Peter Craven

John Mortimer & Leo McKern

31 July 2021 9:00 am

What earthly guarantee do we have that live performance is going to be a viable option for Sydney or Melbourne…

The Greeks

24 July 2021 9:00 am

What a time of captivity, what a time of plague. The Disney musical Frozen, long delayed by the mammoth Melbourne…

Martin Clunes

17 July 2021 9:00 am

Just as the lockdown imprisons the people of Sydney those in Canberra have had the chance to see that exhilaration…

Ethos

10 July 2021 9:00 am

A Sydney lockdown on the heels of Melbourne: what price entertainment? It seemed natural as ever to have recourse to…

Singing Shakespeare

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Britain is certainly revving up when it comes to culture. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s defiance about social distancing for his new…

Anya Taylor Joy stars in the new Mad Max

26 June 2021 9:00 am

It’s funny to reflect how the performing arts, theatre in particular, are a lot stronger when they have a literary…

Andrea Riseborough

19 June 2021 9:00 am

National Treasure is a remarkable piece of TV drama, and it looks for a long, bewildering moment like a masterpiece.…

Dylan

12 June 2021 9:00 am

Bob Dylan turned 80 the other week. Does that seem to consign not just the vanished twentieth century but the…

Chekhov

5 June 2021 9:00 am

The trouble with the performing arts in Melbourne is that you blink and they’re gone. The other week we were…

Macbeth

29 May 2021 9:00 am

It’s an extraordinary thing that a director of Bruce Beresford’s reputation should be directing for Melbourne Opera until you remember…

The Dry

22 May 2021 9:00 am

It’s a hard thing, harder than it should be, to film a detective story. Is Billy Wilder’s version of Agatha…

Ulysses

15 May 2021 9:00 am

If you wanted a college at the University of Melbourne that had no hint of imitation Oxbridge you would turn…

Reese Witherspoon

8 May 2021 9:00 am

There are moments when the very idea of live entertainment including its high cultural expression, thrills the soul. On 6…

Kate Winslet

1 May 2021 9:00 am

It’s been a strange week in the world of arts and entertainment as we slouched to the weirdest plague-governed Oscars…

Helen McCrory

24 April 2021 9:00 am

At a time when people like Prince Philip looked as though they would live forever and the world was a…

Berlin

17 April 2021 9:00 am

Theatre is slowly, tentatively opening up again and there’s no denying that a good play with however small a cast…

A Murder of Crows

10 April 2021 9:00 am

Sometimes a crime show on TV turns into something higher and better, a transfigured thing. The Victim, from Scotland, falls…

La Streep

3 April 2021 9:00 am

It’s one of those secrets that we keep even from ourselves that great acting, everything that we know in terms…

The Virtues

27 March 2021 9:00 am

It’s a bit amazing that Hamilton is opening in Sydney on 27 March. Only a few months ago it was…

Ray Lawler

20 March 2021 9:00 am

When Brett Sheehy, the departing artistic director of the Melbourne Theatre Company took the stage of the Sumner with the…

Britney Spears

13 March 2021 9:00 am

The arts world in general —and with it theatre in particular— is opening up. Not only is the Botticelli to…

Christopher Plummer

6 March 2021 9:00 am

A few weeks ago that great Canadian actor Christopher Plummer died. Everyone knows him as Captain Von Trapp opposite Julie…

Anne-Marie Duff

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Melbourne was just stirring into public cultural life when the hotel quarantine mishap led to that last alarming lockdown that…

The Dig

20 February 2021 9:00 am

It was gratifying to see such a quiet and impeccably made film as The Dig make it to independent cinemas…

Das Rheingold

13 February 2021 9:00 am

You could hardly ask for a more exorbitant return to mainstage theatre than a production of the first part, the…