Melbourne theatre and musicals in April

From major musicals to mainstage – we've got you covered for on-stage highlights this month
Beautiful The Carole King Musical 2017 Sydney Lyric production still 01 feat Esther Hannaford as Carole King photographer credit Joan Marcus
Photograph: Joan Marcus Esther Hannaford as Carole King
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April in Melbourne sees most stage taken over by the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (check out our guide and top picks) but that doesn't mean you can't find theatre to suit your taste. Beautiful and Priscilla are still going strong, and Opera Australia is returning with its beloved productions of Tosca and La Traviata.

Looking for something a little less dramatic?

Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston Street, Melbourne
Photograph: Josie Withers
Comedy, Comedy festival

Four comedians to watch at this year's MICF

Some of the world's funniest people descend on Melbourne every autumn for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. With more than 600 artists performing at venues around the city, it can be daunting to choose what to see. Never fear – we have spoken to four performers about what audiences can expect from their shows, plus what other shows are worth checking out.

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