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Melbourne Theatre 2019 Guide

Here's what to expect on Melbourne stages – from theatre and musicals to dance and opera

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Photograph: Manuel Harlan

A boy wizard (well, technically now a man wizard) will be casting his spell across Melbourne's theatre scene in 2019, but he won't be the only hero standing centre stage. Here's our guide to everything you should be booking ahead for – whether you're treating yourself or looking for a gift for the theatre-lovers in your life.

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Major companies in 2019

Shakespeare in Love Melbourne Theatre Company 2019 promo
Photorah: Justin Ridler
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Melbourne Theatre Company

The city's biggest theatre company has a good mix of new local work and international hits in 2019 – including one particularly huge screen-to-stage adaptation.

Cloudstreet Malthouse 2018
Photograph: Zan Wimberley
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Malthouse Theatre

There are some great international collaborations in Malthouse's 2019 season, but the biggest hits might just be the local stories.

Il Viaggio a Reims Opera Australia 2018
Photograph: Supplied
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Opera Australia

Have you ever wondered what would happen if Frida Kahlo and Vincent van Gogh met? You can see that scenario play out in Opera Australia's key production for 2019.

The Australian Ballet 2019 season
Photograph: Supplied
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The Australian Ballet

Our national ballet company is presenting plenty of new work in 2019 as well as a fresh take on Swan Lake from Europe.

Best of the rest

Theatre, Drama

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Princess Theatre, Melbourne

At long last Melbourne muggles will be able to get a glimpse inside JK Rowling's Wizarding World with their own two eyes: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is headed to the Princess Theatre. 

West Side Story Opera Australia 2018
Photograph: Nilz Boehme and Johan Persson
Theatre, Musicals

New and upcoming musicals in Melbourne

From West Side Story to Jersey Boys to School of Rock, Melbourne loves a good musical. Here's our edit of the musicals Melbourne is getting excited about.

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