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Melbourne theatre and musicals in August

From musical Mormons to magic carpets – we've got you covered for on-stage highlights this month

Photograph: Zan Wimberley

Hello, yesterday! If you scrolled down the musicals list for Melbourne you might be forgiven for thinking you're back in the ’90s: we've got Andrew-Lloyd Webber, Aladdin, The Bodyguard... 

Even the mainstages feel a bit retro: Michael Frayn's 1982 hit Noises Off at MTC; Tom Wright and Matthew Lutton's redux of the Elephant Man story at Malthouse; and a trio of ’80s friends reminiscing in Di and Viv and Rose, also at MTC.

On the smaller stages, however, it's all about new recent or new work this month, from UK playwright Nick Payne's 2014 play Incognito and Josephine Collins new Australian work The Way Out at Redstitch, to Louris van de Geer’s new work Looking Glass at Fortyfive Downstairs, and Christos Tsiolkas' Merciless Gods at Northcote Town Hall.

Scroll on for a fuller account of what to see where this month on Melbourne's stages.

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