The Sumner


It’s a gorgeous thing: the stage has everything that opens and closes, and the steeply raked, European-style auditorium makes watching a play a wholly pleasurable experience.

The Australian

Located in the Southbank Theatre building, the Sumner is a state-of-the-art 500-seat venue offering the most advanced stage technology and a level of intimacy not previously seen in Australia. Named after our first Artistic Director, John Sumner, the Sumner has been designed to provide comfort and excellent stage views for all the audience, with a flexible stage that allows MTC to present the entire gamut of theatre – from large scale spectacles down to tightly-focused dramatic performances.

You can download the seating map for The Sumner here.


Located within Southbank Theatre 140 Southbank Boulevard Southbank Victoria 3006

How To Get Here

Southbank Theatre is within 10 minutes walking distance of Flinders Street Station – simply head south down St Kilda Road past Arts Centre Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria, and turn right down Southbank Boulevard. The Theatre, with its distinctive white piping, cannot be missed.

The theatre is also easily accessible by tram, via Route 1 to South Melbourne Beach (which stops directly in front of Southbank Theatre), and all other trams that pass down St Kilda Road (simply alight at the Arts Centre Melbourne stop and walk to the theatre).

For more information about public transport and parking options, visit the Getting Here page


There are several options for dining at Southbank Theatre, or nearby.

Script Bar & Bistro

Conveniently located adjacent to the Theatre building is Script Bar & Bistro, perfect for your pre-and post-show dining. Script encompasses a sophisticated bistro, a fully stocked bar with a superb wine list and an enclosed terrace that is sun-filled during the day and looks out on the sparkling lights of the city skyline at night. Script has a predominantly Italian-style menu and uses seasonal produce to create fresh and exciting dishes showcasing the best Victoria has to offer. For full information about Script Bar & Bistro, including the current menus, visit the Script Bar & Bistro website.


Located in the Melbourne Recital Centre building (just next to Southbank Theatre), Blondie offers an exciting menu inspired by Asian cuisine, along with an interesting mix of Australian and European wines, carefully selected craft beer, and perfectly constructed cocktails. For full information about Blondie, including the current menus, visit the Blondie website

Southbank Theatre Foyer Bars

Opening 90 minutes prior to performances, the Southbank Theatre Foyer Bars offer a selection of wines, beers, cider, soft drinks, confectionery, snacks and tea and coffee. As much as possible, we stock wines and beers from Victorian vineyards and local boutique breweries. For a full menu, visit the Dining page

Dining Nearby

Southbank Theatre is ideally located just five minutes from the Southgate complex on the Yarra River and is only a ten minute stroll from the Melbourne CBD. This gives you an enormous range of dining and bar opportunities to explore. For more information about dining at the Southgate complex, go to


Wheelchair and mobility access

Facilities for wheelchair access and seating that allows more room for the use of mobility aids are available in all theatres. Please make your requirements known when booking.

Captioning and FM hearing system

An FM hearing system is available for all performances in the Sumner, Playhouse and Fairfax Studio at no charge upon presentation of identification to theatre ushers. Audience members receive either a headset or neck loop enabling use of a hearing aid via the T-switch.

Companion Cards

MTC offers Companion Card holders a free ticket for their companion to attend the performance and assist with their access needs.