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Southbank Theatre

Southbank Theatre Melbourne's home of live storytelling. Southbank Theatre hosts an array of theatre, dance, and performance events across two performance spaces: the state-of-the-art 550 seat Sumner, and the 150 seat multi-purpose Lawler.

It is the home of Melbourne Theatre Company and NEON NEXT, the Melbourne home of Sydney Dance Company, and has played host to an array of productions by local and international companies including Royal Shakespeare Company, Akram Khan Company, Chunky Move, Force Majeure and Arena Theatre Company.

Operating as usual

Miss Pearl Bar & Dining is now open at Southbank Theatre!To celebrate the opening of Miss Pearl, theatregoers have ONE W...
15/07/2022

Miss Pearl Bar & Dining is now open at Southbank Theatre!

To celebrate the opening of Miss Pearl, theatregoers have ONE WEEK LEFT to receive 50% off the entire cocktail menu after any evening performance of Come Rain or Come Shine. Simply present your ticket to the team at Miss Pearl after the show.

Bringing the vivid flavours of Asia to Melbourne’s Arts Precinct, Miss Pearl is a casual and contemporary bar and restaurant located within Southbank Theatre. The menu features locally sourced and seasonal produce, transformed into an array of vibrant dishes designed to share.

Offering á la carte, pre-theatre set menus and two banquet options as well as late night drinks and snacks, Miss Pearl is the perfect destination for any occasion.

Bookings are recommended and can be made at misspearl.com.au

📷 Jason Loucas

Photos from Melbourne Theatre Company's post
01/07/2022

Photos from Melbourne Theatre Company's post

Brought to the stage with 'humour, emotional intelligence and downright sexy stage chemistry' (The Age), BERLIN is a riv...
14/05/2021

Brought to the stage with 'humour, emotional intelligence and downright sexy stage chemistry' (The Age), BERLIN is a riveting romantic thriller from acclaimed Australian playwright, Joanna Murray-Smith.

Don't miss Melbourne Theatre Company's world premiere production, playing until 22 May at Southbank Theatre. 🎟️ https://bit.ly/3y6uPbr

09/04/2021
Treats is playing at Southbank Theatre until 11 April

Fever103 Theatre's production of Treats by Christopher Hampton opened last night to a SOLD OUT crowd at Southbank Theatre. Here, the Director and Producer of the show discuss the process of bringing the text and its themes to life through the production design.

Limited tickets available. Must close 11 April. Book your tickets now at southbanktheatre.com.au/treats

25/07/2020
Southbank Theatre Tour (Open House Melbourne 2020)

Enjoy a special guided tour of Southbank Theatre from the comfort of your own home as part of Open House Melbourne. Led by MTC’s Theatre Operations Director Mark Wheeler, you'll be shown to places usually unseen by audiences, including the roof of our theatre!

In light of the current COVID-19 situation and in the interest of the health and safety of audiences, artists and the br...
17/03/2020

In light of the current COVID-19 situation and in the interest of the health and safety of audiences, artists and the broader community, Melbourne Theatre Company has today announced the cancellation of all remaining performances Emerald City at Southbank Theatre, effective from Monday 16 March.

If you have a ticket for this production, you can find further information about your ticketing options here: http://bit.ly/2TTEq3x

In light of the current COVID-19 situation and in the interest of the health and safety of our audiences, artists and the broader community, Melbourne Theatre Company has announced the cancellation of all remaining performances of Torch the Place and Emerald City, effective from Monday 16 March. You can read more at http://bit.ly/2x23WdD

If you have a ticket for either of these productions, you can find further information about your ticketing options here: http://bit.ly/2TTEq3x

"...a powerful, heartfelt performance of fractured sound and fury".Sound artist and comedian, James Hullick, scatters hi...
09/03/2020

"...a powerful, heartfelt performance of fractured sound and fury".

Sound artist and comedian, James Hullick, scatters his way to The Lawler for 'Le Scatterman' as part of Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Don't miss this sonic art and comedy show, playing from 16-18 April.

