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Arts Centre Melbourne

  • Theatre
  • Southbank
Arts Centre Melbourne hero shot
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Time Out says

Arts Centre Melbourne is the umbrella venue that houses the Hamer Hall, Playhouse, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, State Theatre and Fairfax Studio, as well as various exhibition spaces. At the centre of the precinct is the spired building housing the State Theatre, Playhouse and Fairfax Studio.

As a general rule the venues stay open an hour after the last show of the evening so until then you can view any of the exhibitions at your leisure. The Sidney Myer Music Bowl is home to the biggest outdoor events including Carols by Candlelight, festivals and huge international acts while the State Theatre is the premiere venue for large scale productions, symphonies, ballets and all things highbrow.

If you're looking for a pre-show drink and/or meal, try The Barre, in the Theatres Building.


100 St Kilda Rd
Nearby stations: Flinders Street
Opening hours:
Mon-Fri 7.30am-8pm*; Sat 8.30am-8pm*; Sun 10am-5pm* (*or an hour after the last event)

What’s on

Ross Noble: Jibber Jabber Jamboree

  • Comedy festival

Ross Noble has a birthday to celebrate. This year marks the comedian's 21st solo stand-up tour and he has cordially invited us to join him in celebrating his inspired nonsense with his show Jibber Jabber Jamboree. Catch Noble live on stage in his natural habitat as he returns to Arts Centre Melbourne from March 29 until April 23. If you find yourself pondering what Jibber Jabber Jamboree is about, don’t bother; trying to put Noble in a box is like trying to put a leash on a cat – best left untamed. Born and raised in Newcastle upon Tyne in northeast England, Noble spent his formative years honing his comedic skills in the rough-and-tumble world of street performance. He soon began to perform in clubs and theatres across the UK, where his improv-based comedy and lightning-fast wit quickly earned him a legion of fans.  These days, Noble is a former Perrier Award nominee, Barry Award winner and Time Out Award winner for best live stand-up, and he has recently been nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical at the crème de la crème of awards ceremonies in Britain: The Olivier Awards.  Considered by some to be the most successful cult comedian of our time, catch the one-of-a-kind jokester and see for yourself how he takes to random tangents like they are an Olympic sport. Book tickets via the MICF website here. After some more knee-slapping comedy? Check out the regular comedy nights in Melbourne.

Reuben Kaye

  • Stand Up

The “evil love child of Liza Minnelli and Jim Carrey”, Reuben Kaye, is back with two must-see shows for the 2023 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. The savagely funny, multi-award-winning Australian comedian and cabaret sensation will bring Melburnians his new show Live and Intimidating, as well as the festival favourite The Kaye Hole.  Live and Intimidating – an intimate, stripped-back show at Arts Centre Melbourne – will see Kaye return for what is posed to be a loose, hilarious and beautiful performance. Backed by Shanon Whitelock on piano, this whip-smart international cabaret star and award-winning cry for help is what happens when you tell your children they can be anything.  Kaye Hole returns to the Forum on April 15 and 22, and it is always a festival favourite. The scintillating adults-only cabaret show is where the riskiest and most diverse acts let loose, dripping in sweat and backed by a live band. Hosted by Kaye, it has been quoted as a hole “you’ll want to tumble into.” Kaye has racked up millions of views across TikTok, YouTube and Instagram, plus made guest appearances on Spicks and Specks, the Melbourne International Comedy Fest Gala, Celebrity Letters and Numbers, The Apprentice: You’re Fired with Tom Allen and Kids React to Drag. With acerbic wit and casual sensationalism that is simply delicious, Reuben is a Swarovski-studded revolt against the narrowing views of an increasingly conservative world. Live and Intimidating will run from March 30 to Ap

Le Aerial

  • Circuses

This world famous show is a masterful display of skill combining grace and high level strength. The Playhouse at Arts Centre Melbourne will soon play host to Le Aerial, as the show finally returns home after enchanting audiences worldwide in a series of at-capacity crowds and rave reviews. For those less familiar with the aerial arts, you can expect high-energy, high-flying performers executing breathtaking manoeuvres high above the stage. Silks, ropes, hoops and even a net are involved – just about everything a performer could hang from whilst somehow maintaining a poised demeanour. You’ll see spins, inversions and many other cirque skills that will leave audiences gasping in awe.      Le Aerial’s talented cast includes Melbourne musical theatre standout Mike Snell, Cirque Du Soleil cast member Alex Caulfield, Sriani Argaet and Craig Monley from Dancing with the Stars and a cast of elite dancers and gymnasts. This spectacular show’s season runs for five days from May 3-7, including both evening and matinee performances. Visit the Le Aerial website to book your ticket. Learn more about the show and get your tickets here.

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