Melbourne theatre and musicals in August

From classic musicals to Broadway's latest hits – we've got you covered for on-stage highlights this month
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It's a big month of theatre in Melbourne with the Autralian premiere of Broadway hit A Doll's House, Part 2 at Melbourne Theatre Company and a revival of Sarah Kane's Blasted at Malthouse. Mamma Mia! is still going strong and Puffs wraps up after a record-smashing run.

If you're looking to book ahead, tickets go on sale for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child this month and Melbourne Festival has its full October line-up on sale.

Recommended: How to get cheap theatre tickets in Melbourne.

Musicals

Theatre, Musicals

Mamma Mia! The Musical

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Mamma Mia! is the jukebox musical to end all jukebox musicals. It’s one of the most commercially successful pieces of entertainment of all time, having grossed US$2 billion since its 1999 West End premiere.

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Theatre, Musicals

The Boy from Oz

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When The Boy from Oz premiered in 1998, it made a star of a then unknown Todd McKenney. You might not yet have heard of Rohan Browne, but he's been working his way to stardom since he started his career at the age of 18 in the original production.

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Theatre, Musicals

The Rocky Horror Show

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Rocky Horror is seminal in many ways; from those who were lucky enough to experience the original 1973 stage show in London, to those who watched the film either in interactive midnight screenings or furtively late at night on TV, the piece has always held a kind of subversive, sexy fascination.

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Mainstage and middle range theatre

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Theatre, Drama

A Doll's House, Part 2

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Henrik Ibsen's 1879 play, A Doll's House, shocked and appalled audiences when its lead character, Nora Helmer, walked out on her husband and three children. American playwright Lucas Hnath has taken the cue and written a sequel of sorts, revisiting Nora's story 15 years after she left.

Theatre, Drama

An Ideal Husband

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It’s a scenario that seems fashioned out of the zeitgeist: a wealthy, respected man is threatened with ruin by the revelation of a single act of corruption in his youth, and a society twists itself in knots to protect and shield him from dishonour.

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Theatre

The Fall

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In April 2015, a student protest at the University of Cape Town started a revolution when it successfully sought to bring down a statue of colonialist Cecil Rhodes, and sparked a debate about the white, Euro-centric focus that dominated South African education.

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Theatre, Drama

Blasted

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When Blasted premiered in 1995, it left audiences reeling. The Daily Mail famously labelled it “a disgusting feast of filth” and critics dismissed its graphic scenes of rape, torture and mutilation as a cheap ploy for attention by its creator, British playwright Sarah Kane.

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Theatre, Drama

Scaramouche Jones

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Colin Friels embarks on the first solo theatre piece of his long career in this sprawling one-hander by British playwright Justin Butcher. Originally performed by the late, great English actor Pete Postlethwaite, the play broke all UK box office records when it premiered in 2011 and went on to tour internationally.

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Theatre, Drama

Lovesong

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What is the sum of a life shared together? For married couple Maggie and Billy, the past and present intermingle and the house they share becomes filled with visions of their younger selves in playwright Abi’s Morgan’s elegiac tale of the ties that bind. 

Independent theatre and/or less than $50

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Theatre, Drama

Dybbuks

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In Yiddish mythology, a dybbuk is a dislocated soul that possesses the body of a living being, often a young woman. Director Samara Hersch puts the concept under a feminist lens, combining traditional stories and songs with contemporary compositions.

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Theatre, Drama

Oil Babies

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How do we keep on procreating when the planet is in peril? How do we invest in our future when so many people seem hell-bent on destroying it? 

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Theatre, Drama

Fallen

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A fact largely relegated to elite level Charles Dickens trivia: the author operated a reform home for ‘fallen’ women in Victorian England. The care at Urania Cottage was gentler and more domestic than most comparable institutions at that time.

Dance

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Dance, Ballet

Giselle

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Giselle premiered in Paris in 1841 and has since become one of the world’s best-loved ballets. It also ticks all the boxes for newcomers: a heartbreaking love story, flowing white tutus and breathtaking dancing. 

Comedy

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Comedy, Stand Up

Anjelah Johnson

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The former NFL cheerleader turned actor and comedian shot to stardom when her sketch about a Vietnamese nail salon worker went viral in 2007. 

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