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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Stephen K Amos in Melbourne

You can catch the hilarious and personal comedy of Stephen K Amos in Melbourne at the Athenaeum Theatre from now until April 19 with two special chat shows at the Melbourne Town Hall.

Stephen K AmosThe maestro of feel-good comedy returns to Australia with his new show, ‘Welcome to My World’ and is strutting his stuff at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. 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. The ‘K’, by the way, stands for Kehinde.

Expect big laugh out loud moments with plenty of heart, irreverence and quirk. Not to be missed. And, for the first time at Melbourne Comedy Festival, Stephen K Amos brings his infamous Talk Show for two shows only. Join Stephen at the Melbourne Town Hall on Sunday April 12 and Sunday April 19 at 4:30pm as he chats with guests hand-picked from the theatre, comedy and music world. There will at least be a pinch of gossip, a smattering of banter and a dash of devilish repartee!

If you are travelling to Melbourne to see Stephen K Amos or any of the myriad acts at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, Rydges can look after all your accommodation needs at Rydges Melbourne, Rydges On Swanston or Rydges St Kilda.

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Showing at Event Cinemas Darwin

Now showing at Event Cinemas Darwin…

Cinderella

cinderella-cate-blanchettWhen her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters. Never one to give up hope, Ella’s fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger. It’s that timeless story, brilliantly told.

Starring Cate Blanchett, Lily James and Richard Madden. G 113 minutes.

Chappie

After being kidnapped by two criminals during birth, Chappie becomes the adopted son in a strange and dysfunctional family. Chappie is preternaturally gifted, one of a kind, a prodigy. He also happens to be a robot.

Starring Hugh Jackman, Sharito Copely and Sigourney Weaver. MA 15+ 120 minutes

Insurgent

InsurgentSet in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago, Tris and Four fugitives on the run, hunted by the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them.

Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet. M 119 minutes

A Little Chaos

A female landscape-gardener is awarded the esteemed assignment to construct the grand gardens at Versailles, a gilt-edged position which thrusts her into the very centre of the court of King Louis XIV.

Starring Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman and Stanley Tucci. M 117 minutes

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Second Best Exotic Marigold HotelNow that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy—posing a predicament for fresh arrivals)—Sonny (Dev Patel) has his eye on a promising property for expansion.

Starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel and Richard Gere PG 122 minutes

Crazy Beautiful You

After joining a drag race that caused her to damage public property, Jackie Serrano’s parents agree to bring Jackie to a province for a medical mission for an underprivileged community.

Starring Kathryn Bernado and Daniel Padilla. PG 114 minutes

Run All Night

Run All NightJimmy Conlon has gained a reputation for being one of the greatest hit men to work for mob boss Shawn McGuire. The friends have steadily avoided the law and have dodged detectives for the past 30 years. Now 55, Jimmy finds himself at yet another crossroads in his life – choosing between his crime family and his actual family.

Starring Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Genesis Rodriguez and Joel Kinnaman. MA 15+ 114 minutes

Kingsman: The Secret Service

A veteran secret agent takes a young upstart under his wing.

Starring Michael Caine, Colin Firth and Taron Egerton. MA 15+ 129 minutes

Focus

Now ShowingA seasoned con man (Nicky) takes a young woman (Jess) under his wing and becomes romantically involved with her. When she gets too close, he abruptly breaks up with her. Three years later, Jess, now an accomplished con artist herself, shows up in Buenos Aires posing as a billionaire international race car owner and throws a loop into Nicky’s latest, very dangerous scheme.

Starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie. MA 15+ 105 minutes

For all your accommodation needs in Darwin, Rydges Darwin Airport Hotel and Rydges Darwin Airport Resort will give you a warm welcome and a rewarding stay.

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Event Cinemas Cairns City

Now showing at Event Cinemas Cairns City …

Insurgent

InsurgentSet in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago, Tris and Four fugitives on the run, hunted by the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them.

Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet. M 119 minutes

A Little Chaos

A female landscape-gardener is awarded the esteemed assignment to construct the grand gardens at Versailles, a gilt-edged position which thrusts her into the very centre of the court of King Louis XIV.

