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Melbourne theatre and musicals in July

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

Photograph: Pierre Toussaint
Jessica Tovey, playing Portia

July in Melbourne is all about variety. You've got behemoth blockbuster international musicals (no news there) – but also local indie heroes Watch This and The Production Company doing Sondheim (Merrily We Roll Along) and Andrew Lloyd Webber (Jesus Christ Superstar).

You can see screen stars doing Shakespeare (Geraldine Hakewill and Jai Courtney in Macbeth; Jessica Tovey in The Merchant of Venice), and brand-new Australian work (Heart is a Wasteland at Malthouse; Human Error at Meat Market; Steve Vizard's new cabaret Vigil at Arts Centre Melbourne).

If you want to see the new voices setting the world's stages alight, you can check out new(ish) works by young American playwright Jen Silverman (The Moors), and young Brits Nick Payne (Incognito) and Alice Birch (Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again).

If you're just after a bit of fun, there's alt-cabaret to spare – from Velvet's Boogie Wonderland to Blanc de Blanc's intoxicating mix of sex, freaks and dance, 5-star Sydney favourite Mother's Ruin, and the return of Finucane & Smith's Glory Box.


After something a little less dramatic?