This month’s top events, plus a sneak peek at what’s on in May.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Until 22 April | Various venues, Melbourne
Comedians participating in this year’s program include Arj Barker, Celia Pacquola and double act Judith Lucy and Denise Scott.
The Field Revisited
27 April-26 August | National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
When the NGV moved to its current St Kilda Road premises in 1968, its inaugural exhibition was The Field, which featured 74 works by 40 artists. The gallery is re-creating the display on its 50th anniversary.
Until 29 April | Melbourne Museum Plaza
In this exhibition for lovers of Lego, more than 1.5 million bricks have been used to build 38 models. The standout is the tallest Lego statue in the Southern Hemisphere, a 7.5-metre-high NASA rocket.
17 April-11 May | Arts Centre Melbourne
American soprano Corinne Winters plays courtesan Violetta in this Opera Australia production.
Planet Earth II Live in Concert
29 April | Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
The BBC Earth series gets the live treatment, with footage projected onto a large screen while Eric Bana narrates and the Melbourne Pops Orchestra performs the score.
Next Month: The Wizard of Oz
15 May-1 July | Regent Theatre, Melbourne
Anthony Warlow is the Wizard in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical featuring classic and new songs.
Sydney Comedy Festival
23 April-20 May | Various venues, Sydney
Michael Che, co-head writer of Saturday Night Live and co-anchor of its Weekend Update segment, headlines a program that includes shows by Shawn Wayans, Cal Wilson, Fiona O’Loughlin and Luke Heggie, who won the Comics’ Choice Award at the 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Musical Mamma Mia!
Until 6 Ma y | Capitol Theatre, Sydney
It’s the last chance for Sydneysiders to say “I do, I do, I do” to the ABBA musical before it heads to Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide.
Orange F.O.O.D Week
6-15April | Various venues, Orange
Regional Australia’s longest-running food festival features signature events such as the Autumn Grazing Dinner and Forage, a 4.1-kilometre scenic vineyard walk with a nine-course dégustation. There’s also the more relaxed Night Market where the region’s chefs, cooks and winemakers gather.
6-23 April | Sydney Opera House
This performance by The Australian Ballet is a tribute to choreographer Graeme Murphy’s 50-year tenure at the company, from his early days in the corps de ballet to his vividly reimagined Firebird.
A-League Finals Series
Finals from 20 April | Allianz Stadium, Sydney
The fierce competition that will culminate in the crowning of the 2018 A-League champion kicks off this month. Teams from Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle will do battle, with Sydney FC fighting for a record fourth flag.
Next Month: Vivid Sydney
25 May-16 June | Various venues, Sydney
Sydney is transformed when this festival of light, music and ideas takes over its landmarks and skies, attracting locals and visitors to the city and harbour foreshores to enjoy the spectacle. Be sure to visit The Royal Botanic Garden, where plants, rock walls and century-old fig trees are used as organic canvases.
25 April | Australian War Memorial, Canberra
This year’s Anzac Day ceremonies commemorate the landing in Gallipoli 103 years ago and honour all those who have served, starting with the reading aloud of excerpts from the letters and diaries of Australians who experienced war firsthand.
Antony and Cleopatra
12-21 April | Canberra Theatre Centre
Catherine McClements and Johnny Carr star as the most famous couple in history in this Bell Shakespeare production of the Bard’s tragedy directed by Peter Evans.
10 April | Adelaide Convention Centre
English singer-songwriter Seal and his orchestra make a stop in Adelaide on his Australian tour, performing tracks from his new album, Standards, plus the hits that made him a star.
Groovin the Moo
27 April | Adelaide Showground, Wayville
Paul Kelly, Vera Blue and British duo Royal Blood kickstart this music festival in Adelaide before it travels to five regional centres.
Next Month: Anh Do
31 May-1 June | Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide
The Vietnamese-born Australian comedian, artist and bestselling author brings his sellout show, The Happiest Refugee Live, to Adelaide.
The Cunning Little Vixen
21-28 April | His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth
Czech composer Leoš Janáček’s rarely heard score transports you to the world of the vixen Sharp Ears in this beautifully tragic examination of the circle of life.
22 April | Perth Arena
The world-famous exhibition team take their Amazing Feats of Basketball Tour around Australia this month. From trick shots and slam dunks to newly incorporated four-pointers and other court theatrics, they put on a show that leaves audiences awe-struck.
Next Month: In Dreams: Roy Orbison in Concert
11 May | Perth Arena
A full symphony orchestra and a hologram of rock ‘n’ roll icon Roy Orbison are the stars of this show, with classics such as Crying and Oh, Pretty Woman on the set list.
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games
4-15 April | Various venues, Gold Coast
About 6600 athletes from the Commonwealth nations converge on the Gold Coast for 11 days of hard-fought competition.
WOW: Women of the World Festival
6-8 April | Brisbane Powerhouse
As part of the cultural program for the Commonwealth Games, this weekend event celebrates women with panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions and performances.
27 April | Brisbane Entertainment Centre
The American rockers are coming out of their cage and they’ll be doing just fine in Brisbane at the start of their Australian tour.
Next Month: Barry Humphries: The Man Behind the Mask
10 May | QPAC, Brisbane
The Aussie expat returns with a confessional evenin of stories about his colourful life and six-decade theatrical career.
26-29 April | Ayers Rock Resort
Celebrating Australian Indigenous culture, this year’s “coming together” is headlined by country musician Troy Cassar-Daley, model Samantha Harris, AFL legend Nicky Winmar and chef Mark Olive.
Next Month: Northern Territory Travelling Film Festival
21 May-9 June | Various venues, Northern Territory
This inaugural festival transforms some of Australia’s most remote and spectacular landscapes – including the Nitmiluk and Kakadu national parks – into open-air cinemas, screening shorts by Northern Territory filmmakers.
Lano & Woodley
28-30 April | Theatre Royal, Hobart
More than a decade after bidding Australian audiences farewell, comedy duo Colin Lane and Frank Woodley reunite to present their new show, Fly.
16-21 April | Various locations, Tasmania
The country’s best tarmac rally racers cover more than 2000 kilometres of the island state over six days.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
21 April | Federation Concert Hall, Hobart
Hear German composer Felix Mendelssohn’s whimsical score for Shakespeare’s comedy, with Howard Shelley doing double duty as conductor and soloist.
Next month George’s Marvellous Medicine
31 May-2 June | Theatre Royal, Hobart
This hour-long stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved book will appeal to families with children aged six years or over.
Top image: The Wizard of Oz/Jeff Busby
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