For over 40 years, we have fanned the flames of Melbourne’s radical culture, exerting significant influence on our city’s artistic community. In 1976, Carrillo Gantner formed the Hoopla Theatre Foundation, which transitioned into the Playbox Theatre Company in the early eighties. No matter the name, we’ve consistently served as a counterpoint to the mainstream.
In 2004, Michael Kantor reimagined Playbox as Malthouse Theatre. To this day, our distinctive style resonates locally, nationally and globally.
We champion artistic and cultural diversity and seek out alternative points of view. Committed to inclusivity, Malthouse Theatre invites collaboration without bias. We actively address inequities in representation. We believe fiercely in gender equality. We champion positive change and passionately influence its enactment.
We acknowledge the Land and Songlines of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung peoples of the Kulin Nation. We support the right of a Treaty for all First Nations peoples of Victoria and Australia. We engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, supporting their right to self-determine artistic identity while promoting artists and emerging talent, audience development and community engagement.
The Coopers Malthouse in Melbourne is our dedicated venue: a home for innovation and live experiences that provoke and entertain. A historic beer-making malthouse built in 1892, the building at 113 Sturt Street, Southbank was gifted to the Victorian State Government in 1986. Converted into an agile and contemporary theatre complex, it comprises our world renowned 500-seat Merlyn theatre, the newly refurbished 180-seat Beckett Theatre and the Tower.
Renamed The Coopers Malthouse in 2014, our building also accommodates rehearsal rooms, a bespoke workshop and offices. And of course, there is the Box Office, the Coopers Malthouse Bar and the Café to make your experience at Malthouse Theatre a memorable night out.