Don’t miss these plays, mu­si­cals, op­eras and dance pro­duc­tions

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The Merry Widow

The Merry Widow is one of the Aus­tralian Bal­let’s great­est achieve­ments – it pre­miered in 1975 and has been re­vived by pop­u­lar de­mand ev­ery cou­ple of years since then. The bal­let was adapted from Franz Le­hár’s op­eretta by Aus­tralian dance leg­end Robert Help­mann and English chore­og­ra­pher Ron­ald Hynd, and features all of Le­hár’s bright and ro­man­tic melodies. à Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Mel­bourne 3004. 1300 182 183. www.arts­cen­tremel­ $35-$245. Jun 7-16. Broth­ers Wreck Award-win­ning play­wright Jada Alberts’ Broth­ers Wreck pre­miered at Sydney’s Belvoir St Theatre in 2014 to stel­lar re­views, tack­ling the af­ter­shocks of sui­cide upon a com­mu­nity in Dar­win. Leah Pur­cell di­rected the orig­i­nal pro­duc­tion, but Alberts is step­ping in to helm this new take, with

The Sap­phires star Shari Sebbens in the cast. àmalt­house Theatre, 113 Sturt St, South­bank 3006. 03 9685 5111. malt­housethe­ $35-$62. Jun 8-23. Glo­ria Amer­i­can Bran­den Ja­cob­sJenk­ins is one of the most provoca­tive play­wrights in the world right now, and his Pulitzer Prize fi­nal­ist Glo­ria is par­tic­u­larly fiery satire. It’s set in the of­fices of a for­merly great print mag­a­zine that’s now strug­gling to make ends meet, but it takes a sud­den and un­ex­pected turn away from that sub­ject. Lisa Mccune stars along­side Cal­lan Col­ley, Jor­dan Fraser-trum­ble, Aileen Huynh, Peter Pal­tos and So­phie Ross in this pro­duc­tion di­rected by Help­mann Award win­ner Lee

Lewis. à South­bank Theatre, 140 South­bank Blvd, South­bank 3006. 03 8688 0800. $39-$124. Jun 16-Jul 21.


The An­tipodes Red Stitch had a ma­jor hit with An­nie Baker’s Pulitzer Prizewin­ning The Flick back in 2014 and is now pre­sent­ing the Aus­tralian pre­miere of an­other Baker play:

The An­tipodes. Ella Cald­well di­rects the play, set in a TV writ­ers’ room where a group of creatives grap­ple with ques­tions of which sto­ries to tell. à Red Stitch Ac­tors Theatre, 2 Chapel St, St Kilda 3183. 03 9533 8083. red­ $28-$55. Jul 10-Aug 12. Poly­graph Robert Lepage has been one of the most in­flu­en­tial voices in international theatre for the last three decades. This 1987 de­tec­tive thriller-slash-love story, penned with Marie Bras­sard, is one of his ear­lier works and is be­ing staged in Mel­bourne by Op­tic­n­erve Per­for­mance Group. à Theatre Works, 14 Acland St, St Kilda 3182. 03 9534 3388. $33-$45. Jul 17-21. Wil­liam Tell The ‘ Wil­liam Tell Over­ture’ is one of those pieces of clas­si­cal mu­sic that the ma­jor­ity of the pop­u­la­tion can prob­a­bly hum on com­mand, but it might be a sur­prise to know that the Rossini opera it­self has never been per­formed in Aus­tralia. This Vic­to­rian Opera pro­duc­tion, di­rected by Ro­dula Gai­tanou, is the Aus­tralian pre­miere, just 189 years af­ter it opened in Paris. à Palais Theatre, 14 Lower Es­planade, St Kilda 3182. 03 8537 7677. vic­to­ri­an­ $35-$169. Jul 14-19. Mamma Mia! The block­buster ABBA juke­box mu­si­cal re­turns to Mel­bourne af­ter eight years in a brand-new Aus­tralian pro­duc­tion – new sets, new cos­tumes and new chore­og­ra­phy. Natalie O’don­nell starred as So­phie in the orig­i­nal Aus­tralian pro­duc­tion, back in 2001, and now steps into the role of So­phie’s mother, Donna. She’s joined by new­comer Sarah

Mor­ri­son, who made a big im­pres­sion in Aus­tralian mu­si­cal

Ladies in Black. à Princess Theatre, 163 Spring St, Mel­bourne 3000. 03 9299 9800. www.mam­mamiath­e­mu­si­ $69.95-$155.95. Jul 10-Sep 2.

Julius Cae­sar

Julius Cae­sar mightn’t be Shake­speare’s most per­formed po­lit­i­cal thriller, but it’s al­most cer­tainly the stab­bi­est. It’s also an in­ter­est­ing piece for our times, and Bell Shake­speare has as­sem­bled a killer cast of rel­a­tive new­com­ers and es­tab­lished stars for this pro­duc­tion, led by Ken­neth Ran­som ( Gods of Egypt) as Cae­sar. à Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Mel­bourne 3004. 1300 182 183. www.arts­cen­tremel­ $40-$95. Jul 18-28.


A Doll’s House, Part 2 Lu­cas Hnath’s provoca­tively funny se­quel to Hen­rik Ib­sen’s sem­i­nal play was the toast of Broad­way last year, with eight Tony Award nom­i­na­tions. Marta Dus­sel­dorp, well known for her TV per­for­mances ( Janet King, A Place

to Call Home), stars as Nora in this Aus­tralian pre­miere pro­duc­tion. à South­bank Theatre, 140 South­bank Blvd, South­bank 3006. 03 8688 0800. $39-$124. Aug 11-Sep 15. The Boy from Oz This year marks two decades since this mu­si­cal telling the life story of singer-song­writer Peter Allen pre­miered in Sydney. Todd Mcken­ney and Hugh Jack­man both ce­mented their star­dom in the lead­ing role, and now Ro­han Browne – who had his first ma­jor break as an 18 year old in the orig­i­nal pro­duc­tion – takes the lead. Caro­line O’con­nor will channel Judy Gar­land in this semistaged ver­sion. à Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Mel­bourne 3004. 1300 182 183. www.arts­cen­tremel­ $48-$143. Aug 11-19. Lano and Wood­ley: Fly It’s been 12 years since Colin Lane and Frank Wood­ley last per­formed to­gether. Fly is their re­union show, packed with bril­liant gags, phys­i­cal hu­mour and the kind of off-kil­ter dy­namic that won the duo so many fans in the first place. The show had its tri­umphant Mel­bourne pre­miere ear­lier this year at the Com­edy Fes­ti­val. à Hamer Hall, 100 St Kilda Rd, Mel­bourne 3004. 1300 182 183. www.arts­cen­tremel­ $64.90-$69.90. Aug 10-11.

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