The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Deb­o­rah Jones

de­liv­ers a fresh, vig­or­ous show with­out a drop of sen­ti­men­tal­ity. The pol­i­tics of class, sex and ide­ol­ogy con­tained in Ge­orge Bernard Shaw’s Pyg­malion, from which My Fair Lady is adapted, are given a bright tang and the cast­ing is top-notch. Star­ring Anna O’Byrne as El­iza Doolit­tle and Charles Ed­wards as Pro­fes­sor Hig­gins. Capi­tol The­atre, 13 Camp­bell Street, Syd­ney. Tick­ets: $69.90$149.90. Book­ings: 13 61 00 or on­line. Au­gust 24-Oc­to­ber 6. Miss Saigon Swan Lake/Loch na hEala The con­ven­tions of Swan Lake are turned on their heads in the dark, genre-de­fy­ing adap­ta­tion of one of the world’s most fa­mous bal­lets. Ir­ish-Nordic folk mu­sic re­places Tchaikovsky’s score, with con­tem­po­rary dance and tra­di­tional folk­lore set­ting this pro­duc­tion deep in the Ir­ish mid­lands. Loch na hEala fol­lows the plight of four sis­ters, cursed to take the form of birds to pre­vent the ex­po­sure of a heinous crime they wit­ness. Syd­ney Opera House to take on the chal­leng­ing ti­tle role in this Opera Aus­tralia con­cert per­for­mance of Par­si­fal, also fea­tur­ing the Opera Aus­tralia Orches­tra un­der con­duc­tor Pin­chas Stein­berg. This tran­scen­dent mu­si­cal jour­ney is drawn from the Arthurian leg­ends of holy relics, enchanted maid­ens and faithful knights. Sung in Ger­man with English sur­titles. Syd­ney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point. Wed­nes­day, 6pm. Tick­ets: $99-$335. Book­ings: (02) 9318 8200 or on­line. Du­ra­tion: 5hr 30min, in­clud­ing two 30min in­ter­vals. Un­til Au­gust 14.

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