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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET @ The Capitol Theatre

In 2011 Christopher Wheeldon created sustained narrative with ongoing character development, with his new classic ballet “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” a full-length work in three acts, for the Royal Ballet at The Royal Opera House in Bow Street, Covent Garden, London. I am forever grateful that The Australian Ballet has carefully re-created this amazing fast-paced spectacular ballet, using the best of the best Australian ballet dancers and some guest artists, and is now available for Sydney audiences for a very limited time, after first being seen by Melbourne audiences.

This is the must see ballet this decade, so much better to experience live on stage, rather than watching The Royal Ballet September 2011 dvd version.

Brilliant family friendly ballet entertainment, has been adapted from Lewis Carroll’s childrens’ book. Christopher Wheeldon‘s always inventive and breathtaking choreography created for each famous character, is meticulously and gracefully combined with colour co-ordinated eclectic costumes by Bob Crowley, together with captivating colourful set designs also by Bob Crowley, all are a standout, and the famous plot has been blended with a memorable and thought provoking music score by Joby Talbot that contributes resonant depth to each well-remembered character. Banks of moving spots are used to create everything from black/white checker board flooring through to swimming in an ocean of tears.

Fully animated 4K high definition, bright video projection delivered the immediate ability to suspend disbelief, as Alice is seen to tumble and to fall down the rabbit hole, and provides the “drink me” Alice shrinking experience and then the “eat me” Alice expanding sequence, complete with the changing sizes of the wall of doors of the room that she tries to escape from. Gigantic Alice trapped in an ultra-tiny room, is a magicians delight with its delicious false perspective.

The Red Queen of Hearts is extremely tall, and later becomes extremely tall and wider, soon heralding the sudden and unexpected appearance of the Red King of Hearts. The Red Queen soon delivered howls of laughter from the children in the first night audience, so many wonderful things happen, and always suitable for all ages.

The captivating performance delivered by the tap-dancing Mad Hatter, drew applause from the well entertained audience. The full sized Cheshire Cat easily generated oohhs and aahhs from all, as did the brilliant full sized Caterpillar.

This Australian Ballet production, again and again, has absolutely perfect mises-en-scène optimally visualised for each and every complex scene, where the combination of choosing the perfect cast for each role, and every element of the set design and costumes and music soundtrack, have joined together to create a unique and very original ballet experience. Highly recommended.

Conductor: Nicolette Fraillon
Alice: Ako Kondo
Jack/The Knave of Hearts: Ty King-Wall
Lewis Carroll/The White Rabbit: Adam Bull
Mother/Queen of Hearts: Amy Harris
Father/King of Hearts: Steven Heathcote (Guest Artist)
Magician/Mad Hatter: Kevin Jackson
Raj/Caterpillar: Jarryd Madden
Duchess: Ben Davis
Wonderland Characters: Artists of The Australian Ballet and supernumeries.
Choreography Christopher Wheeldon
Music Joby Talbot orchestrated by Christopher Austin and Joby Talbot
 Scenario Nicholas Wright
 Set and costume design Bob Crowley
 Lighting design Natasha Katz
 Animated Projection designs Jon Driscoll and Gemma Carrington
 Puppet concept and design Toby Olié
 Magic consultant Paul Kieve
 With Opera Australia Orchestra in Sydney
 With Orchestra Victoria in Melbourne
Congratulations to Valerie Tereshchenko, who just received the 2017 Telstra Ballet Dancer Award, and also to Jake Mangakahia, who took out the People’s Choice Award. 
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland© was commissioned and first performed by The Royal Ballet and The National Ballet of Canada.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland© is a co-production of The Australian Ballet and The National Ballet of Japan.
The Kenneth R Reed Fund generously supports the re-creation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland© for The Australian Ballet.

ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND is playing 5-22 December 2017 at The Capitol Theatre, Haymarket, Sydney.

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Photography by Johan Persson. All images depict the Artists of The Royal Ballet in Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland©. © ROH, 2013.



‘The most beautiful thing in the world is a shoe’ .

Shoes can be art, lovingly crafted sculpture.
Kinky Boots has bounced into Sydney! Price and Son have taken over the Capitol to screams of delight from shoe people.

This bright bold and colourful musical with a huge heart will have you dancing in the aisles. It is often joyous , sexy and exuberant yet also deals with underlying darker issues. It is a story about self-acceptance,  personal growth, prejudice and the acceptance of outsiders .

