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

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

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The Australian Ballet’s 2018 season

In their 55th year, the Australian Ballet are keeping things in-house, with a season that draws exclusively on new and existing works created specifically for the company – by major choreographers and fresh talent. Melbourne’s season will open with a tribute to an Australian star: choreographer (and former Australian Ballet dancer) Graeme Murphy. Titled Murphy, the bill will feature Murphy’s acclaimed 2009 take on ‘Firebird’ (created for the Australian Ballet, as part of a triple bill paying homage to major 20th century works by the Ballet Russes), alongside a series of shorter works created during his tenure as artistic director of Sydney Dance Company. The Australian Ballet are also bringing back two classics of their repertoire: The Merry Widow, which was the first feature-length ballet commissioned by the company, in 1975, and featured the twin talents of dancer and theatre director Robert Helpmann and choreographer Ronald Hynd; and Maina Gielgud’s 1986 production of 19th century romantic ballet Giselle, created during her tenure as artistic director of the Australian Ballet.   The Australian Ballet – Giselle (2015) Photograph: Daniel Boud     And it’s not just about big names: the Australian Ballet is championing young talent in 2018, via the return of its popular ‘contemporary’ triple-bill (presenting works by young choreographers, created in residence with the company), and the world premiere of a major new production of Spartacus. This year’s contemporary

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The best new and upcoming Melbourne shows

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The best new and upcoming musicals

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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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Arts Centre Melbourne

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Southbank Theatre – Melbourne Theatre Company

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The perfect morning coffee is easily the highlight of any Melburnian's morning, and now Mercedes me and St Ali are making it even better. The Collins Street Mercedes me store is set to host a serious coffee pro, when Australian latte art champion Shinsaku Fukayama comes in store for a residency on Thursday 19, Thursday July 26 and Thursday August 2. Guests can expect delicious coffee and skilful latte art by ‘Samurai Shin’ with every in-store purchase. As an added bonus, Mercedes me will also host a coffee masterclass with Shinsaku Fukayama and St Ali founder Salvatore Malatesta on Wednesday August 8 from 6pm. The complimentary workshop will give you the opportunity to get up close and personal with one of Melbourne's top coffee maestros and learn all about this daily indulgence alongside the best in the business. Find out more about Mercedes me.

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