Spotlight On: The events you can’t miss at Melbourne’s Palais Theatre

From Tony-Award winning musicals to celebrations of Australian culture – The Palais Theatre has a jam-packed 2022 planned!

The live events calendar in Melbourne is filling up in 2022 – and Palais Theatre in Melbourne has a schedule that you don’t want to miss.

From musicals for rock music lovers to the best in classical music and sounds from right around the globe; if you’re looking for a night out we’ve got you sorted.

If you’ve never been to the Palais Theatre, now is the time. Just visiting the St Kilda icon is a truly unforgettable experience – and that’s before we event tell you about the world class events they have lined up.

Check out Angus & Julia Stone performing in Sept 2017. Image credit: Ian Laidlaw

World of Musicals

The World of Musicals Concert has graced stages across the globe and features a world-class ensemble of multi-talented performers who exquisitely recreate classic hits, fused with emotive ballads, big-screen anthems, and iconic show tunes. What more could you ask for?

From the best of The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables to We will Rock You, Sister Act and many more, The World of Musicals delivers a stirring musical concert theatre experience that will leave you spellbound – from the opening song to the final medley of classics.

The World of the Musicals concert is a show that is tailored for the entire family, so get ready to sing along to your favourite musical moments in one unforgettable evening.

World of Musicals will perform at Melbourne’s Palais Theatre on Tuesday 12 July. Tickets are on sale via

Jimmy Rees

Social media sensation Jimmy Rees is leaving the comforts, or is that confines, of COVID life at home and hitting the stage with his first ever live comedy show Meanwhile in Australia!

Funnyman Jimmy Rees has spent more than a decade as an Australian household name, having entertained the masses as a beloved TV & radio personality, comedian, performer and now a viral internet success. Bringing his daily antics to the world wide web, Jimmy’s now-iconic skits transcend the experiences of parenthood and have become a source of hilarity for people of all ages – thanks to his refreshing authenticity and relatability – reaching a monthly digital audience of more than 9 million people.

Jimmy Rees will perform at Melbourne’s Palais Theatre on Friday 6 and Saturday 21 May. Tickets are on sale via

Joe Avati

The comedian touted as Australia’s answer to Seinfeld is back with a brand new show for 2022 – and with most of us needing a good laugh after the events of the last two years, his tour will be just the ticket.

After surviving the world’s longest lockdown in Melbourne, Joe is bursting with new material, has gone slightly stir crazy, and will take his all new Live 25 show on a national tour to celebrate his quarter century of comedy. The new show is the pinnacle of his 25-year comedy career, aptly titled Show Some Respect: 25 Live. Featuring his unique brand of humour and sharp observations, and over the course of almost 90 minutes, Joe will honestly recount life as an ethnic Australian (or a wog kid as he prefers to call it), and now life as a husband and father to a newborn. Growing up in the 70s and 80s, Joe’s view on how today’s generation of kids compares to his own experiences will have audiences of all ages and ethnicities in stitches.

Internationally loved and regularly selling out shows in Canada and the USA, Joe Avati has achieved a lot in his 25 years of work. One of the country’s biggest comedy exports, Joe is the only Australian artist to have two comedy albums charting simultaneously in the top 5 anywhere in the world as well as a number 1 comedy album. He boasts record breaking, sell-out shows around the globe, has produced several successful live theatre shows, plus hosts the popular podcast A Serious Chat with A Comedian. As If that’s not enough, he is also about to release a children’s booked titled When I Was Your Age – a subject also touched on (in a very different way!) in his new comedy.

Joe Avati will perform two shows at Melbourne’s Palais Theatre on Saturday 14 May. Tickets are on sale via

Victorian State Ballet’s Beauty & the Beast

Featuring internationally recognised artists in leading roles in a rich display of outstanding skill. One of the world’s most loved fairy tale classics is retold through excellent staging, beautiful costumes, superb classical ballet skill and choreography which honour the spirit of this magical work – an inspiring, impacting, entertaining and memorable experience for the whole family!

The choreography is rich with vibrant colour, virtue, sensibility, grace, intrigue and outstanding skill. VSB’s ‘Beauty & the Beast’ endeavours to immerse the audience right in amidst the fairy tale classic in a profound experience that is exhilarating, impacting and visually inspiring.

Victorian State Ballet’s Beauty & the Beast will perform at Melbourne’s Palais Theatre on Saturday 6 August. Tickets are on sale via

Il Mago di Oz

Launched from the pages of L. Frank Baum’s classic The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy Gale’s journey down the Yellow Brick Road has captured the imagination of children and adults alike since the novel was first published in 1900. Her encounters with the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, and Witches, good and bad, are legendary.  

Following inspired retellings on screen as well as spin-off Broadway musicals, the land of Oz is reimagined yet again. Discover composer Pierangelo Valtinoni’s quirky and wondrous new Italian opera, Il Mago di Oz.

This Australian premiere production will introduce Victorian Opera’s Emerging Artists and a specially trained children’s chorus. With an emphasis on childhood and its capacity to embrace the fantastic, Il Mago di Oz will speak directly to young people and the child in all of us. 

World of Musicals will perform at Melbourne’s Palais Theatre on Saturday 27 August and Tuesday 30 August. Tickets are on sale via

Countdown the Musical

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Countdown is a glorious celebration and satire of the songs and acts Australia grew up with every Sunday night watching Molly Meldrum and Countdown.

It was a rush to get home, park the Malvern Star and see some of the best and not the best songs from 1974 to 1987. We also enjoyed some of the most outrageous fashion Australia has ever seen. Not to mention the nonsensical but much-loved music report presented by our own Molly Meldrum.

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Countdown takes the audience on a hilarious trip back in time to those unforgettable days of Skyhooks, Sherbert, JPY, The Knack, Gary Numan and much much more. So do yourself a favour, because it’s going to be a blast.

Countdown The Musical will perform at Melbourne’s Palais Theatre on Saturday 3 December. Tickets are on sale via

A Christmas Carol

The spirit of the festive season will shine brightly in a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge, the Ghosts of Christmas’ Past, Present, and Yet to Come, as well as Tiny Tim and the Cratchit Family, are transported to contemporary Melbourne in a sparkling reimagination of this timeless tale.

Composer Graeme Koehne (Love Burns) and librettist Anna Goldsworthy (The Magic Pudding – The Opera) adapt Dickens’ story about the importance of love, compassion, and generosity into a new Australian opera for us all. With Koehne’s flair for lastingly memorable melodies alongside Goldsworthy’s gift for storytelling, A Christmas Carol will warm your heart at its world premiere in December 2022.

Countdown The Musical will perform at Melbourne’s Palais Theatre from Wednesday 14 December until Saturday 17 December. Tickets are on sale via

All of this and more is set to take over The Palais Theatre Melbourne throughout 2022 – check out everything they have on offer here.

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