Podcast 02: Theatre & Live Entertainment in Melbourne


Hello and welcome to another episode of Go Melbourne. I’m Brett, your guy on the inside, helping all tourists and travellers navigate the city of Melbourne. Today’s podcast is about entertainment, how to stay entertained in the city of Melbourne.

Now anyone from here will argue that Melbourne is the arts capital of Australia. All year round we have loads of theatre and live entertainment for you to experience.

Major theatres

Melbourne’s biggest theatres are scattered through the central business district (or CBD as us Melbournians like to call it). The biggest theatres include the Princess Theatre, the Regent Theatre and Her Majesty’s Theatre.

Major theatrical productions

All of these theatres regularly feature blockbuster entertainment. Most recently we had Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS here and coming up later this year we will host classic musicals, such as The Sound of Music and Singing’ in the Rain. Also next year will be the Australian premiere production of the musical The Book of Mormon. Major touring companies, like Cirque du Soleil, regularly come through Melbourne. In 2017, we’ve got Cirque du Soleil’s KOOZA coming here.

Arts Centre Melbourne

Also, not far from the CBD along Southbank is Arts Centre Melbourne, which is the cultural hub of Melbourne. Arts Centre Melbourne plays host to a number of theatres and playhouses and they host various theatre companies including the Australian Ballet, the Melbourne Theatre Company and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Ticket prices

Now if you’re looking to see a major musical theatre production in Melbourne you can expect to pay up to $150.00. Now that would be for the best seats in the house on a Saturday evening performance. For cheaper seats, I would suggest going during the week, possibly a Wednesday matinee performance, and sitting up in the balconies. You probably wouldn’t expect to get a ticket cheaper than $60.00 though.

Finding what’s playing

Now to find out what’s playing in Melbourne, I would suggest going online. There are two major websites where you will find almost all tickets to events in Melbourne. That’s Ticketmaster and Ticketek. Between those two websites you’ll find tickets to almost anything playing in Melbourne.

Discount tickets

But if you’d rather buy tickets in person, a good tip is the Halftix Melbourne booth. You’ll find that in the Melbourne Town Hall Administration building on the corner of Collins Street and Swanston Street. There you’ll find friendly staff who can give you advice as to what’s playing in Melbourne and maybe recommend some shows that you can see and they also have last minute discounts.

For even more discount ticket deals, go online to Smart Tix or Lasttix.

No matter the time of the year there’s always something to see in Melbourne’s thriving theatre scene. So get out there and see something!