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Melbourne Comedy Theatre

Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre is right in the CBD at 240 Exhibition Street.

Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre has a vital place in the city’s vibrant live entertainment scene. Built in 1928, the theatre is a blend of European flavours. The exterior is a replica of a Florentine palace and the interior shows a strong Spanish influence. The Comedy Theatre still maintains a lot of its original characteristics including balcony seating, a generous foyer and an elegant staircase.

Despite its name, the venue is not exclusively for comedy performance. Audiences can enjoy a diverse range of theatre and live entertainment. With seating for 1000 patrons, famous shows to have played the Comedy Theatre stage include Keating, Menopause the Musical, Calendar Girls, Harp on the Willow, Waiting for Godot, The Rocky Horror Show, Avenue Q, Rock of Ages and, in February 2016, Dawn French and her new play, 30 Million Minutes.

The Comedy Theatre Box Office is open 90 minutes prior to the commencement of a show and half an hour after a show begins.  Additional Box Office opening hours are dependent on individual show times. Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster on 1300 111 011 (international +61 3 9299 9850).

The nearest train station is Parliamentary Station and any tram via La Trobe or Bourke Street will get you there (and it is a short walk from Swanston Street trams). All buses into the city will leave you within walking distance and the closest taxi rank is in Exhibition Street.

At the doors facing Exhibition Street there is a small step, which as you move away from Lonsdale Street, is reduced to a small lip. The Comedy Theatre can provide a ramp into one of the front doors on Exhibition Street. A member of security or front of house staff will be able to assist you on arrival at the theatre.

For wheelchair and disability bookings, phone +61 3 9299 9800. Patrons with difficulty negotiating steps are advised to book seating in Stalls area, as there are several large sets of staircases leading to the Dress Circle. Only the Stalls can be accessed without steps and can be accessed directly from the foyer. Access to the Dress Circle is via the large staircase with handrails. Dress Circle seating is quite steeply tiered. There is a bar that can be accessed from the Dress Circle area. There are also bars in the foyer.

For patrons with sight impairment, seats close to the stage can be requested when booking tickets and for patrons with hearing impairment there is a hearing loop within the Stalls seating. People with a hearing aid will need a ‘T switch’.

There are toilets located both upstairs and downstairs at the Comedy Theatre.  There is a unisex accessible toilet located in the Stalls inner foyer.  Go through the Stalls Foyer on the far right hand side, just before you enter the auditorium.

The Comedy Theatre is owned by the Marriner Group (Regent Theatre, Princess Theatre, Forum Theatre and Comedy Theatre) and here is a link to the official website.


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