Chapel Off Chapel shows on sale

Today we welcome back City of Stonnington as a festival partner by announcing shows at their premier venue, Chapel Off Chapel.

The City of Stonnington support us because:

  1. we attract well over 3,500 people into the Chapel Street restaurant precinct in its traditionally quieter winter period;
  2. we provide Chapel Off Chapel with its busiest fortnight each year; and, of course,
  3. we present world-class quality of shows each year

This year we’re planning to delight audiences even more by converting the main space into an intimate cabaret soiree with most seating at tables. 

Following is a summary of the shows, all of which are now on sale!

LIGHTHOUSE BERLIN – acclaimed Annie Lee’s (Kransky Sisters) moving tribute to the extraordinary life of cabaret legend Agnes Bernelle (1923-1999), possibly the last living link to the Weimar period. Click here to listen to Annie Lee in conversation with Richard Fidler about the show.
8.30pm Friday 19, Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June

A MATCH MADE IN HARMONY featuring Suade and Ginger & Tonic – two of Australia's best vocal groups come together for 60 minutes of shenanigans, bringing their big voices and big personalities.
8.45pm Friday 19 – Saturday 27 June

Kai Smythe in HAIRY SOUL MAN – HOW DEEP CAN I GO? – Hairy Soul Man is back with his explosive comedy soul extravaganza, backed by an 8-piece band.
8.45pm Wednesday 24 June

Avigail Herman in GOOD GIRL / BAD GIRL – explore the seven deadly sins and heavenly virtues in a funny, poignant and sometimes startling evening.
7.00pm Friday 19 and Saturday 20 June

Strange Bedfellows: UNDER THE COVERS – multiple Helpmann and Green Room Award winners Jacqui Dark and Kanen Breen detonate across the footlights in a debauched and greasepaint-spattered riot of musical abandon.
10.15pm Friday 19 and Saturday 20 June

Ruth Wilkin in TRUE STORYa collection of incredible real events from around the world, tied together with original music – tales of betrayal, daring escape, enduring love and overwhelming idiocy.
6.45pm Friday 19, Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June

Kelly Auty's WILD WOMEN: BACKWARDS IN HIGH HEELS – take a powerful journey through the lives, music and fashion of some of the greatest female singers of the 20th century.
7.00pm Sunday 21 June

REVIEWING THE SITUATION – Phil Scott as Lionel Bart shares stories from his incredible life and sings songs including Living Doll, From Russia With Love and You’ve Got To Pick A Pocket Or Two.
7.00pm Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 June

LITTLE DIANA AND THE BIG FUZZ – spend a night with the stunning Bree Langridge as she indulges in all things diva, fashion and Motown, celebrating the music of Diana Ross brought to life by a Funk Brothers inspired band.
6.30pm Thursday 25, Friday 26 and Saturday 27 June

Noni McCallum in TINDERELLA – Noni McCallum navigates through the depths and shallows of thirty-something dating life to prove you CAN hurry love! ‘Funnier in person. I would see her again’ – Bradley,
8.30pm Thursday 25, Friday 26 and Saturday 27 June

SPEAK EASY – this is the Jazz Age – the Roaring Twenties. You are wrapped in the warm embrace of the Speakeasy, a world of hedonistic pleasure where anything is possible. Featuring Jessie Gordon, Nick Maclaine and the nine-piece Perth Cabaret Collective, with two international guest artists – Mat Jodrell (trumpet, New York) and James Cross (trombone, Tokyo).
7.00pm Friday 26 and Saturday 27 June

 All bookings:

 All shows at Chapel are $29 for Festival Friends,
$32 for concession-holders or groups of six or more, and $35 full price.

 All shows are around an hour.

Let us tempt you ...

Next week we'll be introducing you to 30 new shows never seen before by Melbourne eyes, featuring over 70 fresh faces whom have never appeared on our festival stages.

We've wooed the best and brightest cabaret talent across the country, bringing them to Melbourne to create the cabaret nucleus of Australia for the last two weeks of June.

Our 2015 venues are also exciting: we're taking over the new Alex Theatre complex in St Kilda – amongst show gems happening there over the two weeks will be our Opening Gala, and we're converting the Alex studio space into a cosy golden cabaret salon. On selected nights our "Up Late With..." series will introduce intimate single night performances by popular solo artists. 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.

The Butterfly Club, Melbourne's home of cabaret and kitsch, will launch eight electrifying new shows including our "Best of the Fest" annual sell-out.

The main space at Chapel Off Chapel will be re-imagined as an intimate cabaret soiree with most seating at tables. Described by Cabaret Festival supporter Geoffrey Rush as "an industrious hotbed for the arts", Chapel Off Chapel is a vanguard for artistic and cultural excellence.

Our Closing Gala will be at Melbourne's own iconic spiegeltent, the Melba Spiegeltent. Built in Belgium in 1910, it travelled across Europe and hosted numerous performances, including Edith Piaf and Kurt Weil in the '20s and '30s. Now based in Melbourne under the custodianship of Circus Oz, it was renamed after Australia’s opera soprano superstar, Dame Nellie Melba.

Let us tempt you to join us as a Festival Friend and experience two weeks of atmospheric, seductive and soul-stirring entertainment.

Until capacity is reached, Festival Friends receive VIP mezzanine lounge seating at Alex Theatre’s main space, premium reserved table seating at Chapel Off Chapel’s main space, and reserved booths at the Spiegeltent.

You also receive discounts to every show across the festival, including $25 off the Opening Gala alone, where your seats will be in the exclusive VIP mezzanine area.

Don't delay, click here to become a Festival Friend.

Mother’s Day is on Sunday 10 May, which makes the launch of our program next week timely. Sign her up as a Festival Friend now to give her a VIP experience across a festival she’ll love, or check back next week to select a specific show.