Interview: Philippa Langley on her real-life story inspiring Steve Coogan’s The Lost King

December 22, 2022

Fascinated by the stories we don’t tell, and why we don’t tell them, Philippa Langley has a passion to tell distinctive and original narratives that challenge our perception of established truths. In 2012 she led the successful search to locate the grave of King Richard III through her Looking For Richard Project. Philippa conceived, facilitated […]

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Film Review: The Lost King is a charming underdog tale of a woman finding her voice and its global echo

December 22, 2022

Behind every true story there’s always a slew of accusations as to what is exactly fact and what’s fiction.  In the case of The Lost King, a charming dramedy surrounding everywoman Philippa Langley and her search to find the grave of Richard III, there’s the historians who believes it absolves the king of the supposed […]

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Film Review: Die In A Gunfight is tragically dead on arrival

September 16, 2021

Just because a story has been done before, doesn’t mean it can’t be told in a manner that offers something new.  In the case of Die In A Gunfight, a supposedly romantic thriller influenced by Shakespeare’s classic tale Romeo & Juliet, its intent on bringing flare to proceedings is so chaotic and desperate that it […]

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Theatre Review: Mercutio and The Prince of Cats both entertains and confuses its audience at Sydney’s Old 505

November 24, 2019

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is one of the most iconic tragedies of all time. If you’re unfamiliar with this tale of woe – plot spoiler – they die in the end. But Giles Gartrell-Mills, the writer behind Mercutio and The Prince of Cats, isn’t interested in the star-crossed lover’s plight. Instead the play focuses on […]

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Film Review: All is True (UK, 2018) is a quiet look at Shakespeare in retirement

May 8, 2019

It’s fair to say that most people know Shakespeare and his plays. But, very little is known about the old Bard himself. All Is True is a bio-pic about ye olde William i.e. the writer in his twilight years. The result is a story that relies on some speculation and doesn’t always live up to […]

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Margot Robbie to co-produce female led reimagining of Shakespeare’s works

March 26, 2018

Oscar nominated actress Margot Robbie will serve as an executive producer on a new, innovative Australian 10-part series retelling Shakespeare’s famous works in female perspectives. Led by a female creative team of writers and directors, it’s the first project to be announced from the partnership between ABC TV with LuckyChap Entertainment, Hoodlum and ABC Studios […]

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Theatre Review: Bell Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice gets a little lost at sea (at the SOH Playhouse until 26th November)

October 27, 2017

Bell Shakespeare Company’s latest production of The Merchant of Venice has a few high points. But overall Director Anne-Louise Sarks has played it pretty safe and as a result there’s nothing about this show that really stands out. Listed among Shakespeare’s comedies, The Merchant of Venice contains some of Shakespeare’s most well-known characters. First, there’s […]

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Review: Live from The Old Vic starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead hits Australian cinemas

June 21, 2017

Get yourself ready for an evening of belly laughs and deep concentration because absurdism is back, and it is better than ever! Tom Stoppard‘s groundbreaking 20th century absurdist play Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and thanks to the National Theatre Live, you are able to see it fresh from its […]

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Theatre Review: MTC’s production of Macbeth is a Hollywood action blockbuster on stage (Performances until July 15th)

June 14, 2017

If having Jai Courtney in the title role wasn’t enough to draw theatregoers in, let it be known that this modern-day reimagining of Shakespeare‘s Macbeth is like watching a Hollywood blockbuster come to life on stage. Right from the get-go, it’s as if we are immersed into the world of Mad Max with its rough guts […]

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Interview: Geraldine Hakewill talks about her upcoming role as Lady Macbeth and how Shakespeare’s work continues to translate in 2017

May 29, 2017

It’s one of Shakepeare‘s most famous tragedies and the Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) is bringing Macbeth to audiences with a modern day touch. Starring none other than Aussie actor Jai Courtney in the title role and Geraldine Hakewill as Lady Macbeth, this is sure to be an outstanding season of Australian theatre. Macbeth opens next week and the cast […]

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Jai Courtney tops the bill in Melbourne Theatre Company’s new production of Macbeth

