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HAMILTON FILM GROUP Screened at Hamilton Cinema, 109 Brown St. - usually every third THURSDAY of the month at 7.30pm and MATINEE SESSION on FRIDAYS at 2pm. (please check screening dates) - More details Buy tickets now
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PEACE TRAIN - Remember The Days, Celebrating 50 years of Cat Stevens, starring Darren Coggan Thursday 27 April, 8pm More details Buy tickets now
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NUNCRACKERS! Friday 28 April, 8pm - Saturday 29 April, 8pm - Sunday 30 April, 2pm - Friday 5 May, 8pm - Saturday 6 May, 8pm More details Buy tickets now
HELLO BEAUTIFUL Starring: Hannie Rayson - In association with GASWORKS ARTS PARK Tuesday 9 May, 7.30pm More details Buy tickets now
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MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL ROADSHOW 2017 Wednesday 17 May, 7.30pm More details Buy tickets now
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MYSTERY of a HANSOM CAB presented by Lux Radio Theatre Thursday 18 May, 1.30pm More details Buy tickets now
MELINDA DOES DORIS - STARRING MELINDA SCHNEIDER Friday 19 May, 8pm More details Buy tickets now
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DRACULA by Bram Stoker and presented by Shake & Stir Theatre Co and QPAC Thursday 25 May, 7.30pm More details Buy tickets now
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AMADEUS by Peter Schaffer - NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE Thursday 30 May, 7pm & Friday 31 May, 1pm More details Buy tickets now
JIMEOIN Friday 2 June, 8pm More details Buy tickets now
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AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA presents DEATH & THE MAIDEN - with ACO Collective Wednesday 21 June, 7.30pm More details Buy tickets now
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THE MIK MAKS 2017 WORKING ON THE FARM TOUR Friday 30 June, 10.30am More details Buy tickets now
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SUN RISING - THE SONGS THAT MADE MEMPHIS Friday 14 July, 8pm More details Buy tickets now
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MELBOURNE BALLET COMPANY proudly presents ARCHÈ - an original ballet based on the classic Swan Lake Friday 21 July, 7.30pm More details Buy tickets now
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ABBA-SOLUTELY FABULOUS - Starring Rhonda Burchmore & Lara Mulcahy Friday 11 August, 8pm More details Buy tickets now
SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION presents ANDREY GUGNIN - The Winners Tour 2017 Thursday 17 August, 7.30pm More details Buy tickets now
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THE EXOTIC LIVES OF LOLA MONTEZ Thursday 7 September, 7.30pm More details Buy tickets now
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ISLA GRANT IN CONCERT Friday 8 September, 7.30pm More details Buy tickets now
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Chester Productions presents Michael Veitch and Simon Oats in… MYSTERY IN THE AIR - Horror in the Wax Works & Flash Gordon's Deep Space Drama Tuesday 19 September, 7.30pm More details Buy tickets now
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra - MSO PLAYS BEETHOVEN 8 Wednesday 18 October, 8pm More details Buy tickets now
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EXPOSING EDITH - Celebrating the life of Edith Piaf Thursday 26 October, 7.30pm More details Buy tickets now
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ROMEO & JULIET presented by Russian National Ballet Sunday 12 November, 7.30pm More details Buy tickets now
Melbourne Chamber Orchestra - LETTERS FROM TCHAIKOVSKY Wednesday 22 November, 7.30pm More details Buy tickets now
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HAMILTON FILM GROUP

2017 promises to be another fantastic year with more great, thought provoking films.

We look forward to seeing you all for our Thursday evening sessions or at the 2pm matinee session on the Friday. So let all your friends know, especially those that no longer like heading out at night about the matinee screenings.

For the best in Art House and limited release movies, come and join our Film Group! Movies screen twice a month, usually on the third Thursday at 7.30pm & Friday matinee at 2pm. We are not able to sell single tickets, so a membership pass must be purchased. 12, 6 and 3 month film passes are available and these must be used in calendar year of issue.

Memberships are available at the door, at Hamilton PAC and on the PAC's website.

