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Kate Miller-Heidke, Lally Katz and Iain Grandage’s multiple Helpmann award-winning The Rabbits have bred and spread from Perth to Melbourne and now to Sydney, where their furry hides will be welcomed harbourside this summer.

Meanwhile, Bell Shakespeare’s retiring founder, John Bell, will give audiences another take on Bizet’s much-reproduced Carmen, but “with punch”, we’re told (it’s surely been punchy before), and the Australian playwright and director Michael Gow will reimagine Bizet’s much earlier opera, The Pearlfishers, contemplating the history behind its cultural stereotypes.

Desdemona is dead. But only in death, four centuries since audiences first saw Othello suffocate the Venetian beauty on Shakespeare’s stage, can Desdemona ask why the Moor of Venice’s love swiftly turned to murderous rage.

In a new, 21st century concert-play called Desdemona, the women, the oppressed characters of Shakespeare’s play, finally talk back to the Bard, and question why the “quiet approval” of brotherhood meant Othello valued the antagonist Iago’s manipulation over Desdemona’s faithful love.

Fifty essays and dispatches on
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