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Theatre & musicals

Immerse yourself in Victoria's culture through its ever-expanding calendar of theatrical and musical performances. Come with family and friends and make a night of it, experiencing original work or singing along to your favourite blockbuster productions. Check out productions across the state, everywhere from historic theatres and cutting-edge performance spaces to iconic regional venues that showcase local works.

Big bright city lights
Contemporary theatrical works abound at The Arts Centre and Malthouse Theatre. Situated in Melbourne's arts precinct, a night at these theatres means treating yourself to international hits and bold new works that push the creative envelope.

Regional treasures
Explore the depth of regional talent in one of the many theatres across Victoria. The Mildura Arts Centre and Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre host both original productions and commissioned works that will entertain theatre buffs, young and old alike. Meanwhile, Ballarat's Her Majesty's Theatre and the Albury Entertainment Centre play host to a diverse program of national and international touring shows.

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Melbourne plays & musicals

THE LION KING

The Lion King

1 Apr - 1 Nov 2015

Follow Simba's epic journey to fulfil his destiny as King of the Pridelands in this acclaimed production with stunning effects and unforgettable music.

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The Weir

The Weir

14 Aug - 26 Sep 2015

Theatre's power as an arena for storytelling meets the great Irish tradition of the bar room tale in Conor McPherson's brilliant gem of a play about...

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Antigone

Antigone

21 Aug - 13 Sep 2015

Antigone has always been a respected member of her community but in civil war all bets are off. She suddenly finds herself on the outside looking in....

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Activate 2015

Activate 2015

21 Aug - 5 Sep 2015

La Trobe Student Theatre and Film presents, Activate 2015, an exciting season of contemporary plays performed on campus. The season features four...

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Betrayal, starring Alison Bell

Betrayal

26 Aug - 3 Oct 2015

Emma is married to Robert. But for seven years, she has been having an affair with Jerry, Robert's best friend. Betrayal begins at the end of the...

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Legends!

Legends!

2 - 20 Sep 2015

Welcome to the satirical and sentimental world of Legends! A funhouse of gossip, rivalry, reminiscence, longing, scandal and a sexy male stripper...

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I Saw the Second One Hit

I Saw the Second One Hit

3 - 12 Sep 2015

Fourteen years ago, two planes flew into two towers and, like Romulus and Remus millennia ago, ignited a battle over western civilisation. Was 9/11...

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Once Upon a Bar-Stool

Once Upon a Bar-Stool

6 Sep 2015

Felix Nobis's play, Once Upon a Bar-Stool, has been acclaimed both in Australia and in Ireland where it was commissioned. Touted as the hit by Irish...

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2015 Victorian State Schools Spectacular

2015 Victorian State Schools Spectacular

12 Sep 2015

Talented young circus performers, acrobats, skaters, skippers, musicians, dancers and singers will feature in the 2015 Victorian State Schools...

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They Saw a Thylacine

They Saw a Thylacine

15 Sep - 4 Oct 2015

They Saw a Thylacine on the brink of extinction. Out of the darkness, Sarah Hamilton and Justine Campbell conjure the ghost of one of Australia's...

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The Boardwalk Republic

The Boardwalk Republic

15 Sep - 4 Oct 2015

AfterDark Theatre and Gasworks Arts Park present The Boardwalk Republic, as a part of the 2015 Melbourne Fringe Festival The Southside Circus and...

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DoubleSpeak

DoubleSpeak

15 - 20 Sep 2015

//Spit it out. Sink your teeth in. Or suck it up. To speak and not to speak about anything at all is nothing out of the ordinary, especially for a...

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Melbourne Fringe 2014

Melbourne Fringe Festival

16 Sep - 4 Oct 2015

Have an art attack – new theatre, comedy, dance, circus, music and cabaret, visual art, live art, digital and video art – at the fringe festival.

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Shoot From The Hip

Shoot From The Hip

16 - 25 Sep 2015

Shoot From The Hip - a detective story beaten to a pulp. There is a corpse on the cover, a detective on the dustjacket, and a story beaten to a pulp....

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Top Spot at Melbourne Fringe Festival

Top Spot at Melbourne Fringe Festival

17 Sep - 4 Oct 2015

A one woman show starring two furious artistes. How far would you go for the Top Spot? Step right up to the chopping block as two very sparkly...

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La Petite Mort

La Petite Mort

22 - 27 Sep 2015

Neo Radio presents La Petite Mort: rock, pop and rap re-imagined by sultry singers and a live jazz band. Don your fedora for a film noir experience...

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They Say She's Different

They Say She's Different

22 - 26 Sep 2015

They Say She's Different (TSSD) is immersive cinematic theatre of the highest order. This is the unknown story of the controversial and hugely...

