Stephen Page’s 24th work for Bangarra traces a line from First Contact to now, through the story of Aboriginal leader Woollarawarre Bennelong. àarts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne 3004. 1300 182 183. www.artscentremelbourne.com.au. $49-$97. Sep 7-16.
ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND
Christopher Wheeldon’s Royal Ballet production is making its premiere Down Under with the Australian Ballet. àarts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne 3004. 1300 182 183. www. artscentremelbourne.com.au. $43 -$256. Sep 12-30.
THE BLACK RIDER: THE CASTING OF THE MAGIC BULLETS
Malthouse and Victorian Opera team up to create a new production of Tom Waits’ and William S Burroughs’ musical fable from 1990. The story concerns a young poet who makes a deal with the devil. àmalthouse Theatre, 113 Sturt St, Southbank 3006. 03 9685 5111. malthousetheatre.com.au. $35-$75. Sep 26-Oct 8.
MTC performs a 1925 Noël Coward comedy set in the countryside abode of a family of drama queens. David Bliss writes romance novels; his wife Judith is a retired stage actress; and their children Simon and Sorel have inherited their parents’ proclivities for drama. àsouthbank Theatre, 140 Southbank Blvd, Southbank 3006. 03 8688 0800. www.mtc. com.au. $82-$121. Sep 23-Oct 28.