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On stage in March
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On stage in March

The start of autumn is all about large-scale blockbusters and indie gems.

How to get Harry Potter and the Cursed Child tickets
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How to get Harry Potter and the Cursed Child tickets

Wizards of Melbourne: wands (and credit cards) at the ready! 

Melbourne Theatre Company's 2019 season
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Melbourne Theatre Company's 2019 season

They're bringing Shakespeare in Love to the stage

Muriel's Wedding The Musical

Muriel's Wedding The Musical

From Porpoise Spit to the bright lights of Melbourne

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Theatre, dance, musicals and opera on now in Melbourne

A guide to Melbourne's theatre scene

The best new and upcoming Melbourne shows
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The best new and upcoming Melbourne shows

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

The best new and upcoming musicals
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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

Latest Melbourne theatre reviews
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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
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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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Arts Centre Melbourne
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Arts Centre Melbourne

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

Malthouse Theatre
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Malthouse Theatre

Arts House
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Arts House

Melbourne Recital Centre
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Melbourne Recital Centre

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What would it be like to have a billion dollars? It seems like winning life's lottery (perhaps literally!) would mean an end to any and all problems, but for 12-year-old Joe, mo money does mean mo problems.  Joe has everything a kid could want, including a golden underwater Ferrari (we assume just for show; he is 12, after all) and his very own cinema. But that does not mean his life is gilded. He has altercations with the school bully and has to make his peace with his dad's new girlfriend (no mean feat), as well as facing the scariest thing of all for a kid: the world's worst school canteen. There is an Auslan-interpreted performance at noon on April 6 and a relaxed performance for those with stimulus sensitivities on April 10 at 11am.  Based on the heartwarming book by David Walliams, Billionaire Boy has been adapted for the stage by Maryam Master, who also wrote the play based on Walliams' Mr Stink. The show is appropriate for kids six and up.

Win a trip to Jamaica with Red Stripe
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Win a trip to Jamaica with Red Stripe

Red Stripe is a smooth, full bodied amber lager from the sandy beaches of Jamaica where it was first brewed, over 90 years ago. Named after the red stripe that used to run down Jamaican police uniforms, Red Stripe is an unpretentious drop that goes down nice’n’easy. Fans of the beer have the opportunity to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Jamaica in July 2019. The prize includes return economy flights, hotel accommodation in Montego Bay, and daily activities. To win one of two trips for two people, simply purchase a Red Stripe from a participating venue, take a creative photo with the Red Stripe promotional coaster that you’ll receive with your purchase, and post it to Instagram, tagging #RedStripeAus and the venue where you bought your Red Stripe. Remember to have your Instagram set to public. The two most creative posts will win. The competition is open from February 1 to May 19, 2019. The prize trip must be taken on July 17-21, 2019, and cannot be changed, transferred or redeemed for cash. Go here for more information and terms and conditions. So, where can you enjoy Red Stripe and get that promotional coaster? Here's the list:  Jack and Bones Island BarJack and Bones Island Bar prides itself on being Melbourne’s “only Hawaiian bar”, but that's not its exclusive focus. Among the tiki drinks you can get yourself a taste of Jamaica’s famous brew. The Barkly HotelTucked in the corner of Barkly and Grey Street, this is a locals’ bar down on street level that does a hango

Peninsula Picnic
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Peninsula Picnic

Roll out your picnic rug and don't bother with the food: The Peninsula Picnic is back. On March 30, Mornington Racecourse will be transformed as the region's biggest food, wine and music event brings the Mornington Peninsula's restaurants, wineries and producers together. Enjoy musical entertainment by the Rubens, Sarah Blasko, Tia Gostelow, Latin band San Lazaro and folk artist Fraser A. Gordon. Make the most of the country harvest atmosphere and see what the local chefs, restaurants and wineries have brought along with them by way of nibbles and tipples. Some of the region's best producers, including Jackalope’s Rare Hare, Montalto, Green Olive at Red Hill, Max’s Restaurant, Tuck’s Ridge and many more. There will be wines from T’Gallant, Prancing Horse, Quealy and Kerri Greens, beers from Wild Yak and cocktails from Pimm's (what would a summer picnic be without them?).  Pack a few shopping bags before you go, as there will be a marketplace selling fresh local produce, wines, and homemade and artisan wares. The Peninsula Picnic is a family-friendly event. Tickets: $89 available from www.peninsulapicnic.com.au.

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Time Out Bar Awards 2019: recap
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Time Out Bar Awards 2019: recap

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