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Comedy Theatre

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Address: 240 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 9299 9990

Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre holds a vital place in the city’s vibrant live...

Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre holds a vital place in the city’s vibrant live entertainment scene. Built in 1928, the Comedy Theatre still maintains a lot of its original characteristics including balcony seating, a generous foyer and an elegant staircase.With seating for up to 1000 patrons, it is not only comedy that you will find here – audiences can enjoy a diverse range of theatre and live entertainment.

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Fawlty Towers Afternoon

Was recently at the Comedy Theatre to see Fawlty Towers, fabulous show. The Theatre has charm, but is clearly showing it age, which is OK. Seats are certainly not the most... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 October 2016
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Was recently at the Comedy Theatre to see Fawlty Towers, fabulous show. The Theatre has charm, but is clearly showing it age, which is OK. Seats are certainly not the most comfortable and if sitting in the middle of the row they are very tight to access. Staff are great and always engaging, other than the seating I love going... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Well they had the heaters on full bore way to hot. You could not hear them the accoustics were very bad. Should have had microphones. We had good seats but could ot hear. So it was very disappointing and a waste of good money. Well I wont be going ba k to the comedy theatre. Also seats v ery uncomfortable... More 

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Traralgon, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

We came here to see Fawlty Towers. Enjoyed the show and being in the lobely comedy theatre. Dont buy seats in the dress circle if you have mobility issues as wallking up the steep stairs can be hazardous!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

We really enjoyed the show Faulty Towers in this Beautiful Historical Theatre but the chairs were not comfortable and even though I am only average size , they are not very wide, in fact a larger person would be extremely uncomfortable I would think. It was also very hot inside, to the point of taking something away from the show.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

We were there for The Beast. Great production along with a beautiful building. Sitting comfortable possibly a little squashy for me as a taller person They have a bar in the theatre which makes it quick and easy for a drink. Would recommend getting eats prior to arriving, prices are a little step.

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Ballarat, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

Went to see Little Shop f Horrors last week and it definitely was the masterpiece advised. Cast were awesome; vocals especially. Puppetry of Audrey II was also fantastic. Comedy theatre itself is a lovely venue.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2016

Although this is a relatively small venue and iconic to Melbourne, in many respects it is time to rethink this dinosaur. It is far too crowded on entering and trying to literally push your way through to get to one's seats is not at all a pleasant start to a night out at the theatre. The men's toilets are a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2016

Whilst the Comedy Theatre itself is a great venue, every time we go there, we boil because it's so damn hot in there. They really need to do something about the climate control. Otherwise, friendly staff, nice period venue and it's a good size. We saw Dawn French. We won't be doing that again. How disappointingly boring she was.

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Port Lincoln, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2016

Recently watched Dawn French at the Comedy Theatre. Wonderful cosy building and great location to the Marriott Hotel. Seated on the ground floor, the seats were very comfortable and excellent viewing from all areas. Everything is very easily accessible. Staff were very pleasant. Foyer area is small, with toilets off to the side. Only issue on the night was that... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2016 via mobile

Had the pleasure of seeing "Effie the virgin bride" over the weekend. Every seat in the place has great viewing. It was a bit crowed in the foyer but once you get in it was great. Highly recommended to visit. Staff were very helpful and moved people efficiently around.

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