Performing arts to bring CBD to life

An artist's impression of an early concept design for The Court Theatre on the corner of Colombo and Gloucester streets ...

OPINION: Court Theatre chief executive Philip Aldridge outlines the vision for Christchurch's performing arts precinct.

Court Theatre outlines vision

An artist's impression of an early concept design for The Court Theatre on the corner of Colombo and Gloucester streets.

The Court Theatre will fundraise to find reported $15m shortfall, and car park building should be built first, says chief executive.

Mrs Brown coming back to NZ

Mrs Brown is looking for love in the new stage show by Brendan O'Carroll, set to tour New Zealand in 2018.

Mrs Brown is looking for love in the latest stage show to visit New Zealand.

Parking, shops to help theatre?

Court Theatre chief executive Philip Aldridge says the theatre must return to the city centre.

Steering group favoured only "seed money" for new Court Theatre, saying it could raise revenue through car parking and leasing shop space.

An agile underdog story

Tom Trevella is a standout in the leading role in Top Dog Theatre's production of Up 'n' Under.

REVIEW: Top Dog Theatre's latest production is niftily staged and entertaining.

What's on in Christchurch this Week

The Bads, Dianne Swann and Brett Adams, will perform at The Tannery's Blue Smoke next Thursday.

Top of the Pops

A spellbinding Carmen

Both Nino Surguladze and Tom Randle deliver terrific performances in  NZ Opera's Carmen.

REVIEW: Why this could be the best Carmen that you will ever see.

What's on in Christchurch this week

Theia will perform at Woolston's Blue Smoke on Saturday night.

Icy treat

History with nasty bits

Horrible Histories, directed by Neal Foster, left, will bring their gruesome history of Britain to our shores.

It's the gruesome bits that make history so interesting, Horrible Histories director Neal Foster says.

Russell Howard warms up Chch

UK comedian Russell Howard was given a warm Kiwi welcome in Christchurch.

Christchurch welcomed English comedian Russell Howard to the country with a thrown pair of undies.

Christ's College readying for title defence

The Christ's College boys leaping out of their comfort zone for a game of half life.

Christ's College is preparing a title defending concoction of experience and outlandish humour for the Theatresports National Championships later this year.

St Margaret's bringing the obscure

Some of the girls of the St Margaret's College theatresports group.

 The girls of the St Margaret's College senior theatresports team hope teamwork and creative wit will see them through to the grand final of the National Theatresports Championships this September.

A life-affirming work

The eleven dancers of Black Grace are ever responsive to the ebb and flow of the music as it unfolds over the work's ...

REVIEW: Black Grace's latest performance is one of contrasts.

St Andrew's theatresports

St Andrew's College students coming up with ideas and topics for the performers at an after school rehearsal.

Canterbury's St Andrew's College is a school to beat, as they prepare for the Theatresports in Schools competition.

Serious business behind Avatar circus video

Cirque du Soleil performer Jessica Ward in costume for the show Avatar, Toruk - The First Flight.

To work in the "Avatar empire", you've got to learn the language, moves and believe in the James Cameron way.

Harper hits a new high note

Ali Harper was at her best portraying the nobodies: a lavatory attendant, theatre usher, librarian, journalist and nanny.

REVIEW: The Court's latest is a truly astonishing acting and singing tour-de-force.

Pickle a little too twee

To mark their 20th anniversary, Indian Ink has revived its 2002 play The Pickle King.

REVIEW: An immaculately staged piece of work that left me cold.

Alexandra man a rarity

Blake Luff, 26, has just been elected the new president of the Alexandra Musical Society and new chair of the Otago and ...

It's hard to find a 'middle-aged man' to take the stage in Alexandra, but Blake Luff says times are changing.

What's on in Christchurch this week

The Lions and their supporters will invade Christchurch this weekend ahead of their first-ever clash against the Crusaders.

Variety show

Theatre for gamers

Hamlet The Video Game (The Stage Show) has returned to the Court Theatre in a retooled version of its 2015 debut.

REVIEW: A silly and funny computer game parody has been rebooted

Six roles, 200 auditions video

Thea Erichsen, centre, auditioning for a role in the production of The Sound of Music.

How do you pick six children from 200 auditioning for roles in The Sound of Music?

Review: Uncle Vanya

The Court Theatre production of Uncle Vanya, stars Stephen Lovatt

Delicate and tastefully staged production never quite musters the rawness and intimacy needed to truly move.

What's on in Christchurch this week

Cyndi Lauper  plays Horncastle Arena on Saturday alongside the legendary Blondie.

Sticking around Christchurch over Easter? Here's how to keep busy.

A flawless piece of theatre

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time runs until April 22 at The Court Theatre.

Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time is a cinematic, funny and moving play.

What's on in Christchurch this week

Game of Thrones' Miltos Yerolemou is coming to Christchurch for this weekend's Armageddon Expo.

 From play titles to artworks and events, birds dominate the week's activities around the city

This Mikado strikes the right notes

Arguably The Mikado's best performance was that of Byron Coll, who delivered a virtuoso display of perfectly timed ...

REVIEW: It's easy to lose your head over a Mikado which looks this good, sounds so good and, by Titipu, does you good.

I'm in the opera, Richie!

Byron Coll plays Ko-Ko, a humble tailor thrust into the role of Lord High Executioner in The Mikado.

There's more to Byron Coll than those awkward Mastercard ads.

What's on in Christchurch this week

Liam Finn is one of the headliners at Saturday's Nostalgia Festival at Ferrymead Heritage Park.

From celebrations of children and Japanese culture to a pair of big music festivals, there is plenty to see and do this weekend

New feet stomping old boards

Dan Pengelly, Centrepoint Theatre's new creative director.

Centrepoint Theatre has a fresh new face.

Classic Carmen not to be missed

Natalya Kusch as Carmen and Joseph Skelton as Don Jose in Carmen.

REVIEW: A triumphant vindication of RNZB artistic director Francesco Ventriglia's decision to stage Petit's Carmen.

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