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Review - Fawlty Towers – Live: Classic farce brilliantly done

Above: Blazey Best, Stephen Hall, Aimee Horne and Syd Brisbane. Below: Basil does his silly walk. Photos: James Morgan. Fawlty Towers – Live By John Cleese and Connie Booth Produced by Michael Coppel and Phil McIntyre with Louise Withers Directed by Caroline Jay Ranger Playhouse Theatre Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Season: 28 December 2016 to 22 January 2017. Duration two hours including interval. Bookings: or 136 246. Fawlty Towers is cult comedy. It began life as a two season BBC TV production back in the 1970s. There were just 12 shows, but they have lived on, gaining new generations of fans. But would the morphing of old TV show scripts into a tw

Review – Qld Ballet’s The Nutcracker 2016: a visual feast of colour and dance

The Nutcracker Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography by Ben Stevenson Queensland Symphony Orchestra Conducted by Nigel Gaynor Queensland Ballet Playhouse Theatre Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Season: December 9-23. Runnning time: two hours including interval. Bookings at or 136246 Once again it is the Christmas season, which in Brisbane means the annual Queensland Ballet production of The Nutcracker. Once again this show proved to be a visual feast of colour and magical dance. It is a production that has retained its charm and vibrancy. And the joy of having such a strong company is that the principal and specialist roles take on a new person

Sydney’s New Theatre’s 2017 season

Presented in association with the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival The Little Dog Laughed by Douglas Carter-Beane, directed by Alice Livingstone. February – 4 March. Mitchell is an actor, a rising star and firmly in the closet. Diane is his wildly ambitious, take-no-prisoners agent and awards-night beard. Alex and his girlfriend Ellen are two young hustlers on the make. Late one night, on a business trip to New York, Mitch calls for a rent boy and Alex turns up. Two worlds and four lives collide. Within days, Mitch is declaring he’s in love and planning to ‘come out’ while Diane is desperately trying to prevent him committing what she sees as career suicide. A tale of sexual ambiguit

Ladies in Black - 2017 national tour

The critically acclaimed and Helpmann-award winning Ladies in Black will open in Brisbane from January 28. The Queensland produced musical opens its national tour on January 3 in Sydney, the premiere season in the city in which the story is based and will run in Brisbane, Melbourne and Canberra From the adaptation of Madeleine St John’s 1993 novel, The Women in Black, this production has been brought to life by Australian screenwriter Carolyn Burns and Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Love Never Dies) with original music from singer songwriter, Tim Finn (Split Enz, Crowded House). The world premiere of Ladies in Black, the story of fashion, friendship and 1950s Australia took p

Top acts support Guns n' Roses

In eight weeks time rock band Guns n’ Roses will bring their arsenal of hits to stadiums around Australia! TEG-Dainty announced that Australian bands Wolfmother and Rose Tattoo will share the special guest spots on the tour as follows: Rose Tattoo - Brisbane - Tuesday 7 February at QSAC Stadium; Sydney - Friday 10 February at ANZ Stadium. or 132 849 Wolfmother & Rose Tattoo – Sydney - Saturday 11 February at ANZ Stadium or 132 849; Wolfmother - Melbourne - Tuesday 14 February at the MCG or 132 849; Adelaide - Saturday 18 February at Adelaide Oval; Wolfmother - Perth - Tuesday 21 February at Perth Domain Stadium or 132 849. The

Sri Lanka's secluded coastal hideaway

Anantara Kalutara pool view at dusk Anantara Kalutara Resort is a secluded coastal hideaway, connecting travellers to Sri Lanka’s colonial charms and sacred heritage, the vibrancy of island life and wild nature. Only ten minutes from the town of Kalutara and an hour from the capital Colombo, Anantara Kalutara is set along Sri Lanka’s southwest coast. The unique setting between the Indian Ocean and Kalu River boasts coastal, river and lagoon frontage, providing a tranquil retreat. The resort was originally designed by Sri Lanka’s most notable architect, the late Geoffrey Bawa, and is inspired by his vision of simplistic elegance and great craftsmanship, whilst showcasing the Kalu River and In

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