Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, Goldfields, Victoria, Australia
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Theatre & musicals

Immerse yourself in Victoria's culture through its ever-expanding calendar of theatrical and musical performances. Come with family and friends and make a night of it, experiencing original work or singing along to your favourite blockbuster productions. Check out productions across the state, everywhere from historic theatres and cutting-edge performance spaces to iconic regional venues that showcase local works.

Big bright city lights
Contemporary theatrical works abound at The Arts Centre and Malthouse Theatre. Situated in Melbourne's arts precinct, a night at these theatres means treating yourself to international hits and bold new works that push the creative envelope.

Regional treasures
Explore the depth of regional talent in one of the many theatres across Victoria. The Mildura Arts Centre and Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre host both original productions and commissioned works that will entertain theatre buffs, young and old alike. Meanwhile, Ballarat's Her Majesty's Theatre and the Albury Entertainment Centre play host to a diverse program of national and international touring shows.

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Melbourne plays & musicals

Once

Once

26 Sep 2014 - 8 Feb 2015

Discover the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician and the singer who inspires him as Once makes its Australian debut.

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Softly Pouting While Walking into Breezes

14 Jan - 1 Feb 2015

When Ben met Toby, his life was changed, like, completely. When Toby broke up with Ben, his life was ruined, like, completely. It was a love and a...

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Strictly Ballroom The Musical

Strictly Ballroom The Musical

20 Jan - 15 Mar 2015

Soak up all the glitz, glamour and laughs of Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom The Musical, the stage show based on the much-loved Australian film.

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The Big Gay Cruise

Pacific Queen The Big Gay Cruise a New Musical

27 Jan - 1 Feb 2015

This brand new musical is brash, brave and bold exploring love, fidelity and fun. The Pacific Queen sets sail on her epic journey from Sydney to L....

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Thriller Live

28 Jan - 8 Feb 2015

Direct from London's West End, Thriller Live celebrates the undisputed King of Pop in a spectacular show packed with over two hours of favourite...

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Georgia with a G

28 Jan - 1 Feb 2015

Georgia with a G is a riotous, fun-loving, intimate show full of funny stories, powerful songs and whacky comedy - plus some rude bits! At seven...

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Little Bird

Little Bird

29 Jan - 4 Feb 2015

A dark fairy-tale for grown-ups, a song cycle, a thrilling piece of solo performance, Little Bird is a gripping story of how people can transform...

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Jumpy

Jumpy

31 Jan - 14 Mar 2015

This summer Jane Turner (Kath & Kim) takes centre stage alongside an all star cast including musical theatre favourite Marina Prior and Brenna...

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Stop Kiss

Stop Kiss

28 - 31 Jan 2015, 4 - 7 Feb 2015

Boutique Theatre proudly present the Melbourne premiere of STOP KISS By Diana Son A kiss can change everything. Callie's holding down a job as a...

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Harvey Milk circa 1977

Harvey Milk The Opera

7 - 8 Feb 2015

Left Bauer Productions and the Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus present the Australian premiere concert performance of Stewart Wallace and Michael...

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What Rhymes with Cars and Girls

What Rhymes with Cars and Girls

13 Feb - 28 Mar 2015

This summer Tim Rogers' iconic album is brought to life on stage, creating a tale of love in contemporary Australia. Please see the website for...

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My Life in Boxes

My Life in Boxes

18 - 21 Feb 2015

My Life in Boxes unpacks the story of a pathological hoarder on the brink of being uprooted from her carefully constructed existence and placed into...

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THE LION KING

The Lion King

20 Feb - 10 May 2015

Follow Simba's epic journey to fulfil his destiny as King of the Pridelands in this acclaimed production with stunning effects and unforgettable music.

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Dirty Dancing

23 Feb - 17 May 2015

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage, returns to Australia for a 10th anniversary tour. An unprecedented live experience, this worldwide...

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Wot? No Fish!!

Wot? No Fish!!

24 Feb - 8 Mar 2015

Wot? No Fish!! turns the Solomons' strange and wonderful history into a humorous and heart-warming narrative for all ages. In 1926, London shoemaker...

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You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

22 Feb 2015, 28 Feb 2015

ARC Theatre proudly kicks off the 2015 season with You're a good man, Charlie Brown. This is a show for anyone from two to 102. You're a Good Man,...

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Nothing to Lose

Nothing to Lose

11 - 21 Mar 2015

Nothing to Lose, but your assumptions as Force Majeure continues its decade-long artistic study of the modern psyche. Fat is a powerful little word,...

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Endgame

Endgame

21 Mar - 25 Apr 2015

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

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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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

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

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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Timeshare

Timeshare

23 Apr - 17 May 2015

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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The Waiting Room

The Waiting Room

15 May - 27 Jun 2015

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 Madama Butterfly

Opera at Arts Centre Melbourne - Madama Butterfly

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

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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Anything Goes

31 May - 20 Jun 2015

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

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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Birdland

Birdland

6 Jun - 11 Jul 2015

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

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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Death and the Maiden

Death and the Maiden

18 Jul - 22 Aug 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Regional plays & musicals

GOLD The Ultimate ABBA Show - Mamma Mia

GOLD The Ultimate ABBA Show - Mamma Mia

27 Mar 2015

In 2014, GOLD The Ultimate ABBA Show landed in Australia for their “New Arrival Tour” performing to sold-out houses and playing to over 10,000 people...

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Barry versus Kelly

Barry versus Kelly

8 Feb 2015

Barry Versus Kelly is a play with music by Felix Meagher (with additional music by Lou Hesterman) about the trial and execution of Ned Kelly in...

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Macbeth

Macbeth Essential theatre at Leura Park Estate

13 - 14 Feb 2015

Friday 13th could not be a more perfect date for staging one of world's most loved and classic tragedies. Leura Park Estate together with Essential...

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The cast of Macbeth

Shakespeare in the Vines at Wild Dog Winery

15 Feb 2015

See the bloody and bold thriller Macbeth in the perfect setting at Wild Dog Winery, Warragul. For over 10 years, Essential Theatre has been...

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