Miriam Margolyes in Brisbane

You can catch the wonderful Miriam Margolyes in Brisbane at the Conservatorium Theatre in South Bank on May 2 (8:00pm) and May 3 (5:00pm).

The show is described as a “passionate (and sometimes irreverent) discovery of words and music”. Miriam is an award-winning star of stage and screen (both film and television) and The Importance of Being Miriam is having its world premiere in Australia. It’s hilarious, heart-warming an thought-provoking – and Miriam is a treasure.

Miriam MargolyesAfter a fulfilling career living in England, Miriam now has dual citizenship and calls Australia home. On March 2 this year she made news from her appearance on the ABC’s Q&A when she succinctly and controversially describer Prime Minister Tony Abbott saying, “I think he’s a tit.”

In this production Miriam brings to the stage some of her best-loved characters – over 20 characters including Lady Bracknell, Mrs Malaprop, Jane Austen’s Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Mrs Corney & Mr Bumble from Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. In this unforgettable evening of theatre, Miriam also gives a fascinating insight into her association with many famous writers and is joined on stage by acclaimed classical pianist, John Martin. This is their first performance together since the hugely popular Dickens’ Women.

Her voice is utterly captivating, and when you add to this her wonderful facial expressions, whether the formidable Lady Bracknell, a po-faced Maggie Smith, and many more, you have a recipe for success.
The Advertiser (Peter Burdon, 26 March 2015)

If she isn’t the best story-teller in the world, she’s certainly up there with the best… The performance is dazzling.
Time Out Magazine (22 March 2015)

Good fun.
The Age (Cameron Woodhead, 22 March 2015)

This wonderful collection of personal anecdotes and passages from her favourite writers is yet another masterful performance from one of our most cherished performers.
Australian Stage (Vito Mattarelli, 22 March 2015)

If you are travelling to see Miriam Margolyes in Brisbane, Rydges South Bank is just across the road from the Conservatorium Theatre for all your accommodation needs or a pre/post show meal, drink or snack.

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Miriam Margolyes in Perth

You can catch the wonderful Miriam Margolyes in Perth at the Heath Ledger Theatre  from April 7 to April 11. The show is described as a “passionate (and sometimes irreverent) discovery of words and music”. Miriam is an award-winning star of stage and screen (both film and television) and The Importance of Being Miriam is having its world premiere in Australia. It’s hilarious, heart-warming an thought-provoking – and Miriam is a treasure.

Miriam MargolyesAfter a fulfilling career living in England, Miriam now has dual citizenship and calls Australia home. On March 2 this year she made news from her appearance on the ABC’s Q&A when she succinctly and controversially describer Prime Minister Tony Abbott saying, “I think he’s a tit.”

In this production Miriam brings to the stage her best-loved characters – over 20 characters including Lady Bracknell, Mrs Malaprop, Jane Austen’s Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Mrs Corney & Mr Bumble from Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. In this unforgettable evening of theatre, Miriam also gives a fascinating insight into her association with many famous writers and is joined on stage by acclaimed classical pianist, John Martin. This is their first performance together since the hugely popular Dickens’ Women.

Her voice is utterly captivating, and when you add to this her wonderful facial expressions, whether the formidable Lady Bracknell, a po-faced Maggie Smith, and many more, you have a recipe for success.
The Advertiser (Peter Burdon, 26 March 2015)

If she isn’t the best story-teller in the world, she’s certainly up there with the best… The performance is dazzling.
Time Out Magazine (22 March 2015)

Good fun.
The Age (Cameron Woodhead, 22 March 2015)

This wonderful collection of personal anecdotes and passages from her favourite writers is yet another masterful performance from one of our most cherished performers.
Australian Stage (Vito Mattarelli, 22 March 2015)

If you are visiting Perth, Rydges Perth can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Miriam Margolyes in Adelaide

You can catch the wonderful Miriam Margolyes in Adelaide at the Dunstan Playhouse in The Importance of Being Miriam until April 2. The show is described as a “passionate (and sometimes irreverent) discovery of words and music”. Miriam is an award-winning star of stage and screen (both film and television) and The Importance of Being Miriam is having its world premiere in Australia. It’s hilarious, heart-warming and thought-provoking – and Miriam is a treasure.

Miriam MargolyesAfter a fulfilling career living in England, Miriam now has dual citizenship and calls Australia home. On March 2 this year she made news from her appearance on the ABC’s Q&A when she succinctly and controversially describer Prime Minister Tony Abbott saying, “I think he’s a tit.”

