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Opening Gala

7pm Tue 20 June


Australia's Boys of Motown

6:30pm Wed 21 to Sun 25 June

Queen of Broadway – The Ethel Merman Story

7pm Wed 21 to Sun 25 June

Ginger and Tonic: For Love or Money

8:30pm Wed 21 to Sun 25 June


2pm Sat 24 & Sun 25 June

Doll by Babushka Cabaret

4:30pm Sat 24 & Sun 25 June

Put the Blame on Mame

5pm Sat 24 & Sun 25 June

You're My World - The Cilla Black Story

6:30pm Tue 27 June to Sat 1 July

Blue:The Songs of Joni Mitchell

7pm Tue 27 June to Sat 1 July

Cyrens – The Songs of Cy Coleman

8:30pm Tue 27 June to Sat 1 July

Dolly Diamond: The Lady is a Tramp

9pm Tue 27 June to Sat 1 July

It's not me, It's Lou

4:30pm Sat 1 & Sun 2 July


5pm Sat 1 & Sun 2 July

Dolly Diamond’s Closing Night Cabaret

7pm Sun 2 July


We've launched!

A new Artistic Director and a major partnership with the City of Stonnington has delivered a massive line-up in this year’s Melbourne Cabaret Festival. 

Artistic Director Mike McLeish has selected over 40 shows from around the country and overseas – over 100 performers – to perform from Tuesday 14 until Sunday 26 June 2016 in a newly centralised festival hub in Prahran incorporating Chapel Off Chapel, The Space Arts and Dance Centre and Love Machine nightclub. Other new initiatives this year include Kids Cabaret, Matinee and Cabaret Fringe programming streams.

Mike says that in Melbourne we are spoilt by an embarrassment of cultural and artistic riches. And this year's Melbourne Cabaret Festival is overflowing with glorious goodness.

“I'm pretty damn proud of what we've put together. From legendary locals and exciting up and comers to numerous treats from all around our great southern land along with a sprinkling of stellar international artists, this winter is shaping up to be smokin' hot. With a newly established festival hub in and around Chapel Off Chapel, our inaugural children's program, as well as our first ever festival fringe program at The Butterfly Club, you better start filling your diaries or syncing your calendars or however it is you like to get yourselves organised, because this is going to be fun.”

City of Stonnington Mayor Cr Claude Ullin says “The Melbourne Cabaret Festival is one of the most innovative and pleasurable evenings. It is fascinating to see so many talented people performing their own scripts and providing welcome entertainment across a broad area. The City of Stonnington is privileged to be part of the Cabaret Festival and looks forward to participating in this year’s event.”

The Opening Gala (Tuesday 14 June) will be hosted by our very own Artistic Director, Mike McLeish. The Closing Night Party will be Australia’s biggest piano bar party.  One ticket gives open access to all the closing night party fun where you can freely wander into different piano bars within Chapel Off Chapel.