There’s no doubting that Melbourne is Australia's theatre capital. It has magnificent theatres, spectacular productions, talented casts, directors & producers and, above all, a population that loves attending and understands good theatre.
Other cities would argue against this but the proof is in the figures – theatre productions injected over $230million into the Victorian economy last year and last weekend, in the middle of a southern winter, more than 22,000 left the warmth of their lounge rooms to go to the theatre. And while other cities do host occasional excellent productions, no other Australian city could stage four musicals at the same time and expect them all to make a profit!
The Rocky Horror Show has just finished its run after playing to terrific houses at the Comedy Theatre (240 Exhibition Street) and Craig McLachlan as the fabulous Frank N Furter in fishnets has been getting great reviews.
Down the road at Her Majesty’s (219 Exhibition Street), the latest production of Les Miserables has been wowing the critics and the public.
Lisa McCune and Lou Diamond Phillips (for the Melbourne season only) have the leads in the lavish, exotic and timeless production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I at the Princess Theatre (163 Spring Street).
And, at the Regent Theatre (191 Collins Street) audiences are bring spellbound by Wicked (The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz). The New York Times called this one “The Defining Musical of the Decade”.
If you are visiting Melbourne with a night at the theatre on the agenda, Rydges has your accommodation needs covered, either in the heart of the CBD at Rydges in Exhibition Street or on the city fringe at Rydges on Swanston.