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By: Kate | August 15, 2016

Declaring a love of Shakespeare has long been a shortcut to gaining cultural credibility. But any mug can fake a knowledge of Hamlet or Romeo and Juliet. How much more impressive it would be to casually opine "I think his Henriad tetralogy is divine!" 


The Henriad comprises four of Shakespeare's history plays: Richard II, Henry IV Part I and Part II, and Henry V. Henry V is well known and frequently produced, including Kenneth Branagh's 1989 film. This lavishly-produced series provides an opportunity to explore the other, lesser-known plays in the sequence (which is as close as Shakespeare fans get to the excitement of a 'new work').


Richard II was utterly convinced of his divine right to rule, which led to him behave like a b...

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Tags: Shakespeare 

By: Kate | June 08, 2016

Looking for a few hours of glamour and mystery? Then it is my very great pleasure to introduce Miss Fisher. 


Based on the novels of Kerry Greenwood, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries are set in 1920s Melbourne and feature private detective Phryne Fisher. Phryne (pronounced fry-nee) is a wealthy aristocrat and thoroughly modern women, happily flying planes, riding motorbikes, shooting bad guys and bedding anyone she jolly well likes. She is played with cheeky flair by Essie Davis, sporting a razor-sharp bob and an exquisite wardrobe (for some viewers, this alone is reason enough to tune in).

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By: Kate | November 07, 2015

If I lived in London I'd be regularly trotting off to the National Theatre to see some of the world's best actors in some of the world's best plays. But I don't. Luckily, the National Theatre has found it in the goodness of their heart (or the interests of their finances) to broadcast their productions in cinemas around the world. I've just returned from viewing Benedict Cumberbatch's Hamlet, and by golly, what a treat it was! Although it doesn't give quite the same immediacy and 'oh my goodness, this is being created before my very eyes!' effect as being at a live performance, it still provides a chance to see top-notch performances without the eye-watering expense of an overseas trip.


Apparently they are now screening in more than 1100 ve...

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