Opening Gala
6:30pm, Tue 19 June

Experience highlights of multiple shows from across the festival in the one extravaganza, hosted by the one and only Dolly Diamond.

Katya: The Minx From Minsk
6:30pm, Wed 20 and Thu 21 June

Katya is dark, sexy and powerful at her core, even if she doesn’t know it yet. With Melbourne soul-songstress Jessica Papst and a killer band.

Kabaret Dietrich
8:30pm, Wed 20 and Thu 21 June

Nikki Nouveau performs a delicious theatrical affair unveiling the alluring enigma of Marlene Dietrich through song and story.

Nancy Sinatra – You Only Live Twice
6:30pm, Fri 22 to Sun 24 June

Danielle O’Malley is following her 2017 sell-out seasons of ‘You’re My World – The Cilla Black Story’, with a sexy, sassy tribute to another icon of 60s pop.

God Only Knows: The Songs of Brian Wilson
8:30pm, Fri 22 to Sun 24 June

Accompanied by band, cabaret rockstar Drew Downing narrates the life of Wilson through one of the most acclaimed songbooks of any composer.

Sun Rising
4:30pm, Sat 23 and Sun 24 June

Sun Rising – The Songs That Made Memphis consists of music and narrative that pays homage to the early music of Memphis record label, Sun Records.

We've Only Just Begun – The Music of the Carpenters
6:00pm, Wed 20 to Sun 24 June

The Carpenters are a beacon of hope for one little Italian girl (Angela Lumicisi) growing up in the confines of her traditional life in Melbourne.

Shaken – A James Bond Cabaret
7:30pm, Wed 20 to Sat 23 June

Charlie D. Barkle and Erin Hutchinson pit the seven ‘Bond’ actors against each other in a race to determine, scientifically, which of them is the greatest all-time Bond.

What Doesn't Kill You [blah blah] Stronger
9:00pm, Fri 22 and Sat 23 June

Winner of the two major awards from Perth Fringe World 2018, this outstanding production reveals several bizarre, extraordinary, but true, tales of survival.

Monash Uni - Cabaret Showcase
12:30pm & 2:30pm, Sat 23 & Sun 24 Jun

We present the next generation of cabaret stars thanks to Monash Uni’s School of Music Cabaret.

Ovariacting: A Period Drama
4:30pm, Sat 23 and Sun 24 June

Inspired by her uterus, Laganja, the love child of Joffrey and Donald Trump, Jamie Boiskin explores the monthly nightmare of losing your favourite underwear.

Late Night Jazz Cabaret
7:30pm, Sun 24 June

Presenting a vaudeville style line up of artists from Melbourne’s thriving variety circuit, in an irreverent and skilfully beautiful performance of rat pack to Ella Fitzgerald.

The Songs That Saved Your Life
6:30pm, Tue 26 and Wed 27 June

Join Jazz Chanteuse Kimba Griffith and her darkly sensitive rendering of iconic songs from the grunge era of the 1990s, backed by celebrated improvisational jazz musicians.

Fire Walk With Us: The Music Of Twin Peaks
8:30pm, Tue 26 and Wed 27 June

A live re imagining of songs and music from both the Twin Peaks TV series soundtrack (1991) and the prequel film Fire Walk With Me (1992).

Practically Perfect – The Music of Julie Andrews
6:30pm, Thu 28 to Sat 30 June

This glorious stage production celebrates the life and music of the legendary Dame Julie Andrews.

Someone's Daughter
8:30pm, Thu 28 to Sat 30 June

Someone's Daughter is Alyce Platt's exploration of the disquieting and electrifying side of one woman's shadow, her upside down. A curious journey through the imaginings of this funny little world.

He's Every Woman
6:00pm, Tue 26 to Sat 30 June

Justin Clausen's powerhouse vocals take on some of the best songs made famous by some of our favourite ladies, with Jamie Burgess at the piano.

Comma Sutra
7:30pm, Tue 26 to Sat 30 June

From sign language gone wrong to Germany's penchant for weird and wonderful words, join language-loving Lou as she figures out why she's so smitten with the written.

Peter Allen – Live in Inverted Commas
9:00pm, Fri 29 and Sat 30 June

Join Matthew Hadgraft as he takes the fabulous journey from rural NSW to the top of the world and back, with all the sites, the songs, and all the feels along the way.

Max Riebl – Hard to Handel
12:30pm, Sat 30 June and Sun 1 July

A performance combining virtuosic hits by the greatest composer of the baroque era with songs from the golden era of pop.

