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Be moved, amused and enlightened by plays, dance works, comedy shows and cabaret performances all year long. Home to world-renowned theatres and dance companies as well as one of the largest comedy festivals in the world, Melbourne boasts a never-ending line-up of inspiring shows. Laugh it up at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, see ground-breaking plays at La Mama and Southbank's Malthouse Theatre, or catch the cream of the crop at the Melbourne Festival in November.

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Do You Speak Chinese

Do You Speak Chinese

18 - 21 Mar 2015

Southbank

Do You Speak Chinese? is a question many Australians are asked every day. Choreographer and dancer Victoria Chiu is a Melbourne girl. She doesn't...

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Merge – Melanie Lane

Merge – Melanie Lane

18 - 22 Mar 2015

North Melbourne

Merge offers a poetic discourse on humans' coexistence with inanimate objects in the man made universe. It unearths the more unsettling nature of...

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Stampede the Stampede – Tim Darbyshire

18 - 22 Mar 2015

North Melbourne

Stampede the Stampede is a nolo (not a solo), performed by Tim Darbyshire within a turbulent yet controlling choreographic apparatus. It is a nolo in...

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Kingdom – Phillip Adams BalletLab

Kingdom – Phillip Adams BalletLab

18 - 22 Mar 2015

North Melbourne

Four men – poof, queer, homo, fag – who also happen to be choreographers, come together to articulate how their individual and collective desires...

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Merge – Melanie Lane

Merge – Melanie Lane

18 - 22 Mar 2015

North Melbourne

Merge offers a poetic discourse on humans' coexistence with inanimate objects in the man made universe. It unearths the more unsettling nature of...

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Eddie Perfect at Five Boroughs Comedy

Portland Hotel Comedy

5 Feb 2015, 12 Feb 2015, 19 Feb 2015, 26 Feb 2015

Melbourne

From $12 - $12

Melbourne's best quality night of comedy is here at the Portland Hotel where some of the biggest names in Australian comedy come to play and...

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Endgame

Endgame

21 Mar - 25 Apr 2015

Southbank

Returning to Melbourne Theatre Company following his triumph in 'Red', Colin Friels commands the stage in Samuel Beckett's renowned black burlesque...

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

23 Mar - 2 Apr 2015

Prahran

One of the most-read and iconic children's books of all time, The Very Hungry Caterpillar emerges off the page in a masterful theatrical experience...

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Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

25 Mar - 19 Apr 2015

Melbourne

Laugh, chortle, giggle and snort at everything from wry young hipsters and slapstick heroes to musical comedy and good ol’ timey cabaret stars.

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The (Very) Big Laugh Out

27 Mar - 19 Apr 2015

Melbourne

The (Very) Big Laugh Out transforms both Fed Square and City Square into magical adventure playgrounds with some of the most unpredictably...

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Marty Putz: Putzin Around

28 Mar - 12 Apr 2015

Docklands

This crazy and hilarious comedy is back as part of the 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. With exploding suits, huge marshmallow fights...

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IMPROVILICIOUS: The Improvised Guide To High School

IMPROVILICIOUS: The Improvised Guide To High School

28 Mar - 12 Apr 2015

Melbourne

From $18 - $60

Do your kids need help at school? Wanna relive the glory days of year eight? Bring your tweens, teenagers and repressed adolescence to the...

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ABSINTHE by Spiegelworld

ABSINTHE by Spiegelworld

21 - 22 Mar 2015, 24 - 29 Mar 2015, 31 Mar - 5 Apr 2015

Southbank

From $54 - $64

Inspired by the absinthe-drenched cabarets of late 19th century Europe, ABSINTHE is an adult-themed cocktail of circus, burlesque and vaudeville for...

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Faulty Towers The Dining Experience - MICF 2015

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience - MICF 2015

7 - 19 Apr 2015

Fitzroy

From $79 - $99

They're back - Basil, Sybil and Manuel return for their ninth consecutive MICF with 16 performances, appearing at the start of yet another...

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Avenue Q Adults-Only Puppet Musical Comedy

Avenue Q Adults-Only Puppet Musical Comedy

25 - 29 Mar 2015, 31 Mar - 2 Apr 2015, 7 - 11 Apr 2015

Prahran

From $38.50 - $43.50

Winner of the Tony® Triple Crown for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt and packed with heart. This...

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Meme Girls

Meme Girls

8 Apr - 2 May 2015

Southbank

At Malthouse Theatre, Meme Girls construct their identities in real time - and demand an audience. Experience the sort of post-gender,...

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Tripod: This Gaming Life

Tripod: This Gaming Life

17 - 18 Apr 2015

Melbourne

From $45 - $45

ARIA winning comedy musicians Tripod have written and performed masterfully for television, radio, cartoons, stage musicals and countless hit live...

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A Dinner to Die For

A Dinner to Die For

28 Mar 2015, 4 Apr 2015, 11 Apr 2015, 18 Apr 2015

Abbotsford

From $75 - $75

Back for a fifth season, its not molecular gastronomy, but a wickedly funny Melbourne based Musical, Murder Mystery Show and Dinner. Set in 1928,...

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Timeshare

Timeshare

23 Apr - 17 May 2015

Southbank

Straddling the International Date Line, Paradise was once a history-themed retreat providing the ultimate in glory-day getaways. Unfortunately, the...

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Things to see in Melbourne

Impossible Occurrences - Melbourne's Exclusive Magic Show

6 Feb 2015, 13 Feb 2015, 21 Feb 2015, 27 Feb 2015

Melbourne

From $35 - $39.95

Witness Impossible Occurrences, one of Melbourne's most exclusive magic show at The Marriott Hotel. If you are Melbourne local or visitor this a must...

