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Opening Weekend reviews

It's the opening weekend of the 30th Melbourne Festival and the reviews are in—check them out below and book your tickets today!

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The Bacchae

★★★★☆ Daily Review

"Confoundingly brilliant theatre." Alison Croggon, ABC Arts

"These are huge, big-hearted dangerous works. Individually, they're unsettling and open ended. Seen one after another, they are transformative. They remind us what it is like to see theatre for the first time." The Australian (paywall)

"An avant-garde spectacle marked by courageous performances." ★★★ The Age


"It’s on fire—literally." ★★★★ Herald Sun

"Brilliant musicians and sideshow, circus and dance performers contribute their astounding skills to this adults-only cabaret." ★★★★ The Age

32 rue Vandenbranden

★★★★★ Time Out Melbourne

★★★★☆ The Age

Bronx Gothic

"Okwui Okpokwasili's devastating evocation of adolescence a feat of physical endurance." ★★★★☆ The Age

★★★★☆ Herald Sun

★★★★☆ Daily Review

The Rabbits (sold out)

"An extraordinary and vivid piece of theatre that demands to be seen." ★★★★☆ The Age

The Secret Garden

"Endearing images in ACCA's The Secret Garden the stuff of dreams." The Age