Kinky Boots is the show that beat Matilda in the 2013 Tony Awards for best Musical – to some raised eyebrows.       Continue reading KINKY BOOTS @ CAPITOL THEATRE




Old-school showgirl glamour is mixed with aerial artists, pole dancers, circus acts, magicians, and of course the famous cancan dancers, in a lavish French cabaret show like no other.

Audiences will be enthralled by the beauty of dancers, the magic of the music and the spectacular array of international guest variety artists of Cabaret De Paris. Continue reading CABARET DE PARIS @ THE CAPITOL THEATRE

2015 Helpmann Awards @ Capitol Theatre SYDNEY (Live Performance Australia)

And the Helpmann Award goes to …

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All the winners of the 2015 Helpmann Awards were announced on Monday Night from 7:30pm in a star studded ceremony honouring the year’s best achievements, at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre hosted by Todd McKenney. Each year, the Helpmann Awards are the pinnacle event of Australia’s vibrant live entertainment and performing arts industry.

The 2015 Helpmann Awards celebrated the remarkable year that the Australian live performance industry has had, and award presenters included Cate BlanchettDanielle Cormack, and David Campbell.        

Continue reading 2015 Helpmann Awards @ Capitol Theatre SYDNEY (Live Performance Australia)

Les Mis @ The Capitol

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Visually stunning ,with some wizard special effects this is a tremendously thrilling production of one of the world’s most popular musicals.There is magnificent ensemble work and the leads are terrific.

We follow Hugo’s epic, sweeping tale of love, morals, suffering and redemption and a sharp criticism of the state of society at the time. Continue reading Les Mis @ The Capitol

The Australian Ballet – Behind The Scenes Of Swan Lake

Under the intent eye of Steven Heathcote the Australian Ballet took us behind the scenes of this famous production.

The curtain rose and Heathcote loomed out of the darkness and introduced himself. For many years a much loved principal dancer with the Company, he is now a ballet master.

Casually dressed in tshirt and trousers, Heathcote explained the daily hard grind of class, rehearsal and performance that make up  a dancer’s life.

The fluorescent worklights were on and the barres had already been shifted but it must have been a bit awkward for the dancers as the large circular ‘pond’ from the production was left in place and took up quite a bit of space. Continue reading The Australian Ballet – Behind The Scenes Of Swan Lake

Joshua Robson wins Rob Guest Endowment Award

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Joshua Robson takes out the major award at the 6th annual Gala Concert

The winner of the 2014 Rob Guest Endowment Award was announced tonight at a glamourous Gala Concert at the  Capitol Theatre, Sydney.

Competing against five other outstanding Semi-Finalists with his performance of Soliloquy  from Carousel and Let Me Dream, Joshua Robson took out the prestigious award after being chosen by an expert panel of judges, which included Nancye Hayes, Todd McKenney and Guy Simpson.

Presented by ANZ and hosted by Bert Newton with Lucy Durack, the glamourous event, which is now is its 6th year, featured performances by 2013 winner Samantha Leigh Dodemaide, Kirby Burgess, Bobby Fox, The Tap Pack, Swing On This, Eddie Muliaumaseali’l, Oscar and Joshua Han, and cast members from Wicked and Strictly Ballroom The Musical. Continue reading Joshua Robson wins Rob Guest Endowment Award


Simba is back! He has returned to Pride Rock ! ( aka The Capitol Theatre  ) . Bold ,bright and colourful , based on the Disney musical film and with help from Elton John  and Tim Rice the production uses African designs ,rhythm and choreography to tell the dramatic story. Its plot is sort of Hamlet- ish – the young prince Simba must learn to overcome his guilt and grief and reclaim the throne from his evil , usurping uncle Scar and his hideous trio of hyena henchmen .Does he succeed ? Continue reading THE LION KING


A Company shot of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG. Pic Jeff Busby

If you’re like me then the only things you remember about the movie version of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang are that it starred Dick Van Dyke, it was about a phantasmagorical car that flies and it featured a really catchy song called oddly enough “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”.

And incredibly, the original story was written by Ian Fleming of James Bond fame and was inspired by a number of real racing cars all named, wait for it, “Chitty Bang Bang” One Chitty went missing!