Theatre

Riot expected at Christchurch theatre video

The Australian show premiered at the Sydney Opera House two years ago. Shows in Auckland and Christchurch will be its ...

Christchurch theatre-goers can find controlled chaos at the Mat Hatter's Tea Party after Christmas.

Interactive play 'good-humoured fun'

The Court Theatre's A Christmas Carol.

REVIEW: Adaptation of the Christmas favourite isn't deeply intellectual theatre, but it's just what you need this time of year.

Pan an inspired catastrophe video

Connor Crawford is side-splitting as actor Chris playing Captain Hook in Peter Pan Goes Wrong.

REVIEW: Rarely has acting been elevated to such levels of high physical risk.

Peter Pan - but not how you know it

It follows the success of the English stage hit The Play That Goes Wrong, which premiered in London in 2012 and won Best ...

The play where things go wrong and awkwardness infiltrates the stage.

Amahl and the Night Visitors

Grant Weihs, 13, did very well with what is a tricky part in Amahl, a Christmas opera.

REVIEW: This Christmas opera featuring an 18-piece orchestra, a small ensemble cast and a chorus had much to commend it.

Nostalgic drama endearing and subtle

Astroman is a coming-of-age play full of laughs and nostalgia.

Belly laughs in game wizard drama at Court Theatre.

A truly marvellous party

Mrs Krishnan and the other characters in her world know how to put on a good party for Christchurch theatregoers.

REVIEW: Mrs Krishnan knows how to put on a good party for Christchurch theatregoers.

You're invited behind the dairy counter video

Mrs Krishnan's Party is a stage show about a party out the back of a classic Kiwi dairy. Expect audience interaction and ...

Mrs Krishnan's Party is a wild stage show where the audience gets involved.

CSO: Refined and eloquent

Christchurch Symphony Orchestra violinist Andrew Haveron displayed "restrained and hypnotic expressiveness" during a ...

REVIEW: Christchurch Symphony Orchestra deserved flowers at the end of its Brothers in Arms concert.

Bill Bailey: An ingenious performer

Bill Bailey returns to New Zealand next month with his new comedy and music extravaganza, Earl of Whimsy.

REVIEW: In a term straight out of a Noel Coward play, "whimsy" sums up Bill Bailey's humour perfectly.

A musical that defines all others

Arawyn Allan-Griffiths (Little Cosette), in the production of Les Misérables.

REVIEW: If you love Les Mis, see it again – if you've never seen it, you won't be disappointed.

Magnificent cast in Mum's Choir

There are a few flaws in Mum's Choir, but there are wonderful musical moments and excellent performances.

REVIEW: There are a few flaws in Mum's Choir, but there are wonderful musical moments and excellent performances.

Stage set for NZ theatre celebration

Roger Hall hopes the inaugural NZ Theatre Month will highlight to all Kiwis just how diverse and vibrant our stage scene is.

"Although we have an amazing theatre scene by and large, the public is not aware of it," playwright Roger Hall says.

New Court play not a Misery

Lara Macgregor plays Annie Wilkes in Stephen King's 1987 thriller Misery at the Court Theatre.

REVIEW: I guess that no one at The Court Theatre cheerfully burbled that traditional thespian call of "break a leg" before the curtain rose on the production of Misery on Saturday.

Theatre for babies?

Founders of the Cubbin Theatre Company, from left, Hannah Wheeler, Melanie Luckman and Amy Straker, pictured with Milo ...

A new Christchurch theatre company offering plays for babies.

Ballet star danced through hurricane

Christchurch dancer Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson dances professionally for the Houston Ballet.

Kiwi ballet prodigy Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson survived Hurricane Harvey – and now he's reaching for the stars.

Theatre 'no longer' sustainable

Free Theatre manager George Parker is demanding answers from the Arts Centre after the theatre was told to move out.

Christchurch's Free Theatre has been told to leave the Arts Centre after it failed to secure a way to become financially viable.

Review: New comedy wears heart on sleeve

Robert Lloyd, left, and Mark Hadlow play Walter and Stu in The Biggest running at The Court Theatre until July 14.

Review: The Biggest sets out as a comedy about men and fish but carries deeper questions.

Ideation is a 'sinister corporate tango'

Laura Hall in Ideation at  Christchurch's The Forge at The Court.

REVIEW: Aaron Loeb's play Ideation is a sinister corporate tango.

Second half 'outstanding'

The true pleasure in accidentally missing the second half of this musical is discovering a production that has blossomed ...

REVIEW: Chris Moore returns to the scene of the crime to review the second-half of Christchurch Free Theatre's curiouser and curiouser Tom Waits-penned production.

Fun, but perplexing show

The Christchurch Free Theatre's production of Alice is an interesting, provocative evening of theatre.

REVIEW: The cast of Alice obviously had huge fun bringing Tom Waits' contemporary musical to the stage.The same couldn't be said for some perplexed members of the audience.

What's on in Christchurch this week

The Christchurch Free Theatre's season of Alice runs from May 3 until 19 at The Arts Centre's Gym.

Animals - real and imagined - are taking over the city during the next seven days.

Sharply contrasting solo shows

Evie Guttridge plays Spoonface Steinberg with a fey charm, gentle humour and great sincerity.

REVIEW: Lyttelton Arts Factory's double-bill of one-woman shows offer raw energy and luminous performances.

What's on in Christchurch this week

The Killers' Brandon Flowers will join the rest of the band for a concert at Horncastle Arena on Tuesday night.

Music is all around the city this week, including visits from artists as diverse as The Killers and Foster & Allen.

Taking street magic to arenas video

Dynamo's been touring his stage show for more than two years.

Beating stage fright to bring street magic to huge crowds might be Dynamo's hardest trick.

Showbiz production offers Wicked fun

Rebekah Head and Heather Lee Wilcock are the undoubted stars of Showbiz Christchurch's Wicked.

REVIEW: Director Stephen Robertson should be well pleased with the results of his labours.

What's on in Christchurch this week

Hometown boy Todd Astle will be hoping for more celebrations like this against the English when the second-test starts ...

Comedians, cricket and Kabbadi are all on display in Christchurch this long weekend.

Piano adaptation hits the right notes

If Ada's muteness is inevitably less central to the drama in the balletic version of The Piano, this loss is compensated ...

REVIEW: The Royal New Zealand Ballet's ambitious production does full justice to Jane Campion's movie.

Spooky Men in Christchurch

The Spooky Men's Chorale. Normally they perform in non-bathing attire.

Formed in Australia's Blue Mountains by Christchurch born Stephen Taberner, the top-hat clad men in black of the Spooky Men's Chorale descend upon the city this weekend for an evening of song.

Hall's latest offers Easy laughs

Roy Snow and Luanne Gordon star in The Court Theatre's production of Easy Money.

REVIEW: Recognising that Cantabrians love mocking Auckland, the veteran playwright has obliged with a farce that confirms parochial preconceptions of anything north of the Bombay Hills.

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