Full Year membership $95 Conc.($85)
Six Films $55 Conc.($50)
Three Films $35 Conc.($30)

FILM GROUP - 2017 Screenings

PERFECT STRANGERS (M) Italy 97 mins sub-titles
Thursday 18 May, 7.30pm
Friday 19 May, 2pm
The titular perfect strangers are actually seven long-time friends (three couples and one bachelor), all 40-ish, who gather one night for a dinner party and agree that no private calls or messaging will disrupt their evening. Instead, in a communal fit of ‘we have nothing to hide’ bravado, they place their devices on the table, and all incoming calls and texts are shared with the group. (Letting a caller know they’re on speaker is considered a cheat).
But what seems at first like an innocent and playful distraction between friends quickly turns into something more, as the messages start to reveal some eye-opening secrets and how little they may truly know about the partners and acquaintances opposite.
Fairly bristling with of-the-moment talking points about the wonders and complications of modern technology, PERFECT STRANGERS became a box office sensation in Italy. Thanks to its superb, rapid-fire dialogue and terrific ensemble cast, including Marco Gallini (God Willing) and Alba Rorhwacher (I Am Love), the film effortlessly transitions between incisive comedy and emotion, delivering a fresh and wildly entertaining spin on the many ways performance has come to define our public lives.
The multi award-winning new comedy of manners from Paolo Genovese is a fiendishly clever take on decorum in the age of modern technology, and poses the question: how well do we really know those close to us?

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Screened at Hamilton Cinema, 109 Brown St.
usually every third THURSDAY of the month at 7.30pm and MATINEE SESSION on FRIDAYS at 2pm. (please check screening dates)




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PEACE TRAIN - Remember The Days, Celebrating 50 years of Cat Stevens, starring Darren Coggan

Cat Stevens. The name brings back a thousand memories – dark eyes, a winning voice and songs which the whole world sang along to.

Back in the 70s, Cat Stevens was the ultimate rock star. Talented, charismatic, with a seemingly endless succession of beautiful melodies streaming from his imagination, the international singing star had everything. He sold more than 60 million albums, earned enough money to last several lifetimes, and enjoyed all the trappings of fame.

But he wanted more out of life. So at the height of his career he shocked the world by taking his last bow. The music stopped and Cat Stevens was no more. Whatever became of the man who wrote Father and Son, Moonshadow and Where do the Children Play? Why did he turn his back on the world?

PEACE TRAIN – A tribute to Cat Stevens, starring Darren Coggan, is a night of music and story-telling which will strike a chord deep inside the heart of anyone who longs for something more; A journey back in time, recreating the sights and sounds, seeking out the man in the music and telling the story behind the songs.

Then, of course, there is the music. Hear twenty-three hits sung with remarkable authenticity by one of Australia's most exciting young artists, backed by a high-energy band. From The First Cut is the Deepest, to Remember the Days of the Old School Yard, Lady D'Arbanville, Sad Lisa and Peace Train, Darren Coggan traces the path of a man who never stopped wondering about how to make the world a better place.

PEACE TRAIN – A tribute to Cat Stevens, starring Darren Coggan, has had audiences on their feet, cheering for more at every stop.

Tickets: Adults $55 Conc $50

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Thursday 27 April, 8pm



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NUNCRACKERS!

The Nunsense Christmas Musical, NUNCRACKERS, is presented as the first TV special taped in the Cable Access Studio built by Reverend Mother in the convent basement. It stars the nuns you love, plus Father Virgil, and four of Mount Saint Helen’s most talented students. Featuring all new songs including Twelve Days Prior to Christmas, Santa Ain’t Comin’ to Our House, We Three Kings of Orient Are Us and It’s Better to Give than to Receive, this show is filled with typical NUNSENSE humour, some of your favourite carols, and a “Secret Santa” audience participation. We’re certain this NUNSENSE Christmas Show will make you laugh, and maybe tug at your heartstrings. It’s the perfect way to ensure that your holiday season is merry and bright!

Book, Music and Lyrics by Dan Goggin.

Performances to be held at Hadden Theatre, Brown St, Hamilton

Tickets: Adult $25, Concession $20

Friday 28 April, 8pm
Saturday 29 April, 8pm
Sunday 30 April, 2pm
Friday 5 May, 8pm
Saturday 6 May, 8pm




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HELLO BEAUTIFUL Starring: Hannie Rayson
In association with GASWORKS ARTS PARK

Hello, Beautiful! is a funny, big-hearted, one-woman show performed by Hannie Rayson, one of Australia's best-loved playwrights.

