Peter Craven

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…

It’s a sin

6 February 2021 9:00 am

It’s easy to forget what Russell T. Davies has achieved to date. Twenty-odd years ago, Queer As Folk altered a…

On The Beach

30 January 2021 9:00 am

The aftermath of Australia Day seems like an appropriate time to watch On the Beach, for a belated first time,…

The Investigation

23 January 2021 9:00 am

Slowly, after what seemed like infinite, malingering delays, virus-driven, the world of arts and entertainment is starting to open again…


16 January 2021 9:00 am

Who would have thought that Netflix would score so sumptuously with a Regency soap that flaunts colourblind casting like a…

Orson Welles

19 December 2020 9:00 am

It seems on the face of it the oddest proposition on earth. David Fincher, the famous Hollywood director of Fight…

Ned Kelly

12 December 2020 9:00 am

All the young millennials I know were raging in Melbourne the other Saturday night and so were some of their…

The Queen’s Gambit

28 November 2020 9:00 am

As the Covid virus recedes even from Victoria – and the South Australian scare proves less serious than it looked…

Billy Wilder

21 November 2020 9:00 am

Slowly the world of the arts starts to take a timid step forward in plague-torn Australia. Just as alarming new…

The Undoing

14 November 2020 9:00 am

It’s a strange prospect for strange times, the young violinist Freya Franzen on the stage of Melbourne’s Concert Hall playing…

Sean Connery

7 November 2020 9:00 am

Sean Connery outlived all of them, those great British actors who came to such prominence in the early Sixties: Richard…


31 October 2020 9:00 am

Imagine daring to make another version of Rebecca. Hitchcock’s 1940 film is the version that is bound to overshadow any…

Orson Welles

24 October 2020 9:00 am

The journals of the plague year from the point of view of culture are getting weirder and weirder from Daniel…

Too much of nothing

17 October 2020 9:00 am

In the world of the arts, some things keep on even in this time of impossibility which the virus has…


10 October 2020 9:00 am

What a strange phase the world of theatre – the world of artistic activity – is going through at the…

Stuck at home with a serial killer

26 September 2020 9:00 am

It’s odd when you think of the way television has usurped almost everything else in the time of the virus.…

Diana Rigg

19 September 2020 9:00 am

It was sad the other day to hear of the passing of that scintillating lady of stage and screen Diana…

Lacklustre, pompous: Linda Cropper and Philip Quast

Grateful dead

7 June 2014 9:00 am

Ibsen would turn in his grave at this production of Ghosts

Pitch perfect: Nikki Shiels

An unmistakable glow of greatness

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Drop everything and marvel at Night on Bald Mountain