🎟️ http://bit.ly/LeScatterman

09/02/2020
Le Scatterman | 16-18 April

Part of Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Le Scatterman encourages us to embrace our 'inner crap dads'.

Part solo concert (piano/guitar/voice/synthesizers), part commedia dell'arte: Le Scatterman features unruly flashes of stand-up comedy, and a twist of performance art.

Delivered by Australia's recalcitrant sound artist, James Hullick, catch this exploration of the tensions between artistic practice and family life from 16-18 April.
🎟️ http://bit.ly/LeScatterman

During their season of Home, I'm Darling at Southbank Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company will be donating all proceeds f...
15/01/2020

During their season of Home, I'm Darling at Southbank Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company will be donating all proceeds from programme sales to help support communities and animals affected by the bushfires. We will also be collecting cash donations at the theatre during this time.

All money raised will be distributed equally between the Victorian Bushfire Appeal and Wildlife Victoria. Money can also be donated directly to these charities at vic.gov.au/bushfireappeal and wildlifevictoria.org.au

The devastation caused by the bushfires blazing through our beautiful country has left us heartbroken, and this disaster continues to affect so many people and so much of our precious wildlife.

To help support communities and animals in need we will be donating all proceeds from our programme sales during the season of Home, I'm Darling and collecting cash donations at Southbank Theatre.

All money raised will be distributed equally between the Victorian Bushfire Appeal and Wildlife Victoria.

Money can also be donated directly to these charities at vic.gov.au/bushfireappeal and wildlifevictoria.org.au

Five incredible dancers perform Tim Podesta’s physically demanding style of contemporary ballet in The Lawler this Feb. ...
01/01/2020

Five incredible dancers perform Tim Podesta’s physically demanding style of contemporary ballet in The Lawler this Feb.

Accompanied by a team of sensational collaborators and a hauntingly beautiful neo-classical score, 'Closer' is a highly charged, thrilling dance work brilliantly hovering between classical ballet and contemporary dance.

Catapult your imagination into movement and sound on 8 February for this one night spectacular.
🎟️http://bit.ly/ProjectionDanceCo

Melbourne’s Coach Music Academy students will light up The Lawler for an evening of spectacular performances, awards, sp...
22/11/2019

Melbourne’s Coach Music Academy students will light up The Lawler for an evening of spectacular performances, awards, special guests and memorable moments.

Book your tickets now so you don’t miss the celebrations from 14-15 December.
🎟️ http://bit.ly/CoachMusicAcademy

The story of the Iliad is based on the tale of a great expedition, undertaken by the whole Greek world, to conquer the f...
19/11/2019

The story of the Iliad is based on the tale of a great expedition, undertaken by the whole Greek world, to conquer the fabled city of Troy.

Hector Beyond the Gates, is a new take on the Iliad plays and performs at Southbank Theatre from this Friday, 22-23 November.
🎟️ http://bit.ly/HectorBeyondtheGates

James McCaughey and percussionist Matthew Horsley arrive at The Lawler this month for Hector Beyond the Gates, the fourt...
01/11/2019

James McCaughey and percussionist Matthew Horsley arrive at The Lawler this month for Hector Beyond the Gates, the fourth instalment of the performance sequence; Homer Prepares.

This new take on The Iliad plays at Southbank Theatre from 22-23 November. 🎟️ http://bit.ly/HectorBeyondtheGates

Marooned from The Wolves Theatre Company finishes its season at Southbank Theatre on Saturday 28 September. With only fo...
25/09/2019

Marooned from The Wolves Theatre Company finishes its season at Southbank Theatre on Saturday 28 September. With only four performances left, secure your tickets at https://bit.ly/2krT03g

📷 Michael Gray Griffith

06/09/2019
Season 2020 | See the world differently...

Melbourne Theatre Company's Season 2020 has been revealed!

Southbank Theatre will be home to some incredible productions next year, from the Olivier Award-winning comedy Home, I'm Darling to Shakespeare's topsy-turvy classic, As You Like It.

