What Happens Next
At Malthouse Theatre we collaborate with local and international artists to create performances that cut to the core of the human experience.
Theatre has the power to interrogate, disrupt and to be an agent of change—we think it always should. At Malthouse Theatre the work we produce explores the world personally, socially and politically.
Based in a dedicated venue, The Coopers Malthouse in Melbourne, we are a home for innovative live experiences that entertain and provoke a dialogue with and within audiences.
Welcome to Malthouse Theatre.
We champion artistic and cultural diversity and seek out alternative points of view.
Malthouse Theatre is committed to inclusivity. We collaborate with artists and arts professionals from culturally and linguistically diverse and Indigenous backgrounds. As a company, we employ pro-active measures to address inequities in representation within our industry and we fiercely believe in gender equality. We passionately and persistently advocate for, champion and influence change.
We acknowledge the Land and Songlines of the Boonwurrung within the Kulin Nation. Our vision is to be a world leader in engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by supporting their right to self-determine artistic identity. Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee regularly connect with our Company to advise on protocols, artists and emerging talent, audience development and community engagement.
We are supported by a vibrant history spanning four decades. It has been 41 years since Founding Director, Carrillo Gantner, formed the Hoopla Theatre Foundation in 1976, which later became Playbox Theatre Company; 31 years since the Malthouse building was converted into an agile and contemporary theatre complex; and 13 years since Playbox was re-imagined as Malthouse Theatre by Michael Kantor in 2004.
In 1986 Carlton and United Breweries gifted the historic Malthouse building at 113 Sturt Street, Southbank to the State Government of Victoria to be developed as the new home of Playbox. Rebranded as The Coopers Malthouse in 2014, the building comprises two theatre spaces, the 500-seat Merlyn theatre and 180-seat Beckett Theatre; the Tower space; rehearsal rooms and offices; the theatre bar and café; and a bespoke workshop.
From Playbox to Malthouse Theatre our Company has consistently been a counterpoint to the mainstream. We have provided theatre-makers with the freedom to create adventurous, daring work; and to experiment and to take great artistic risks. These remain key tenets of Malthouse Theatre’s core values and mission today.
The impact of Malthouse Theatre’s 41 years on the Melbourne arts and culture community, and on our broader artistic identity, is substantial. We have created a unique, recognisable theatre making style that rebels against the traditional limitations of the discipline and resonates locally, nationally and globally.