Australia's Polyglot Theatre lived up to its name this week, premiering a brand new, Chinese-language version of its hit Muckheap at the prestigious National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing on Saturday.

As a fitting finale to the 25th anniversary, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival has announced record attendances and box office for the 2011 Festival.

Victorians can expect even more exciting performers, more free programming and more belly laughs from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival thanks to a multi-million dollar boost to the festival’s funding announced in the 2011-12 Victorian Budget.

In Tuesday's State budget the Victorian Premier and Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu has announced an allocation of $15 million for the construction of a new home for Circus Oz in Collingwood. 

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s most prestigious annual award, the Barry Award, was awarded to Russell Kane for Smokescreens And Castles.

Chairman of the Melbourne Theatre Company Board, Derek Young has announced that the 2012 MTC Season will be created by Robyn Nevin, Pamela Rabe and Aidan Fennessy.

The most exhilarating and diverse Melbourne International Jazz Festival program to date, was last night officially launched by the Victorian Premier and Minister for the Arts, Ted Baillieu MLA.

Brett Sheehy
Chairman of the Melbourne Theatre Company Board, Derek Young today announced Brett Sheehy as the new Artistic Director and Chief Executive for Melbourne Theatre Company.

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