Barry Humphries: The Man Behind the Mask Tour announced

Celebrated Australian performer Barry Humphries AO, CBE will take Australian audiences on a revelatory trip through his colourful life and theatrical career when he tours Australia in May 2018 with Barry Humphries: The Man Behind the Mask.

In an intimate, confessional evening – seasoned with highly personal, sometimes startling, and occasionally outrageous stories – Australia’s best loved entertainer will be peeling off his mask to introduce the man behind the clown.

Barry Humphries: The Man Behind the Mask Tour Dates:

NEWCASTLE: Saturday 5 May, 8pm and Sunday 6 May, 1pm at Civic Theatre Newcastle

BRISBANE: Thursday 10 May, 3pm & 8pm at Concert Hall, QPAC

GOLD COAST: Saturday 12 May, 8pm and Sunday 13 May 3pm at The Star Gold Coast

CANBERRA: Wednesday 16 May, 8pm at Royal Theatre Canberra

SYDNEY: Thursday 17 May, 8pm and Friday 18 May, 8pm at Darling Harbour Theatre, ICC Sydney

MELBOURNE: Wednesday 23 May 8pm and Thursday 24 May, 8pm at Hamer Hall

ADELAIDE: Wednesday 30 May, 8pm and Thursday 31 May, 8pm at Festival Theatre

GEELONG: Saturday 2 June, 2pm & 8pm at Deakin’s Costa Hall

Pre sale starts at 12pm on Tuesday 21 November
General Public on sale starts at 10am on Thursday 23 November

VISIT TEGDAINTY.COM FOR TICKET INFORMATION

For more than 60 years, Humphries has held a mirror to Australia and Australians, revealing their virtues, their foibles, their triumphs and their failings through a gallery of adored characters, including Dame Edna Everage, Sir Les Paterson and Sandy Stone.

Now he will spin the mirror around, exposing his own highs and lows, the good times and the not so good. Themes include Humphries’ Australian childhood, family relationships, attitudes, career and his experiences as one of the world’s most acclaimed entertainers.

“This is a show in which I am the principal character; it’s not Les, it’s not Edna, it’s not Sandy Stone. It is really about this character called ‘me’. I’m not in disguise,” Humphries says.

“It is the story of my generation, it is a story of a life spent in the theatre and a life spent in comedy, and it will show what it is like to be a clown. In a way, this is perhaps the bravest thing I’ve ever done and I hope the most entertaining. I think people might be agreeably shocked and they certainly will learn much they didn’t know.”

Audiences can expect a virtuoso, comic, solo performance filled with laughter, drama and surprise. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and the magic of technology may even allow appearances – or interruptions – by unexpected guests.

“Audio-visual technology has made dramatic strides in my life and it’s now possible for me to be on stage with one of my own characters. They may intrude. I might be interrupted,” he hints. “I might even be upstaged!”

But while Humphries has retired from “relentlessly touring”, he can’t wait to introduce Australians to this new phase in his creative life.

“I’m rather proud of what I’ve done in my career. It’s constantly surprising, it’s very stimulating and it’s wonderful to look back on, and to look forward to. It’s still going strong, and with a vengeance.”

Source: Teg Dainty


Neil Diamond 50 year anniversary tour coming to Australia

Neil Diamond will perform in Australia as part of his wildly successful 50 Year Anniversary Tour in March and April 2018.

The tour will celebrate Neil Diamond’s incomparable 50-year career and hits spanning decades such as Cherry Cherry, Holly Holy, Cracklin’ Rosie, Song Sung Blue, You Don’t Bring Me Flowers, Solitary Man, Sweet Caroline, Love on the Rocks, Desiree and Shilo.

The Australian leg of Neil’s 50 Year Anniversary Tour will commence with two massive outdoor stadium shows in Townsville and the Sunshine Coast followed by an itinerary of arena and special outdoor winery shows:

TOWNSVILLE – Tuesday 20 March at 1300 Smiles Stadium, Ticketek

QUEENSLAND – Thursday 22 March at Sunshine Coast Stadium, Ticketek

SUNSHINE COAST – Saturday 24 March at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Ticketek

SYDNEY – Tuesday 27 March at Qudos Bank Arena, Ticketek

VICTORIA – Saturday 31 March at Sutton Grange Winery, Ticketek

MELBOURNE – Tuesday 3 April at Rod Laver Arena, Ticketek

HUNTER VALLEY – Saturday 7 April at Roche Estate, Ticketmaster

ADELAIDE – Wednesday 11 April at Botanic Park, Ticketek

PERTH – Saturday 14 April at Sandalford Estate, Swan Valley, Ticketek

Paul Dainty, President and CEO of TEG DAINTY said today, “Neil Diamond is one of the world’s greatest live performers and I am honoured to be working with him on his 50 Year Anniversary Tour and bringing him to cities and venues he has never played. To see him perform the songs that have been the soundtrack of our lives will be an incredible live concert experience. Neil is currently touring the world and his fans and critics have been raving about this brand-new show.

