The Helpmann Awards (Australia’s answer to the ‘Tony’) are named for choreographer, dancer, theatre director and ham-actor (think 55 Days at Peking (1963), and Patrick (1978)) Sir Robert Helpmann.
Awards are a concept well past the use-by date, now rapidly putrefying. Even so, it is stunning how they can go so wrong.
We suppose that the readiness is all…
Recently, 4 Helpmanns went to that giant piece of dreck, Hamlet – The Opera. The Varnished Culture is on record about this faux-est of all faux operas, so we’ll just list the winners, without much further comment: