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.

Manhattan Dreaming

25 September 2018

A new collection of paintings and drypoints capturing Manhattan's lines,...

Helyard’s Bach by Genesis Baroque

1 October 2018

Harpsichordist Dr Erin Helyard joins Genesis Baroque for a program of works...

The Far North

23 October 2018

In this most recent exhibition, Allan leaves his studio in Daylesford for...

Krapp’s Last Tape

31 October 2018

Max Gillies performs Beckett's meditation on time, memory and ageing.

BROKEN by Mary Anne Butler

15 November 2018

The Victorian premiere of Mary Anne Butler’s poetic, evocative play.