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 2pm on Thursday 16 November (local time). Go to tegdainty.com for details.

A Telstra pre-sale starts at 2pm on Tuesday 14 November (local time) through to 2pm Thursday 16 November (local time). Go to telstra.com/neildiamond for details.

Source:  Teg Dainty


Foxtel lifts the lid on the Foxtel Now box

Foxtel has unveiled its new Foxtel Now box, an affordable and easy to use device designed to stream the best choice of the world’s biggest new shows, live sport and complete seasons to consumers’ TVs.

The Foxtel Now box features a compact and sleek design and delivers seamless access to an incredible line-up of programming, streamed instantly, live or on demand. Foxtel favourites available to stream on the Foxtel Now box, with a Foxtel Now subscription, include Love It or List It Australia, A Place to Call Home, Gogglebox Australia, plus international hits Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Outlander, Shameless and all the most popular titles from powerhouses HBO, Disney, the BBC and more.

The Foxtel Now box, is a simple plug-and-play device that provides access to Foxtel Now in HD^ along with free-to-air channels via a built-in free-to-air tuner#. It also includes access to SVOD app Stan** as well as free-to-air streaming apps, ABC iview, PLUS7 and tenplay.

The box features built-in Chromecast functionality allowing viewers to ‘cast’ movies, music and photos from Android or iOS mobile devices, PCs or Macs straight to their TV. The Foxtel Now box offers customers access to a world of content, games, music and apps from the Google Play store as well as the ability to stream at 4K quality with compatible apps.

Foxtel CEO Peter Tonagh said, “After the success of Foxtel Now, we’re delighted to lift the lid on our incredible new Foxtel Now box. The sneak peek we shared at the Foxtel Now launch a few months ago created a huge amount of buzz and we are excited to announce the box’s arrival so quickly.

Foxtel Now has already proven to be a hit with customers, offering the most flexible and affordable way to experience the best choice in live sport, new movies, TV and complete seasons. With today’s launch, that experience gets even better.

“For the first time, Australians can watch Foxtel on their TV with a Foxtel designed set top box that is completely powered by the internet offering a no lock-in contract, affordable and flexible way to see Foxtel’s exclusive content both locally produced and from the world’s best entertainment brands. Self-installation is easy removing the need for a technician. Simply bring the box home and sign up to Foxtel Now to start watching.”

You can purchase the Foxtel Now box for $99 starting Friday November 10. It can be ordered directly from Foxtel at www.foxtelnow.com.au or via Foxtel’s eBay store, and will be available from other outlets in the near future.

Foxtel Now is Foxtel’s SVOD service, offering an affordable and flexible way to sign up and stream Foxtel, instantly, in HD^, live and on demand. Foxtel Now features flexible bundles so customers can sign up to Foxtel’s incredible content with the ability to cancel at any time.

Foxtel Now offers five entry level packs to match viewers’ interests including Drama and Pop packs priced at $15 per month each or $25 for both. Lifestyle, Docos and Kids packs are available at $10 per month each.

Foxtel Now’s Movies pack is available for $20 per month in addition to an entry level pack and the Sports pack is available for an extra $29* per month, meaning Sports lovers can now get access to Foxtel’s incredible sports programming for a little as $39 per month and movies for as little as $30 per month.

Foxtel Now comes with a two-week free trial. For more information visit: www.foxtelnow.com.au

Source: Foxtel


FIFTY SHADES FREED - Trailer Launch

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Freed, the third chapter based on the worldwide bestselling “Fifty Shades” phenomenon.

Expanding upon events set in motion in 2015 and 2017’s blockbuster films that grossed almost $950 million globally, the new installment arrives for Valentine’s Day 2018.

Fifty Shades Freed is directed by Fifty Shades Darker’s James Foley (Fear, House of Cards) and once again produced by Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and Marcus Viscidi, alongside E L James, the creator of the culture-spanning blockbuster series. The screenplay is by Niall Leonard, based on the novel by James.

Source: Fifty Shades Freed


Netflix release trailer and key art for The Crown Season 2

Strength comes through struggle in season two of The Crown, launching on Netflix globally Friday, 8 December.

Netflix has debuted the official trailer and key art for the new season. Remember, history was not made by those who did nothing.

 

The Crown, a Netflix original series, tells the inside story of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, as the fragile social order established after the Second World War breaks apart. Based on the award-winning play, The Audience, the series reunites creator/writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) with director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and producer Andy Harries (The Queen).

Beginning with soldiers in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces fighting an illegal war in Egypt, and ending with the downfall of her third Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan after a devastating scandal, the second season bears witness to the end of the age of deference, and ushers in the revolutionary era of the 1960s.

The Crown continues to chronicle the major political and global events that have defined and shaped the second half of the twentieth century – a series that is unprecedented in its scale, ambition and creative vision.

Source: Netflix