Plus, in November, the Sumner transforms into a tennis court with on-stage, court-side seating for Sunshine Super Girl by Andrea James, the triumphant story of Australian sporting hero Evonne Goolagong!

Explore MTC's Season 2020 at http://bit.ly/MTCSeason2020

Four souls are trapped in a room in the afterlife. They have no connection other than they have all tried to take their ...
05/09/2019

Four souls are trapped in a room in the afterlife. They have no connection other than they have all tried to take their own lives. Marooned is a play that explores isolation, suicide and modern masculinity.

New from The Wolves Theatre Company, Marooned is on at Southbank Theatre, The Lawler from 18 – 28 September. Book your tickets > bit.ly/2krT03g

Parampara: The Making of a Dance is playing at the Lawler from 26 July until 27 July. Secure your tickets to this innova...
24/07/2019

Parampara: The Making of a Dance is playing at the Lawler from 26 July until 27 July. Secure your tickets to this innovative exposition of contemporary Odissi dance at bit.ly/2YaBq2n.

Celebrate our 10th Birthday with us! 🎈🥳To celebrate Southbank Theatre's 10th Anniversary, join us on Saturday 27 July fo...
05/07/2019
Celebrating 10 years of Southbank Theatre

Celebrate our 10th Birthday with us! 🎈🥳

To celebrate Southbank Theatre's 10th Anniversary, join us on Saturday 27 July for some special Open House Melbourne events including guided backstage tours and a free talk, Designing Cultural Spaces & Precincts, presented with Melbourne Theatre Company and Fine Arts and Music at Melbourne - VCA & Conservatorium.

Learn more about the oldest professional theatre company in Australia.

Join us tomorrow as Emerging Writers' Festival & Melbourne Theatre Company present FIRST STAGE - four fresh play reading...
26/06/2019
First Stage

Join us tomorrow as Emerging Writers' Festival & Melbourne Theatre Company present FIRST STAGE - four fresh play readings from Alistair Baldwin, Brooke Murray, Margot Tanjutco and Laila Thacker. All tickets are just $5!

Four new works, four new playwrights. In this exciting new collaboration with the Emerging Writers' Festival, see the work of four emerging playwrights developed over two weeks of intensive workshops with industry leaders.

This July, Parampara: The Making of a Dance comes to the Lawler. Don't miss this innovative exposition of contemporary O...
26/06/2019

This July, Parampara: The Making of a Dance comes to the Lawler. Don't miss this innovative exposition of contemporary Odissi dance and Flamenco, featuring Roshni Vellore, Uthra Ramachandran and Laura Uhe. Get your tickets here: bit.ly/2YaBq2n

Best wishes to the Rudy & Cuthbert team for their Opening Night. You can catch the show in the Lawler until 22 June! 🎟️ ...
13/06/2019

Best wishes to the Rudy & Cuthbert team for their Opening Night. You can catch the show in the Lawler until 22 June! 🎟️ https://bit.ly/2IcORcA

There's still time to get your tickets to Vapour, a new work by the Albert Park College Dance Company that delves into t...
05/06/2019

There's still time to get your tickets to Vapour, a new work by the Albert Park College Dance Company that delves into the idea of what life might look like in a dystopic future. Playing in the Lawler on 6 & 7 June. https://bit.ly/2wgilzs

We’re looking forward to welcoming the Albert Park College Dance Company to the Lawler for 3 special performances of the...
27/05/2019

We’re looking forward to welcoming the Albert Park College Dance Company to the Lawler for 3 special performances of their latest work, Vapour, on 6 & 7 June. Get your tickets now https://bit.ly/2HHfK6M

Tickets are now on sale for Melbourne Theatre Company's A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE and COSÌ. ✨🎟️ Secure your seats at https:...
05/12/2018

Tickets are now on sale for Melbourne Theatre Company's A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE and COSÌ.