Based on her best-selling memoir, Hello, Beautiful! brings you a 60-minute piece of sublime comic storytelling – true stories from an adventurous life, spiced with wit, tenderness, social observation, and intimacy. Rayson takes you from the East Brighton of her childhood to the treacheries of Hollywood, from share-houses in Fitzroy to the beauties of rural Australia. Rayson's life and writing has always been driven by her deep curiosity about contemporary Australian life: how we live and what matters to us – the political and ethical challenges we face.

Both as a playwright and columnist for magazines and newspapers, she has an ear for the ways we speak and a knack for understanding how our inner lives affect our public selves.

You'll be struck with many "OMG that happened to me" moments, and feel as if you've been listening to stories told by your new best friend.

"As nourishing and delicious as homemade soup." Noni Hazlehurst

Warning: Contains some coarse language

Tuesday 9 May, 7.30pm
Duration: 60 minutes, no interval

Tickets: Adult $42 Concession $37 *Group 6+ $35 U16 $18 **Theatre Season Adult $36 **Theatre Season Concession $33

* Group price tickets are only available at the box office either in person or by phone, 5573 04219.
** Theatre Season price tickets are only available at the box office either in person or by phone, 5573 0429.

On Sale: Wednesday 11 January, 2017

Tuesday 9 May, 7.30pm



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MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL ROADSHOW 2017

Buckle up Australia, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is hitting the road to home deliver the freshest and funniest from Australia's largest comedy festival!

With an all-killer, no-filler cast of Australian stars, talented newcomers and international performers we've got all your comedy bases covered. Featuring everything from stand-up to sketch, slapstick to song, each individual line-up presents the best of the Festival in one hilarious show.

Every year our cast of intrepid entertainers board the bus and set their sights on over 80 destinations across this great Southern land. No road is left untraveled and no sides are left un-split, from Darwin to Devonport and everywhere in between!

Don't miss your chance to join the laughs at the Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow. Get on board, grab your mates and get giggling as the ultimate comedy roadtrip rolls into town!

Warning: Performances often contain coarse language, sexual references and material that can offend. It is recommended for people aged 15 years or older.

'You are guaranteed a night filled with nothing but good feelings and laughter' Pelican Magazine, Perth (WA)
'A definite must see' Bunbury Mail (WA)

Cast update:

MC Sam Taunton
DeAnne Smith (Canada)
Daniel Fernandez (India)
Sharul Channa (Singapore)
And
Dane Simpson

Wednesday 17 May, 7.30pm
Duration: Approximately 2.5hrs including interval

Tickets: Adult $40 Concession $36 *Group 6+ $35

* Group price tickets are only available at the box office either in person or by phone, 5573 0429.

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Wednesday 17 May, 7.30pm



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MYSTERY of a HANSOM CAB presented by Lux Radio Theatre

PAC Encore Series

Let your imagination run wild as a group of top Melbourne theatre and screen actors recreate the pre-television days with the rediscovered Australian whodunnit MYSTERY OF A HANSOM CAB, the successful book that preceded Sherlock Holmes.

Set in the 1880s in a mansion in the fashionable suburb of St Kilda, at the exclusive Melbourne Club and the criminal haunt of Little Bourke Street the intriguing story centres around a murder in a hansom cab.

Again featuring a line up of distinguished actors including our regulars James Wright, Paul David Goddard, Simon Russell straight out of a leading role in We Will Rock You and Lucy Gransbury who featured in the recent Godspell at the Sydney Opera House, Hansom Cab will delight audiences not only with its unexpected plot twists, but with its colourful references to late nineteenth century Victoria.

A feature of the performance is the sound effects created live and the vintage soap commercials.

Thursday 18 May, 1.30pm
Duration: Approximately 80 mins, no interval

Tickets: Adult $18, Concession $17, *Group 6+ $16

* Group price tickets are only available at the box office either in person or by phone, 5573 0429.

Thursday 18 May, 1.30pm



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MELINDA DOES DORIS - STARRING MELINDA SCHNEIDER

After forging a dazzling country music career that has won her 6 Golden Guitars, and stunning audiences on Dancing with the Stars, Australian favourite, Melinda Schneider steps back in time to pay homage to one of her musical heroes, Doris Day.

