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The National Theatre has been a vital part of Melbourne’s creative landscape since 1921 when it first opened as the 3000-seat Victory Cinema.

Renovations from 1972-74 transformed the building from a cinema to a 783-seat proscenium theatre with purpose-built training studios for The National Drama School and Ballet School.

For almost 50 years, The National Theatre has hosted hundreds of performances and community events annually, from performing arts school shows and student productions, to an eclectic array of international artists, local musical theatre productions, comedy and our own productions from The National Drama School and Ballet School.

Your Visit


Tickets can be purchased online via the event listing, by calling (03) 9525 4611, or in person (45 minutes prior to the performance) from our Box Office located in the ground floor foyer of The National Theatre, 20 Carlisle St, (Cnr Barkly St), St. Kilda, 3182 VIC


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The National Theatre Box Office is in the ground floor foyer at 20 Carlisle St (Cnr Barkly St) St Kilda, 3182 VIC. 

The Box Office phone line operates Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm. 03 9525 4611

You can email enquiries to

The Box Office opens 45 minutes prior to the performance.


The National Theatre provides lift access to the Mezzanine and a stair climber for access to row J of the auditorium. All other seating rows are accessible via stairs only.

Motorised wheelchairs exceed the 250kg weight limit of our stair climber and cannot be admitted into the auditorium. Patrons can either transfer from their wheelchair to a seat or stay in their chair. We can also reserve a space next to this position for companions or friends attending. Companion Cards are also accepted. Please provide the card number when booking.


The National Theatre offers a Hearing Assistance System that allows patrons who use hearing aids to tune into the frequency of the venue. Please contact Box Office to let our team know that you intend to use the system.


No prams or capsules are permitted in the auditorium. Prams and capsules can be parked in the lower foyer and children under two years held in arms of the guardian. Babes in arms must not occupy a seat or obstruct the view of other patrons.

Please contact our Box Office with any bookings or other accessibility enquiries. (03) 9525 4611

The National Theatre is located at 20 Carlisle St (Cnr Barkly St) St. Kilda, VIC 3182.
Please plan to arrive at least 15mins prior to performance time.

Tram numbers 16 and 3a stop outside the Theatre at stop 33.
The No. 96 tram stop 138 at Luna Park is a 350 metre walk to the Theatre.

Balaclava Station is a 15-minute walk (1200 metres) from the Theatre.

Cnr Carlisle St and Barkly St, St Kilda 3182.

On street parking is available on Carlisle and Barkly streets (please check signage).
The closest paid parking is Acland Court (183 Barkly St), near Coles Supermarket. Entry and exit are via Barkly Street. Paid parking is also available on Irwell Street, Belford Street and beside the Palais Theatre.