Review: Les Misérables, Sydney season

Les Miserables Australia. Image by Matt Murphy.

It’s an epic musical, a towering behemoth from the 1980s – an era that spawned plenty of them, like Cats and Phantom of the Opera – but Les Misérables , a sung-through, all-feeling story of love, injustice, and striving for liberation and redemption in dark times, feels like the biggest…

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Walking With Dinosaurs is back in Melbourne

Stegosaurus in Walking With Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular

The late William May told me that the idea for Walking With Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular came to him when he stopped his car to watch cranes working at Docklands at night. He saw dinosaurs and knew that the technology existed that could make something as close to a real dinosaur as…

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Les Miserables opens in Sydney tonight

Chris Durling as Enjolras and the cast of Les Miserables. Image by Matt Murphy

“The time is now, the day is here!” The cast, crew and creative team of Les Miserables are preparing for a big day at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre with a gala opening scheduled for 7pm tonight. After a successful debut season at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne, Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s Les…

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Violet announced for Hayes Theatre in 2015


Violet, with book and lyrics by Brian Crawley (A Little Princess) and music by Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Caroline or Change), will find a home at Sydney’s Hayes Theatre Co in November 2015. Based on the short story “The Ugliest Pilgrim” by Doris Betts, Violet tells the story…

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Helpmann Awards: 2015 ceremony details announced

Les Miserables Barricades. Image by Michael Le Poer Trench

The 15th Annual Helpmann Awards will be held on Monday 27 July at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney, Live Performance Australia has announced.  This means the Helpmanns will unfold on the set of Les Miserables, which has its opening night in Sydney this week. The Helpmann Awards are billed as the premier…

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Dinner – Black Swan State Theatre Co

Dinner. Image by Gary Marsh Photography.

A dinner party can often be the catalyst for intrigue and conflict as personalities, lubricated by alcohol and rich food, spar, preen and provoke one another.  Dysfunctional relationships are often revealed in such an intimate occasion, especially if the hostess has consciously engineered a guest list that is guaranteed to…

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