth Theatre Company celebrates onstage but the arts have little to cheer for in the light of funding cuts.

OPINION: The cuts in funding of the arts are a national disgrace – but also an opportunity for politicians

Characters shine in new play

Matthew, Mark, Luke & Joanne is showing at the Court Theatre until May 7.

Review: Matthew, Mark, Luke & Joanne is a witty, smart and profound play.

Funny and uplifting

Someone Say "I Do" offers a humorous take on the great Kiwi wedding.

Someone Say "I Do" offers up an inventive look at an extraordinary wedding

Mum, daughter cast in musical

Christchurch mother and daughter, Anne-Marie and Sophie Gilmore, have been cast in the upcoming Mamma Mia season.

Stage veteran Anne-Marie Gilmore will achieve a 16-year dream of sharing her love for theatre with her daughter Sophie.

Did O'Carroll's mum inspire Mrs Brown? video

"We don't fight, we go to war, but we are head over heels" – Brendan Carroll aka Mrs Brown describes his on-screen ...

Brendan O'Carroll sets the record straight on whether Mrs Brown is based on his own Mammy.

Witnessing a new Dawn

Dawn French has already sold out 11 of her 15 scheduled shows in New Zealand on her Thirty Million Minutes Tour.

REVIEW: Dawn French's Thirty Million Minutes - 120 of yours well-spent

Rock offers pure visceral pleasure

The ensemble work of the cast is a particular strength of the Rock of Ages production currently being performed in ...

REVIEW: Rock of Age is a show that pumps with energy

Macbeth 'occasionally inspired'

The Court Theatre's production of Macbeth, starring Mark Hadlow, runs until March 26.

REVIEW: Clumsy staging undermines this uneven, but occasionally inspired production of Macbeth.

Review: Good Mourning Mrs Brown

The brochures might tell you that the Mrs Brown's Boys stage show is based on the television series, but it's actually ...

She's on her way here - so what did the Aussies think of Mrs Brown live?

Cirque show to wrap in Christchurch video

Cirque de Soleil Quidam performer Julie Cameron practising her aerial contortion act.

Cirque du Soleil closes the door on its hit show, Quidam, in Christchurch next week.

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