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

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

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The Phantom of the Opera

Experience the phenomenon when the spectacular new production comes to Melbourne.

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A Christmas Carol

The Charles Dickens classic starring David Wenham comes to Melbourne this holiday season.

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Hamilton

The award-winning musical has arrived in Melbourne.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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

& Juliet

The award-winning musical of the greatest love story ever remixed opens in Melbourne in February.

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Friends! The Musical Parody

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

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Moulin Rouge! The Musical returns to Melbourne in 2023.

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

The dazzling new production is guaranteed to make your heart sing.

The Mousetrap

Come and see the world's longest running play.

tick, tick...BOOM!

Australian premiere of the pop / rock off-Broadway musical tick, tick...BOOM!

Slava's Snowshow

One of the most powerful theatrical experiences returns to Melbourne for a limited season.

Madagascar the Musical

A family musical based on the smash-hit movie.

Alice in Wonderland

Tumble down the rabbit hole and join Alice on her captivating and magical adventure.

Cirque du Soleil: Crystal

Witness Cirque du Soleil's first ever acrobatic performance on ice.

Arts Centre Melbourne

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

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Arts House

Contemporary arts space presenting performance and interactive works.

Comedy Theatre

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

Trades Hall

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

Bauhaus Burlesque

Enjoy a night of artistic burlesque and variety theatre.

Hamer Hall

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

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Princes of the Night

Enjoy the glitz and glamour of this weekly cabaret show.

Tinkerbell and the Dream Fairies

Join the magical fairies as they go on a musical adventure.

La Mama Cabaretica: Holiday Special

Ring out the year with cabaret acts and a glass of something jolly.

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La Mama Explorations

A month of bite-sized theatre shows at a Melbourne favourite.

Orchestral Dark Side of the Moon

A musical celebration of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, Atom Heart Mother and Echoes.

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The Capitol

An extraordinary refurbished cinema and destination for events, festivals and live performances.

The Comics Lounge Comedy Club

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

Disney's Camp Rock: The Musical

Fun for all ages, the show is a classic story of rivalry and power.

The Improv Conspiracy

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

Queens of the Damned: Pirate Dinner Theatre Experience

All hands on deck for the ultimate dinner and show experience.

Rupi Kaur

Hear literary phenomenon, artist and poet Rupi Kaur perform live.

In Small Doses

Christmas, crutches, and close relations... what could possibly go wrong?

The Australian Ballet: Swan Lake

See this dynamic new vision of a timeless classic.

D&D Live: Dice Paper Role Xmas Special

Join Dice Paper Role as they butcher the classic yuletide story A Christmas Carol.

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MTC Digital Theatre: The Heartbreak Choir

A warm-hearted hug of a play brought to the screen.

Melbourne's major theatres

Regent Theatre

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

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.

Comedy Theatre

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

Athenaeum Theatre

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

Southbank Theatre

Performance space and home of the Melbourne Theatre Company.

Arts Centre Melbourne

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

La Mama Courthouse

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

More theatre venues

Fairfax Studio

An intimate theatre presenting smaller-scale and experimental productions.

La Mama Courthouse

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

Speakeasy Theatre

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

The Butterfly Club

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

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