1. You may be old school and have come to her through Mary Poppins or The Sound of Music, you may be new school and for you it’s The Princess Diaries or Shrek, but either way allow us to point you in the direction of AN EVENING WITH JULIE ANDREWS. The Civic Auckland, June 5.
2. Stephen Fry and Mark Rylance in Twelfth Night, along with productions of Henry V and The Taming of the Shrew, feature in the third annual GLOBE ON SCREEN season around the country’s cinemas. Various venues and dates, June 1-July 27. If you prefer your Shakespeare in the flesh, the third-year acting students of Auckland’s Unitec Institute of Technology are staging “contemporarised” productions of HAMLET and THE COMEDY OF ERRORS at Unitec Theatre. Alternating days, June 7-15. Not the bloodiest of Shakespeare’s plays, any of those – but if that’s your bag there is always MONSTER FEST. Academy Cinemas, Auckland, June 6-19.
3. The classical violin stars of tomorrow can be seen in the biennial MICHAEL HILL INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION, the early rounds of which take place in Queenstown Memorial Hall (May 31-June 2) before they move to Auckland Town Hall (June 5-8) for the semi-finals onwards. Also in Auckland: the WAITAKERE ORCHESTRA perform a programme of Handel, Weber, Grieg and Ives for their 10th anniversary concert.
4. Carl Nixon’s play TWO FISH ‘N’ A SCOOP is at Palmerston North’s Centrepoint Theatre (June 7-July 6). DANCING IN THE WAKE is Jan Bolwell’s play about the dancer daughter of James Joyce and is touring (until June 16). Included in the cast is John Smythe (pictured with Sacha Copland as Lucia Joyce), a theatre critic happy to walk the talk, although thankfully not dancing it. (Mind you, he is cast as Joyce, Samuel Beckett and Carl Jung, and that sort of thing could go to a man’s head.)
5. Listener dance writer Francesca Horsley is looking forward to BALLET REVOLUCION, saying: “Ballet has a special place in Cuba, with the National Ballet of Cuba producing some great dancers despite their isolation for decades. It’ll be interesting to see what Ballet Revolucion’s point of difference is from American companies producing a similar style of ballet/contemporary.” ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, June 11-13.