Lear’s mordant images and sonorous cadences throb with dire warning and a sense of imminent catastrophe.
Lear's mordant images and sonorous cadences throb with dire warning and a sense of imminent catastrophe. So what's the play's key message, for current times, with Geoffrey Rush in the title role?
We cannot help but remember Hamlet: it is iconic.
Robin Goldsworthy, Ivan Donato, Philip Dodd, Josh McConville. Photo: Daniel Boud
Hamlet is a play that haunts itself. Its saturation into cultural consciousness means that watching a performance is inevitably a process of past ghosts and past echoes framing the current performance.
Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s last collaboration The Seven Deadly Sins, first performed in 1933, in circumstances not dissimilar than those we face today. Pictured: Meow Meow.
Victorian Opera this week stages The Seven Deadly Sins, the final collaboration between Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht. First staged in 1933, it is a masterpiece by two of the most revolutionary artists of Weimar Germany.
Jules Wright was political, provocative and passionate.
As a theatre director and supporter of the arts, Jules Wright was political, provocative and passionate. She was also overlooked in Australia's obituaries when she died earlier this year. Why?
1984’s politics, while tuned for the threat of a different villain at a different time, ring eerily true today.
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Orwell's 1984 is a heavily laden text, which turned the author's name into a byword for authoritarian nightmare. So what can we take from the 2015 stage version at the Melbourne Festival?
Desdemona is one of several productions at this year’s Melbourne Festival that invites its audiences to listen to tragedy and its reverberations.
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Tony Morrison's Desdemona, which opens today in Melbourne, asks many questions of its audience. Perhaps most pressingly: what does it really mean to listen, rather than hear?
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The new 'science play' Photograph 51 is hot on the heels of a host of others, including Stoppard's The Hard Problem. Why are audiences attracted to these right now?
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Les Mis first opened its doors in London 30 years ago. Its success remains unparalleled.
In Athenian spirit.
Berlin recently agreed to curb the number of migrants it welcomed after a backlash against Angela Merkel’s suspension of EU rules limiting numbers. It followed previous scenes of crowds welcoming new arrivals…
National Theatre of Wales
Classical epic can seem particularly alien in the instant gratification culture of Instagram and Twitter, yet there's a surge of interest in them.
Actors with visible and audible disabilities challenge us to rethink conventional notions of ‘acting’.
This year's Melbourne Fringe Festival program features an array of performances by artists with disabilities. Their work tells its audience what the mainstream looks like from the margins.
What does telling the story of the long-running conflict in the Congo through the lens of Verdi’s Macbeth teach us? Owen Metsileng and Nobulumko Mngxek in Macbeth.
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Brett Bailey's Macbeth at Brisbane Festival is a powerful production that relocates Verdi's opera (based on Shakespeare’s play) to the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Interactive children’s theatre engages childrens’ innate creative impulses and encourages them to be curious and playful. Image by Kristian Laemmie-Ruff.
An expanded program of interactive performances for children at this year's Melbourne Fringe Festival harnesses their audience's innate creative abilities and invites them to both watch and join in.
This year's Ibiza Prom was a convenient target for those unhappy with the expanded remit of the Proms – but an unfounded one.
Alison Bell as Emma, making the long, counter-intuitive journey from despair to hope, is perfect in every way.
This production of a very great play by the State Theatre Company of South Australia is beautiful, clarified, and haunting. You will be relieved to know it is "excellent". More to the point it is right.
The 2014 Arts in Daily Life report found that 66% of Australians think the arts are important for child development.
The success of the Opera Australia and Barking Gecko Theatre's Rabbits offers a chance to celebrate the pioneering nature of children's theatre in Australia.
Greek tragedy remains the most modern form of drama, unafraid to question everything we value.
Sarah Walker. Photo: Jane Montgomery Griffiths as The Leader and Aaron Orzech as Haemon.
Regardless of reasoning and the plethora of scholarship that exists, Greek tragedy remains the most modern form of drama. It is unafraid to question everything we value.
Anna Volska, Maggie Dence, John Gaden, Peter Carroll and Barry Otto in Seventeen.
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Seventeen is the story of teenagers on the brink of adulthood; its canny trick is a cast of actors in their 70s. Despite this, it's a conservative play that adheres to a predictably happy ending.
Stopgap Dance Company, Artificial Things, 2013.
Bold programming at the Edinburgh Fringe challenges the engrained tick-box culture, which at its worst, serves only to pay lip service to diversity.
Benedict Cumberbatch and cast in rehearsal.
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What makes Hamlet the career defining role it is today?