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James Wenley is a theatre critic and academic with a PhD in Drama from the University of Auckland. He is the founder and editor of the theatre criticism blog, Theatrescenes.
The Lion King coming to New Zealand is a vote of confidence that this is the ideal place for musical theatre during a global pandemic. If only that confidence could be shared by our local theatre sector.
Last week, Auckland Theatre Company announced their 2018/19 programme - a programme with a glaring lack of representation for women and new New Zealand work. James Wenley takes the programme to task.