✨🎟️ Secure your seats at https://bit.ly/2RBtx2w

Raw, witty and contemporary - Gabrielle Pearson’s new play Waiting on You opens in the Lawler next week! ✨ Get your tick...
23/10/2018

Raw, witty and contemporary - Gabrielle Pearson’s new play Waiting on You opens in the Lawler next week!

✨ Get your tickets at https://bit.ly/2S7rsMJ

05/10/2018
WAITING ON YOU | a play by Gabrielle Pearson

Gabrielle Pearson's original stage play Waiting On You comes to Southbank Theatre next month. Don’t miss this fast-paced, scandalous and eye-opening story, playing in The Lawler from 1 – 3 November. bit.ly/2O2mGBM

Promotional video | coming to the Lawler Theatre, Southbank Theatre on the 1st - 3rd November, 2018.

17/09/2018
Melbourne Theatre Company

Don't miss acclaimed performance artist Nicola Gunn's latest piece, Working With Children, presented by Melbourne Theatre Company until 29 September! https://bit.ly/2MDtMqP

★★★★ 'One of the finest artists to come out of Melbourne’s independent theatre community' - Guardian Australia

Nicola Gunn's Working With Children must close on 29 September. Don't miss out! 🦄🎫👉 https://bit.ly/2NeSW40

There’s only 11 performances left of Melbourne Theatre Company's acclaimed production of A Doll’s House, Part 2. Don't m...
10/09/2018

There’s only 11 performances left of Melbourne Theatre Company's acclaimed production of A Doll’s House, Part 2. Don't miss Lucas Hnath's modern twist on Ibsen's classic! 🎟️ 👉 https://bit.ly/2CE62D1

★★★★ ‘an excellent production’ - Herald Sun
★★★★ ‘a smart, sophisticated play, with striking performances’ - The Age
★★★★ ‘The actors are uniformly magnificent. Dusseldorp is a star’ - Time Out Melbourne
★★★★ ‘a truly standout evening of theatre’ - theMusic.com.au
★★★★½ ‘fascinating, surprisingly modern and delightfully funny’ - Theatre People
‘an elegant and entertaining play’ - The Australian

Melbourne Theatre Company's Season 2019 has been revealed - a year of theatre filled with adventure, love, friendship, d...
05/09/2018
Southbank Theatre

Melbourne Theatre Company's Season 2019 has been revealed - a year of theatre filled with adventure, love, friendship, discovery and drama.

Explore the shows that will be appearing at Southbank Theatre at mtc.com.au/2019

Work with us! We're looking for an experienced and enthusiastic House Services Manager to join our team.
23/08/2018
Careers - Melbourne Theatre Company

Work with us! We're looking for an experienced and enthusiastic House Services Manager to join our team.

Information regarding available positions at MTC and opportunities for students and artists.

Marta Dusseldorp, star of Melbourne Theatre Company's A Doll's House, Part 2, on her love of rebellious theatre-makers a...
22/08/2018
Feature | Where freedom sparks - Melbourne Theatre Company

Marta Dusseldorp, star of Melbourne Theatre Company's A Doll's House, Part 2, on her love of rebellious theatre-makers and her passion for the transience of live performance.

A Doll's House, Part 2 is currently playing at the Sumner! https://bit.ly/2xpxSMx

Marta Dusseldorp on her love of rebellious theatre-makers, and her passion for the transience of live performance.

It's the final week of Melbourne Theatre Company's acclaimed new production, GLORIA! Don't miss out on Branden Jacobs-Je...
18/07/2018

It's the final week of Melbourne Theatre Company's acclaimed new production, GLORIA! Don't miss out on Branden Jacobs-Jenkins surprising satire before it closes on Saturday. 🎟️👉 https://bit.ly/2Jy1YlR

★★★★ - 'slick and provocative and beautifully acted' - The Age​
★★★★ - 'sharp, inventive comedy' - Limelight Magazine
★★★★ - 'genuinely shocking' - Time Out Melbourne
★★★★ - 'don't miss it' - Herald Sun
★★★★ - 'disquieting and devilishly enjoyable' - ArtsHub​
★★★★ - 'Lee Lewis directs with her usual flair' - Australian Book Review​
'Gloria will keep you guessing' - The Australian​

11/07/2018
Lip Service | What to Expect

Best wishes to the Lip Service team for their first performance tonight! Expect a great night out with lots of laughs and fabulous fashion as Amanda Muggleton takes to the stage as cosmetics queen, Helena Rubinstein.