Baby Bi Bi Bi
4:30pm, Sat 30 June and Sun 1 July

A wickedly funny, often filthy cabaret about being a bisexual woman.

Opening Gala line-up announced

Less than a month to go. Tickets selling fast!

Experience the diversity and sheer enjoyment of world-class cabaret in a two-hour packed extravaganza.

Dust off your fineries and mingle with the stars of cabaret and their enthusiasts, all as sharply-dressed as you.

Introducing your host...

London cabaret star SPANKY!

Paving the way for Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst was the original mister sister, Spanky.

 Photo by Pauline Lévêque at the New Zealand Festival.

Photo by Pauline Lévêque at the New Zealand Festival.

Holding a seven-year residency at London’s infamous Bistrotheque, Spanky performed for three British Prime Ministers before both Elton John and Alexander McQueen came calling with private booking requests.

“That was f*cked up & brilliant & funny & beautiful” – Herald Sun
“Eternally strong stage presence, great comedic timing and an ability to draw you in to her bizarre world” – Theatre Press

“It’s impossible to peel your eyes off the charismatic, twinkly eyed Mister Sister with his commanding stage presence” – The West Australian

“You’ll fall over laughing” – Time Out (UK)

Winner: Best Cabaret Show, Green Room Awards
Winner: Best Cabaret Artiste, Green Room Awards

Winner: Best Cabaret Show, 2013 Perth Fringe World Festival

Winner: Weekly Best Cabaret Award, Adelaide Fringe Festival

Like the sound of this? Book for his/her full show CANDICE McQUEEN: NASTY! here.

Book for the follow-up hit show, CANDICE McQUEEN: DEAD BITCHES, here.

Here’s who Spanky will be hosting.

Ginger and Tonic: DESPERATE & DATELESS

“Pitch Perfect meets the Spice Girls ... Ginger and Tonic are definitely in a league of their own” – Theatre Press

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Be swept away by the luscious tones of Australia's new leading lady of song Alana Conway as she embodies the legend that is Eva Cassidy. Showcasing Alana's vocal gift and exquisite harp playing skills, she performs Eva's unique legacy of music and heart stopping melodies.

Watch a preview here.

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Melbourne cabaret stalwart Michael Dalley presents his most biting songs including ‘The C Word’s Back in Town’, ‘Shit Art of the Mornington Peninsula’ and ‘The Passive Aggressive Filipino Amway Lady’.

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Melissa Langton in A SINGER MUST DIE

Named by The Herald Sun as one of the ten best shows of 2013, Melissa Langton’s ‘A Singer Must Die’ represents women on the verge of a nervous breakdown set to a soundtrack by Leonard Cohen, The Dresden Dolls, Burt Bacharach, Jacques Brel, Loudon Wainwright and Johnny Cash.

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Star of ‘Wicked The Musical’ Amanda Harrison in UP CLOSE AND REASONABLY PERSONAL

A candid evening of song and conversation with one of Australia's most prolific musical theatre stars.

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Brimming with Lucille Ball’s irrepressible spirit, acclaimed theatre star Elise McCann (Mamma Mia, South Pacific) pays tribute to a true trail-blazer.

The show is directed by Helen Dallimore and produced by Luckiest Productions, the people who brought you Britney Spears: The Cabaret and Simply Barbra.

Watch a preview here.

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A heart-warming celebration of humanity at its most depraved, this should “Would offend the vast majority of Australians” – Dr Brendan Nelson, Ex Leader of The Liberal Party.

"The Losers’ brand of infectiously filthy musical humour grabs you and doesn’t let go!" – The Age

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Geraldine Quinn

The real 1980s wasn’t all parties, rah-rah skirts and side-ponytails. It was the Cold War. Chernobyl. The Berlin Wall. And the best poncing about in pop music history.

Enter a world of artsy, decadent 80s pop music excess as your host Geraldine Quinn (Spicks & Specks, Adam Hills Tonight and Rockwiz) gives you a crash course in apocalyptic 80s – inviting you to sing along to the gloriously pretentious hits of the era!

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The award-winning show by the gold medal Olympic champion in its Melbourne premiere season.

Winner: Best Cabaret Show, 2014 Perth Fringe World Festival

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Enjoy excerpts from all the above for only $79.50, or $59.50 for holders of a ‘Friends of the Festival’ card (note the Festival Friend membership only applies to you, so anyone accompanying you will need their own Festival Friend card if they want to claim the discount).

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Venue: Chapel Off Chapel
Dates: Thursday 19 June
Time: 8.00pm
Duration: 2 hours including intermission