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.

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