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Laugh, sing and dance at The National

Great classic and contemporary stories await to be told at The National Theatre in 2017.

The National Theatre has been a major social, theatrical and architectural landmark in St Kilda since it opened in 1921. It has been in continuous operation for 85 years and today serves as a beautiful venue for live performance, servicing community and professional artists alike, attended by over 80,000 people a year.

The National brings together some of the best theatre, dance, musicals, comedy and much more with acclaimed productions and works from across Australia along with seasons from The National Theatre’s acclaimed Ballet and Drama School.

‘The National is an iconic landmark in St Kilda, steeped in the history of performing arts in Victoria – with one of the oldest performing arts training schools in both drama and dance, each producing some of Australia’s best new talent. The theatre is accessible to community and diverse professional artists, and we are now steadily building our own in-house program to entertain and delight audiences,’ says Amelia Bartak, CEO at The National Theatre Melbourne since January.

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Arena Theatre’s Sunny Ray and the Magnificent Moon makes a welcome return to the stage to delight audiences young and old (5 April) for the school holidays. Ilbijerri Theatre Company’s Coranderrk (on 2017’s VCE Drama Play List) kicks off its national tour at The National on Tuesday 18 April 2017 with two shows, a matinee (1.30pm) with Q&A after, and evening performance at 7.30pm. Some of Australia’s best up and coming comedic talent take to the stage for the Comedy Festival (19-23 April). Thérèse Raquin (31 May – 1 June) is a thrilling adaption of Emile Zola’s landmark novel by Gary Abrahams. This stunning, critically acclaimed production was nominated for seven 2014 Green Room Awards.

The timeless classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show (4-6 July) will delight all audiences.Colored caterpillar

NED, A new Australian Musical in Concert, (17 July) is a special concert presentation of this new production with its full 26 singers and 20-piece orchestra live on stage. For Exquisite: An Evening with Mama Alto, (2 September), an entire evening gala of old world glamour with sublime jazz standards awaits with the ever-delightful Mama Alto. Fringe Fringe at the National, (23-29 September) will see a curated season of emerging and experimental artists take over every corner of The National’s foyer and stage, a new hub and showcase in St Kilda.

Award-winning Australian choreographer Shaun Parker presents the 2005 classic, BLUE LOVE (5 October), combining intense physical theatre, film and dance as a poetic and satirical take on the clichés of pop culture, romance, coupledom and suburbia. Very cool, very clever and very funny!

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The National Theatre Ballet School presents two of the most loved ballets, Swan Lake, Act 3, (30 June – 2 July) and The Nutcracker (8-10 December) as well as Dance Extravaganza, (22 September) a contemporary dance showcase by senior students. The National Theatre Drama School final year students present their major performance on the main stage (10-12 August).

The National Theatre, 20 Carlisle St, St Kilda. www.nationaltheatre.org.au