The 2016 Adelaide Cabaret Festival

The 2016 Adelaide Cabaret Festival, which kicks off on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend with the popular Variety Gala, will feature more than 425 Artists in 150 performances over 16 days and nights.

A Prescription for Living

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.

Mark Mitchell: A Bewdiful Life

Mark Mitchell plays Lazar Wolf in the new production of Fiddler on The Roof. But he is best known to Australian audiences for his television characters. He took time out to talk to Coral Drouyn

Pinter’s Old Times for Adelaide

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.

Don’t Make Me Laugh

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.

33rd Annual Green Room Awards

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.







Stage Fawlty Towers’ Basil and Sybil Announced

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.

The Voice of Velvet

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.


On the eve of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Coral Drouyn talks to Adam Hills about Festivals, British humour and HIS favourite Comedian

A famous one footed comedian and a quiet funny American walked into a festival…

No, there’s no punchline and it’s actually true…. Adam Hills met Jake Johannsen in  Kilkenny (home of great beer) at the Cats Laugh Comedy Festival, and a Bromance was born.


The family of Jon English has confirmed details of the Public Memorial Service for Jon.

Date: Monday 4 April 2016

Venue: Capitol Theatre, 13 Campbell Street, Haymarket, Sydney

Time: 4.30pm for a 5pm start

Everyone is invited and very welcome.

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