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

15 Jun - 4 Jul

Friends! The Musical Parody

Celebrate the misadventures of our favourite 20-something pals in life, work and love in 1990s NYC.

25 Feb - 12 Dec

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The award-winning production playing exclusively in Melbourne.

8 Jun - 29 Aug

Magic Mike Live

A thrilling 360-degree live dance and acrobatic spectacular based on the hit movies.

9 Jun - 19 Sep

Frozen the Musical

Frozen the Musical is sparkling into Melbourne.

28 Jun - 10 Jul

The Melbourne Magic Festival

Casting its spell with performances and workshops for all ages this winter.

Melbourne's essential night-time events

From hidden laneway markets to retro roller rinks, Melbourne gets lit once the lights go out.

8 May - 16 May


A magical show about a cubby, a sneaky neighbour and a fight for survival.

13 Aug - 2 Jan

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

This August, Moulin Rouge! The Musical is coming to Melbourne’s Regent Theatre.

8 May


An all-day celebration of Blak culture, sprinkling the city with YIRRAMBOI artists.

27 May - 5 Jun

League of Extraordinary Storytellers

History's greatest storytellers gather for one last tale – chanelled by Impro Melbourne.

25 May - 29 May

Gruesome Playground Injuries

A dark comedy following Kayleen and Doug’s lives, marked by stitches, sarcasm, and scars.

29 May - 1 Jun

Back to Back Theatre: Small Metal Objects

A shady deal’s going down. It’s happening in full view, but only the audience knows.

8 May

MSO Classic Kids – Peter and the Wolf

A classic introduction for the young to a symphony orchestra.

22 Jan - 24 Dec

Main Stage at Comedy Republic

The cornerstone show at Comedy Republic, featuring festival favourites, gala gods and local stars.

23 Mar - 26 Jun

Because the Night

An immersive theatre adventure of epic storytelling.

16 Jan - 2 Apr

Princes of the Night

Princes of the Night show weekly at Crown Melbourne.

2 Jun - 13 Jun

Three Sisters

A bold and absurd new version of Chekhov’s tragicomic classic.

8 May

Nana Magic, Tilly and Friends

An outback adventure with some important environmental lessons along the way.

26 May - 6 Jun

King Lear

A moving contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy.

24 Jul - 25 Sep

Pearson and Harvey - Old School

Comedians Pearson and Harvey perform a comedy cabaret show.

7 May - 26 Jun

Varietease - Smouldering Cabaret, Circus & Burlesque

A French-style cabaret show packed with circus, comedy, burlesque and jazz.

7 May - 9 May

Arterial – Na Djinang Circus

A stunning acrobatic performance linking people, country and culture.

20 Apr - 22 May


This adults only physical theatre uses comedy, circus, dance and performance art.

12 May - 15 May

Coconut Woman

A Torres Strait Islander-led comedy-drama with music, exploring disconnection.

9 May - 14 May

Ngarngk: Giver of Life

A play about the fight for the Tannin women's connection to country, culture and kin.

8 May

The Pitts

The Pitts: a cabaret about wellness by those unqualified to teach it.

8 Jun

La Mama Poetica June

Features a range of poets from across Australia.

10 May - 15 May

Law & Order PTV

A hilarious foray into the lives of our city’s finest - PTV Ticket Inspectors.

18 May - 26 May

Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth

Melbourne Opera presents Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Macbeth.

27 May - 5 Jun

The Dispute

Children describe the ramifications of their parents’ separation on stage in their own words.

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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Museums and galleries

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


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

Monthly highlights

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


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