Melbourne theatre and musicals in November

From Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest rocking hit to indie plays – we've got you covered for onstage highlights
School of Rock 2018 London cast
School of Rock London cast
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School of Rock is finally here and class is in session. Otherwise it's a big month of theatre, with MTC's much-awaited production of Twelfth Night kicking off and Opera Australia's epic Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg playing at Arts Centre Melbourne.

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

Recommended: How to get cheap theatre tickets in Melbourne.

Musicals

School of Rock 2018 photo from London
Photograph: Tristram Kenton
Theatre, Musicals

School of Rock: The Musical

icon-location-pin Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne
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Melbourne, school is back in session and now it’s time to learn how to rock. The musical version of Jack Black’s hit 2003 movie School of Rock will open at the Her Majesty’s Theatre in October, fresh from successful seasons on Broadway and the West End, where it’s still running.

Theatre, Musicals

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

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It isn’t obvious from the promotional material, but A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is actually a musical adaptation of the classic 1949 Ealing Studios film Kind Hearts and Coronets. 

Time Out says

Mainstage

Twelfth Night Melbourne Theatre Company 2019
Photograph: Supplied
Theatre, Drama

Twelfth Night

icon-location-pin Southbank Theatre (Melbourne Theatre Company), Southbank
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Melbourne Theatre Company’s version of Shakespeare’s gender-bending comedy is shaping up to be one of the shows of the year. For starters, Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical) is directing. 

Astroman
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Theatre, Drama

Astroman

icon-location-pin Arts Centre Melbourne, Southbank
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It’s 1984. Gary Ablett has just signed up with Geelong, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun blares through every radio and 13-year-old Jimmy Djalu has plans to spend his entire summer holiday at the local video arcade – much to the consternation of his mum, who knows Jimmy could do much more with his life if he tried. 

Indepdendent and mid-range

Lamb Red Stitch 2018
Photograph: Supplied
Theatre, Drama

Lamb (A New Play with Songs)

icon-location-pin Red Stitch Actors Theatre, St Kilda
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Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre has long been one of Melbourne’s leading proponents of new Australian writing thanks to its INK development program. Written by playwright Jane Bodie (Music, This Year’s Ashes), with music by Mark Seymour of Hunters and Collectors fame, Lamb (A New Play with Songs) follows two generations of family on an Australian sheep farm.

Moral Panic Darebin Arts 2018
Photograph: Sarah Walker
Theatre, Drama

Moral Panic

icon-location-pin Northcote Town Hall, Northcote
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The duo behind the Green Room Award-nominated Angry Sexx and Ground Control are back with another strange and savagely funny creation celebrating the lives of women and queer folk everywhere. This time they’re taking a deep dive into the world of the occult to tell the story of Andie and Evie, who head into the woods one day to hex Evie’s uncle and punish the patriarchy. 

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The Hamlet Apocalypse Theatre Works 2018
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Theatre, Drama

The Hamlet Apocalypse

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After a decade of pushing boundaries and polarising audiences in their hometown of Brisbane, theatre makers The Danger Ensemble are relocating to Melbourne – and they’re bringing their acclaimed production of The Hamlet Apocalypse with them. Set on the eve of the apocalypse, seven actors come together to stage Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Broken fortyfivedownstairs 2018
Photograph: Pia Carthew
Theatre, Drama

Broken

icon-location-pin fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne
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A few years ago, Darwin playwright Mary Anne Butler won a whole swag of major literary awards for her play, Broken, including the $100,000 Victorian Premier's Literary Award – the first time a play had won the award. Now the play is finally getting its Melbourne premiere in a production directed by Melbourne independent theatre stalwart and Helpmann nominee, Susie Dee.

Opera

Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg Opera Australia 2018
Photograph: Clive Barda
Theatre

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

icon-location-pin Arts Centre Melbourne, Southbank
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Wagner can get a bad rap among opera newcomers who associate him with epic (and epicly serious) works such as the Ring Cycle. Often we forget he can do comedy as well. In fact, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg was an instant success for the composer when it premiered in 1868 and remains one of his most beloved works.

La Boheme production still
Photograph: Branco Gaica
Theatre

La Bohème

icon-location-pin Arts Centre Melbourne, Southbank
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Back in 2011, director Gale Edwards and designer Brian Thomson took Puccini’s smash hit La Bohème to the wild cabaret halls and streets of 1930s Berlin. The production was embraced by die-hard romantics, opera fans and newcomers alike, and is back yet again for Opera Australia's Melbourne season.

Comedy

Comedy

Ken Jeong Live

icon-location-pin Arts Centre Melbourne, Southbank
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You might remember him as Leslie Chow from the Hangover trilogy or the wise-cracking doctor in Judd Apatow's Knocked Up, but if you didn't know actor Ken Jeong is also an accomplished stand-up comedian, and he will be performing live in Melbourne for the first time in November at the Arts Centre. 

After something a little less dramatic?

MoMA at NGV 2018 supplied image
Courtesy: MoMA, New York © 2016 Salvador Dalí, Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Art

The best art this month

From high art to the experimental and indie, here's your hit list.

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