In this production Miriam brings to the stage some of her best-loved characters – over 20 characters including Lady Bracknell, Mrs Malaprop, Jane Austen’s Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Mrs Corney & Mr Bumble from Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. In this unforgettable evening of theatre, Miriam also gives a fascinating insight into her association with many famous writers and is joined on stage by acclaimed classical pianist, John Martin. This is their first performance together since the hugely popular Dickens’ Women.

Her voice is utterly captivating, and when you add to this her wonderful facial expressions, whether the formidable Lady Bracknell, a po-faced Maggie Smith, and many more, you have a recipe for success.
The Advertiser (Peter Burdon, 26 March 2015)

If she isn’t the best story-teller in the world, she’s certainly up there with the best… The performance is dazzling.
Time Out Magazine (22 March 2015)

Good fun.
The Age (Cameron Woodhead, 22 March 2015)

This wonderful collection of personal anecdotes and passages from her favourite writers is yet another masterful performance from one of our most cherished performers.
Australian Stage (Vito Mattarelli, 22 March 2015)

If you are visiting Adelaide, Rydges South Park can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Les Miserables in Sydney

You can catch the new production of Les Miserables in Sydney at the historic Capitol Theatre. This is an acclaimed Cameron Mackintosh production that has been given a makeover to appeal to a whole new generation of fans while keeping those already in the fan fold totally happy. The production has been reimagined with new design and a superb new cast – and while it may be Les Mis as never been seen before, you can’t take away its foundation of being a fabulous, stirring and memorable musical.

Les Miserables in SydneyThis is the production that inspired filmmakers to make the movie that took home three Oscars, three Golden Globes and four BAFTAs. Simon Gleeson steps into the iconic lead role of Jean Valjean and Hayden Lee plays Valjean’s life-long antagonist, Javert.

Set against the backdrop of 19th Century revolutionary France and based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel, it is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. The magnificent score includes the classic songs “I Dreamed a Dream”, “On My Own”, “Stars”, “Bring Him Home”, “Do You Hear the People Sing?”, “One Day More”, “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables”, “Master of the House” and many more. Running time is just under three hours including one 20 minute interval. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

“Refreshing, rethought and every bit as epic.” Chicago Tribune

“A sizzling Les Mis for the 21st century …” The Huffington Post

Both Rydges World Square and Rydges Sydney Central are a short walk from the beautiful Capitol Theatre for all your accommodation needs if you are travelling to see Les Miserables in Sydney.

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Phantom of the Opera

You can catch The Phantom of the Opera at the Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch from Thursday April 9 to Saturday May 2.

Phantom of the OperaThe Phantom of the Opera has won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical and has been seen by over 100 million people in 144 cities in 27 countries. It is the longest-running show in Broadway history, still currently running in London and New York. This year, The Phantom of the Opera finally comes to Christchurch.

The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabits it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at this command. Its sensational, smash hit score includes “Think of Me”, “Angel of Music”, “Music of the Night”, “All I ask of You”, “Masquerade” and the title song “Phantom of the Opera.”

Following in the footsteps of sell out seasons of Les Miserables, Cats, Miss Saigon and Beauty and the Beast amongst many others, producers Showbiz Christchurch present The Phantom of the Opera to the South Island of New Zealand.

If you are visiting Christchurch, Rydges Latimer Christchurch can look after all your accommodation needs.

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WET ‘n’ WILD

Just a reminder that WET ‘n’ WILD aquatic theme park will close for this summer on April 19 but there’s plenty of time over the Easter holiday break to get wonderfully wet and wild.

WET 'n' WILDThere are 409 awesome rides, including the world’s tallest, world’s best and other world firsts including a combination four-loop eight-lane racer and double Sky Coaster. There is also the sandy beach and the biggest wave pool ever that includes the famous surfable wave.

Whether it is adventure, adrenaline of just good old family fun you are looking for, Wet’n’Wild has it all, especially over the Easter long weekend. There will be an Easter Scavenger Hunt on the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th of April. They will also be giving away some awesome prizes and putting on a BBQ of sausages, steak and salad, available for purchase at the pop up BBQ tent at the Lower Corso.

Here is a link to help you plan your day.

Rydges Parramatta has a fantastic accommodation & a theme park package that includes overnight accommodation, full Rise buffet breakfast in Stock Café plus entry ticket per person to Wet’n’Wild. Rydges Parramatta is only 10 minutes away for all your accommodation needs.

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Caravan and Camping Supershow

The 2015 Caravan and Camping Supershow happens at Rosehill Gardens from Saturday April 11 to Sunday April 19.

