Since opening in 2009 Southbank Theatre has become a landmark of the Melbourne Arts Precinct and been host to nearly 300 events, welcoming 1.5 million attendances to shows, play readings, public talks, special events and more.
At the heart of all this activity is MTC’s annual seasons of productions. The decade has seen almost 100 MTC productions in the venue and 15 collaborations with the independent sector through MTC’s NEON Festival. Together these shows have have brought communities together, broken records, won awards, pushed technical boundaries and paved a new path for the Company.
MTC Artistic Director& CEO Brett Sheehy said, ‘Over the past 10 years, MTC’s Southbank Theatre has established itself as a hub for the artistic community, the launch pad for bold new works, and a place for audiences to come together. It is the home we needed as the State theatre company, one that has seen some of the Company’s greatest theatrical triumphs play out and an awe-inspiring amount of art.’
With an extensive catalogue of productions to reflect on, highlights from the Sumner and Lawler stages include Poor Boy; the Helpmann Award-winning productions of Jasper Jones and The Children; a swag of outstanding Shakespeare productions such as Macbeth, Richard III and Twelfth Night; The Boy at the Edge of Everything; Ladies in Black, Complexity of Belonging and Other Desert Cities, all promoting cross-artform collaboration to stunning result; and three years of MTC’s NEON Festival of Independent Theatre.
In addition to MTC’s own work, Southbank Theatre has welcomed other presenters from dance companies to international festivals, providing a space for new ideas and unique productions to be shared with Melbourne audiences.
Throughout 2019 MTC will be celebrating 10 years of Southbank Theatre with special events, activities and editorial content. More details about the events and activities will be released in the coming months and the growing array of special editorial can be viewed at mtc.com.au/southbank10.