What's On at The National

What's On at The National


Posted 2024-02-14 by Jenfollow

Fri 16 Feb 2024 - Sun 17 Mar 2024

Images - The National Theatre

We're so very lucky in Victoria to have so many theatres to frequent; in the city, in the outskirts, and even in the suburbs. Living where I do in the city of Stonnington in the Prahran area, I'm spoilt for choice with all the following theatres either just a 4km trip away or a 12 min walk from where I live. Chapel Off Chapel, The MC Showroom, Cracked Actors Theatre, Theatre Works, The Palais Theatre, the Alex Theatre, Gasworks Theatre and of course The National Theatre and more - as the city is just 7kms away, and a short train or tram ride for me. As the phrase goes - flat out like a lizard keeping up with what's on at every theatre so as not to miss out. There's amazing theatre happening at the small venues all the time, and it makes entertainment so affordable and date night more interesting, while supporting the Arts, live entertainment and the performers.

A continuing legacy of Australian performing arts pioneer Gertrude Johnson who established The National Theatre Movement in 1935, The National is a not-for-profit organisation that strives to support communities through the arts by providing an accessible venue and a centre for training emerging artists for generations to come. Australia’s longest-established drama school, a preeminent ballet school and a 783-seat proscenium theatre, housed in a historic beaux art building, The National was originally constructed in 1921 as a 3000-seat cinema and stands today thanks to the selflessness, determination and inexhaustible enthusiasm of a truly remarkable woman who was born in Hawksburn Victoria in 1894. You can ensure this legacy continues by supporting The National Theatre which in turn supports the future stars of stage and screen.

Located at 20 Carlisle Street, St Kilda, Shows at The National Theatre are as diverse as our tastes, as you can see from the images here. See the What's On page on the website for their calendar of events. There's comedy, live music, a classic, Elvis, and more to choose from. The National Theatre does not wait for the Comedy Festival (27 Mar-21 Apr) to come to town. They have laughter and live entertainment every Friday night. So if you're after a good laugh on a Friday night before dinner out, you know where to go.

The lineup kicks off this Friday 16 Feb at 7.30pm with Comedy Gold - Carl Donelly (UK) and guests in Studio 2 at 20 Carlisle St, St Kilda with a lineup that features a dazzling number of comics from Australia and around the globe; from famous names to fast rising stars. Just follow the fairy lights to the intimate cabaret studio where surprise guests are guaranteed. The following Friday 23 Feb 7.30pm it's Comedy Gold time again with Andrew Hansen and guests at the same venue; again with secret guests. Does it get any better than a night with Lehmo and guests on a Friday 1 March night - same time, same place. It keeps you guessing as you never know who the secret guests on the night are. Just get your tickets via the given links for a fun night out. We all know stress is no good, so come along and destress with a night of laughter and good times.

Changing it up a little, book now to get in to see Keep the Circle Unbroken on Fri 16 Feb 7.30-9.50pm at The National Theatre. as Melbourne Rock grass band Row Jerry Crow bring together a circle of incredible artists and fly on the wall studio conversations. Special guests include Debra Byrne, Brooke Taylor and Jimmy Phoenix. Ralph McTell (UK) - Streets of Oz Tour 2024 will grace the stage on Sat 24 Feb 7.30pm for a total run time of 2 hours inclusive of interval. Returning to Australia for the first time in five years, this musical legend will be bringing it with much-loved songs from his illustrious career.

A much-loved film, see the theatrical presentation of this timeless tale - The Sound of Music from 1-18 March 2024 at The National Theatre. Inspired by the memoir of Maria Augusta Trapp, it's a musical journey as an exuberant postulate nun becomes the governess to the seven children of Captain von Trapp, re-introducing their household with the magic of music and boundless joy. Save a few dollars by snagging preview tickets. If you're an Elvis fan; sorry, but Dean Z: Elvis in Concert in April has already completely sold out! Using that as a premise, hurry in for the Melbourne Elvis Festival which is a must for all Elvis fans! Five International Elvis Tribute Artists are converging on the iconic National Theatre, and transforming it into an Elvis wonderland over one massive weekend. Throughout three incredible days (Fri 2 to Sun 4 Aug 2024), you’ll be treated to five distinct and captivating Elvis concerts, each with its own unique flavour and style, celebrating the diversity of Elvis’s music and impact on the world. See here for tickets! Stay in touch via social media, as there's lots more events at the theatre before and after the Elvis show; including Billy Elliot The Musical from 10-25 May.

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