Following on from hugely successful capital city seasons of her theatre stage show DORIS, Melinda is bringing the songs from the show that audiences love so much to new territories in a concert format called Melinda Does Doris.

Melinda’s love affair with Doris began when, in childhood, Melinda laid eyes on Calamity Jane, Doris Day’s 1953 film tour de force and was smitten by all she saw.

“She was such a huge talent” she enthuses now, “a triple threat as they say – she could sing, dance and act. I thought then she was the best of everything a woman can be and when I grew up I wanted to be just like her.

This nostalgic celebration includes such timeless hits as “Sentimental Journey”, “Que Sera, Sera”, “Everybody Loves a Lover”, “Secret Love” and a whole slew of hits from “Calamity Jane”, “Love Me or Leave Me” and “The Pajama Game”.

“I am really excited to be able to bring this wonderful music to smaller centres” Melinda says, “I am constantly being asked when are you bringing the Doris music here Melinda, and by putting together this concert version of the show, it all becomes possible!”

Tickets Adult $49, Concession $45, *Groups 10+ $45

*Group price tickets are only available at the box office either in person or by phone, 5573 0429.

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Friday 19 May, 8pm



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DRACULA by Bram Stoker and presented by Shake & Stir Theatre Co and QPAC

Another bloody classic!

The Gothic horror story swoops the country in a gripping, critically-acclaimed production created by shake & stir.

When young Lawyer Jonathan Harker visits Castle Dracula deep within the Carpathian mountains, he's not expecting the strange hospitality he receives from his mysterious host. Alone and trapped within the castle walls, Jonathan discovers that Dracula wants more than his presence at the dinner table - he might also be the main course. Leaving Jonathan for dead and his castle behind, Dracula travels to London on a quest for seduction, true love and above all - blood.

From the company behind the multi-award winning, national touring productions of 1984 and Animal Farm comes this new adaptation of Stoker's twisted tale.

WARNINGS: Includes simulated violence, sexual and supernatural themes, haze and strobe lighting.

Thursday 25 May, 7.30pm
Duration: 100 minutes, no interval

Tickets: Adult $42 Concession $37 *Group 6+ $35 U16 $18 **Theatre Season Adult $36 **Theatre Season Concession $33
* Group price tickets are only available at the box office either in person or by phone, 5573 0429.
** Theatre Season price tickets are only available at the box office either in person or by phone, 5573 0429.

On Sale: Wednesday 11 January, 2017

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Tour supported by arTour an initiative of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

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Thursday 25 May, 7.30pm



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AMADEUS by Peter Schaffer
NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE

Music. Power. Jealousy.

Lucian Msamati (Luther, Game of Thrones, NT Live: The Comedy of Errors) plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer's iconic play, captured live from the National Theatre, and with orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world – and he's determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God.

After winning multiple Olivier and Tony Awards when it had its premiere at the National Theatre in 1979, Amadeus was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film.

May: Tuesday 30, 7pm and Wednesday 31, 1pm
Running time: approx 210 minutes including interval

Tickets: Adult $25 Concession $23 *Group 10+ $20 (Enquire about special school group price)
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Thursday 30 May, 7pm & Friday 31 May, 1pm



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JIMEOIN

‘Classic nonsense… Stand-up comedy at its best’ (Scotsman).

Brilliantly observed, ever-evolving stand-up from acclaimed star of Live at Apollo, Royal Variety, Channel and Sunday Night at the Palladium.

‘Jimeoin recalls the familiar at a fantastically silly level, boiling his audience down to a tear-filled, gibbering mess’ (Scotland on Sunday).

‘Comedy of the highest order… Inspired ramblings’ (Independent).

‘Exemplary stand-up comedy' ***** (Herald).

‘If laughter is the best medicine, Jimeoin is a course of steroids… Hilarious’ (Evening News).

‘Awesome' (List).

No gimmicks, just great craic!

‘Consistently brilliant… It gets no better than this… Hilarious’ (Time Out).

Tickets: Adults $49.90 Concession / *Groups 6+ / U16 $44.90

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Friday 2 June, 8pm



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AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA presents DEATH & THE MAIDEN
with ACO Collective

Join multifaceted Swedish violinist Malin Broman and the ACO Collective for a delightfully inventive evening of music.

