After opening in 1943, “Oklahoma!” was an instant hit and had a run of over 2,000 performances.
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The Broadway hit offered an escape from the anxieties of World War II. But the America it portrayed – unified, patriotic and white – rings hollow today.
A scene from The Cocoa Butter Club: Midsumma Special, a special cabaret performance that will make its Arts Centre Melbourne debut on Friday, January 19 2018. It uses a NOTAFLOF ticketing system.
A new form of ticketing is becoming more popular in the arts – and it might help us be more charitable than before.
Queen of controversy, Katie Hopkins.
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The stage is the perfect place to explore dark thoughts.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard died of complications from ALS on July 27, 2017, at his home in Kentucky.
To the recently deceased playwright, the nation's greatest tragedy was its move from an agricultural society to an urban, industrial one.
The Chapel Perilous follows the life of Sally Banner “a rebel in word and deed”.
No other Australian playwright has mined their own life as much as Dorothy Hewett. In this expressionist drama, she depicts a girl of yearning heart, looking for love and hungry for life.
The swinging sixties arrived in Australian theatre with a bang.
The plays of Alex Buzo captured the spirit of rebellion of a new generation of theatre artists.
Summer of the Seventeenth Doll is one of the most famous – and most revived – Australian plays of all time.
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In 1955 two plays – The Torrents and Summer of the Seventeenth Doll – burst into Australian theatre. Funny and tragic in deeply Australian ways, they marked a new horizon of creative possibility.
‘Molly? Molly? MOLLY?’ Tony Barry as Keghead in Rusty Bugles.
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The best Australian play ever written is revolutionary in its treatment of plot, character and language. It has a weary, sardonic perspective on war and an unheroic worldview.
Anita Francis, ‘The Complete Works of Shakespeare,’ book sculpture, 2014. By permission of the artist.
For over four centuries, Shakespeare’s plays have been picked apart and reimagined.
An artwork by James C. Christensen, which represents Shakespeare with characters from all of his plays.
Attributing a Shakespeare work to another writer attracts plenty of critics. But an attribution specialist says his team's decision to name Christopher Marlowe as a co-author is based on state of the art research.
A portrait believed to be of Marlowe.
There is more than one hand at play behind some of Shakespeare's work, but it's not necessarily Marlowe's.
Celebrated South African poet Adam Small passed away at the age of 79.
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Black Consciousness activist, Afrikaans poet and revered academic Adam Small has passed away. In his large volume of work he gave voice to the downtrodden – those marginalised by apartheid.