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 Best, The Fairest, The First

3 March 2021 to 6 March 2021
Melbourne Writers' Theatre
Melbourne Writers' Theatre

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Voldemort and the Teenage Hogwarts Musical Parody

5 March 2021 to 4 April 2021
Fiona Landers, Richie Root & Zach Reino

Before Voldemort was He Who Must Not Be Named, he was just Tom Riddle,...

Jungle Bungle

6 April 2021 to 17 April 2021
Craig Christie

It’s a new day and a new school for Oliver, and making a new friend when he...


19 April 2021 to 22 April 2021
Reuben James

Created as a response to the ongoing political debate on LGBTQIA+ lives, ...

Love You Bitch

22 April 2021 to 28 April 2021
Alberto Di Troia

Jem, Ella and Harry are friends.

Best friends.

The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven

30 April 2021 to 8 May 2021
Ben Anderson

A revolutionary queer ritual in which bread is shared, wine is drunk and...