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#DearDiary

#DearDiary

22 - 27 Sep 2015

Andi Snelling takes to the Melbourne Fringe Festival stage this September in her self-penned solo debut, #DearDiary. Unwittingly written over 20...

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The Family Tree

The Family Tree

18 - 20 Sep 2015, 22 - 25 Sep 2015

The Family Tree returns after its sell-out La Mama season for only seven shows. One woman's candid tale of her sometimes times tragic and often...

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POP|PRESS in Melbourne Fringe

POP|PRESS in Melbourne Fringe

18 - 20 Sep 2015, 22 - 25 Sep 2015

Heath Row is a global pop sensation. After defecting from twinky super group Se7en Moments of Malibu, his brand and (infamy) has only continued to...

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Pretty / Ugly

Pretty / Ugly

23 - 26 Sep 2015

Pretty / Ugly breaks from the traditional while simultaneously deconstructing our self-constructed identity, those that borrow from and identify with...

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John & Jen

John & Jen

18 - 20 Sep 2015, 24 - 27 Sep 2015

Experience the emotionally charged John & Jen, an original musical that follows the story of a woman torn between the two Johns in her life – the...

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Australia Day

Australia Day

24 - 25 Sep 2015

The country town of Coriole is getting ready for Australia Day - a time to crack open a frothy, stick a snag on the barbie and celebrate what it...

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His Ghostly Heart - Melbourne Fringe

26 Sep - 3 Oct 2015

His Ghostly Heart is a one act play performed in the dark. Written by Ben Schiffer of Skins fame and first performed in the 2009 Edinburgh Festival...

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Why Her? at the Melbourne Fringe

28 Sep - 4 Oct 2015

Chris is adamant he is gay until he meets Emily. This chance encounter leads him to question the self-imposed 'rules' of his sexuality. Having spent...

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The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow

The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow

17 - 19 Sep 2015, 22 - 26 Sep 2015, 29 Sep - 3 Oct 2015

Boutique Theatre presents, as part of the 2015 Melbourne Fringe Festival, the premiere season of The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, by Rolin...

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Fag/Stag

Fag/Stag

18 - 20 Sep 2015, 22 - 27 Sep 2015, 29 Sep - 3 Oct 2015

The Last Great Hunt presents Fag/Stag, as a part of the 2015 Melbourne Fringe Festival. Written and performed by Jeffrey Jay Fowler and Chris Isaacs....

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Minnie & Mona Play Dead

Minnie & Mona Play Dead

18 - 20 Sep 2015, 22 - 27 Sep 2015, 29 Sep - 3 Oct 2015

The Last Great Hunt presents, as a part of the 2015 Melbourne Fringe Festival, Minnie & Mona Play Dead. An independent theatre company struggle to...

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The Dirty Cowboy

The Dirty Cowboy

18 - 20 Sep 2015, 22 - 27 Sep 2015, 29 Sep - 3 Oct 2015

A man, a bottle of whiskey, a guitar, and a memory of love. The event has already happened. the only thing he is waiting for is himself. Teeming with...

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Urinetown

Urinetown: The Musical

25 - 26 Sep 2015, 1 - 3 Oct 2015

One of the most uproariously funny musicals in recent year, Urinetown is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when...

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Melbourne Festival

8 - 25 Oct 2015

Melbourne Festival is one of Australia's flagship international arts festivals and one of the major multi-arts festivals of the world, in terms of...

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1984

1984 - Melbourne Festival

16 - 25 Oct 2015

April, 1984. 13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is always watching, and the...

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Desdemona

Desdemona - Melbourne Festival

16 - 19 Oct 2015

Desdemona is the most fiery angel in Shakespeare's creation-a radiant and radical woman of independence, courage, and love. She is now given an...

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Masquerade

Masquerade - Melbourne Festival

22 - 25 Oct 2015

In a wondrous world of riddles and hidden treasure, bumbling Jack Hare is on a race against time to deliver a message of love from the Moon to the...

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Small World

Small World

19 - 22 Oct 2015, 27 - 29 Oct 2015

Small World is a new satirical play that tells the story of Ella and Lisa who are friends and aspiring actors. They love performing, sometimes even...

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Bugle Boys A Salute to the Andrews Sisters

Bugle Boys - A Salute to the Andrews Sisters

27 Oct - 1 Nov 2015

Before The Spice Girls, before The Supremes, there was The Andrews Sisters. During the late 1930's and 1940's the original girl group were a global...

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City of Angels

City of Angels

5 - 8 Nov 2015

City of Angels, the award-winning musical, is a wickedly funny celebration of 1940s film noir and dark detective fiction which takes place in two...

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Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon

11 Nov 2015

The Brighton Historical Society Inc presents Neil Simon's play 'Barefoot in the Park' to be performed by the Brighton Theatre Company. 'Paul and...

