Malthouse Theatre, home of Melbourne’s most provocative theatre, will reopen in January 2021 with a brand-new live performance hub in the courtyard of the venue. The program will feature artists including Kaiit, Emma Donovan, Eddie Perfect, Judith Lucy and Denise Scott.

The space, which is shared with the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and contemporary dance company Chunky Move, will be transformed into Malthouse Outdoor Stage, to respond to a new demand for outdoor performance venues.

Malthouse Outdoor Stage will reinvigorate Melbourne’s cultural scene by providing vital opportunities for the artists and arts workers who have been hit hardest by the impacts of COVID 19.

With a flexible capacity of up to 312 in cabaret style seating, Malthouse Outdoor Stage will host music, comedy, dance, cabaret, talks, and theatre, all in the open air and with COVID safe controls in accordance with all public health requirements.

Malthouse Outdoor Stage partners and collaborators will include local independent music touring company Penny Drop, which will open the stage with a line-up of local artists including ARIA-winning jazz and soul prodigy Kaiit, euphoric funk craftsmen Mildlife, and the singular style of Emma Donovan & The Putbacks.

Melbourne based independent comedy producers Token Events will then take centre stage with artists including Australia’s favourite double act, Lano & Woodley, actor, writer and composer Eddie Perfect, the golden girl of stand up Anne Edmonds, joined by very funny bonus Welshman Lloyd Langford, and two of our most loved comedians on stage together, Judith Lucy and Denise Scott.

Other partners include Melbourne International Comedy Festival, LGBTQIA+ arts and cultural festival Midsumma, First Nations festival YIRRAMBOI, and the inaugural RISING, which replaces Melbourne International Arts Festival and White Night Melbourne in the city’s annual event program. Melbourne’s centre for books, writing and ideas, the Wheeler Centre, leading journalism publication The Saturday Paper, Australian Centre For Contemporary Art, and Chunky Move will also host a range of workshops, discussions and events.

Malthouse Outdoor Stage will open 22 January 2021, with the full summer line up announced January 2021.