Melbourne Theatres

Melbourne Theatres

Melbourne boasts some wonderful old theatres, rich in history, fame and infamy. There is always something on, proven in more recent times by the number of productions who have chosen Melbourne for their premiere.


The Arts Centre
100 St Kilda Road, Southbank
Ph +61 3 9281 8000
The Arts Centre |

The Arts Centre occupies a prime location in the heart of Melbourne's leisure and entertainment precinct and is home to Australia's premier performing arts companies.

CUB Malthouse
113 Sturt Street, Southbank
Ph +61 3 9685 5111
Malthouse |

The CUB Malthouse has been home to the Playbox Theatre, its resident theatre company since opening in 1990. In 2005 the organisation has underwent a renaming and is now The Malthouse Theatre

Princess Theatre
163 Spring Street, Melbourne
Ph +61 3 9299 9800
Princess Theatre |

The Princess Theatre is one of the world's grandest Victorian theatres, with its domed mansard roofs, cast iron filigree, marble staircase and foyer. Guests can dine in the Melba or Marriner rooms before taking in one of the international shows and major musical productions that come to the city.

Regent Theatre
191-197 Collins Street, Melbourne
Ph +61 3 9299 9500
Regent Theatre |

Built in 1929 as a 'picture palace', the Regent Theatre is an extravagant, large Spanish gothic hall now restored to its former glory. The Regent hosts some of the leading shows to hit Melbourne - major productions staged here include Sunset Boulevard, Annie, and Fiddler on the Roof.

Athenaeum Theatre
188 Collins Street, Melbourne
Ph +61 3 9650 1500
Athenaeum Theatre |

Located in the centre of the city next to the Melbourne Town Hall, the Athenaeum is one of Melbourne's oldest theatres. The Athenaeum presents a wide range of popular theatre from Bell Shakespeare Company productions, to local and international comedy shows as an important Melbourne Comedy Festival venue.

Forum Theatre
154 Flinders Street, Melbourne
Ph +61 3 9299 9700
Forum Theatre |

The Forum Theatre's exterior has an exotic design that continues as you step through the doors. Lavish moulded plaster, gold paint and reproduction casts of famous Greek and Italian sculptures line an auditorium interior topped with a soaring blue ceiling punched with stars designed to look like an open sky. The Forum hosts cabaret, rock concerts and the annual Melbourne Film Festival.

Her Majesty's Theatre
219 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
Ph +61 3 9663 3211
Her Majesty's Theatre |

Dame Nellie Melba sang her first opera at Her Majesty's Theatre, which also staged performances starring ballerinas Anna Pavlova and Dame Margot Fonteyn. Built in 1886 it was damaged by fire in 1929 but it retained its original façade and art deco interior. Refurbished again in 2002, Her Majesty's hosts theatre, dance and musicals.

Comedy Theatre
244 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
Ph (03) 9299 4950
Comedy Theatre |

Home of Melbourne comedy, the Comedy Theatre is built on an historic site for theatregoers - the former Hippodrome, home of circus performances and melodramas. The current building presents an exterior that is a replica of a Florence palace, with a distinctly Spanish interior. Audiences enjoy a diverse range of theatre and comedy.

Capitol Theatre
113 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Ph +61 3 9650 4017
Capitol Theatre

The Capitol Theatre is a classic Art Deco theatre designed by Walter Burley Griffin and opened in 1924, bought by RMIT University in 1999, and a refurbishment program is under way.


Abbotsford Convent
1 St Heliers St,
Ph: +61 3 9415 3600
Abbotsford Convent

Alexander Theatre
Monash University, Wellington Road, Clayton 3168
Tel: 9905 1111
Alexander Theatre

Banyule Theatre
Viewbank College, Buckingham Drive, Heidelberg 3084
Tel: 9458 2811
Banyule Theatre

Besen Centre
87-89 Station Street, Burwood 3125
Tel: 9834 0200
The Besen Centre |

Brighton Theatre Company
Carpenter Street, Brighton
Ph: 03 9527 2681
Brighton Theatre Company |

Butterfly Club
6 Carson Place,
Tel: (03) 9690 2000
The Butterfly Club

Chapel Off Chapel
12 Little Chapel Street,
(03) 8290 7000
Chapel Off Chapel

Clocktower Theatre
Corner Mount Alexander and Pascoe Vale Roads, Moonee Ponds 3039
Tel: 9243 8819
Clocktower Theatre |

Courthouse Theatre
349 Drummond St, Carlton 3053
Phone: +61 3 9347 6948 | Bookings: +61 3 9347 6142
Courthouse Theatre

Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre
Preston 3072
Tel: 9416 8933
Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre

45 Flinders Lane,
Ph: 9662 9966

Fairfield Park Amphitheatre
Fairfield Park, Heidelberg Road,
Fairfield 3078.
Fairfield Amphitheatre

