Take one pair of estranged twin brothers (both called Antipholus), and one pair of estranged twin servants (both called Dromio), keep them in ignorance of each other and throw them into a city with a reputation for sorcery, and you have all the ingredients for theatrical chaos. One Antipholus is astonished by his foreign hospitality; the other enraged by the hostility of his home town. The Dromios, caught between the two, are soundly beaten for obeying all the wrong orders. Basing his plot on a farce by Plautus, Shakespeare caps the mayhem of his Roman original to build up a hectic tale of violent cross-purposes, furious slapstick and social nightmare.
This very special TV presentation of Rigoletto is filmed totally on location in and around the Italian city of Mantua, the original fictional setting for Verdi's much-loved opera. Placido Domingo, who plays the lead baritone role, says Rigoletto is "one of the most moving roles that exists.
Family Confidential returns for a third, headline-grabbing series. Narrated by Gretel Killeen, this series showcases some of the biggest names in Australia and the world, and reveals the private story behind the public face. The first episode focuses on Deborra-Lee and Hugh Jackman.
International stars Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush will host a very special episode of At the Movies in front of a live studio audience of invited guests to celebrate Margaret and David's 25 years together on television.
Count Almaviva arrives in Seville to find the mysterious woman he met in Madrid. When he learns that she, Rosina, is engaged to her tyrannical guardian Bartolo, he asks the cunning barber Figaro to help him win her hand. Almaviva and Rosina fall in love, and Rosina turns her mind to duping Bartolo. The combined conniving of all three is too much for Bartolo, who admits defeat when he discovers Almaviva and Rosina have married right under his nose.
In commemoration of 40 years of the Sydney Opera House, this film celebrates the inaugural Sydney Symphony Orchestra concert on September 27 1973 with the 2012 recreation of the concert in its entirety conducted by Simone Young.
A tribute to ABC's Ripponlea studios, where Australia learned to make television. Actors, entertainers, costume and set designers honed their craft inside this creative hub, bringing drama, film, comedy and music to audiences.
Lally Katz invites us into her world of unusual characters and the lifetime deal she's made with her subconscious: writing over love. Except now - she's met someone she really likes. Will she commit to her writing?
This is the tragic story of a married aristocrat/socialite and her affair with the affluent Count Vronsky. The story starts when she arrives in the midst of a family broken up by her brother's unbridled womanizing - something that prefigures her own later situation, though she would experience less tolerance by others. A bachelor, Vronsky is eager to marry her if she would agree to leave her husband Alexei Karenin, a government official, but she is vulnerable to the pressures of Russian social norms, her own insecurities, and Karenin's indecision. Although Vronsky and Anna go to Italy, where they can be together, they have trouble making friends. Back in Russia, she is shunned, becoming further isolated and anxious, while Vronsky pursues his social life. Despite Vronsky's reassurances, she grows increasingly possessive and paranoid about his imagined infidelity, fearing loss of control. Music by Rodion Shchedrin and choreography by Alexei Ratmansky.
Fenella Kernebone takes us to the 50th anniversary of the Adelaide Festival and investigates the Reel Life project; Namila interviews Jin Xing; and Paul wraps up with spectacular installations at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
This week on Art Nation, Fenella Kernebone looks at the Ron Mueck exhibition, one of the NGV's highlights for 2010; the story of John Little, a 69-year-old with Alzheimer's and how art helps him with his dementia; and musician Ego Lemos performs in the studio with his remarkable voice and shows the tremendous talent he has to offer Indigenous music in Australia and the world.
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