Southbank Theatre, Melbourne

4.4
#25 of 155 in Nightlife in Melbourne
Southbank Theatre is a performing arts venue located in the Southbank region of Melbourne, Victoria. It is the principal home of the Melbourne Theatre Company. The theatre was designed by ARM Architecture (Ashton Raggatt McDougall), and opened in January 2009 with a production of Poor Boy starring Guy Pearce.
The theatre is adjacent to the Melbourne Recital Centre venue on Southbank Boulevard, with the two buildings constructed simultaneously. The distinctive geometric shapes on the theatre's facade were inspired by the paintings of the American abstract expressionist artist Al Held.
The theatre contains two performance spaces: the 559-seat "Sumner", and the smaller "Lawler" with 150 seats. These were named after director John Sumner and playwright Ray Lawler respectively. The theatre is also home to Script Bar & Bistro, function rooms and foyers and two foyer bars.
Add Southbank Theatre to your Melbourne travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Melbourne day trip website.
Source
Create an itinerary including Southbank Theatre
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Southbank Theatre Reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
90 reviews
Google
4.5
TripAdvisor
  • I have taken my wife and kids to a couple of shows here and we have always been impressed with the quality of the shows and the venue. There are a couple of good little restaurants close to the...  more »
  • Excellent only small but excellent seating and acoustics We really enjoyed the performance and whilst in the interval the bar was very busy everyone got served There is complimentary water available.....  more »
Google
  • The theatre itself is a chameleon in the hands of the highly experienced set designers who clearly master transformations. It also seems to attract the best shows - I’ve always been blown away by what I’ve attended here.
  • Atm there's a lot of road work going on around the building, so it's a bit of a puzzle as 2 how 2 access it if mobility is limited. I wanted tickets one lot of which formed a subscription. The staff at the front desk were most pleasant & helped me fill out the form. It was followed 2 days later with a phone call & the tickets ordered.

Plan your trip to Melbourne

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Melbourne

See all ›
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
4.2
Duration: 3h 30 min
4.9
Duration: 8 hours
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min

Side trips from Melbourne

4.8
Duration: 4h 30 min
4.3
Duration: 3 hours
4.4
Duration: 4 hours
4.2
Duration: 2 hours

Tours in Melbourne

See all ›
4.8
Duration: 3 hours
4.6
Duration: 8 hours
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
5.0
Duration: 5 hours

Museums in Melbourne

See all ›
4.7
Duration: 3 hours
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Melbourne

4.7
Duration: 1 hour
4.6
Duration: 3 hours
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
4.2
Duration: 3 hours

Nearby attractions in Melbourne

4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
4.9
Duration: 8 hours
5.0
Duration: 3h 30 min
4.7
Duration: 8 hours
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes