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

The ultimate theatre guide to Melbourne

The ultimate theatre guide to Melbourne

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

The Rocky Horror Show
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The Rocky Horror Show

The iconic Rock 'N' Roll musical The Rocky Horror Show is back by phenomenal demand.

Grease the Musical
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Grease the Musical

Grease returns to the Australian stage in a new, multi-million dollar live production.

Melbourne's essential night-time events

Melbourne's essential night-time events

From hidden laneway markets to epic pop-ups, Melbourne gets lit once the lights go out.

Cirque du Soleil: Luzia

Cirque du Soleil: Luzia

Go on a vibrant journey through worlds filled with wonders and artistry with Cirque du Soleil.

WICKED the Musical

WICKED the Musical

Broadway’s biggest blockbuster WICKED is flying into Melbourne from March.

11 reasons to leave work on time

11 reasons to leave work on time

Get the best happy hour deals, cheap tickets to amazing shows and more.

Rent: The Musical
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Rent: The Musical

Don't miss your chance to discover the show that took Broadway by storm.

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

The inspiring life story of the Queen of Rock, who didn’t just break the rules – she rewrote them.

A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire

A take on Tennessee Williams’s masterpiece - a brutal examination of society in transformation.

Chicago the Musical

Chicago the Musical

With a glittering score including All That Jazz and Razzle Dazzle, Chicago is back.

Arts House

Arts House

Contemporary arts space presenting performances, exhibitions and community projects.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Load up on laughs and celebrate the fun, the fearless, the rebellious and the ridiculous.

Carnival of Karactors
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Carnival of Karactors

A monthly cabaret show featuring sexy and silly circus artists, comedians and burlesque performers.

Homo Pentecostus

Homo Pentecostus

Joel Bray invites you to explore queer identity within the confines of a 1990s Pentecostal church.

Farewell Lady Autumn

Farewell Lady Autumn

A theatrical account of Qiu Jin’s quest to liberate Chinese women in the early 20th century.

Nu Disco

Nu Disco

A one-woman theatrical odyssey into the beating heart of nightclubs.

Comedy Theatre

Comedy Theatre

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

Trades Hall

Trades Hall

Home of the Victorian trade union movement and a vibrant arts and theatre venue.

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons

A play exploring the significance of words and the way we love in difficult times.

Circus Arcana
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Circus Arcana

A tarot themed circus show

A Psychic and a Medium

A Psychic and a Medium

Step into the mesmerizing world of the supernatural with Anette Boyle and Julia Cartagena.

Hamer Hall

Hamer Hall

This multi-level concert hall is the largest venue at the Arts Centre.

The Big HOO-HAA!: Chaos Factory

The Big HOO-HAA!: Chaos Factory

For fans of panel shows like 8 out of 10 Cats, Have You Been Paying Attention and Game Changer.

House of the Heart
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House of the Heart

A cultural cabaret of home, belonging, journey and heart.

Oshun

Oshun

A percussive, seductive account of African gods, and messy African goddesses, at La Mama Theatre.

The King's Singers

The King's Singers

Experience the world's most respected a cappella group in their only Melbourne show.

Meet Me at Dawn
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Meet Me at Dawn

A queer love story from one of theatre's most exciting playwrights.

Groundhog Day the Musical
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Groundhog Day the Musical

This brilliant new production, based on the classic movie plays exclusively in Melbourne.

The Comics Lounge Comedy Club

The Comics Lounge Comedy Club

Enjoy a night of laughs, cocktails, food and friends with stand-up comedy acts.

Car Crash

Car Crash

A play exploring the closeted bubble of Buckingham Palace and the end of the Epstein world.

The Improv Conspiracy

The Improv Conspiracy

Theatre and training centre with four weekly comedy nights and public workshops on improvisation.

Golden Blood

Golden Blood

Golden Blood will set your pulse racing all the way to its inevitable, heart-rending climax.

La Camera's 20th Birthday Celebration

La Camera's 20th Birthday Celebration

Enjoy four fabulous events in one night - opera, jazz, blues, a cooking class and more.

Club Voltaire

Club Voltaire

Intimate theatre space in North Melbourne hosting a variety of shows and entertainment.

Southbank Theatre

Southbank Theatre

Performance space and home of the Melbourne Theatre Company.

Cost Of Living

Cost Of Living

With heart and searing observation, this is an honest look at the forces that bring people together.

Melbourne's best drag shows and queer-friendly venues

Melbourne's best drag shows and queer-friendly venues

Find burlesque life drawing, cabaret and the best queer-friendly venues in Melbourne.

The Hate Race
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The Hate Race

An exploration of the complexities of race in Australia, and the universal search for belonging.

Melbourne's major theatres

Regent Theatre

Regent Theatre

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

Princess Theatre

Princess Theatre

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

Her Majesty's Theatre

Her Majesty's Theatre

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

Comedy Theatre

Comedy Theatre

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

Athenaeum Theatre

Athenaeum Theatre

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

Southbank Theatre

Southbank Theatre

Performance space and home of the Melbourne Theatre Company.

Arts Centre Melbourne

Arts Centre Melbourne

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

La Mama Courthouse

La Mama Courthouse

One of the great independent theatres of the city with a focus on diversity and inclusivity.

More theatre venues

Fairfax Studio

Fairfax Studio

An intimate theatre presenting smaller-scale and experimental productions.

La Mama Courthouse

La Mama Courthouse

One of the great independent theatres of the city with a focus on diversity and inclusivity.

Speakeasy Theatre

Speakeasy Theatre

A vaudeville theatre presenting burlesque and cabaret shows, as well as comedy and circus acts.

The Butterfly Club

The Butterfly Club

An intimate theatre hosting quirky performances and serving cocktails in bars with kitsch decor.

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The best pre- and post-theatre dining in Melbourne

The best pre- and post-theatre dining in Melbourne

Fuel up before a big show or extend your city visit at these local eateries.

The ultimate Melbourne live gig guide

The ultimate Melbourne live gig guide

Concert halls and music venues hosting live music this week

Film

Film

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

THE LUME Melbourne

THE LUME Melbourne

Visit the world's largest digital art gallery.