What’s On At Melbourne Theatres June-July 2012

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Princes theatre melbourne If you’re looking for something a bit different to do while in Melbourne, then why not go to the theatre? Whether it’s a play, drama, dance, opera, musical or comedy, there is always something on to suit everyone. If you’re not a regular theatre goer, you’d be surprised at how great a dinner and a show can be in the evening, and what a refreshing change it can be to those heavy nights out. There are loads of theatres all around Melbourne, and with many productions holding their premieres here as of late, there is no time like the present for a trip to the theatre. From venues which have been around since the 1800s to more modern playhouses which have popped up in the last decade or so, Melbourne can accommodate timeless classics and contemporary modern productions. Here are some of our favourite theatres in Melbourne.

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The Regent Theatre

The Regent Theatre on Collins Street was built in 1929 and has displayed some really famous shows in its 83 year history, such as Fiddler on the Roof, The Lion King, West Side Story and Wicked. From Thursday 24th May to Sunday 12th August it’s showing Annie: The Musical. This timeless classic is about a little orphan ginger girl who never gives up hope – a bit like Lindsay Lohan. With tunes like ‘Tomorrow,’ ‘It’s a hard-knock life’ and ‘N.Y.C.’ you’ll find it hard not to sing along. Tickets start from $65.90 and shows run Tuesday – Sunday with both evening on matinee performances on certain days.

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Where: Regent Theatre, 191 Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000
Phone: (03) 9299 9500
Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com.au

Melbourne Theatre Company

Founded in 1953, the Melbourne Theatre Company is the oldest professional theatre company in the whole of Australia. A department of the University of Melbourne, they are based at the MTC Theatre on Southbank Boulevard, where they have been since 2009. So what are they showing in June? ‘The Heretic’ by Richard Bean is a funny, provocative drama about an Earth Sciences University lecturer whose work puts her in the limelight. Full of family, truth and what happens when you go against the grain of public thinking. This show runs until Saturday 23rd June with tickets starting from $33.

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Also showing is ‘National Interest’ by Aidan Fennessy. This drama is about a mother, Mrs Stewart, whose 21-year-old son was murdered in Balibo along with four others. When a new inquiry is

started 30 years later, will she get the answers she needs? This production is based on the true story of the Balibo five, giving an insight into the injustice felt by their families back home. This production runs from Wednesday 6th June till Saturday 21st July at the Fairfax Studio and tickets start from $33.

Where: 140 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank, Melbourne, 3006
Phone: (03) 8688 0800
Tickets: www.mtc.com.au

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Malthouse Theatre

The Malthouse is always showing an array of spectacles, and June is no exception. ‘Circa’ is a bold new take on contemporary circus. The Brisbane group blend bodies, skills, light and sound to make up this spectacular show of dance and acrobatics, pushing themselves to the extremes with complete ease, in ways you never thought possible. Having toured across 22 countries and five continents since 2006 ‘Circa’ has found itself with an array of impressive reviews and has captured the hearts of critics all over. You have to be quick to catch this show as it only runs till Sunday 10th June. Tickets start at $28.
Where: 113 Sturt Street, Southbank Melway
Phone: 03 9685 5111
Tickets: www.malthousetheatre.com.au

Theatreworks

Theatreworks is a little creative hub in St Kilda which aims to support the skills of any performing artist no matter what stage they are at in their endeavour. ‘Reasons to Be Pretty’ is a comedy which looks at our obsession with physical beauty. Greg’s tight-knit group of friends is thrown into turmoil when he makes a throw-away remark about the pretty face of a co-worker – which then gets back to his girlfriend. When Greg’s best friends and his wife become involved, things get much more complicated. As their relationships begin to collapse the four friends are met with deceit, infidelity and betrayal as they try to work out: ‘How much is pretty worth?’ Find out just how powerful everyday conversation and behaviour can be. This show runs from Thursday 31st May till Sunday 17th June with tickets costing $32 for adults and $27 for concessions.

Where: 14 Acland Street, St Kilda, 3182
Phone: (03) 9534 3388
Tickets: www.theatreworks.org.au

Athenaeum Theatre

The Athenaeum is one of the oldest public institutions in Victoria, having been around since 1839. Over the years it has housed live theatre, comedy, movies, readings, a museum and a library. Since 2003 it has been the home of the Melbourne Opera. In June, they will be performing their rendition of Gounod’s ‘Faust,’ which has been pleasing audiences since its premier in 1859. A classic of French Opera, this production tells the tale of Faust’s pact with the devil. It’s performed in English so there are no worries about not being able to understand it. Even if you do get a little lost, just sit back and admire the magnificent voices of the Melbourne Opera cast. ‘Faust’ runs from Saturday 18th June till Sunday 26th June will ticket prices to be confirmed.

Where: 188 Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000
Phone: (03) 9650 1500
Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com

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