Last night David Spencer opened in the terrific Vic Theatre Production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, turning in a stellar performance as Vice Principal Panch. David is a highly successful Music Theatre performer who has toured the UK, and has appeared in many main stage productions as well as being Resident Director for such shows as Anything Goes. But that’s not where his talents begin and end. In a Jekyll and Hyde existence, David has another life.
Busy completing his PhD on Shakespeare's actor Richard Burbage, Cate Blanchett’s former acting teacher Tony Knight is moving his focus for the moment; from Shakespeare to a very different acting style. He is to co-produce and direct an April production of Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter’s tense drama, Old Times. Lesley Reed reports.
With over 200 shows on offer, Coral Drouyn looks at some of the highlights of the 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, which runs from March 24th to April 17th.
It’s the 30th Anniversary of the MICF, and if you haven’t found much to laugh about lately, that’s all about to change. And if you really can’t afford to see everything….or you’re not up to doing three or four shows in one night, this might help you decide.
The 2016 Green Room Awards were presented on Monday March 21 at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre. Melbourne’s premier peer-presented performing arts industry awards recognise excellence and innovation across a range of professional productions presented on the Melbourne stage.The 2016 awards recognise outstanding achievement for work presented in 2015 across Cabaret, Contemporary & Experimental Performance, Dance, Independent Theatre, Music Theatre, Opera and Theatre Companies.
On behalf of Michael Coppel and Philip McIntyre in association with Louise Withers, Creator and Co-Writer of the original television series, John Cleese today (March 21, 2016) announced that Stephen Hall will play the role of Basil Fawlty in the World Premiere Tour of Fawlty Towers – Live on Stage with Blazey Best Co-Starring as Sybil Fawlty.
With Velvet, the extravaganza that is part circus, part disco, part burlesque, part musical and all eighties, opening this week at the Malthouse, Coral Drouyn managed to grab some time with the Incomparable Marcia Hines.