January's big hitters
Sydney audiences will step into a world of pure imagination with the new musical version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The show, which just wrapped up a three year run on the West End and a short stint on Broadway, is opening at the Capitol Theatre.
Director and choreographer Graeme Murphy's 1990 take on Turandot is one of Opera Australia's true evergreen productions. Almost three decades after its premiere, it still looks fabulous, driven by dance and an otherworldly design.
Expect to see Pauline Hanson alongside the characters of Mad Max while the voice of John Howard rings out across the desert in this controversial compilation film. Characters from Muriel's Wedding meet Josh Thomas in Please Like Me, Russell Crowe in Romper Stomper and even The Babadook, beside the centrepiece artworks in Terror Nullius.
It was more than four decades ago that journalist and anti-development activist Juanita Nielsen disappeared. Nobody knows exactly what happened to her, so it only makes sense to approach this unusual story in an unusual fashion, which is exactly what Sydney artist Zanny Begg does in this documentary film having its local premiere for Sydney Festival.
He is recognised as one of the country’s most respected designers, and Akira Isogawa has made a name for himself as a pioneer of modern Australian and Asian fusion fashion. In this Powerhouse Museum exhibition, visitors can explore Isogawa’s creative impulses, cultural influences and design background.
North Sydney Oval, with its historic grandstand and views of the lights of North Sydney, is a classy venue for outdoor cinema screenings, and Sunset Cinema will kick off another ten-week season on January 17. Gates open 90 minutes prior to each film commencing and dinner and drinks are available.
Some love La bohème, some loathe it – but there's no doubt that there's plenty of those Puccini earworms, romance, sex, tragedy and comedy. To that mix, Edwards and Thomson add the sizzle of Weimar Germany (cue topless club girls, red-curtained cabarets and bedazzling frocks).
This show is named after a kind of Champagne made entirely from chardonnay grapes. And it's an entirely appropriate name for a show made for adults only that's a bit fancy, a bit bubbly and super boozy. Expect an art deco-inspired, Gatsby-esque design, as well as big dance numbers, aerials, stunts and songs.
After farewelling the wildly popular but controversial Real Bodies exhibition, Sydney's human biology fans will get another entrancing, disturbing and educational exhibition with Body Worlds Vital. This separate exhibit features over 150 preserved human cadavers and anatomical specimens, and has toured more than 130 countries worldwide.