Frankston Arts Centre
Davey Street, Frankston
Tel: 9784 1051
Tel: 03 9784 1060
Frankston Arts Centre

Gasworks Arts Park
21 Graham Street,
Albert Park 3206
Tel: 9209 6207
Gasworks Arts Park

George Jenkins Theatre
Monash University Frankston Campus
McMahons Road, Frankston 3199
Tel: 9904 4300
George Jenkins Theatre

Grant Street Theatre
Grant Street, South Melbourne 3205
Tel: 9685 9376
Grant Street Theatre

Guild Theatre
Building 130, Union House, Union Road, Parkville
Tel: 8344 6966
Guild Theatre

Heidelberg Theatre Company
37 Turnham Avenue, Rosanna 3084
Tel: 9457 4117
Heidelberg Theatre

Kaleide RMIT Union Theatre
360 Swanston Street, Melbourne 3000
Tel: 9660 3713
Kaleide Theatre

Karralyka Theatre
Mines Road,
Ringwood 3134
Tel: 9879 4591
Karralyka Theatre

Kew Court House
188 High Street
Ph: 03 9853 3551
Kew Court House

Kingston Arts Centre
Nepean Highway,
Moorabbin 3189
Tel: 9556 4440
Kingston City Hall & Arts Centre

La Mama Theatre
205 Faraday Street, Carlton
Phone: +61 3 9347 6948 | Bookings: +61 3 9347 6142
La Mama Theatre |

Also known as Carlton Courthouse

Lithuanian House Theatre
44 Errol Street,
North Melbourne 3051
Tel: 9328 1560
Lithuanian Club

Napier Street Theatre
199 Napier Street, South Melbourne
Tel: 9329-0709
Napier Street Theatre

National Theatre
Corner Barkly and Carlisle Streets, St Kilda 3182
Tel: 9534 0221
National Theatre |

Northcote Theatre | Regal Ballroom
216 High Street (corner of High Street and Bastings Street)
Regal Ballroom

Nunawading Arts and Entertainment Centre
379 Whitehorse Road,
Nunawading 3131
Tel: 9262 6590
Whitehorse Centre

Palais Theatre
Lower Esplanade, St Kilda 3182
Tel: 9534 0651
Palais Theatre |

Phoenix Theatre
101 Glenhuntly Road, Elwood 3184
Tel: 9531 9566
Phoenix Theatre

Plenty Ranges Arts Centre
35 Ferres Blvd
South Morang
Tel: 9217 2317
Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre

Preston Arts and Entertainment Centre
Corner Bell Street and St Georges Road, Preston 3072
Tel: 9416 8933
Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre

Ranters Theatre
275 Orrong Road, East St Kilda, Vic 3182.
Tel 03 9530 3911
Ranters Theatre |

Red Stitch Actors Theatre
Rear 2 Chapel Street, St. Kilda East, 3183.
Tel: (03) 9533 8083
Red Stitch Theatre |

Regal Ballroom | Northcote Theatre
216 High Street (corner of High Street and Bastings Street) Northcote
Northcote Theatre

Renaissance Theatre
Kew High School,
826A High Street,
East Kew 3102
Tel: 9859 3992
Renaissance Theatre

Revolt ArtSpace
12 Elizabeth St,
Ph: 03 9376 2115
Revolt ArtSpace

Rivergum Theatre
Parade College
1436 Plenty Road,
03 9468 3300
Rivergum Theatre

Robert Blackwood Hall
Monash University, Wellington Road, Clayton 3168
Tel: 9905 1110
Robert Blackwood Hall

Royal Botanic Gardens
Anderson Street, Alexandra and Birdwood Avenues, South Melbourne
Ph +61 3 9252 2300
Royal Botanic Gardens |

In the summer months, make the most of outdoor performances staged in the grounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens. Take a rug and a picnic and enjoy productions of Shakespeare classics, or popular children's stories such as The Wind in the Willows.

St Martins Theatre
44 St Martins Lane, South Yarra 3141
Tel: 9867 2477
St Martins |

Theatre Works
14 Acland Street, St Kilda
Ph +61 3 9534 3388
Theatre Works |

Thornbury Theatre
859 High St
Ph: (+613) 9484 9831
The Thornbury Theatre

Union Theatre
Melbourne University,
Building 130, Union House, Union Road,
Parkville 3052
Tel: 8344 6966
Union House Theatre

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--> Major Melbourne theatres include The Arts Centre, Princess Theatre, Regent Theatre, Athenaeum Theatre, Forum Theatre, Her Majesty's Theatre, Comedy Theatre and Capitol Theatre.

Gone, but not forgotten

Oxford Childrens Theatre Ceased operating Dec 2009
Corner Oxford and Station Streets, Box Hill 3128

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