Lip Service plays in The Lawler until 28 July. https://bit.ly/2KP4Yf2

Address

140 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank
Melbourne, VIC
3006

Rail: The theatre is a ten minute walk from Flinders Street Station. Tram: For routes travelling up and down St Kilda Road (numbers 1, 2, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67, 72) you can get off at the Arts Centre stop and walk to all theatres. Route 1 to South Melbourne Beach goes down Southbank Boulevard, right past Southbank Theatre.

Opening Hours

Monday 12pm - 6pm
Tuesday 12pm - 6pm
Wednesday 12pm - 6pm
Thursday 12pm - 6pm
Friday 12pm - 6pm

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03 8688 0800

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The Laurinda schoolyard of Alice Pung's beloved novel is coming soon to the Southbank Theatre stage ✨ Writer and comedian Diana Nguyen and director Petra Kalive adapt this delightful take, with stars Fiona Choi, Gemma Chua-Tran, Georgina Naidu, Chi Nguyen, Ngoc Phan, Roy Phung and Jenny Zhou bringing this fresh and fiesty story to life. ✏️ Laurinda opens Saturday 6 August — book your seats now at mtc.com.au/laurinda/
The Laurinda team might be having too much fun in rehearsals! 😂 Just two weeks out from their first performance, here's a glimpse behind the scenes as they prepare to take to the stage with this incisive, funny study of a woman caught between cultures and class. Audiences are sure to love this adaptation of Alice Pung's award-winning book from writer and comedian Diana Nguyen and director Petra Kalive. ✏️ Laurinda begins Saturday 6 August at Southbank Theatre. 🎟️ Limited discounted preview tickets are available now at mtc.com.au/laurinda/ 📷 Sarah Walker
‘The sweet spot for the show is capturing that moment in time where you're young enough to feel like you're the same person you were in youth, but old enough to be terrified. Like life might not have worked out exactly as you planned it.’ Chris Ryan chats to us about playing the brash, confident Charlie in Come Rain or Come Shine and why he is channeling his teenage-self to do so. 📰 Read more at mtc.com.au/playing-charlie ☂️ 🎶 It's your last chance to secure your seat to Come Rain or Come Shine, now playing its final week at Southbank Theatre!
💃🎶 The Helpmann Award-winning team behind Ladies in Black returns with this stunning new musical about music, memory and lifelong friendship. Now playing for a limited season at Southbank Theatre! 🎟️ Secure your seats at mtc.com.au/come-rain-or-come-shine
Snap & share to win! 📸 ☂️ When you visit Southbank Theatre within the next month, make sure to stop by the umbrellas in the foyer and you could win: 📗 A copy of the original short story Come Rain or Come Shine courtesy of Readings 🍷 A wine mystery box from Scotchmans Hill AND 🎟️ Two tickets to our upcoming production Laurinda To go in the draw, simply share a photo wall snap to your Instagram feed with the hashtag #mtcRainorShine and tag @melbtheatreco. We can't wait to see you there! Check out the full T&Cs at mtc.com.au/rainorshine-tcs/
💃🎶 Here's another sneak peek of the Come Rain or Come Shine cast in rehearsals! Playing at Southbank Theatre from Monday, you can be among the first to see this world premiere adaptation of the wildly comic short story by Kazuo Ishiguro. 🎟️ Tickets available at mtc.com.au/come-rain-or-come-shine 🎥 Brett Walker
✨✍️ First Stage is back! We're so excited to bring you fresh writing from six emerging playwrights, in collaboration with Emerging Writers' Festival. These new works will be performed in readings at Southbank Theatre on Friday 24 June. Tickets are only $5! Learn more at mtc.com.au/first-stage-2022