Starring Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman and Stanley Tucci. M 117 minutes

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Second Best Exotic Marigold HotelNow that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy—posing a predicament for fresh arrivals)—Sonny (Dev Patel) has his eye on a promising property for expansion.

Starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel and Richard Gere PG 122 minutes

Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Jones was born under a night sky with signs predicting she was destined for great things. How grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the reality of a job cleaning toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine, a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along – her genetic signature marks her as the next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.

Starring Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum and Eddie Redmayne. M 127 minutes

Run All Night

Run All NightJimmy Conlon has gained a reputation for being one of the greatest hit men to work for mob boss Shawn McGuire. The friends have steadily avoided the law and have dodged detectives for the past 30 years. Now 55, Jimmy finds himself at yet another crossroads in his life – choosing between his crime family and his actual family.

Starring Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Genesis Rodriguez and Joel Kinnaman. MA 15+ 114 minutes

Kingsman: The Secret Service

A veteran secret agent takes a young upstart under his wing.

Starring Michael Caine, Colin Firth and Taron Egerton. MA 15+ 129 minutes

Fifty Shades of Grey

Now showingLiterature student Anastasia Steele’s life changes forever when she meets handsome, yet tormented billionaire, Christian Grey.

Starring Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan and Aaron Taylor0Johnson. M15+ for strong sex scenes, sexual themes and nudity. 125 minutes.

That Sugar Film

One man’s journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar. This is a documentary by Damon Gameau that follows a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body. He consumes only foods that are commonly perceived as ‘healthy’. It’s an entertaining and informative journey that highlights some of the issues that plague the sugar industry and where sugar lurks on our supermarket shelves.

What We Did On Our Holiday

Now ShowingDoug and Abi are taking their three children on a trip to Scotland for a big family gathering. They are in the midst of a difficult divorce, and have asked the kids to keep it a secret from their extended family. But as the inevitable feuds kick in, a completely unexpected turn of events involving the children causes further tensions to rise to the surface. And with the repercussions that ensue – hilarious and emotional in equal measure – the family are forced to put aside their differences and work together or else risk losing what they hold most dear.
Starring David Tennant, Rosamund Pike and Billy Connolly. PG 95 minutes

Manny Lewis

Successful comic, Manny Lewis, finds himself at the height of his popularity and at the depths of his loneliness. Shy, reclusive and a just little awkward, Manny‘s connection with his audience can’t be replicated when it comes to matters of the heart. In a bid to reach out, he calls an adult chat line and forms a bond with Maria, who goes by the name of Caroline, on the other end of the phone. One day by chance, Manny and Maria meet in a café and strike up a conversation. Not knowing that they have, in a way, already met, a relationship blossoms and Manny begins to let his guard down.

Starring Carl Barron, Leeanna Walsman and Roy Billing. M 89 minutes

For all your accommodation needs in Cairns, Rydges Esplanade Resort, Rydges Tradewinds and Rydges Plaza Hotel will give you a warm welcome and a rewarding stay.

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Reading Cinemas Queenstown

Now showing at Reading Cinemas Queenstown (11-14 The Mall)…

Insurgent (2D and 3D)

InsurgentSet in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago, Tris and Four fugitives on the run, hunted by the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them.

Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet. M 119 minutes

Chappie

After being kidnapped by two criminals during birth, Chappie becomes the adopted son in a strange and dysfunctional family. Chappie is preternaturally gifted, one of a kind, a prodigy. He also happens to be a robot.

Starring Hugh Jackman, Sharito Copely and Sigourney Weaver. R13 120 minutes

Cinderella

When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters. Never one to give up hope, Ella’s fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger. It’s that timeless story, brilliantly told.

Starring Cate Blanchett, Lily James and Richard Madden. G 113 minutes.

Home

Now ShowingAfter an alien race called the Boov invades Earth to make it their new home, a resourceful human girl named Tip avoids capture and embarks on the road trip of a lifetime with a banished Boov named Oh.

Starring Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez. PG 94 minutes.

Get Hard

When millionaire James King is arrested for fraud and bound for San Quentin State Prison, he turns to Darnell Lewis to prep him for his new life behind bars.

Stars Will Ferrell and Kevin Hard. R16 100 minutes

Rydges Queenstown can look after all your accommodation needs or drop in for a pre/post movie meal, drink or snack.

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