Crying, whether tears of happiness or grief, forms the central theme of this concert, and is inspired by one of the pillars of chamber music, Schubert's Death and the Maiden.

2017 marks the 10th Anniversary of the ACO Collective, the critically acclaimed ensemble that combines musicians of the ACO with Australia's most talented young professional musicians at the outset of their careers, creating an orchestra with a fresh, energetic performance style.

PROGRAM
SCHUBERT Rondo for Violin and Strings in A major
DOWLAND Lachrimæ Antiquæ from Lachrimæ, or Seven Teares
BRITTEN Lachrymæ
SCHUBERT (arr. strings) Death and the Maiden
SCHUBERT (arr. strings) String Quartet in D minor, Death and the Maiden

ARTISTS Malin Broman – Guest Director, Violin & Viola and ACO Collective

"If you're looking for the finest young string players in this country and, most probably, well beyond, this is where you'll find them." - Australian Stage Online on ACO collective

Tickets: Adult $42 Concession $37 *Group 6+ $35 U16 $18 **Theatre Season Adult $36 **Theatre Season Concession $33

* Group price tickets are only available at the box office either in person or by phone, 5573 0429.
** Theatre Season price tickets are only available at the box office either in person or by phone, 5573 0429.

On Sale: Wednesday 11 January, 2017

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Wednesday 21 June, 7.30pm



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THE MIK MAKS 2017 WORKING ON THE FARM TOUR

Have you seen the band that is taking Australian kids music by storm? Be taken on a Mik Mak musical adventure with brothers Al, Dean, Joel and Drums the Panda. There's lot's of jobs to do and musical fun to be had with The Mik Maks 'Working on the Farm.'

Tickets: Admit (everyone over 12mths of age) $18.90, *Groups 10 or more $15, *Groups of 30 or more $10

Meet The Mik Mask after the show!

*Group price tickets are only available at the box office either in person or by phone, 5573 0429.

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Friday 30 June, 10.30am



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SUN RISING - THE SONGS THAT MADE MEMPHIS

Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Rufus Thomas Jnr, Howlin' Wolf, BB King and many more... all had one thing in common. They all launched their careers at the famous Sun Record Company in Memphis.

You're promised an unforgettable night as 'Sun Rising - The Songs That Made Memphis', ventures to the Hamilton Performing Arts Centre, with songs and stories about the amazing Sun Record Company.

Brilliantly relive the amazing music and classic tales of Suns early years. Paying homage to both the artists and Suns owner/producer, Sam Phillips. This critically acclaimed show has been selling out across the country leaving audiences yelling for more!

Don't miss out as Sun Rising blow the roof off the Hamilton Performing Arts Centre on Friday July 14th, with this incredible night of rock n roll!

This show is not to be missed so break out the brylcreem, whack on your blue suede shoes and book now to reserve your seat and avoid disappointment!

Tickets: Adult $48, Concession $45, *Groups 6+ $42, U16 $40

*Note: Group price is only available at the Box Office via phone or in person and is payable in one transaction.

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Friday 14 July, 8pm



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MELBOURNE BALLET COMPANY proudly presents ARCHÈ
an original ballet based on the classic Swan Lake

Archè is an original ballet based on the age-old classic Swan Lake, with inspiration taken from the Greek myth – Leda and The Swan – and The Dying Swan.

The program explores and embraces much of the original narrative and some of the classical repertoire. Director Simon Hoy has structured this work around his unique choreographic style and has developed a score including music by Tchaikovsky, Einaudi, Morricone and Elgar.

Archè is the Greek word that indicates the beginning, the principle from which all things arise. The ancient Greek philosophers, such as Thales, Anaximander and Anaximenes, sought the archè in the four fundamental essences of the Earth: water, earth, air, fire; focusing on how they interact with each other.

This emotionally charged production has received critical acclaim and is suitable for audiences of all ages.

MBC Director and Resident Choreographer: Simon Hoy

Friday 21 June, 7.30pm
Duration: 80 minutes including an interval

Tickets: Adult $42 Concession $37 *Group 6+ $35 U16 $18 **Theatre Season Adult $36 **Theatre Season Concession $33

* Group price tickets are only available at the box office either in person or by phone, 5573 0429.
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Friday 21 July, 7.30pm



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ABBA-SOLUTELY FABULOUS
Starring Rhonda Burchmore & Lara Mulcahy

Award winning entertainers Rhonda Burchmore, OAM and Lara Mulcahy reunite this May for their hilarious new concert, ABBA-SOLUTELY FABULOUS! It’s their first live outing together since they appeared in the musical theatre smash, MAMMA MIA, through 2009/2010.