💥 SLAP. BANG. KISS is currently in rehearsal! Here's a peek behind-the-scenes of this new play from playwright Dan Giovannoni, premiering on the Lawler stage at Southbank Theatre later this month. Exploring themes of activism, community and hope, director Katy Maudlin and a team of brilliant cast, crew and creatives will deliver this MTC NEXT STAGE commission as part of our Families and Education Program. Learn more at mtc.com.au/slap-bang-kiss 📷 Creative development photos by Tiffany Garvie
It's opening night! 👏 Best wishes to all the cast, creatives and crew who have brought Admissions to the stage for its season at Southbank Theatre.
[Sound on!!] Keir and I recently had the pleasure of reuniting with brilliant director Simon Phillips to compose songs for Melbourne Theatre Company's upcoming production of Shakespeare's As You Like It. It opens November 13 at Southbank Theatre, The Sumner. Here is a picture of Christie Whelan Browne, who is a gift to comedy and one of my favourite people to watch on stage (though offstage she mocks me relentlessly for miming along to the lyrics). It's going an emotional experience to be back in a Melbourne audience, watching these brilliant people sing these songs. Oh yeah, and there's some dialogue too apparently. Featuring the talents of Xani Kolac, Andrew Hallsworth, Natalie Abbott, Georgia Flood, and many more! https://www.mtc.com.au/plays-and-tickets/whats-on/mtc-2021-act-2/as-you-like-it/ #asyoulikeit #mtc #mebournetheatrecompany #mebourne #melbournetheatre #shakespeare #williamshakespeare #katemillerheidke #keirnuttall #simonphillips #christiewhelanbrowne #murielsweddingthemusical
AETHERIUM - promo ❤️‍🔥 An exploration of chaos and order as the elements of life after death are innovatively unpacked. We’re taking a moment to reflect upon the last time our Professional Company was onstage in 2019. Who remembers watching Aetherium at the Lawler, Southbank Theatre? Filmography by Lukas white photography. #aetherium #scimm #southbanktheatre
Tonight the incredible, resilient Cyrano team were meant to open their beautiful new production at Southbank Theatre. Unfortunately, due to the seven day lockdown in Victoria, performances from 5 to 12 August have been cancelled. 😢 If you had tickets to one of these performances, you will be contacted directly with your ticketing options. Victoria, stay safe and well, and we can't wait to share this special theatrical treat with you all again as soon as possible.
Today we say an early farewell to the two talented teams behind The Lifespan of a Fact and The Truth. 😢 Despite lockdowns, show cancellations and Zoom rehearsals, these incredible and resilient creatives have continued to entertain Melbourne audiences at Southbank Theatre and Arts Centre Melbourne over the past months. Congratulations to everyone, on stage and off, on these two delightful Australian premiere productions!
We can't believe it, but it's nearly time to say goodbye to TWO Australian premiere productions with both The Truth & The Lifespan of a Fact closing this week.⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ This is your last chance to catch two clever comedies questioning whether honesty is always the best policy...⁠⁠ 🎟 The Lifespan of a Fact closes Friday at Arts Centre Melbourne & The Truth wraps up at Southbank Theatre on Saturday. https://bit.ly/3xBmSKF
Ahead of Melbourne Theatre Company's radical new production of Cyrano, writer and actor Virginia Gay discusses her emergence as a playwright, with two productions premiering this year. Cyrano opens at Southbank Theatre on 31 July, and The Boomkak Panto premieres later this year at Belvoir St Theatre. Subscribe to Limelight from $3 a month to read this review and more online: https://subscribe.limelight-arts.com.au
Florian Zeller's witty new comedy The Truth is now playing at Southbank Theatre, starring Michala Banas, Stephen Curry, Bert LaBonté and Katrina Milosevic. 🎫 Book your tickets to this Australian premiere: https://bit.ly/3x3IRJJ