Specifically designed for drama, the Playhouse has been a major venue for MTC since it opened in 1983. The theatre seats 880 people and is particularly suited to large scale dramatic works. The auditorium is split into two tiers, a raked stalls and a balcony.
How To Get Here
Arts Centre Melbourne is within 5 minutes walking distance of Flinders Street Station – simply head south down St Kilda Road past Hamer Hall. The theatres building, with its distinctive white spire, cannot be missed.
The theatre is also easily accessible by tram – simply catch any tram heading along St Kilda Road and alight at the Arts Centre Melbourne stop.
For more information about public transport and parking options, visit the Getting Here page.
Arts Centre Melbourne is ideally set up for a night out. Within its complex you can have a pre- or post-show meal or drink at Allegro, Cafe Vic, Cento Expresso, Curve Bar, Fatto (Hamer Hall), Mezz Bar or Saké (Hamer Hall). It is also handy for the restaurants and bars along the Yarra at Southgate. The George Adams Gallery and the St Kilda Road Foyer Gallery have exhibitions throughout the year for you to peruse before and after the show.
For details of all dining options at Arts Centre Melbourne, please visit the Arts Centre website.
Accessible seating is available for wheelchair users and their companions, in all Arts Centre Melbourne venues. You can book accessibility seating in person at Arts Centre Melbourne Box Office or via the telephone booking line 1300 182 183.
Wheelchairs can be booked through the Concierge. Please call 9281 8298 if you require assistance.
Our car park has several accessible spaces. These cannot be reserved so, although we have plenty of spaces, it’s best to arrive early. To obtain further assistance during your visit, let Art Centre know you’re coming on (03) 9281 8000.
Services for visual or hearing impaired guests
If you experience difficulty hearing, assisted listening devices are available for use in all seats of Arts Centre Melbourne venues, as well as for Guided Tours and meetings. The units are available free of charge from venue staff, and either use standard headphones or connect with your hearing aid via a neck loop.
Vision Australia provides Audio Description and Tactile Tours of selected performances. For details, visit Vision Australia or contact Janene Morrison Sadhu (03) 9864 9384, Tuesdays to Thursdays, for details.
Braille is used in the lifts, as well as other areas of Arts Centre Melbourne. Other services including Captioning, Tactile Tours and AUSLAN interpretation are available for selected performances. Please enquire when making your booking.
The Companion Card has been developed by the Victorian Network on Recreation and Disability (VICNORD) and admits carers to shows as complimentary guests. Arts Centre Melbourne welcomes holders of this card to attend the many events on offer.