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Melbourne theatre and musicals in July

From major musicals to Australian comedy legends – we've got you covered for on-stage highlights this month

Come from Away 2018 Broadway cast photo credit: Matthew Murphy
Photograph: Matthew Murphy
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Major musicals are a bit thin on the ground in Melbourne this July, but there's one biggie opening: Broadway hit Come from AwayThere's plenty of other shows on this month, including Malthouse's blistering one-woman version of Wake in Frightand Melbourne Theatre Company's biggest show of the year, Shakespeare in Love is opening.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is still going strong at the Princess Theatre, but if you prefer something a little left-of-centre, immersive theatre experience A Midnight Visit is making its Melbourne debut.

Recommended: How to get cheap theatre tickets in Melbourne.

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Come from Away 2018 Broadway cast photo credit: Matthew Murphy
Photograph: Matthew Murphy
Theatre, Musicals

Come from Away

icon-location-pin The Comedy Theatre, Melbourne
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Melbourne's theatre scene might look to be totally dominated by a certain boy wizard in 2019, but there's another big show headed our way from Broadway. Come from Away is set to open at the Comedy Theatre in July.

Bring it On the Musical
Photograph: Nico Photography
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Bring It On: The Musical

icon-location-pin Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne
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Did we need a musical based on Bring It On, the popular 2000 cheerleading movie that had so much to say it needed five sequels? It’s not the worst idea, but we did not need this iteration of Bring It On, which suffers from turgid dialogue, forgettable songs, a predictable and overdone plot, and at least in this production, a significant lack of pep.

Time Out says

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

Shakespeare in Love

icon-location-pin Arts Centre Melbourne, Southbank
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There’s no individual who has had a bigger influence on modern theatre than ye olde William Shakespeare. So it makes sense that he’s a central character in Melbourne Theatre Company’s biggest show for 2019.

Much Ado About Nothing Bell Shakespeare 2019
Photograph: Pierre Toussaint
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Much Ado About Nothing

icon-location-pin Arts Centre Melbourne, Southbank
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Zindzi Okenyo will finally be front and centre where she belongs when she stars as the whip-smart Beatrice in Bell Shakespeare’s new production of Much Ado About Nothing. In case you missed reading it at school, Much Ado is pretty much the original romantic comedy, and features one of Shakespeare’s most-loved couples, Beatrice and Benedick.

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Solaris Malthouse Theatre 2019
Photograph: Zan Wimberley
Theatre, Drama

Solaris

icon-location-pin Malthouse Theatre, Southbank
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Malthouse's artistic director Matthew Lutton is working with award-winning Scottish playwright David Greig on this adaptation of Stanisław Lem’s seminal sci-fi novel. It’s been turned into two films in the past, but Greig is going back to the original source material to tell a story about a mysterious planet where visitors encounter the ghosts of long-lost loved ones.

Theatre, Drama

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

icon-location-pin Princess Theatre, Melbourne
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The first rule of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, is that you don’t talk about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Safeguarding spoilers is an expected responsibility for anyone who attends the Potter-verse’s first on-stage outing. There’s even a hashtag: #KeepTheSecrets.

Time Out says

Independent theatre and/or less than $50

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A Midnight Visit

icon-location-pin A Midnight Visit warehouse, North Melbourne
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The mysterious and macabre works of Edgar Allan Poe are scary enough when they're just on a page, but what happens when they burst to life across 34 rooms in a two-storey abandoned North Melbourne warehouse?

Pomona Red Stitch 2019 supplied image
Photograph: Robert Blackburn
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Pomona

icon-location-pin Red Stitch Actors Theatre, St Kilda
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You’ve really got to hand it to Red Stitch for consistently bringing the best and brightest plays from overseas to our shores. Alistair McDowall’s play Pomona is no exception, receiving rave reviews when it premiered at London’s Orange Tree Theatre in 2014, before transferring to the National Theatre.

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Autocannibal Theatre Works 2019 supplied image
Photograph: Chris Bennett
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Autocannibal

icon-location-pin Theatre Works, St Kilda
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Whether it’s addiction, obesity or overconsumption, it’s fair to say that humans have a certain bent towards self-destruction. So why do we it? Performer Mitch Jones (aka Captain Ruin) was inspired to ask the question after the addiction-related death of a friend left him reeling. 

A Room of One's Own
Photograph: Tommy Holt
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A Room of One's Own

icon-location-pin fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne
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In 1929, as part of her seminal work A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf famously declared that “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction”.

After something a little less dramatic?

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