Spend a night at the theatre with some of the best shows across Australia!

December is a great month to enjoy some of the best theatre and musical productions in Australia. From Broadway’s biggest blockbusters to Fringe hits, there is something for everyone in this diverse and exciting lineup of shows.

Whether you are looking for a classic tale, a contemporary comedy, or a thrilling drama, here are the best plays and musicals to watch in Australia this December 2023:


Best Plays and Musicals in Sydney:

<strong>Beauty and the Beast</strong>
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Beauty and the Beast

The beloved and timeless Disney musical Beauty and the Beast returns to the stage with stunning costumes, sets, and all your favourite songs. Follow the journey of Belle, a young woman who finds herself in a mysterious castle with a cursed prince and his enchanted servants in this classic tale of love. Direct from West End and now playing at Capitol Theatre in Sydney, be a guest at this magical show for the whole family!

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Capitol Theatre, 13 Campbell St, Haymarket, NSW 2000 Until Friday 22 December 2023
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One of the most famous musicals of all times, Wicked is a sensational production from start to finish. The Broadway hit tells the untold story of the Land of Oz before Dorothy arrived, giving audiences a new side to the Emeral City, Glinda the Good, and the Wicked Witch of the West. Coming to Australia for the first time since 2015 due to popular demand, this show is a magical and enchanting spectacle, playing at the Sydney Lyric Theatre. With powerful songs, stunning sets, and incredible performances, you’ll be ‘defying gravity’ after a viewing of Wicked!

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Sydney Lyric Theatre, 55 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont, NSW 2009 Until Sunday 31 December 2023

Best Plays and Musicals in Melbourne:

<strong>Elvis: A Musical Revolution</strong>
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Elvis: A Musical Revolution

Celebrate the life and legacy of the King of Rock and Roll with this biographical musical extravaganza. From his humble beginnings to his global fame, this show explores the music and personality of Elvis Presley, playing at the Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne from late September, as well as the State Theatre in Sydney. Featuring 40 of Elvis’ glittering hits, shake, rattle and roll with Elvis: A Musical Revolution this December!

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Athenaeum Theatre, 188 Collins St, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Until Sunday 31 December 2023
<strong>Moulin Rouge! The Musical</strong>
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Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Pop the Champagne, bohemians. After celebrating stellar reviews and a sold-out premiere season in Melbourne, Moulin Rouge! The Musical is back in Melbourne at the iconic Regent Theatre. This jukebox musical carries the frenetic energy and heart of the film onto the stage, with plenty of classic songs from the film as well as new additions from the likes of Beyonce and Rihanna. For one of the most exciting musicals in Melbourne, grab a seat at Moulin Rouge! The Musical.

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Regent Theatre, 191 Collins St, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Until Sunday 04 February 2024

Best Plays and Musicals in Adelaide:

<strong>Seya Moi & Jalali</strong>
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Seya Moi & Jalali

The very first musical theatre performance in Dari language in Adelaide, Seya Moi & Jalali is one of the most exciting performances in Adelaide this December. Performing for one night only on Saturday 02 December 2023 at the Space Theatre, this two-hour live performance celebrates Afghan community, language and culture, presenting a new perspective on this ancient culture. So, for an entirely new type of musical, make your way down to Seya Moi & Jalali in December.

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Space Theatre, Festival Dr, Adelaide, SA 5000 Saturday 02 December 2023

Best Plays and Musicals in Perth:

<strong>Chicago the Musical</strong>
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Chicago the Musical

One of the most beloved musicals of all time, get your jazz hands ready for the titillating tale of Chicago the Musical. Starting from 21 November, enjoy a glamorous tale of murder, greed, adultery all to some of the greatest showtunes to ever be sung on Broadway. The musical follows Roxie Hart, a wannabe vaudevillian star who kills her lover and goes on a whirlwind adventure through the legal system. Tango on over to the Crown Theatre for this scorching hot masterpiece in Perth.

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Crown Theatre, Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood, WA 6100 From Tuesday 21 November 2023
<strong>The Nutcracker</strong>
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The Nutcracker

One of the most famous ballets of all time, The Nutcracker is the perfect way to start the Christmas season a little early this year. With a remarkable Tchaikovsky score, this magical production of the beloved festive ballet that remains faithful to the 19th-century original and will fill you with the Christmas spirit. Join Clara as she ventures through a winter wonderland and encounters the Nutcracker Soldier, Sugar Plum Fairy and evil Rat King in Perth.

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His Majesty's Theatre, 827-905 Hay St, Perth, WA 6000 Until Sunday 10 December 2023

Best Plays and Musicals in Brisbane:

<strong>A Christmas Carol</strong>
Christmas Carol. Photography by Jacob_09. Image via Shutterstock

A Christmas Carol

This December in Brisbane, celebrate the yule-tide festivities with a night at the sward winning stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his past has been re-invigorated with stunning production design, lavish costumes, and whimsical music. So, bring the whole family this year to QPAC for heart and humour this festive season with A Christmas Carol!

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Concert Hall, Corner Melbourne St and Grey St Melbourne Street, QLD 4100 Saturday 08 — Thursday 14 December 2023

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Feature image: Photographed by Peter Lewicki. Image via Unsplash.
This article was first published on September 06 2023. It was updated and edited by Hunter and Bligh on November 30 2023.