Melbourne theatre and musicals in September

From ABBA-tastic musicals to Melbourne Fringe – we've got you covered for onstage highlights this month
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Spring means a flourishing of independent, international and local mainstage theatre in Melbourne – so get ready: this month it's Melbourne Fringe, next month it's Melbourne Festival, and in the meantime there is more dance, musicals and theatre than you can shake a stick at.

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

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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Main stage and middle range theatre

Theatre, Drama

A Doll's House, Part 2

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It’s called A Doll’s House, Part 2 and in many ways it delivers precisely what it promises on the packet.

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Theatre, Performance art

Working With Children

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Nicola Gunn is one of Melbourne’s most adventurous theatre-makers and live artists.

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Theatre, Drama

Ich Nibber Dibber

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What happens when you put three people in a room, and they commit to talking to each other for the next ten years? This celebration of friendship, nonsense and women-in-theatre.

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Theatre, Drama

Trustees

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With Australia’s human rights record back in the headlines thanks to the recent leadership change, Belarus Free Theatre’s defiantly political works have never been more necessary. 

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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.

Horror
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Theatre

Horror

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You're watching someone creep through deserted hallways in a house with a violent past. There's an ominous creak, and you think you see a flash of movement out of the corner of your eye. 

Independent theatre

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Theatre, Drama

Ross & Rachel

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What happens after you've found the one and settled down? That's the question asked in James Fritz's play.

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Theatre, Drama

Lovesong

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Lovesong had audiences reaching for the tissues when it first premiered in 2011 in collaboration with pioneering British physical theatre company Frantic Assembly.

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Theatre

Untitled No. 7

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What do you do when you feel like a failure? You make a show combining pop culture poetry, punk rage and interpretive dance. 

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Matriarch

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This show brings together award-winning performer Sandy Greenwood's experiences as a fair-skin Indigenous woman with the stories of four generations of Gumbaynggirr women.

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Theatre

Break Up (We Need to Talk)

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Breaking up is never easy, but it's particularly challenging when traced by a marathon piece of 'endurance theatre'. 

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Theatre

Church of Oyster

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This night of multidisciplinary queer performance is a spin-off from Oyster Club, a popular monthly performance-party in Sydney and the brainchild of Marlena Dalí and Julia Rose.

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Theatre, Drama

Hell's Canyon

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Caitlin and Oscar are hiding out in a motel in outback Australia. No one knows they’re there and only one of them knows why they’re running.

Opera

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Music, Classical and opera

The Space Between

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Soprano Emma Matthews teams up with Paul Grabowsky, Steve Vizard and jazz master Jamie Oehlers for the premiere of a new Australian song cycle re-imagining opera for the 21st century.

Dance

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Dance

Colossus

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Stephanie Lake is one of Melbourne's most innovative artists and an extraordinary choreographic talent. For this year's Melbourne Fringe she's taking over Arts Centre Melbourne with 50 dancers.

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Dance

The 24 Hour Dance Project

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We love a good endurance performance piece, but this one is taking things to the extreme. Freya McGrath will dance for 24 hours straight.

Circus, cabaret and comedy

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Art

Billie McCarthy Takes Up Space

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Billie McCarthy takes up a lot of space – and she's not going to apologise for it. This cabaret tells the story of how a precocious fat kid became an intimidated young woman, and ultimately a badass boss bitch.

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