We're keeping it fresh

30 new shows never before seen in #Melbourne.

Presenting 'fresh faces' - we've wooed the best & brightest talent across the country who have never appeared in our festival in prior years.

We're expanding to two new, exciting venues - the Alex Theatre in St Kilda and the The Melba Spiegeltent in Collingwood.

We're giving the main theatre at Chapel Off Chapel and the Studio at Alex Theatre makeovers by creating cosy cabaret salons.

To match the 'keeping it fresh' theme, we've refreshed the logo, branding and website.

What do you think of when you see a strawberry dipped in chocolate? Indulgence? Extravagance? A treat? These are all experiences the festival is offering!

Expanding to St Kilda

Experience two weeks of atmospheric, seductive and soul-stirring entertainment as the Melbourne Cabaret Festival arrives in St Kilda!

Support from the City of Port Phillip has helped us to stage several fun shows locally. We're working hard to enliven Fitzroy Street in the traditionally quieter winter period and bring in hundreds of sophisticated cabaret-loving audience members to that iconic village.

Our venue is a brand new complex for the arts, the incredibly exciting Alex Theatre St Kilda.

Amongst show gems happening at the Alex Theatre will be our Opening Gala hosted by Rob Mills, and we're converting the Alex studio space into a cosy plush cabaret salon for both weekly and late night events.

Here's a summary of the St Kilda shows, all of which are now on sale!

Experience highlights of multiple shows from across the festival in the one extravaganza, hosted by Rob Mills and a sizzling line-up including:

  • the fabulous Queens of the City - more feathers, more frocks and a whole lot more fun! Hot guys, sexy girls and 3 screaming queens! Featuring internationally-renowned stars Simoana Luvzit, Emma Roids and Frayda Cocks singing your favourite hits live.
  • the premiere of a new partnership between two of Australia's best vocal accapella groups, Suade and Ginger & Tonic, with eight part harmony perfection (and more than a few laughs).
  • international cabaret competition winner and serial first dater Noni McCallum.
  • musical terrorists and multiple Helpmann and Green Room Award winners Jacqui Dark and Kanen Breen.
  • Peter J Casey sings about vasectomies, asylum seekers and Spiderman.
  • award-winning Annie Lee (Kransky Sisters) will introduce you to “a part of theatre history that is little known in this country” (Curtain Call) in a beguiling homage to the Weimar era and a story of intrigue and surprise.
  • special guest Dolly Diamond.

Join us directly after the show for an hour to mingle with the stars at our Gala After Party, hosted by Dolly Diamond.
8.00pm Thursday 18 June

More feathers, more frocks and a whole lot more fun! Hot guys, sexy girls and 3 screaming queens! Featuring internationally-renowned stars Simoana Luvzit, Emma Roids and Frayda Cocks singing your favourite hits live.
8pm Fri 19 – Sun 21 June

We all know ‘Millsy’ from the headlines, now be charmed by the irrepressible Rob Mills with his band as he reveals his journey from Australian Idol contestant to acclaimed pop musician, TV Host and musical theatre triple threat.
8pm Thurs 25 – Sat 27 June

America’s favourite rollerblading lounge Act, Up With Joey chronicles one man’s earnest, often absurd quest to explore the heavens and know unconditional love, told through the unique perspective of former Jesuit lay minister and comedic performance artist, Joe Sehee.
8.15pm Fri 19 – Sun 21 June

Many of us can probably recall – albeit hazily – tales of misadventure while under the influence, but few of us would be prepared to share them with the masses quite like Natasha York does.
8.15pm Thurs 25 – Sat 27 June

Studio series: UP LATE WITH
Set in a cosy plush cabaret salon styled specifically for the Cabaret Festival, hear from your favourite performer in an intimate setting. With seating at cocktail tables for just 120 lucky audience members, its own bar, a grand piano and cosy ambience, this salon series provides the perfect after-show nightcap.

Thursday 18 June: Up late with Dolly Diamond (only available with Opening Gala tickets)
Friday 19 June: Up late with Peter J Casey

Saturday 20 June: Up late with Chelsea Plumley
Friday 26 June: Up late with Phil Scott
Saturday 27 June: Up late with Tamara Kuldin