2017 also marks 40 years since ABBA caused a sensation when they toured Australia for the first time, beginning a love affair with Aussie fans, which endures to this day. The group’s global hits remain on the top of every feel good party playlist!

Burchmore and Mulcahy are two of the country’s most formidable entertainers. Rhonda’s career spans as long as her legs and includes roles in productions such as HOT SHOE SHUFFLE, SUGAR BABIES, MAMMA MIA and MAME alongside a regular guest slot on HEY HEY IT’S SATURDAY. Lara Mulcahy has played starring roles in MAMMA MIA, LES MISERABLES, MOULIN ROUGE and more.

With their platform boots, Lycra cat suits and big hair this dynamic duo - who channel a fair splash of Patsy and Eddy of "Absolutely Fabulous" fame – will have audiences dancing in the aisles as they sing their way through ABBA’s smash hits. Think Dancing Queen, Waterloo, Mamma Mia, Take a Chance, Ring Ring, Does Your Mother Know, Money Money Money, Fernando and many more! Designed to thrill those fans who went to that concert 40 years ago and charm a whole new generation, it’s the ultimate party night out!

Catch Rhonda Burchmore and Lara Mulcahy live, for an outrageously funny romp through ABBA's smash-hits - this is unlike any ABBA show you've seen before: it's ABBA-SOLUTELY FABULOUS!

Tickets: Adult $60, Concession / *Group 6+ $55

*Note: group price only available via phone or in person at the Box Office and payment must be in one transaction.

Friday 11 August, 8pm



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SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION presents ANDREY GUGNIN
The Winners Tour 2017

Winner of the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition, Russian–born Andrey Gugnin, is touring the country to give you a glimpse at the mastery that won him the most prestigious piano prize in the Southern Hemisphere.

Come and hear an exquisite program of varied works by Schubert, Shostakovich, and Stravinsky.

Program includes: Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Schubert, Dmitri Shostakovich, Leonid Desyatnikov, Michael Kieran Harvey and Igor Stravinsky. Andrey Gugnin – Piano

Thursday 17 August, 7.30pm
Duration: 110 minutes, including an interval

Tickets: Adult $38 Concession $36 *Group 6+ $34 U16 $18 **Theatre Season Adult $33 **Theatre Season Concession $30

* Group price tickets are only available at the box office either in person or by phone, 5573 0429.
** Theatre Season price tickets are only available at the box office either in person or by phone, 5573 0429.

On Sale: Wednesday 11 January, 2017

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Thursday 17 August, 7.30pm



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THE EXOTIC LIVES OF LOLA MONTEZ

From Patrick White Playwright Award Winner Jackie Smith and world famous cabaret stars Finucane & Smith comes the story of the wildest showgirl of the nineteenth century, Lola Montez.

She horsewhipped the editor of the Ballarat Times (for a bad review), swung down mineshafts on a single rope with champagne in hand, escaped arrest dressed only in her jewels, and was showered with gold nuggets and insults. Swathed in scandal, Lola Montez toured Australia and its goldfields. Her erotic Spider Dance was "the most libertinish and indelicate performance that could be given on the public stage" (Sydney Morning Herald 1855).

From award winning creators of the smash-hit national touring legend Caravan Burlesque, the internationally adored Glory Box and the haunting drama The Flood, comes a brand new drama decked in couture black lace, a thousand true lies, jaw-dropping dance, award winning storytelling, sultry songs and a death scene or three.

Starring triple Green Room Awards Winner of Best Actress (and direct descendant of Lola herself!) Miss Caroline Lee and Parisian dance siren Holly Durant, directed by the international Queen of Provocative Variety Moira Finucane, Lola Montez is a wildly contemporary dreamscape steeped in Australian history and the extraordinary lives and freedom of one of the world's most adventurous women.

