Southbank Theatre Foyer

Ticket Prices and Discounts

MTC provides tickets at a range of price points, including various discounts.

Prices depend on a variety of factors including:

  • the time of day and day of the week of the performance
  • the area of seating in the auditorium
  • the age and/or concession status of the individual

Ticket prices may fluctuate due to demand and MTC reserves the right to alter prices without notice. Any changes are made in accordance with Live Performance Australia’s Ticketing Code of Practice

To view the latest prices for the show you are interested in, visit the relevant production page, then click on the date you wish to attend and the seats you are interested in purchasing, and pricing variations will appear.

Please note: a booking fee of up to $7.15 per order applies for internet and phone bookings.

Discounts

A range of discounts are available – click the titles below to view full details

Under 30s

Upon presentation of a valid photo ID, anyone aged 29 and under can purchase discounted tickets to mainstage productions. Prices may vary according to production.

Under 30s also receive great discounts on subscription packages.

Concessions

Concession prices are available for Pensioners, Full-Time Students and the unemployed with a valid ID, for most MTC shows. Please note that you must show the appropriate Australian government-issued card in order to receive Concession pricing.

The above Concessions will also receive discounts on season packages.

Companion Card Holders

Melbourne Theatre Company accepts Companion Cards for all MTC productions and all events presented at Southbank Theatre. Present your Companion Card when you are booking your ticket and you will be required to pay only for your own ticket, a second ticket will be issued for your companion at no charge. Tickets will be held at the Southbank Theatre Box Office and can be collected on presentation of the Companion Card and any other relevant ID/

Seniors

Seniors discounts are only available for Wednesday matinee performances. Seniors may also use their card to purchase a rush ticket when available at the box office two hours prior to the production start time.

Group Bookings

Group single ticket prices are available for a minimum of 8 people attending the same performance, for most MTC shows. The group price is a discount on adult rate tickets and is applicable in all price reserves excluding Premium. Group single tickets may be purchased via the Southbank Theatre Box Office, by phone or in person.

Group subscription prices are available for a minimum of 10 people attending the same performances for each production. The group price is a discount on the adult subscription rate. Concession holders can be included in a group subscription at their applicable concession price (eg. Pensioner, Youth), and the remaining attendees within the group of 10+ will receive the group subscription price. Group subscriptions may be purchased by mail only.

Day Seats

MTC puts aside a limited number of day seats for anyone holding a valid Government Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card, full time student ID or MEAA membership, from only $20. These tickets can be purchased between 9am and 12pm on the day of the performance, from the box office of the theatre where the play is being performed. These seats sometimes have a restricted or angled view of the stage. Day Seats are not available on Opening Nights or for the 2018 production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

A valid concession card or proof of eligibility must be sighted on collection of tickets and may be required to be shown at point of entry. Photocopies of concession cards can be used, provided the expiry date is clearly visible. Please note concession numbers are not sufficient proof of concession status. If you are accompanying a Day Seat ticket holder but you are not eligible for a Day Seat ticket yourself, you can purchase a Day Seat Companion ticket. There is a limit of one Day Seat Companion ticket for each Day Seat ticket sold.

Price Reserves

Price reserves are determined by MTC uniquely for each production based on the set design, venue that the production is being staged and positions of the actors/props.

The below is a guide only to give you an indication of what the different view in each price reserve may be. Not all productions will have all the below zones and some productions may have other promotional zones not listed below.
Premium: Full and unobstructed view of all elements of the production.

A Reserve: Full view of the stage and all key elements of the production which are essential to the plot.
B Reserve: Full view of the front centre of the stage which is where the majority of the production is performed.
C Reserve: The angle and/or set may obstruct view of some elements of the show which are not essential to the plot. Detail and facial expressions may be impeded.
Restricted View: View of the stage is obstructed and may obstruct elements essential to the plot.

Rush Tickets

MTC offers a concession rush to most mainstage productions. When available they can be purchased from the relevant theatre box office two hours prior to each performance to pensioners, seniors, unemployed people, full-time students, and members of MEAA, Australian Writers Guild, Australian Directors Guild, Playworks and the National Playwrights Centre. These tickets are available only in certain reserves and are chosen from the best available at the time of purchase. You will need to provide appropriate identification. Some Premium productions will not have a Concession Rush, please phone the box office on 8688 0800 to check if rush tickets are available for your chosen production.

Standing Room

From time to time, standing room tickets are available to performances at Southbank Theatre. If available, this option will be mentioned on the appropriate production’s web page.

The Standing Room section in The Sumner is a space against the back wall of the auditorium with an angled, cushioned bench (much like those on a tram), for guests to lean upon. A limited number of spaces are available, and will generally be released for sale only once all other tickets to a performance have been allocated.

Guests who purchase tickets for this section acknowledge that they will be required to stand for the duration of the performance, and are not permitted to occupy the seated section even if a seat becomes available.

Halftix

From time to time, MTC makes tickets available to Halftix at Melbourne Town Hall. Visit halftixmelbourne.com for details.

Discounts for members of the Arts industry

For actors

Rush-priced Adult A-reserve tickets are available to actors holding a valid MEAA Actors Equity card for selected productions. Tickets can be booked in advance either over the phone by calling 03 8688 0800, or in person at the Southbank Theatre Box Office. A limit of one ticket per member per production applies.

Actors must present their MEAA Actors Equity card at the box office on collection of tickets.

For Practicing Theatre Artists

MTC’s Artist Nights program is designed to enable artists to see the work of their peers at a more accessible price as well as providing the chance to socialise with other members of the industry.

MTC’s Artist Nights operate as a season membership allowing artists to purchase one discounted ticket to a specified performance for each MTC mainstage production. The cost of membership for 2017 is $10, providing access to $29 tickets to the selected Artist Nights. To qualify for the membership, individuals must be a practicing theatre artist.

For more information, visit the MTC Artist Nights page.

For members of Arts Access Victoria

Members of Arts Access Victoria receive concession priced tickets and subscriptions to MTC shows. Proof of membership must be provided at the time of booking.

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