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Matilda wins all the Helpmann Awards

Tim Minchin's musical takes home a record-breaking 13 gongs, so see it while you can

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The Barre at Arts Centre Melbourne

Welcome to your new favourite spot on the arts precinct

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Edward II

Matt Lutton looks back to England’s queer king to craft a story of love, defiance and individualism under fire

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Circus Oz guest director Anni Davey on TwentySixteen

This circus boss is one of the reasons Melbourne remains at the forefront of circus as an art form

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Theatre, dance, musicals and opera on now in Melbourne

A guide to Melbourne's theatre scene

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The best new and upcoming Melbourne shows

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

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The best new and upcoming musicals

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

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Latest Melbourne theatre reviews

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

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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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What's on at...

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Arts Centre Melbourne

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Melbourne Theatre Company

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Malthouse Theatre

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Arts House

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Melbourne Recital Centre

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Things to do

Heineken City Shapers Festival

Heineken is inviting Melburnians with a taste for mystery and world travel to a brand new event on Thursday August 4. Heineken City Shapers Festival will see guests boarding an exclusive Heineken train to be transported to a hidden warehouse. Here, they’ll find a dynamic festival space packed with unique experiences that channel the spirit of a number of vibrant cities of the world. Savour food, music and art and entertainment from around the globe. Experience the vibe of a bustling Asian city and a chic New York jazz club. Witness dazzling performances and unexpected reveals. Enjoy a climactic performance from a surprise international act. To get tickets to what’s destined to be one of the biggest parties of 2016, all you have to do is head to the event page at www.heinekencitiesfestival.com.au. In partnership with the festival, Time Out is activating similar events in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, all of them inspired by the cities of the world that have shaped each Australian city's dining scene, music and nightlife.  Keep up to date with the Heineken City Shapers Festival by following @Heineken_au and the hashtags #CityShapersFestival #OpenYourCity.      

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RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride – a rolling bike festival

Experience Victoria as you never have before at the RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride, where you'll ride through Victoria's beautiful scenery from the Grampians to the Great Ocean Road. The annual bike ride has been running for 30 years and is quite possibly the best-kept secret in local travel, for two unbeatable reasons: you can experience great scenery by day and a party atmosphere by night.  Riders can opt to do a three, five or nine-day ride across Victoria. The three-day option (188km) runs along the coast from Apollo Bay, Bellbrae, Queenscliff to Geelong from December 1-4. The five-day course (339km) runs from the historic town of Halls Gap and winds down to the coast past the Twelve Apostles to finish at Apollo Bay from November 26 to December 1. For riders who are in it for the long haul, there's the nine-day ride from Halls Gap to Geelong (527km) from November 26 to December 4. This event is open to riders of all ages (children included), though a reasonable level of fitness is expected. While the rides will cover plenty of distance, full support and service from the RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride will ensure no one gets left behind. Everything is included in the ticket price: the support team will provide three meals a day, toilets, hot showers at the campsites and luggage transfers. Don't have a tent? There are rental options available.  It's not all about the riding either – once you get off the saddle, the evenings will take on a festival atmosphere with live mu

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