A Finucane & Smith Production In Partnership with Her Majesty's Ballarat

Written by Jackie Smith Director Moira Finucane Performers Caroline Lee & Holly Durant, Gowns Keon Couture

Thursday 7 September, 7.30pm
Duration: 60 minutes, no interval

Warning: Contains mature themes and haze effects

Included in the ticket price is a light supper and "Meet and Greet" after the show.

Tickets: Adult $42 Concession $37 *Group 6+ $35 U16 $18 **Theatre Season Adult $36 **Theatre Season Concession $33

* Group price tickets are only available at the box office either in person or by phone, 5573 0429.
** Theatre Season price tickets are only available at the box office either in person or by phone, 5573 0429.

On Sale: Wednesday 11 January, 2017

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Thursday 7 September, 7.30pm



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ISLA GRANT IN CONCERT

Following her 2015 triumphant sell out performances, Scotland's legendary singer/song writer Isla Grant returns to Australia with exciting new songs - plus her extensive repertoire of most loved music.

As an internationally acclaimed recording artist, Isla’s beautiful voice encompasses everything from country folk songs to easy listening - an unforgettable evening of old favourites and sparkling new compositions.

Al Grant, Isla’s genial and talented husband, will join her on stage and bring his irrepressible humour to the show featuring his tribute to Jim Reeves.

Accompanied by the multi-instrumental and singer Glen Flynn, Isla’s concert performance promises to be an absolutely unmissable event!

Tickets: Admit $69 (Theatre Season $65 - not available online, just ask us at the box office)

Running time: 2hrs including an interval

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Friday 8 September, 7.30pm



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Chester Productions presents Michael Veitch and Simon Oats in… MYSTERY IN THE AIR
Horror in the Wax Works & Flash Gordon's Deep Space Drama

A PACked Stage Gig

Take a couple of hilariously antiquated radio plays; add two somewhat over-stressed actors and you're on the air with Mystery in the Air!

And this week's plays are two absolute corkers: a cracking horror wax museum story and another of the thrilling space adventures of Flash Gordon, set in that unimaginably far-off year of 1986. Yes, with 50 voices and a pile of live-to-air sound effects all performed by just two frazzled actors, things are jolly going to come to a head. But, as they say, the show must go on – if it can!

Come see the fireworks fly for yourself in Mystery in the Air, the show that transports audiences – kicking and screaming – back to the style, the fashion and – let's face it – the sheer political incorrectness of the 1940s.

Of course, back in those days, such luxuries as a proper cast and a sound effects department were the norm, but in these economically stringent times, it's all down to just our boys – costumes, sound effects, scene changes, music, voices – they'll do the lot. It's a big ask, and occasionally they might even succeed.

Starring Michael Veitch and Simon Oats, the results are sure to be hilarious.

Family Friendly – suitable for all ages!

Tickets: Adult $38 Concession $36 *Group 6+ $34 U16 $18 **Theatre Season Adult $33 **Theatre Season Concession $30

* Group price tickets are only available at the box office either in person or by phone, 5573 0429.
** Theatre Season price tickets are only available at the box office either in person or by phone, 5573 0429.

Tuesday 19 September, 7.30pm



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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
MSO PLAYS BEETHOVEN 8

Michael Collins clarinet / director Lloyd Van't Hoff clarinet

The mighty Melbourne Symphony Orchestra returns to the Hamilton Performing Arts Centre in 2017!

Join British clarinet virtuoso Michael Collins, 2015 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year, Brisbane-born Lloyd Van't Hoff, and the MSO's 2017 Composer in Residence Elena Kats-Chernin, for this special line-up that emphasises the power and versatility of woodwind instruments and features some of the country's most accomplished and vibrant talent.

PROGRAM Dvorˇák Serenade for Winds Kats-Chernin Ornamental Air Mendelssohn Konzertstück Beethoven Symphony No.8

Wednesday 18 October, 8pm
Duration: 105 minutes including an interval

Tickets: Adult $55 Concession $47 *Group 10+ $46 U26 $29 **Theatre Season Adult $48 **Theatre Season Concession $42

* Group price tickets are only available at the box office either in person or by phone, 5573 0429.
** Theatre Season price tickets are only available at the box office either in person or by phone, 5573 0429.

On Sale: Wednesday 11 January, 2017

Thursday 19 October, 10am & 11.30am: Schools concert. Contact the box office for further information.

