The 10 best shows on Melbourne stages in 2017

We pick the best things we've seen on Melbourne stages this year, from stand-up to major musicals
Taylor Mac
Photograph: Sarah Walker
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This year Melbourne stages have been defined by both major events that delivered on their almighty promise – Taylor Mac and a group of Mormons both brought us plenty of love, straight from New York – and smaller scale work that broke through and left an indellible mark on the city (Hannah Gadsby's Nanette won't be forgotten anytime soon). Ranking this diverse range of theatrical experiences might feel like an impossible task, but we gave it our best shot. Here's our top ten of 2017.

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John 2017 Melbourne Theatre Company production still 01 feat Ursula Mills Johnny Carr Helen Morse photographer credit Jeff Busby
Photograph: Jeff Busby

John

Annie Baker's contemporary American opus received a wonderful production at Melbourne Theatre Company, helmed by new resident director Sarah Goodes.

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The Book of Mormon 2017 Princess Theatre Melbourne production still 01 feat Phyre Hawkins Ryan Bondy and A J Holmes photographer credit Jeff Busby
Photograph: Jeff Busby

The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon comes with the kind of ecstatic hype usually found accompanying a messiah. Instead, Elders Price and Cunningham showed up – which is possibly less shattering, but ultimately way more fun.

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