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Opening Gala

7pm Tue 20 June

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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

Woman

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 Story of Cilla Black

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

Pisca

5pm Sat 1 & Sun 2 July

Dolly Diamond’s Closing Night Cabaret

7pm Sun 2 July

 

New Artistic Director

Image by Andrew Richey Photograph, Dolly dressed by Fool Clothing

Image by Andrew Richey Photograph, Dolly dressed by Fool Clothing

Melbourne icon Dolly Diamond was today announced as Artistic Director for the 2017 Melbourne Cabaret Festival.

Originally from the UK, the much-loved performer has called Australia home since 2009. Dolly has had great success hosting and performing in live cabaret and at special events, festivals and for various charities around Australia, Europe and the UK. She replaces outgoing Artistic Director Mike McLeish.

Dolly says: “What an honour to be asked to be the Artistic Director for the Melbourne Cabaret Festival in 2017, what a long overdue honour.

“I've been involved since its conception, as an artist and as a punter. I've loved watching it grow over its relatively short life. I think it's incredible how quickly it's found its artistic niche and is continuing to entertain the masses year after year.”

“I'm looking forward to unearthing a lot of new talent for 2017, as well as inviting back some of the cabaret darlings we all know, love and admire. Like me, Melbourne loves its cabaret and this festival showcases the very best. It's an exciting time ahead and I'll do all I can to leave you all thoroughly entertained. That's a promise!”

City of Stonnington is returning as major partner of the Festival, ensuring the main focus of activity will be Chapel Off Chapel in Prahran.

The Festival has also today opened submissions for its 2017 season, which will be held Tuesday 20 June to Sunday 2 July. Submissions close at the end of November, which is much earlier than usual to enable us to better plan for the festival. We’re particularly keen to present new works by Victorian artists. Submit your show via this form.