May 5, 2017

Melbourne Theatre Company have pulled together a powerhouse cast for their new production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The production, directed by Simon Phillips, is the third and final instalment in a trilogy of Shakespearian reinterpretations directed by Phillips for Melbourne Theatre Company, following on from acclaimed productions of Hamlet and Richard III. Taking on the iconic […]

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Theatre Review: The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet – Shakespeare By The Bay (performances until April 23, 2017)

April 19, 2017

Set among the beautiful surrounds of Robertson Park in Watsons Bay, Sydney, Shakespeare By The Bay presents The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. In partnership with Bard on the Beach, Watsons Bay Hotel and the Woollahra Council, Romeo and Juliet plays out against an ocean backdrop, with the water lapping gently against the dock as […]

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National Theatre Live has done it again, this time with Hedda Gabler (In Select Cinemas from 1st April)

March 26, 2017

I officially have a new hobby – seeing any National Theatre Live film that comes to Australia. This is a genius concept that has been going on for a number of years but this particular viewing was my first time. Imagine being able to see the best of British theatre at the cinemas?! Genius I tell […]

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Sydney Festival Review: Measure for Measure is a dynamic delight (Performances to 11 January)

January 8, 2017

The physical and comedic talents of a dynamic cast smash through the language barrier in this Russian adaptation of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. Combined with powerful design and masterful direction, Cheek by Jowl’s production is a treat for theatre fans and a highlight of the 2017 Sydney Festival lineup. Measure for Measure is a Shakespearean […]

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Theatre Review: Cymbeline – The Depot Theatre, Sydney (until 15th October)

October 10, 2016

Excellent direction and inspired design make Secret House’s production of Cymbeline a surprisingly entertaining night out. One of Shakespeare’s least-known works, Cymbeline reads like a bingo card of the Bard’s favourite devices: gruesome murder, adventures in the woods, cross-dressing, a confused King, banishment, star-crossed lovers and war. Tick, tick, tick, Bingo! At nearly 4,000 lines, […]

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Review: STC’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is grisly and all kinds of messed up (at Sydney Opera House until 22nd October)

September 25, 2016

The most recent production of A Midsummer Nights Dream I had seen was The Australian Ballet’s interpretation last year, “The Dream”. The ballet was full of whimsical fairies and enchanted forests, the dancing light and airy as it retold Shakespeare’s fanciful story of love and folly. Here again in the Sydney Theatre Company’s latest adaption […]

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Matt Backer (Puck) on STC’s dark new interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

September 17, 2016

Sydney Theatre Company’s dark new interpretation of the beloved Shakespeare A Midsummer Night’s Dream opened at the Sydney Opera House this week. An interpretation that is anything but a fairytale. We caught up with Matt Backer during tech week to chat about this thrilling new production and about his character Puck, or who I shall henceforth refer […]

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Oliver Burton on Beating the Bard at his Own Game

August 12, 2016

In 2011, Oliver Burton undertook the ambitious task of building an improvised show in which the actors speak only in Shakespearean-style language. Five years on, the idea remains as fresh as ever, and the Post-Haste Players are now entertaining Sydney audiences with their take on Shakespeare’s History plays. I asked Burton about taking on the […]

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Review: The Post-Haste Histories – Kings Cross Theatre, Sydney (Performances until 20th August)

August 6, 2016

Doth thou speakest true? Not a script betwixt these players yet drama and merriment dost ensue! It’s hard not to get carried away with the language used by the Post-Haste Players in their latest production, The Post-Haste Histories, especially because the Shakespearean-inspired script is developed entirely before your eyes. This is improv theatre at it’s […]

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The Delighted Spirit: Shakespeare at UQ (events running until November 2016)

April 13, 2016

2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, arguably the most famous name in English literature. Ready to usher in this literary milestone, the University of Queensland has put together an impressive line-up of events. These include public lectures, symposiums, film screenings, and of course, theatrical performances, all aimed at celebrating the incredible oeuvre […]

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Perth Festival Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (As You Like It) – His Majesty’s Theatre (15.02.14)

February 18, 2014

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is up there as one of Shakespeare’s most oft performed plays. There have been countless as adaptations and reinterpretations over the years, but I’d imagine there are few as wonderfully strange and eclectic as Russian director Dmitry Krymov’s interpretation A Midsummer Night’s Dream (As You Like It). As clichéd as it […]

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