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 and the 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 State Theatre building.
|Venue name:||Arts Centre Melbourne|
100 St Kilda Rd
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 7am-late; Sat 9am-late; Sun 10am-5pm|
|Transport:||Nearby stations: Flinders Street|
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Melbourne has seen Simon Stephens’ Birdland and his record-smashing adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. But this 2015 play takes a step away from those large-scale works to tell an intimate story of a 42-year-old woman (played...Drama Until Saturday June 29 2019
Così fan tutte
This largely traditional production by noted Scottish director David McVicar will make its Melbourne debut in 2019, with a trio of brilliant Australian leading ladies: Jane Ede as Fiordiligi, Anna Dowsley as Dorabella and Taryn Fiebig as Despina. Canadian...Tuesday May 21 2019 - Saturday May 25 2019
It was the final project he worked on before his death, and now David Bowie's Lazarus musical will have its Australian premiere in Melbourne, thanks to the Production Company. The musical played New York in 2015 and London in 2016, with direction by...Musicals Wednesday May 22 2019 - Sunday June 9 2019
Elijah Moshinsky's La Dolce Vita-inspired production is one of Opera Australia’s most enduring (in fact, it's outlasted another Rigoletto production that's fallen out of the repertoire), thanks to its spectacular revolving set and ultra glam costumes....Wednesday May 22 2019 - Wednesday May 29 2019
Il Viaggio a Reims
Have you ever wondered what would happen if Frida Kahlo and Vincent van Gogh met? You can see that scenario play out in Damiano Michieletto's production of Rossini's Il Viaggio a Reims, the centrepiece of Opera Australia's 2019 Melbourne season and the...Friday May 24 2019 - Saturday June 1 2019
Things to do
High Tea Live
On the first Sunday of the month Arts Centre Melbourne host High Tea Live, a traditional high tea with a different live act every month. Performances range from jazz to broadway and it's all paired with a traditional three-tier cake stand of sweet and...Food and drink Sunday June 2 2019 - Sunday December 1 2019
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
When choreographer Christopher Wheeldon chose to adapt Lewis Carroll’s children’s book for the Royal Ballet, he went with the full, official title of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. When artists do this – think Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate...Ballet Saturday June 8 2019 - Saturday June 22 2019
There are few names in jazz – or indeed any music – that hold quite the same heft as 14-time Grammy winning pianist Herbie Hancock. Not only has he been at the forefront of jazz's evolution throughout the latter half of the 21st century, composing 'Cantaloupe...Jazz Saturday June 8 2019 - Sunday June 9 2019
Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo was established in 1985 by Princess Caroline of Hanover (in accordance with her mother, Grace of Monaco’s wishes) and has since become one of the world’s most exciting ballet companies. “For a ballet company, they’re so different...Ballet Thursday June 27 2019 - Saturday July 6 2019
Shakespeare in Love
There’s no individual who has had a bigger influence on modern theatre than ye olde William Shakespeare. So it makes sense that he’s a central character in Melbourne Theatre Company’s biggest show for 2019. They're pulling out the big guns for the show,...Drama Monday July 15 2019 - Wednesday August 14 2019