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.


Set in the salubrious surrounds of Melbourne’s own historic The Melba Spiegeltent, the night promises to be a dazzling finale to the sixth annual Melbourne Cabaret Festival. And as if all of this isn't enough, keep in mind that we are still yet to reveal the identity of our stellar host. Don't dilly dally - book now, or you will miss out.


Introducing the auctioneer without peer, MIKE McLEISH!
We’ve enticed star of ‘Keating the Musical’ and multiple cabarets, Mike McLeish, to act as auctioneer for the night! If you have an item to donate that Mike can auction off to raise funds for the not-for-profit Melbourne Cabaret Festival, contact us today.


THE NARELLES – Alan Brough & Casey Bennetto
Alan and Casey formed the Narelles in 1989. Eight albums later, their legend is comfortably couched upon the soft pillows of mainstream indifference, yet their influence on modern rock is undeniable – many Narelles tracks feel as if they could have been written last week. Perhaps Glenn A Baker put it best: "You can never be sure what you're letting yourself in for".


CHRISTIE WHELAN BROWNE performing excerpts from ‘Show People’, accompanied by MATHEW FRANK
A new cabaret written by Bryant/Frank starring Christie Whelan Browne, ‘Show People’ is an inside look at the world of Musical Theatre performers. A hilarious and biting tribute.


Multiple-award winning and uber-talented songstress Gillian Cosgriff joins the line-up! When she’s not collaborating with the likes of Kate Miller-Heidke, Colin Lane (Lano and Woodley) and David Collins (The Umbilical Brothers), Gillian tours her own shows around the country. Last year her cover of Pharrell Williams’ song, ‘Happy,’ received over 250,000 views on YouTube with Pharrell himself taking to the internet to recommend it.


Alysia is the writer, composer, aerialist and pianist of the cabaret noir, Wonderfully Terrible Things ... and in her spare time she makes the world’s best pancakes. For the Closing Gala we present her daring signature act which combines live aerial acrobatics and vocals to an original song. Also appearing at The Butterfly Club the same night.

Alice is an introverted egomaniac who tackles everything from love to Karl Stephanovic and everything in between with her unique brand of outrageous musical comedy. With Melbourne based composer NED DIXON by her side, she’s ready to simultaneously offend and charm audiences. She's a big voice, filled by manic energy and a Wednesday Adams smile and she’s not making any apologies. Also appearing at the free Show Off at Chapel, Friday 12 June.


The Glee Club is Melbourne’s famous singalong choir. There are no solos, no microphones and no commitment to come every week – you just rock up, grab a drink and join in. Glee Club sings everything from pop songs to show tunes but especially love a power ballad and a bit of cheesy goodness!


Another star of the show! Built in Belgium in 1910, The Melba Spiegeltent 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.

The Closing Gala is also a fundraiser for the 2016 Melbourne Cabaret Festival. A public and silent auction will take place on the night.

The Festival is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing opportunities for high quality cabaret performers and to foster the development of emerging and mid-career cabaret talent.