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Your Guide To Melbourne’s Biggest Theatre Shows, And Where To Cop Tickets

By Urban List Writers

In Melbourne, if there's a stage, there'll be theatre, and fortunately, there are plenty of both in this city. From local to international titles, there are thespians a plenty duking it out under the spotlights, portraying fables of mystery, sci-fi, right across to classic productions. 

Check out the best theatre shows in Melbourne for 2024:

WICKED

The Regent Theatre, Melbourne CBD

A woman singing on stage at a theatre show in Melbourne
Image credit: Wicked | Jeff Busby

Broadway blockbuster, WICKED, has landed in Melbourne for a huge season following a successful and often sold-out run in Sydney.

The fable tells the tale of two women in the Land of Oz, long before Dorothy dropped in, one good and one evil, while exploring friendship and rivalry with a touch of magic. The show is touted as one of the most lavish stage productions showing outside of Broadway, featuring audacious costumes, set design and production—a sensory experience true to the charm of modern theatre. Get tickets here.

And, if you fancy yourself the lucky type, register for the $45 ticket lottery via the TodayTIx App—which you can download on the Apple App Store or Google Play. It opens each and every Thursday with those who've scored bargain seats announced on the following 'Wicked' Wednesday. 

Chicago

Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne CBD

A group of people on stage dancing at a theatre show in Melbourne called ChicagoImage credit: Chicago | Jeff Busby

The longest-running production in Broadway, Chicago is finally underway for a mammoth Melbourne season. Residing in Her Majesty's Theatre, the Vaudevillian story follows Roxie Hart, a nightclub dancer who murders her husband before ending up in jail. It's a tale of raucousness, debauchery, greed and adultery, and with six Tony awards and a Grammy, it’s a must-see. The first show kicks off on Saturday 23rd March, click here for tickets.

Grease

Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne CBD

A man standing on top of a red vintage car on stage at a Melbourne theatre show called Grease the MusicalImage credit: Grease the Musical | Facebook

This musical is automatic, it's systematic, it's hydromatic, why it's grease lightning. Following the star-crossed (or clique-crossed) high school lovers Sandy and Danny, Rydell High is brought to life at Her Majesty’s Theatre. There’s a reason this musical is so enduring and beloved, with songs like Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted to You, and You’re The One That I Want still being as catchy today as ever. After a stellar run, Grease is soon to pack up shop by Saturday 16th March, so you better move quickly. Secure tickets here.

Groundhog Day

The Princess Theatre, Melbourne CBD

People on stage at a theatre show in Melbourne called Groundhog Day the MusicalImage credit: Groundhog Day the Musical | Facebook

Coming straight from London after a record-breaking run, Groundhog Day the Musical has arrived in Melbourne. The show follows Phil Connors, a cynical TV weatherman, who is sent to cover the annual Groundhog Day event in the small town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Caught in a time loop, he’s forced to live the same day again and again. The music is composed by Australia’s legendary Tim Minchin, so make sure to book here

The Rocky Horror Show

Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne CBD

A person on stage at a Melbourne theatre show called Rocky Horror ShowImage credit: Rocky Horror Show | Facebook

Originally written and created by Richard O'Brien, The Rocky Horror Show suffice to say is one of the world's favourite musicals, and it’s '23/'24 season is a celebration of its 50th anniversary. It has officially broken box office records in Melbourne as the highest-grossing show ever at the Athenaeum Theatre, and for good reason. Jason Donovan has reprised his role of Frank N Furter yet again, but it’s finishing on Saturday 23rd March, so get your tickets here.

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A Streetcar Named Desire

Arts Centre Melbourne, Southbank

One of the most classic pieces of theatre and arguably one of the most engaging plays of all time, A Streetcar Named Desire is coming to Melbourne from Tuesday 9th July to Saturday 17th August. The play follows Blanche DuBois, a Southern belle who, after encountering a series of personal losses, ends up living with her sister Stella and brother-in-law Stanley. Tickets go on sale from Thursday 16 May, which you can find here

Cirque Du Soleil Luzia

Flemington Racecourse, Flemington

Cirque du Soleil is gliding into Melbourne from Sunday 24 March with a brand new show set in a fantastical Mexico. Luzia will old take you from contemporary to classic Mexico, with sets including a smoke-filled dance hall to the beach and barren desert. Of course, expect dazzling acrobatic performances, including pole dancing, juggling, trapeze and hoop diving, all while celebrating Mexican culture. Tickets are available here

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Image credit: Wicked | Jeff Busby

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