Caravan and Camping SupershowFor lovers of the outdoors there’s always something new and wonderful at the Supershow. There will be over 300 exhibitors showing off the latest in caravans, motorhomes, campervans, holiday parks, camper trailers, 5th wheelers, slide-ons, tents & camping equipment, accessories and parks with luxury cabins & tents.

Hours are 10:00am to 5:00pm daily (closes 4:00pm Sunday) and there will be lots of entertainment including  daily seminars, jazz duo and, for the kids, the CIL Kids Zone, jumping castles and face painting. Gate ticket prices are $25 for adults and $20 for pensioners/senior card holders. You can save 10% on these by booking online ($22.50 and $18) and then you can use the express entry gates on arrival at the Supershow.

Here is a link to the official website for more info and the Superhow App to download. Children under 16 are free when accompanied by an adult. There are also great prizes to be won including a $60,000 new age caravan and annex.

There is free parking onsite and free shuttle buses from Parramatta Station and Parramatta Wharf. And, of course, Rydges Parramatta is just across the road from Rosehill Gardens for all your accommodation needs or the perfect place for a drink, meal or snack.

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Cricket World Cup Final

The Cricket World Cup final is nearly here! It seems to have been going on for several months, starting with 14 teams heading for the knockout rounds and, suddenly, the pointy end is in sight…

ICC Cricket World CupAt the beginning of the Cup the favourites had to be Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa and that’s exactly how it ended up for the semi-finals. Now it is the battle of the teams across the ditch at the MCG on Sunday, March 29.

New Zealand took on South Africa at Eden Park in Auckland and won with one ball to spare – fabulous match – and on Thursday, Australia methodically beat India. New Zealand has been thrilling the home crowds with exciting bowling, batting and captaincy and will not be easy to knock over in the final. On paper they are both strong teams and there is a slight home ground advantage to Australia. The toss could be important. It should be a cracker!

If you are travelling to see the final and need accommodation Rydges Melbourne in the CBD, Rydges on Swanston on the city fringe and Rydges St Kilda on the bay can look after all your accommodation needs.

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International Flower and Garden Show

Just a reminder that you can catch the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show until Sunday, March 29 at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens (9:00am to 5:00pm each day with last admission at 4:15pm).

Royal_exhibition_buildingThere are award-winning displays, the boutique gardens competition, the children’s garden, floral design workshops, entertainment, prizes to be won and the Great Hall of Flowers.

MIFGS will be alive with roving entertainment across all days of the Show. A variety of entertainment for the whole family will be roaming throughout the Carlton Gardens and the Royal Exhibition Building.

The main stage inside the Great Hall of Flowers will also be jam packed with live floral design demonstrations and competitions, celebrity gardener’s advice from water saving to ridding your plants of black spot and much more.

Entry costs $27 for adults, $60 for a family, $22 for concession holders and groups of ten+, children 6 to 16 are $10 and children five and under are free. The ‘Park and Ride’ shuttle service transports visitors from Etihad Stadium at regular intervals (about every 25 minutes) from 8:00am to 6:00pm. On the weekend it is a flat $15 rate for parking. Use Entry D in the Docklands. Here is a link to the official website.

If you are visiting Melbourne Rydges can look after all your accommodation needs. Rydges on Swanston is very handy to the Royal Exhibition Building/Carlton Gardens and Rydges Melbourne in the CBD and Rydges St Kilda will also make you welcome.

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Stephen K Amos at His Majesty’s

You can catch the hilarious and personal comedy of Stephen K Amos at His Majesty’s Theatre in Perth from April 30 to May 3.

Stephen K AmosThe maestro of feel-good comedy returns to Australia with his new show, in ‘Welcome to my World’. Fresh from a sell-out tour of the UK, Stephen K Amos has charmed and entertained audiences all over the world with his natural, assured delivery and his honest, original material.

Stephen is in great demand as an actor and headliner on the international comedy circuit and for corporate functions. He’s also a prolific writer, penning a brand new one-hour show every year. This tour follows a successful radio run on the BBC with his sitcom, ‘What Does the K Stand For? Spoiler alert here, if you want to know without tuning in to listen, the ‘K’ stands for ‘Kehinde’.

Expect big laugh out loud moments with plenty of heart, irreverence and quirk… plus some audience interaction. Stephen brings an almost child-like joy and exuberance to his stage performances and can find the funny in some of the most unexpected places. Not to be missed.

If you are travelling to Perth to see Stephen K Amos at His Majesty’s Theatre, Rydges Perth can look after all your accommodation needs.

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