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The Waiting Room

The Waiting Room

15 May - 27 Jun 2015

Melbourne

Authentic Australian stories are a rarity on our stages. Even rarer are stories as personal as this by Kylie Trounson, which grapples with the...

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Opera Australia's Don Carlos

Opera at Arts Centre Melbourne presents Don Carlos

20 May 2015, 23 May 2015, 25 May 2015, 27 May 2015

Melbourne

From $59 - $59

As secrets are revealed, passion and politics run riot on a grand scale in the 16th century royal court of Spain.

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Opera Australia's Madama Butterfly

Opera at Arts Centre Melbourne - Madama Butterfly

4 May 2015, 6 May 2015, 9 May 2015, 12 May 2015

Melbourne

From $59 - $59

Madama Butterfly is one of the world's great love stories, and this production, one of Australia's most loved, has been beautifully produced using...

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Opera Australia's Don Giovanni

Opera at Arts Centre Melbourne - Don Giovanni

11 May 2015, 16 May 2015, 19 May 2015, 21 May 2015

Melbourne

From $59 - $59

Opera's lecherous anti-hero has already been condemned. Are fire and brimstone really his just desserts?

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Anything Goes

31 May - 20 Jun 2015

Melbourne

Australia's hottest new creative team, Helpmann Award-winning Dean Bryan and Andrew Hallsworth stage a brand new production of Cole Porter's...

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North by Northwest

North by Northwest

1 Jun - 4 Jul 2015

Melbourne

Every twist, every thrill, every hairbreadth escape is retained from Alfred Hitchcock's supreme comedy of suspense in this stunning new stage...

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The Light in Winter

The Light in Winter

1 - 30 Jun 2015

Melbourne

See the light and a nightly program of free events, performances and exhibitions at Federation Square, and celebrate the arrival of the winter solstice.

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First Friday Dance Club

First Friday Dance Club

6 Feb 2015, 6 Mar 2015, 3 Apr 2015, 1 May 2015

Southbank

Shake your way into the weekend with a free dance class at Queensbridge Square. On the first Friday of each month, at the same time, in the same...

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Birdland

Birdland

6 Jun - 11 Jul 2015

Southbank

From the mercilessly cool pen of Olivier Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens comes Birdland, a slyly witty character study of an imploding rock...

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Love and Information

Love and Information

12 Jun - 4 Jul 2015

Southbank

Love and Information / are profoundly human needs. With the inventiveness and currency of her signature works Top Girls and Cloud Nine, the latest...

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Suade

Melbourne Cabaret Festival

18 - 28 Jun 2015

Prahran

Life is a cabaret festival. Live it up with jazz hands and tapping toes at some of the thirty hand-picked shows at six of Melbourne's cabaret venues.

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The St Petersburg Ballet present Swan Lake

The St Petersburg Ballet present Swan Lake

20 - 22 Jun 2015

Southbank

Hailed from London to Paris, the internationally acclaimed St Petersburg Ballet will arrive in Melbourne in June 2015 to present their full-length...

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Death and the Maiden

Death and the Maiden

18 Jul - 22 Aug 2015

Southbank

Some plays maintain their relevance because some evils never go away. Ariel Dorfman's stunning world-wide hit Death and the Maiden is one such work....

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I Am a Miracle

I Am a Miracle

18 Jul - 9 Aug 2015

Southbank

I Am a Miracle, because I ain't left yet, it must be a miracle. Marvin Lee Wilson was convicted of murder in 1994. Lawyers said his IQ of 61 meant he...

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The Weir

The Weir

14 Aug - 26 Sep 2015

Melbourne

Theatre's power as an arena for storytelling meets the great Irish tradition of the bar room tale in Conor McPherson's brilliant gem of a play about...

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Antigone

Antigone

21 Aug - 13 Sep 2015

Southbank

Antigone has always been a respected member of her community but in civil war all bets are off. She suddenly finds herself on the outside looking in....

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They Saw a Thylacine

They Saw a Thylacine

15 Sep - 4 Oct 2015

Southbank

They Saw a Thylacine on the brink of extinction. Out of the darkness, Sarah Hamilton and Justine Campbell conjure the ghost of one of Australia's...

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Melbourne Fringe 2014

Melbourne Fringe Festival

16 Sep - 4 Oct 2015

Melbourne

Have an art attack – new theatre, comedy, dance, circus, music and cabaret, visual art, live art, digital and video art – at the fringe festival.

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The Listies Ruin Xmas

The Listies Ruin Xmas

25 Nov - 13 Dec 2015

Southbank

The Listies Ruin Xmas is a Frankenstein's monster of a holiday panto. Its mission? To make families laugh as much as possible in 55 minutes. This...

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Opera Australia's The Elixir of Love

Opera at Arts Centre Melbourne - The Elixir of Love

21 Nov 2015, 24 Nov 2015, 26 Nov 2015, 28 Nov 2015

Melbourne

From $59 - $59

Italian opera meets the Australian outback when Donizetti's tongue-in-cheek, heart-on-sleeve tale of a shy boy and a bold girl returns in this cheeky...

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Opera Australia's The Marriage of Figaro

Opera at Arts Centre Melbourne presents The Marriage of Figaro

12 Nov 2015, 14 Nov 2015, 17 Nov 2015, 19 Nov 2015

Melbourne

From $59 - $59

Upstairs, downstairs, inside, outside, dress-ups and dressing downs this is the Downton Abbey of Opera, but a lot more fun.

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Top Hat Tuesdays

Top Hat Tuesdays

3 Feb 2015, 3 Mar 2015, 7 Apr 2015, 5 May 2015

Fitzroy

From $10 - $60

Top Hat Tuesdays are a celebration of the magical arts, showcasing the best of Melbourne's local and travelling magicians. Every month, you can come...

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