Melbourne's theatre scene offers a wealth of entertainment, from hit musicals to cutting-edge performances and late-night cabaret shows.

10 Jul - 11 Sep

9 to 5 The Musical

Set the alarm for a great night out at Dolly Parton's joyous smash hit musical 9 to 5!

16 Mar - 18 Dec

Hamilton

The award-winning musical has arrived in Melbourne.

17 May - 27 Nov

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The brand-new production can now be enjoyed in one magical afternoon or evening.

The ultimate theatre guide to Melbourne

What's on in Melbourne's theatres, clubs, cabaret bars and comedy spots.

20 Aug - 1 Oct

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Moulin Rouge! The Musical returns to Melbourne in 2023.

7 Aug - 9 Oct

Hairspray

The multi award-winning Broadway musical opens at the Regent Theatre in August.

12 Jul - 21 Aug

SIX The Musical

Think you know Tudor history? Think again.

4 Nov - 6 Nov

Titanic The Musical: In Concert

A stunning concert celebrating the 110th anniversary of the legacy of the Titanic.

Melbourne's essential night-time events

From hidden laneway markets to winter wonderlands, Melbourne gets lit once the lights go out.

3 Oct

American Opera Double Bill

An enlivening exploration of contemporary opera.

12 Aug - 26 Aug

Smells Like a Song

A fully improvised musical where you call for the songs!

21 Sep - 2 Oct

All the Hours

Sister Bernard, a Cistercian nun of strict observance, has been confined to her cell.

28 Sep - 2 Oct

Ken's Quest

An entertaining stage adaptation of a novel about the working visa ambitions of Ken.

16 Sep - 22 Oct

Ghost Stories

The international stage phenomenon and hit West End play comes to Melbourne.

24 Aug - 4 Sep

Amleth: No-Lander Mark

A story of betrayal, revenge and an ever-questioned matter of 'justice'.

27 Sep - 2 Oct

The Measure of a Moment

A soulful reimagining of 1890s Melbourne.

31 Aug - 11 Sep

Curveball

A pre-post apocalyptic tragic comedy about the possible end of the Earth.

4 Mar - 14 Oct

The Australian Ballet: Behind The Scenes

Go behind the scenes and spend a morning with the dancers.

14 Sep - 24 Sep

The Humans

Powerful and poignant theatre about family dynamics and ageing.

11 Aug - 10 Dec

Princes of the Night

Enjoy the glitz and glamour of this weekly cabaret show.

13 May - 19 Nov

Comedy Republic's Main Stage

Enjoy Comedy Republic's signature line-up show every Friday and Saturday night.

30 Jul - 27 Aug

Maestro Impro

Get ready for mayhem at this high-stakes improvisation showdown.

23 Sep - 31 Oct

Mad Hatters Tea Party

Fall down the rabbit hole at StoryVille.

26 Aug - 27 Aug

More Than Words Can Say

Seven deaf artists explore the significance and promise of signed stories.

2 Sep - 18 Sep

K-Box

K-Box brings humour, guts and hard truths to the suburban family dinner table.

6 Aug - 20 Aug

The Saturday Experiment: Rap About It

An hilarious improvised hip hop musical where your suggestions are king.

23 Sep

Toe fai!

Using storytelling and dance, what happens when technology allows memory to dissolve.

9 Sep - 10 Sep

One Man In His Time: John Bell and Shakespeare

Spend an evening with John Bell as he shares his humour, wit and a lifetime of Shakespeare.

13 Oct

Syzygy Ensemble: Rejuvenate

Listen to dynamic works performed by a chamber music ensemble.

26 May - 31 Aug

Darkfield

Be immersed in four shipping container experiences: Séance, Flight, Coma and Eulogy.

Melbourne's major theatres

Arts Centre Melbourne

With its iconic spire, the Arts Centre Melbourne is a cultural and architectural landmark.

Princess Theatre

Melbourne’s iconic Princess Theatre is regarded by many as Melbourne’s most spectacular landmark.

Her Majesty's Theatre

This heritage-listed theatre has provided entertainment for Melbourne since 1886.

Regent Theatre

This landmark theatre is one of Melbourne’s premier live performance venues.

Comedy Theatre

The historic Comedy Theatre hosts musicals, drama and yes, comedies.

Malthouse Theatre

Contemporary theatre in Southbank presenting inventive theatrical performances.

Athenaeum Theatre

This heritage-listed venue hosts comedy, music and theatre.

Southbank Theatre

Performance space and home of the Melbourne Theatre Company.

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Chinatown

Let the hanging lanterns guide you along Little Bourke Street into Australia’s oldest Chinatown.

Film

Melbourne has a thriving film scene, with film festivals and screenings at cinemas year-round.

Museums and art galleries

Explore Melbourne's public museums and galleries along with artist-run and commercial galleries.

Monthly highlights

Make the most of your visit to Melbourne with our monthly guides to what's on in the city.