Stage and Theatre

A play to send us all to hell

"Uma Lava" starring Goretti Chadwick, Anapela Polata'ivao, and Mario Faumui, will open for the first time worldwide on ...

From award-winning playwright Victor Rodger comes the world premiere of Uma Lava.

Alice panto perfect family fare

Natasha McAllister (Alice) and Tweedle Dee (Susie Berry) and Tweedle Dum (Andrew Paterson) in Alice in Wonderland The ...

It's the perfect mix - kids will love the costumes and antics, their parents the clever non-PC jokes

Posthumous playwriting award for Brunning

Nancy Brunning on Sunday was named the Bruce Mason Award winner.

Nancy Brunning has won the top playwrighting award in New Zealand - just a day after her death.

Play in a pub fun night out

Four Nights in the Green Barrow Pub follows pub owner Darragh (Finlay Langelaan) and Arad (Alex Rabina), a stranger who ...

It's not often you can walk into a performance space and order a pint from one of the actors. Then have one of the band try to wheedle it off you.

The little theatre that could

Centrepoint Theatre general manager Kate Louise Elliott says the theatre is her baby.

They've been treading its boards for 45 years. It's the equivalent of 900 human years, they tell us.

Hansel and Gretel dazzles

Shaun James Kelly as Hansel and Kirby Selchow as Gretel draw us in emotionally to the antics and tribulations of their ...

REVIEW: the production is filled with inventive choreography and design which create many magical moments.

Ballet collects food for Christmas video

Shaun James Kelly and Kirby Selchow star as Hansel and Gretel in a twisted take on the Grimm fairy tale.

A ballet about two hungry kids will ensure fewer children are hungry this festive season.

West End star turned NZ postie video

Mann, far left, became a familiar face in the UK newspapers.

At just 12 years old, Tommy Mann was earning twenty quid a week, performing six shows as Oliver Twist.

Drama school nails famous Broadway flop

Jake McKay as Franklin Shepard, the rich and successful composer whose journey the\ audience unravels through the ...

Director Simon Bennett can tick one of Broadway's biggest flops of his bucket list.

Taranaki musicians remembered

Ian 'Lovey' Loveridge was a well respected and charismatic frontman for a number of New Plymouth pub bands.

Two well-known Taranaki musicians played in an era when local bars were packed and smoking was tolerated.

Frost/Nixon to play out on stage

From left, Clayton Foster (playing David Frost), Jonathon Ensor (John Birt), Chris O'Grady (Jack Brennan), Martin Hunt ...

"I have actually shaken the hand of someone who's in the play," says director.

Tasty cuisine at Diwali

Crowds flock to the Diwali Festival celebrations in Cathedral Square on Saturday.

Cathedral Square was transformed into a vibrant, colourful celebration of Indian culture for the annual Diwali festival this weekend.

New-wave festival in Chch

Theatre-artist and performer Alice Canton will show at Tiny Fest in Christchurch.

The nickname Tiny Fest was meant to trick its organiser into believing running a 14-hour gig would be "no big deal".

NZ Fringe is the new cronut

The festival will be changing its face a little from previous years.

Sasha Tilly and Sameena Zehra are shaking things up for Fringe festival in March.

A gift to humanity

An Ans Westra photo from her Washday at the Pa series.

REVIEW: Aperture is a play that will leave you basking in the warmth of a photographer who captured the rich humour, love and joy in Māori culture.

Evocotive performance of The Clearing

Footnote Dance company performs The Clearing.

Review: The dancers bring sophisticated, creative power to cutting edge production.

'Monster Songs' hits high note

Monster Songs, directed by Ben Emerson, is playing at BATS Theatre until October 30.

Monster Songs a great outing - especially for musical theatre geeks

Fringe Festival 'biggest yet'

Musician Macaila Eve is the director of the 2019 Hamilton Fringe Festival, as well as one of the performers.

The weird and wonderful will be on show in Hamilton's annual celebration of small-scale artistic endeavour.

Cock raw, witty and intense

Simon Leary, left, and Jack Buchanan's relationship as John and M is put under the microscope in Cock.

Stripped back - no scenery, props or mime - Cock mimics the real-life rhythm of daily interactions and fights between people who love each other.

The show must go on

The St James Theatre closed for earthquake strengthening in 2018. It is set to reopen in 2021.

Wellington's arts community has performed well in adapting to the loss of two of its best and biggest venues.

Keeping our national treasures video

Not all of Wellington's cultural treasures originated here with the annual World of WearableArt show moved from Nelson ...

Wellington is home to the majority of the country's biggest artistic organisations but keeping them here takes time, effort and, most importantly, money.

Hits of Queen hit Hamilton stage

The cast of Clarence Street Theatre's production of We Will Rock You are prepared to deliver on the promise of the title ...

Fans of the 1970s and '80s superband will be going ga ga over the new show at Clarence Street Theatre.

Dolls on a roll video

The on stage transformation of Meg Latham's 2019 WOW entry worked just as she hoped.

Meg Latham has WOWed judges with a garment inspired by the dress-up paper dolls she played with as a child.

A 'realistic and gritty' Miss Saigon

Featuring Tina Bergantinos-Panlilio as Kim and Jack Fraser as Chris.

REVIEW: This gritty rendition of an iconic show has all the familiar ingredients the audience hangs out for.

Local designer WOWs the judges

Meg Latham's World of WearableArt entry Dress Up Dolls, which came second in the Transform Section.

Local designer Meg Latham has won an award at the World of WearableArt Awards.

NZ tour: Ex-Westboro member joins Theroux video

Louis Theroux will be joined on stage by a former member of a hate group in Auckland in January.

Megan Phelps-Roper was born into the Westboro Baptist Church, the hate-spouting group profiled in Theroux's documentary The Most Hated Family in America.

Building the dance

A still from The Clearing by Ross McCormack/ Footnote Dance Company.

Inspired by spooky TV shows like Stranger Things and Dark, a very special dance show is on its way to Nelson Arts Festival.

Wise Guy a show about (almost) nothing

Wise Guy is written and performed by Ethan Morse.

REVIEW: There are several warnings for this show (suicide, depression, fake blood, AIDS) ... but this is no Tarentino movie.

Review: The Pink Hammer

The Pink Hammer "reveals something deeper about human relationships", reviewer Chris Moore says.

The cast of the Court Theatre's The Pink Hammer nails it, reviewer Chris Moore says.

How Rima Te Wiata gets it done

Rima Te Wiata (Ngāti Raukawa) is an actor and singer.

'My hair is white now, and short. It's marvellous when you get out of the shower.'

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