Arts Centre Melbourne, The State Theatre
4 – 30 May
Rejected by her past, forgotten by the man she loves, Butterfly clings to the promise of honour, just beyond the horizon.
For what is likely to be the last time in Melbourne, Moffatt Oxenbould’s stunning production of Madama Butterfly takes to the stage with the distinction of being Opera Australia’s most successful show ever.
American naval captain Pinkerton has come to Japan and finds himself enchanted with a local girl, Cio-Cio-San whom he nicknames Butterfly. The two marry but Pinkerton must return to the States, leaving a hopeful Butterfly awaiting a reunion. When Pinkerton does return, he does not come alone and finds Butterfly also has news to share.
With its stunning costuming and set, combining flame, water, silk and wood, it’s easy to see why Madama Butterfly is the most performed production in Opera Australia’s history. Featuring some of the best known arias in opera, Madama Butterfly is an incredible experience for those new to opera and connoisseurs alike.
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
Closing 26 April
One hundred years have passed since the Great War yet some stories remain untold – Black Diggers is one of them.
Through interweaving vignettes, an all-star cast of male actors tells of the hundreds of dispossessed Indigenous soldiers who heard the call to arms and stepped up to fight for Australia on the battlefields of Europe.
Drawing from interviews with the families of these soldiers, as well as conversations with veterans, historians and academics, this production tells a story of honour and sacrifice, with a lightness of touch and an Aussie-larrikin attitude.
Following critically acclaimed seasons in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide Black Diggers is already a contemporary classic. Poignant, funny, heartbreaking and wise, Black Diggers ensures that after the curtain falls we will finally remember all who served.
The Malthouse Theatre
23 April – 17 May
Timeshare takes Fast Forward’s comic icon Marg Downey on a trip to Paradise; a things-are-not-what-they-seem resort from the hilarious mind of writer Lally Katz (Stories I Want to Tell You in Person).
At this curious resort straddling the International Dateline, guests can claim a bonus day for free – just step back in time to the other side of the island. Directed by Oliver Butler of New York’s theatre powerhouse The Debate Society, Timeshare is loaded with Katz’s signature quirky humour, as she creates a place full of exotic temples, late night scuba diving lessons, empty infinity pools and tardy turtles.
A place where time and memory effortlessly slip away. Come on a captivating and hilarious holiday that leaves reality behind.
Arts Centre Melbourne, The State Theatre
4 – 30 May
Madama Butterfly (Puccini)
11 – 30 May
Don Giovanni (Mozart)
20 – 29 May
Don Carlos (Verdi)
The Palais Theatre
Internationally acclaimed The Pink Floyd Experience is proud to announce their 2015 Wish You Were Here Australian tour. This celebratory tour will mark the 40th anniversary of this hugely successful album, which had its original release in September 1975. Wish You Were Here The album has sold over 13 million copies worldwide, it achieved Number One status in the US, UK and Europe simultaneously, and remains one of the fastest selling albums of all time.
As well as performing the album in full the band will also perform other classic Pink Floyd tracks from their catalogue of albums with a stunning performance that stretches over 2 hours.
The Pink Floyd Experience are much more than a tribute to the great music of Pink Floyd. The band captures and conveys the spirit as well as the sound and jaw-dropping visual effects Pink Floyd are renowned for. Having toured Australia on 5 occasions and sold over 100,000 tickets in their own right The Pink Floyd Experience are much admired for their note perfect performances, which remain true to the original. Their loving recreation of Pink Floyd’s landmark ninth studio album is not to be missed.
Malthouse, Beckett Theatre
8 April – 2 May
Meme Girls / construct their identities in real time – and demand an audience.
Experience the sort of post-gender, tongue-in-cheek spectacle that has made Ash Flanders a counter-culture hit. In Meme Girls, this pop-culture addict points his satirical sense of humour squarely at the desperate voices crying out for attention in our online neighbourhood.
Packed with the LOLs of a great cat video, this non sequitur performance embraces the YouTube world, where life is ‘click-bait’ and views, shares and likes equate to happiness. Blurring the lines between performance art, drag and cabaret, Flanders presents a love letter to the bizarre and addictive women of YouTube who / broadcast their lives to an online abyss.
Melbourne Town Hall
Three comedians on each side, one in the middle trying to wrangle them, an ever-divisive topic and much malarkey.
This is the 26th Annual Great Debate, a one-off experience where two teams of local and international stars of the comedy scene take the stage at the Melbourne Town Hall to argue, yell, sing, abuse and shamelessly attempt to upstage one another in the name of competitive comedy.
The past has seen US comedian Rich Hall ride into the Melbourne Town Hall on a camel and UK comedian Paul Foot attempt to launch himself into space from the auditorium.
Join us at this annual battle of brains and wit as the world’s loopiest funny people make us laugh and potentially, (hopefully) solve a great debate.