State Theatre, Melbourne

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The State Theatre opened in 1984 and is part of the Arts Centre Melbourne located by the Yarra River and St Kilda Road. Like the other performance venues within the Arts Centre, the State Theatre is underground. It has over 2,000 seats and its stage is one of the largest in the world.

The State Theatre is typically used as a venue for ballet, opera and musical theatre.

The first opera in the State Theatre was the John Copley production of Verdi's Don Carlos in 1984 by the Victoria State Opera.
Opera Australia and The Australian Ballet each use the State Theatre as their main Melbourne venue. It is also used by The Production Company for short seasons of musical theatre.

Over summer, the State Theatre usually hosts a major musical or large-scale theatre production. Notable summer productions have included The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, My Fair Lady, The King and I, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Hello, Dolly!, H.M.S. Pinafore, Dusty, War Horse, Dream Lover and Evita.
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  • Extremely comfortable seats, clear view of the stage even from the side. Saw a show about Vietnamese life and connection to bamboo through the ages. Great acrobatics and action.  more »
  • Went to see the show Chicago here. The staff are friendly and helpful. The seats are comfortable with ample leg room. Great acoustics in luxurious surroundings I am quite short but still had a good...  more »
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  • Great Staff, looking wonderful after all these years. A seat refurbishment would make it perfect. Melbourne at it's best!
  • Such a beautiful venue. Evita was so good. Tina Arena is a great performer. I admire her achievements, her voice is brilliant.

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