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Wednesday 18 October, 8pm



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EXPOSING EDITH
Celebrating the life of Edith Piaf

A PACked Stage Gig

An award winning cabaret tale of the legendary French star, Edith Piaf.

Direct from critically acclaimed seasons at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Leicester Square Theatre, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Festival of Voices and Auckland International Cabaret Festival, winner of Best Cabaret Adelaide Fringe 2016 and nominated for a Helpmann Award, Exposing Edith charts the tragic life of arguably the greatest French singer of all time, Edith Piaf.

Experience her life, loves and losses through the songs that shot her to stardom including La Vie en Rose, Milord and Non, je ne regrette rien. Created and performed by Michaela Burger (vocals) and Greg Wain (guitar), Exposing Edith is a stunning mix of authentic French chanson and contemporary sounds.

Having explored the undertones of Piaf's vocals and lyrics, Burger and Wain have created their own unique interpretations of Piaf's work, using voice and acoustic guitar and the subtle use of loop, delay and effect pedals.

The songs are punctuated with a collection of extraordinary stories of Piaf's life which are recounted by Burger, who also takes on a multitude of key characters, from Edith's half-sister Momone, to several of her lovers and, of course, Edith Piaf herself.

Thursday 26 October, 7.30pm
Duration: 70 minutes, no interval.

Tickets: Adult $38 Concession $36 *Group 6+ $34 U16 $18 **Theatre Season Adult $33 **Theatre Season Concession $30

* Group price tickets are only available at the box office either in person or by phone, 5573 0429.
** Theatre Season price tickets are only available at the box office either in person or by phone, 5573 0429.

On Sale: Wednesday 11 January, 2017

Thursday 26 October, 7.30pm





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ROMEO & JULIET presented by Russian National Ballet

The forever romance,the hundred year classic, the most heart-warming dancing you will see this year.
The Russian National Ballet Theatre is coming back. They will bring the world's greatest classic ballet Romeo and Juliet this time.

The seamless choreographed by Evgeny Amosov based on the Prokofiev ballet in three Acts and classical music. The Russian National Ballet Theatre will bring audience into a antiquity tradition of tragic romances story. "For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo" from William Shakespeare.

Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families.This dramatic ballet stays loyal to Shakespeare's original tragic ending. The romantic pas de deux, taut fight scenes and the festive street dances will leave you awe-inspired.

The Theatre was founded with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. The basis for the creation of the Theatre was a necessity for promising young ballet students with high creative potential, both classical and contemporary.

Today, the Russian National Ballet Theatre is on a creative upswing. Among the new productions are ballets of the classical repertory:" Swan Lake", "Nutcracker", "Sleeping Beauty", "Don Quixote", "Giselle", "Romeo and Juliet", a gala concert, as well as contemporary ballets composed by Mozart, Bach, Ravel and other composers.

Tickets $Adult $79, Concession/*Groups 8+ $69, U16 $59

*Group price tickets are only available at the box office either in person or by phone, 5573 0429.

Sunday 12 November, 7.30pm



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Melbourne Chamber Orchestra
LETTERS FROM TCHAIKOVSKY

In the lush, lingering melodies, a certain Russian pathos never seems far away. Long snowy nights, tender childhood memories, glimpses of lost love and unspoken passion...

Tchaikovsky is the quintessential Romantic— conjuring powerful emotions with his heart on his sleeve. This program is a wonderful opportunity to hear the extraordinary talents of MCO's string musicians at their best—with Tchaikovsky's breathtaking showpiece for string orchestra, the Serenade for Strings, the charming Album for the Young and Souvenir d'un lieu cher, imaginative variations by Arensky and witty dances by Shostakovich.

SHANE CHEN – Violin
WILLIAM HENNESSY – Director

Program includes: ARENSKY, SHOSTAKOVICH and TCHAIKOVSKY

Wednesday 22 November, 7.30pm
Duration: 120 minutes including an interval

Tickets: Adult $42 Concession $37 *Group 6+ $35 U16 $18 **Theatre Season Adult $36 **Theatre Season Concession $33

* Group price tickets are only available at the box office either in person or by phone, 5573 0429.
** Theatre Season price tickets are only available at the box office either in person or by phone, 5573 0429.

On Sale: Wednesday 11 January, 2017

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Wednesday 22 November, 7.30pm


 

 

 

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