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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Joanna Murray-Smith – 'writing has saved my life' by Nancy Groves

The playwright is closing out 2014 with two main-house premieres of her work: Switzerland, in Sydney, and Pennsylvania Avenue, in Melbourne• Switzerland at Sydney Theatre Company – revie…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:36PM
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Nigel Harman: 'Shrek is in my blood' by Nancy Groves

The former EastEnders star has turned musical theatre director with a tour of Shrek. He tells us about the appeal of an ogre with body odour – and how to play Simon Cowell on stageSo, Nige…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:12AM
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Andrew Garfield surprises Punchdrunk audience with unannounced cameo by Nancy Groves

Social media abuzz after Spider-Man star makes unexpected appearance in The Drowned Man at London's Temple StudiosIt's what every Punchdrunk theatre fan craves: a one-on-one encounter with a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:36AM
Monday, July 31, 2017

Theodore Bikel, actor, singer and Broadway star, dies at 91 by Nancy Groves

Performer best known as Broadway’s original Captain von Trapp and Tevye in Fiddler in the Roof, died in his hometown of Los AngelesTheodore Bikel, the Tony-nominated actor, folk singer and…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:48PM
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Sara Pascoe answers your questions by Nancy Groves

Comedian, writer, vegan and Edinburgh festival regular, Sara Pascoe joined us live to answer your questions – read the highlights belowSara Pascoe never set out to be a standup. Comedy sta…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:24AM
Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Present review – Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh ageing disgracefully by Nancy Groves

Roslyn Packer theatre, SydneyThe mix of nostalgia, regret and soul-searching that is the price of growing old is captured in Andrew Upton’s masterful adaptation of Chekov’s novice playSo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:12PM
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Pride and Partridge: Felicity Montagu's comedy gold with Coogan and Austen by Nancy Groves

She played the loyal PA to Norwich’s deluded DJ and the cake-scoffing vicar’s wife in Nighty Night. Now back on stage as Mrs Bennet, Felicity Montagu explains why humour is a deadly seri…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:16PM
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Rose Byrne returns to Sydney stage in David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow by Nancy Groves

Bridesmaids star takes her first Australian theatre role in 15 years as Andrew Upton announces a busy final season at Sydney Theatre CompanyRose Byrne will return to the Australian stage for…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:50PM
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Matilda the Musical review – still a revoltingly subversive success by Nancy Groves

Lyric theatre, Sydney Australia finally gets the Tony and Olivier award-winning adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic by Dennis Kelly and local hero Tim Minchin on his homepatch• Roald Dahl…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:18AM
Monday, July 25, 2016

Julie Andrews to bring Broadway spirit to Opera House revival of My Fair Lady by Nancy Groves

Actor to direct show faithful to the landmark 1956 production that made her a star, with the original set designs and Cecil Beaton costumesJulie Andrews plans to channel the spirit of her or…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:31AM
Friday, June 17, 2016

Harry Styles and Lea Michele top of casting wishlist for Wicked film by Nancy Groves

One Direction singer and Glee actor linked to screen adaptation of hit musical, along with Billy Elliot's Stephen DaldryA Wicked fan, a One Direction fan and a Glee fan walk into a cinema ..…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:30PM
Friday, June 10, 2016

Tim Minchin Q&A – as it happened by Nancy Groves and Sian Cain

Comedian, songwriter, the man behind Matilda the Musical and soon-to-be-published poet – Tim Minchin can turn his hand to most things. He came in to answer your questions about Dahl, femi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:24PM

All the world's a self-storage unit: the show unpacking our cluttered lives by Nancy Groves

Dante or Die’s Handle With Care explores our attachment to personal possessions by taking its audience into the warehouses where we stow away belongingsSelf-storage depots: they line our s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:04AM
Friday, June 3, 2016

Simon Stone: 'If theatre could be half as good as HBO, we'd be hitting gold' by Nancy Groves

At 31, Simon Stone has adapted Woody Allen, written and directed a movie, and helmed various iconoclastic stage productions – all after starting out as an actor. He explains why going to t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:09AM
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

A Sissy's Progress: the dangerous power of an effeminate man by Nancy Groves

After being attacked on the street outside his home, Brazilian performance artist Nando Messias created a one-man carnival to take a stand for men like himA warm night in July, a week after …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:21PM
Thursday, January 14, 2016

'We are all so devastated': acting world pays tribute to Alan Rickman by Catherine Shoard, Liese Spencer, Chris Wiegand, Nancy Groves and Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Kate Winslet, Emma Thompson, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Helen Mirren among those remembering the giant of movies and theatre – known best to many as Professor Snape in Harry Potter …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:39PM
Friday, January 1, 2016

