Theatre & Dance

Latest Melbourne theatre and dance reviews and previews

On stage in February
Theatre

On stage in February

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert returns for a victory lap, Dream Lover continues its blockbuster run, and Melbourne Theatre Company and Malthouse kick their 2018 seasons into full gear.

What to see at Midsumma Festival
Things to do

What to see at Midsumma Festival

Drag superstars to a surreal but strangely provocative exhibition of mounted Barbie heads.

The School of Rock is coming to Melbourne
News

The School of Rock is coming to Melbourne

Melbourne, school is back in session and now it’s time to learn how to rock. 

Everything you need to know before going to the Pop-up Globe
News

Everything you need to know before going to the Pop-up Globe

#3: Don't stand too close to the stage if you don't want to be splashed by blood.

Theatre, dance, musicals and opera on now in Melbourne

A guide to Melbourne's theatre scene

The best new and upcoming Melbourne shows
Theatre

The best new and upcoming Melbourne shows

Our critics' picks for theatre, musicals, opera and dance in Melbourne

The best new and upcoming musicals
Theatre

The best new and upcoming musicals

From indie shows to international blockbusters, here are the musicals you should book in to see

Latest Melbourne theatre reviews
Theatre

Latest Melbourne theatre reviews

Check out the latest theatre, musical, opera and dance reviews from Time Out's critics

How to get cheap theatre tickets in Melbourne
Theatre

How to get cheap theatre tickets in Melbourne

View from the cheap seats: a Time Out Melbourne guide to play-going for penny-pinchers

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Arts Centre Melbourne
Theatre

Arts Centre Melbourne

Southbank Theatre – Melbourne Theatre Company
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Southbank Theatre – Melbourne Theatre Company

Malthouse Theatre
Theatre

Malthouse Theatre

Arts House
Theatre

Arts House

Melbourne Recital Centre
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Melbourne Recital Centre

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Every day (so that includes weekends) Melbourne's oldest licensed pub the Duke of Wellington is putting on $18 Happy Hour Tasting Plates from 4 to 6pm. Punters can order up $7.50 wine, beer or basics or imbibe with $10 cocktails. Now, this CBD pub is also offering up share plates to complement your bargain drinks. You can snack on crisp salt and pepper calamari; dips with sourdough; lasagne croquettes with mushroom ketchup; and charcoal fried prawn sliders packed with wasabi slaw, pickled seaweed and kewpie mayo, all for just $18.  Probably the biggest clincher is the Duke's stellar location, minutes from Fed Square and all the action on Flinders Street. Their minimalist public bar is ringed by comfortable green banquettes, so you can kick back with mates, enjoy happy hour drinks and catch up on any night of the week.  Find out more about the Duke of Wellington.

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Bars

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To see out that last of the long summer days, Port Melbourne's Exchange Hotel is doing adults-only ice creams and sorbets, with house made wine and spirits infused frosty treats available every day of the week. The flavours change weekly so you may get a scoop of gin and cucumber sorbet, Aperol sorbet with blood orange or an espresso martini ice cream served in a house-made chocolate bowl.  On Saturdays, head chef Fraser Stark is flipping mini burgers, so you can also snap up a cider and slider special, with $20 jugs of cider and four sliders for just $15 (from noon until 5pm). Also on any given day you can order up a rosé spritz for just $6 from 4-7pm.  There's only a few weeks left of balmy days, so head into the Port Melbourne pub to send off the summer in style.  Find out more about the Exchange Hotel.

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