Melbourne theatre and musicals in October

From Melbourne Festival to musical school kids – we've got you covered for on-stage highlights this month
School of Rock 2018 photo from London
Photograph: Tristram Kenton
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This month we welcome the happy mayhem of Melbourne Festival – and boy howdy are you spoilt for choice, whether your tastes run to blockbuster musicals, independent theatre, chamber opera, circus... 

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

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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.

Madiba the Musical Comedy Theatre 2018 photo credit: Julien Vachon
Photograph: Julien Vachon
Theatre, Musicals

Madiba the Musical

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Next year marks the 25th anniversary of the end of apartheid in South Africa and the election of Nelson Mandela as the country’s first democratically elected leader.

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A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder The Production Company 2018
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Theatre, Musicals

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

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Australian actor Mitchell Butel is well known as one of the busiest, most versatile actors in showbiz. He'll be putting those skills to use in the riotously funny winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2015.

Nine the musical - Chapel off Chapel 2018
Photograph: Belinda Strodder
Theatre, Musicals

Nine

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The old adage that behind every good man is a good woman has never been truer than in Nine, Maury Yeston’s Tony Award-winning musical about a suicidal theatre director and his relationships with the nine women who have shaped him.

Mainstage and middle range theatre

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Theatre, Drama

The Architect

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The ever-brilliant Linda Cropper (aka Offspring's Geraldine) is back on stage at Melbourne Theatre Company for the premiere of Aidan Fennessy’s new play.

Indie and affordable

Suddenly Last Summer Red Stitch 2018
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Theatre, Drama

Suddenly Last Summer

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Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre makes its first foray into Tennessee Williams with this tale of madness, lies and sexuality, once described by the playwright as “perhaps the most poetic” thing he ever wrote. 

Opera

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Music, Classical and opera

Metamorphosis

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Kafka’s novella about Gregor Samsa, who wakes up one day to find he has turned into a giant insect, is a popular source of inspiration: it’s been turned into a play by Steven Berkoff, a film, a ballet, a manga comic, a radio play and a suite of music by Philip Glass just to name a few iterations.

After something a bit 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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