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Jerry's Girls

Jerry's Girls

21 Nov - 6 Dec 2015

Created to showcase his leading ladies, this new staging of Jerry Herman's Jerry's Girls will feature the dazzling talents of twelve of Australia's...

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The Listies Ruin Xmas

The Listies Ruin Xmas

25 Nov - 13 Dec 2015

The Listies Ruin Xmas is a Frankenstein's monster of a holiday panto. Its mission? To make families laugh as much as possible in 55 minutes. This...

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Georgy Girl, The Seekers Musical

15 Dec 2015 - 31 Jan 2016

Celebrating one of Australia's most loved groups, Georgy Girl - The Seekers Musical will have its world premiere in Melbourne this December at Her...

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Cats

Cats

18 Dec 2015 - 10 Jan 2016

Following its triumphant season in London's West End, the acclaimed revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's record-breaking musical Cats comes to Melbourne...

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Singin' in the Rain

Singin' in the Rain

7 - 29 May 2016

After a sell-out West End season, unparalleled praise from critics and audiences alike, four Olivier Award nominations, and a major United Kingdom...

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SOM Cast

Sound of Music

19 May - 31 Jul 2016

Following its record-breaking run at the London Palladium, the world's best-loved musical, The Sound of Music, is coming to Australia. Returning to...

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Kinky Boots Australia

18 Oct 2016 - 1 Jan 2018 (dates to be confirmed)

Kinky Boots is Broadway's huge-hearted, high-heeled hit and it's coming to Melbourne in October 2016! Featuring music by Grammy® and Tony® winning...

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Regional plays & musicals

Shakespeare on the River Festival

Shakespeare on the River Festival

7 May 2016

The annual Shakespeare on the River Festival runs each April or May in Stratford, Australia. The festival has created an enduring arts legacy for...

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A Street Car Named Desire

A Street Car Named Desire

30 - 31 Oct 2015

Tensions and desires swirl in this gripping dance drama created by award-winning choreographer, Tim Podesta, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play...

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Faulty Towers the Dining Experience @ Cleveland Winery

Faulty Towers at Cleveland Winery

5 Dec 2015, 19 Dec 2015

With great response to the Faulty Towers at Cleveland Winery, a new show has been announced. Book now and experience the chaos. Faulty Towers the...

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Reserved Seating Only

Reserved Seating Only

26 Sep 2015

The perfect warm up to 2015 AFL Grand Final on Saturday October 3 - Reserved Seating Only is a family comedy about life, love and the AFL, bringing...

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Cathedral College – The Little Mermaid Jr

Cathedral College – The Little Mermaid Jr

10 - 11 Sep 2015

Cathedral College presents Disney The Little Mermaid Jr. Journey "under the sea" with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney's The Little Mermaid...

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Reserved Seating Only

Reserved Seating Only

23 Sep 2015

Critically acclaimed real-life couple David Ross Paterson (Frost/Nixon, Benjamin Button, Chopper) and Cecelia Specht (Criminal Minds, Castle,...

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CSI Creswick

CSI Creswick

12 Sep 2015

Creswick Theatre Company presents CSI Creswick - a murder mystery night. Grab a group of friends, or come along on your own. Bookings are open now....

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All My Love

All My Love

25 Oct 2015

Their lives could have been written so differently: the story of Henry Lawson and Mary Gilmore's lost love. Henry Lawson is one of the nation's...

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The Dirty Cowboy

The Dirty Cowboy

18 - 20 Sep 2015, 22 - 27 Sep 2015, 29 Sep - 3 Oct 2015

A man, a bottle of whiskey, a guitar, and a memory of love. The event has already happened. the only thing he is waiting for is himself. Teeming with...

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Coranderrk: We Will Show the Country

Coranderrk: We Will Show the Country at The Memo

18 Sep 2015

In 1881, the people of the Coranderrk Aboriginal Station took on the Board for the Protection of Aborigines in a fight for justice, dignity and...

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Coranderrk: We Will Show the Country at the Warburton Arts Centre

Coranderrk: We Will Show the Country at the Warburton Arts Centre

16 Sep 2015

In 1881, the people of the Coranderrk Aboriginal Station took on the Board for the Protection of Aborigines in a fight for justice, dignity and...

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Flak @ Warburton

Flak at the Arts Centre Warburton

13 Nov 2015

Flak - true stories from the men who flew in World War Two. Michael Veitch presents tales of heroism, strength and humanity from WWII airmen....

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Flak @ The Memo

Flak at The Memo

11 Nov 2015

Flak - true stories from the men who flew in World War Two. Michael Veitch presents tales of heroism, strength and humanity from WWII airmen....

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FLAK

FLAK at Burrinja Cultural Centre

14 Nov 2015

Michael Veitch presents tales of heroism, strength and humanity from WWII Airmen Returning for a special encore performance after the popular 2013...

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