Athenaeum Theatre
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  • Melbourne

Athenaeum Theatre


Time Out says

One of the oldest institutions in Victoria, the Athenaeum opened in 1839 under many guises. It's housed an art gallery, museum, cinema, theatre and is now home to the Last Laugh Comedy Club and Melbourne Opera.

Comedy every Friday and Saturday night at 7pm:
The Last Laugh - With almost four decades of laughter behind it, the Last Laugh is inarguably the city's most famous comedy club. It’s played host to a veritable who’s-who of international comedy, not to mention providing a training ground for generations of locals. There are dinner-and-who packages available for those planning on making a night of it.


188 Collins St

What’s on

Elvis: A Musical Revolution

3 out of 5 stars

After a popular national tour, Elvis: A Musical Revolution will return to Melbourne for an encore season this winter. Mainstage and television star Rob Mallett will continue to light up the stage as Elvis Presley, with other cast members soon to be announced. It all kicks off back at the Athenaeum Theatre for a limited season from July 27 until August 11, and tickets are already on sale over here. Read on to see what our reviewer thought of the musical during its 2023 Melbourne season: Who is Elvis? Obviously, we know who he was – an impossibly handsome young lad with the crooner’s voice who gyrated into rock stardom before choking on his own excess. But what does he mean to us now? Is he a figure of cultural appropriation, a white guy made good on the shoulders of black artists? A cautionary example of capitalist indulgence, the music industry’s archetypal Icarus? Or a symbol of class aspiration and the transformative power of fame, the poor man risen to the greatest pinnacle of celebrity? Elvis: A Musical Revolution seems for a while to have a bet each way, before coming down hard on the latter reading, succumbing eventually to the starry-eyed wonder of the besotted fan, dazzled by the light of genius. This Elvis can be dismissive, rude and narcissistic but the portrait painted here is ultimately hagiographic; his journey pointedly ends not in the bloated chintz of his Vegas years, but the triumph of his ’68 Comeback special. There is not a single mention of drugs or liquor

  • Musicals
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