Following its triumphant production of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, Melbourne Opera is pleased to present Bellini’s Norma, starring Helena Dix (who has just made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera starring as Alice in Falstaff) as Norma, Jacqui Dark as Adalgisa, Samuel Sakker as Pollione, and Adrian Tamburini as Oroveso.
Tuesday 17, 19, 21, 24 September
The Try Guys
The Try Guys will bring their iconic brand of "trying everything and anything" to life on stage -unedited and unfiltered. Boasting more than 6.1million YouTube subscribers and in excess of2 billion views, all the hilarious viral content transforms into an unprecedented performance -a completely unique, interactive show. A self-described “full-length rock-and-roll comedy extravaganza!”
Monday 23 September
Thu 26th- Sat 28th Sep
Andy Day is fascinated by all creatures - little and large, existing or extinct. And now, visiting theatres across Australia during the September and October school holidays, he is on a mission to thrill and entertain in a brand-new live adventure. He'll have some help too - from familiar faces, new friends and hopefully you!
Andy's Amazing Adventures
LearnToLive Comedy Gala
Thursday 03 October
The LTL Comedy Gala returns for another sensational evening of mirth and mayhem on Thursday October 3rd. With a bigger and brighter line-up of comedy legends every year, this show sells out fast!
All proceeds support LearnToLive’s work joining communities worldwide to improve quality of life through healthcare, education and access to clean water.
Jonny Strikes Up!
Friday 04 October
Max, an introspective composer who only feels at home when lost in the vast expanse of Alpine glaciers finds both his frozen heart, and his otherworldly sensibilities, challenged by his love for an opera singer, Anita. Through her he learns how to reconcile himself to the speed and chaos of modern life and the modern metropolis and take control of his own future. His transformation is symbolised by a sub-plot in which Jonny, an African-American jazz musician steals a valuable violin from the pompous and self-regarding virtuoso Daniello, a symbolic transfer of cultural energy from the Old World to the New. The opera ends with Max deciding to journey to America and Jonny’s jazz music ‘striking up’ in exuberant celebration.
The Cat in the Hat
This stage adaptation of the best selling book was created by the National Theatre of Great Britain. It faithfully tells the story of a brother and sister, bored at home on a rainy day... (without their Mother!!??) when they are visited by none other than ‘The Cat’ in his red and white striped Hat....(which they let in the door!!??)
Saturday October 05
Celebrate one of the greatest folk singers of all time with this unique concert dedicated to his songs of freedom, social justice and against inequality.
In a world where bigotry, racism, violence and inequality are seemingly on the rise, this show, built around Woody’s songs, is a timely reminder of the universal power of great folk music to celebrate humanity and to give voice to the struggles of ordinary people for a better world.
Friday 11 & 12 October
As seen on Have You Been Paying Attention? and as heard on ABC Listen’s The Fourth Floor podcast
The SMASH HIT of the 2019 Comedy festivals is back for one night only.
Ivan has now turned 40 and he’s officially made it to the FOURTH FLOOR. He’s halfway to the rooftop party and too far up to take the stairs back down. Call it a mid-life crisis or mid-life celebration, Ivan is livin' la mid-vida loca.
If you missed the show or cant wait to see it gain, vamos! Ivan is ready to take his life to the next level. Going up!
Thursday 31 October
Nina Conti, British Comedy Award winner, is on her way to Just for Laughs Sydney - and in a spectacular feat of ventriloquism – each show is entirely improvised every night. Conti has stormed Live at the Apollo, Russell Howard’s Good News, Sunday Night at the Palladium, and made a BAFTA nominated film - all without even moving her lips!
Friday 01 November
Beth Stelling is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actress based in Los Angeles who most recently wrote for Sarah Silverman's Hulu series, I Love You America. Stelling tours extensively around the world and her half hour special currently streams on The Standups series for Netflix. Stelling previously starred in a half hour special on Comedy Central and has appeared on several late night shows including Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Comedy Central's @midnight, Chelsea Lately and The Pete Holmes Show. Her TV acting credits include Red Oaks, Corporate and Another Period on Comedy Central, and Crashing on HBO.