William Shakespeare: 2016 is the 400th anniversary of his death by Nancy Groves

Howard Jacobson, Anne Tyler and Margaret Atwood put their spin on the playwright’s work as part of a year of celebrationsFew cultural figures are afforded quite as many anniversary knees-u…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:55AM
Thursday, November 26, 2015

Being King Lear: 'If you’ve got a squillionth of an actor’s notion in your body, you respond' by Nancy Groves

John Gaden, a three-time Lear – including once opposite Geoffrey Rush playing the Fool – says the character is easier to emphathise with as you get older John Gaden has played Lear three…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:16PM
Monday, November 16, 2015

Saeed Jaffrey, Bollywood and British screen legend, dies aged 86 by Nancy Groves

Death of veteran actor who starred in Gandhi and A Passage to India as well as The Chess Players, Dil and Coronation Street was announced on SundaySaeed Jaffrey, veteran star of Bollywood an…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:33AM
Monday, November 9, 2015

Julie Andrews to bring Broadway spirit to Opera House revival of My Fair Lady by Nancy Groves

Actor to direct show faithful to the landmark 1956 production that made her a star, with the original set designs and Cecil Beaton costumesJulie Andrews plans to channel the spirit of her or…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:56PM
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Sequins and thongs: the drag queens of Broken Heel festival – in pictures by Nancy Groves

The drag queens of Sydney, Melbourne and Darwin are descending on Broken Hill, New South Wales, for a three-day celebration of Priscilla. Here are their best frocksBroken Heel festival: ‘A…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:32AM
Thursday, September 3, 2015

Rose Byrne returns to Sydney stage in David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow by Nancy Groves

Bridesmaids star takes her first Australian theatre role in 15 years as Andrew Upton announces a busy final season at Sydney Theatre CompanyHollywood actor Rose Byrne will return to an Austr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:37AM
Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Ronny Chieng to be correspondent on new-look Daily Show by Nancy Groves

Melbourne comedian joins Desi Lydic and Roy Wood on US show to be hosted by South African standup Trevor Noah, who replaces Jon StewartIt’s quite a way to ring in your 30s – being named …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:46PM
Saturday, August 29, 2015

Hugo Weaving: Just because Australian films aren't seen doesn't mean they don't exist by Nancy Groves

CinefestOz’s screen legend for 2015 on Tony Abbott, reuniting with director Jocelyn Moorhouse and why you’ve probably never seen his best workHugo Weaving’s top 10 on-screen moments �…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:27AM
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Jonathan Church appointed Sydney Theatre Company's artistic director by Nancy Groves

The British theatre-maker, who transformed the fortunes of Chichester festival theatre with hits such as Enron, on succeeding Andrew Upton in 2016It’s quite a journey from the mudflats of …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:43AM
Thursday, August 20, 2015

Matilda the Musical review – still a revoltingly subversive success by Nancy Groves

Lyric theatre, Sydney Australia finally gets the Tony and Olivier award-winning adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic by Dennis Kelly and local hero Tim Minchin on his homepatch• Roald Dahl…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:18AM
Monday, August 10, 2015

The Present review – Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh ageing disgracefully by Nancy Groves

The mix of nostalgia, regret and soul-searching that is the price of growing old is captured in Andrew Upton’s masterful adaptation of Chekov’s novice play So this is 40, Chekhov style. …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:40AM
Friday, August 7, 2015

Bryony Kimmings: 'Right now, our men are struggling' by Nancy Groves

She’s known as a feminist activist, but when the performance artist witnessed her boyfriend’s depression, she enlisted his help for Fake It ’Til You Make It, which tackles male mental …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:06PM
Monday, July 27, 2015

Paul Kelly honoured at 2015 Helpmann awards as politics meets showbiz by Nancy Groves

The Australian singer-songwriter accepted the JW Williamson award, thanking and paying tribute to the people who have supported his 35-year careerSinger-songwriter Paul Kelly has been honour…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:49PM
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Theodore Bikel, actor, singer and Broadway star, dies at 91 by Nancy Groves

Performer best known for being the original Captain von Trapp and playing Tevye in Fiddler in the Roof, died in his hometown of Los AngelesTheodore Bikel, the Tony-nominated actor, folk sing…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:01AM
Thursday, June 25, 2015

From Singapore to Congo, Brisbane festival takes a world view in 2015 by Nancy Groves

Artistic director David Berthold, formerly of La Boite, unveils his inaugural festival program inspired by local performer Future D FidelBrisbane festival will be bringing work from as far a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:50PM

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