2014, the year in preview

A new year – a fresh new slate of theatre, books, films, events, ideas. A brand new batch of reviews and thoughts, and some rather interesting goings on.
In Sydney’s theatres this year, there are many shows to look forwards to – such as Donna Abela’s Jump for Jordan, Jane Bodie’s Music, and a one-man production of Roald Dahl’s The Witches at Griffin; Hugo Weaving’s Macbeth, Jez Butterworth’s Mojo, adaptations of Cyrano de Bergerac and Children of the Sun, and Sarah Giles’ production of Perplex at Sydney Theatre Company; Once In Royal David’s City, The Glass Menagerie, and The Brothers Wreck at Belvoir; and Damien Ryan’s Henry V, alongside a late-period Romance in The Winter’s Tale from Bell Shakespeare. There’s Sport for Jove’s Twelfth Night and All’s Well That Ends Well at the Seymour Centre (to celebrate Shakey’s 450th birthday); Mark Kilmurry’s Richard III at the Ensemble theatre; the return of The Lion King musical; Black Diggers and The Shadow King at Sydney Festival, as well as a few aces I've got planned.
On television, the ABC have a promising batch of new drama features and series (Anzac Girls, The Gods of Wheat Street, The Broken Shore), as well as the welcome return of an all-new series of everyone’s favourite music quiz-show, Spicks and Specks.
On the bookshelves, there’s already a list of many books I’ve been meaning to catch up on – Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries to name but the fattest two, as well as bit of Anthony Burgess (Napoleon Symphony, Nothing Like The Sun, and his Shakespeare), not to mention whatever else we may uncover. And we also hold the hope of Markus Zusak's eagerly-awaited Bridge of Clay.
In cinemas, apart from the annual crop of overly-earnest and well-meaning award-season hopefuls, there are new films from Spike Jonze (Her), Joel and Ethan Coen (Inside Llewyn Davis), and Wes Anderson’s very-pink The Grand Budapest Hotel. 

Are you ready?

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