Saturday 02 November
Meet Atul Khatri, one of the best stand-up comedians in India and a Mumbai based businessman who decided to do stand-up comedy simply because he wanted to tick it off of his bucket list. An Indian computer engineer and a British management scholar who always orders two soups even when he is eating alone. And look at him now! Atul has showcased his skills at the first ever Dubai Comedy Festival in 2015 which featured some of the biggest comedians in the world including Trevor Noah and Dave Chapelle.
Kathy Lette – Girl’s Night Out
Monday 04 November
It’s a psychological strip tease taking us from Puberty Blues to Menopause Blues, with tales of love, lust, men, marriage, pregnancy, childbirth, mastitis, sexist bosses, teenage-daughter-wrangling, ageing, toy boys, making the Queen laugh, hiding Julian Assange in her attic, tongue kissing Prince William and Close Encounters of the George Clooney Kind, en route.
Illusionaire Magic Show
Friday 8th November – Saturday 14th December
Witness a unique blend of the creative and flawless skills of Sam Angelico, combined with the inspired charm and amazing talents of 'Rosanna'.Experience an evening of remarkable and enchanting magic by international award winning "Champion of Comedy Magic" at FISM - the highest accolade achievable by any magician globally - Sam Angelico.
Saturday 23rd November
8pm & 9:45pm
Presented by: alist.com.au & Nova
Marty Sheargold tours his stand up show around Australia for a night of must see comedy. Don’t miss the opportunity to laugh live with the star of the Nova networks Kate, Tim and Marty show, as he delivers a load of jokes and stories he can’t do between 4 and 6pm! If you’ve seen him on ch 10’s Have You Been Paying Attention? and want more, book now, don’t disappoint him, yourself or his property broker by missing out.
Leo Sayer- Just a Boy
Friday November 29
The perpetually effervescent, Grammy award winning, international chart-topping, British music legend Leo Sayer continues wowing audiences worldwide in 2019.
Following the sold-out success of his UK tour, Sayer is touring Australia with his all-star Australian band for a select series of concerts featuring all his greatest hits, along with songs from his 2019 release, Selfie. Released on the UK’s Demon label, Selfie is the first album to be completely performed, produced and arranged by Leo Sayer.
Eric André - Legalize Everything
Friday 06 Dec 2019
Eric André's 2016 debut Australian tour sold out in mere days with record-breaking attendances in Melbourne and an extra Sydney show added to meet massive demand.
The creator and host of Adult Swim's hit series The Eric Andre Show is currently in the midst of a world take-over. In addition to his massive 33-date, nine-country tour, his bizarro-talk show, live-action comedy TV series is now in production on its fifth season, his character Kraft Punk has also been given an Adult Swim special, and the mysteriousBLARF has locked down a record deal with Stone's Throw records.
The War On 2019
Saturday 07 Dec 2019
After a sold out national tour last year, The Chaser Quarterly and The Shovel once again join forces to bring you "The War on 2019" – an in depth analysis of all the AFP-approved highlights of the year.
Featuring an all-star line up of Australia's best satirical talent, join Mark Humphries (ABC's 7:30), Charles Firth (The Chaser), Victoria Zerbst (SBS The Feed), Jenna Owen (SBS The Feed) and James Schloeffel (The Shovel) as they dissect the best and worst of 2019, live on stage.
Friday 13 Dec 2019
“Loser is almost always negative,” Urzila says. ”I’ve lost my keys, relative, my mind, money, dignity… it’s only positive when you lose some weight. WHY? If you meet someone awesome would you not want there to be more of them? Why can your friends not see your fatness but your family and doctor can see nothing but your fatness? Why is losing so hard? The truth is, we’re all losers in some form and at some point we’ll hit our rock bottom. Are you prepared? Get ready losers, let’s tackle our failures. What’s the worst that can happen?”
Room on the Broom
Friday 10 -
Wednesday 15 January 2020
How the cat purred and how the witch grinned, As they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind.
When a hungry dragon appears, who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone?
The team behind The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child return with songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 and up and their grown-ups...
Wednesday 05, Saturday 08,
Thursday 13 February
To celebrate the 250 anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, Melbourne Opera is proud to present Beethoven’s only opera Fidelio, conducted by leading international Maestro Anthony Negus. With the acclaimed Melbourne Opera Chorus And Orchestra.
Fri 14 Feb 2020
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