Theatre

Plays written by Melbourne dramatists have been part of the city’s flourishing cultural life since the days of 19th-century melodrama and the ‘new’ theatre of Esson’s Pioneer Players. The Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC), La Mama Theatre and the now closed Pram Factory have all historically fostered playwriting in Melbourne.

Joining MTC as professional companies now are HothouseIlbijerri Theatre CompanyMalthouse, and Red Stitch, who all program new Australian theatre writing as well as hosting discussions and development of new Australian works.

Melbourne's independent theatre scene is represented at such places as Chapel off ChapelfortyfivedownstairsLa Mama TheatreNorthcote Town Hall, and Theatre Works. Both the Melbourne Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festival is full of fresh new Australian playwriting.

Melbourne is also blessed by outstanding independent new script companies like MKAMelbourne Writers TheatreRawcusSisters Grimm, Union House Theatre and, supported through Melbourne Theatre Company, the NEXT STAGE programThe Pop Up Playground combine theatre with game play and are an innovative highlight of Melbourne's performance scene.

Theatre for the young is also well represented through the world-class Arena Theatre Company and Polyglot TheatreSt Martin’s Youth Theatre provide an excellent season of work created by young people.

Theatre Network Victoria has an excellent list of their members. Our theatre calendar also provides information about what's on in Melbourne theatre.

The Calling

3 May 2018
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The fourth installment in Adam Simmons' 'The Usefulness of Art' series.

Mighty Melbourne

8 May 2018
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An exhibition of Melbourne cityscapes by Arthur Ted Powell

Between Us

8 May 2018
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An exhibition of glass portraits depicting the diversity of the artist's...

Resident Alien by Tim Fountain

9 May 2018
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Paul Capsis returns for a limited season in his "astonishing" performance as...

DE STROYED

16 May 2018
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A thought provoking new Australian work by Jillian Murray and Suzanne...

Captured Landscapes

22 May 2018
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A series of paintings capturing the Australian landscape, exposed to the...