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Stephen Sondheim

A Little Night Music

Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse
27 Jun 2019 - 6 Jul 2019

The most musical of musicals

If anyone can bridge the gap between opera and musicals, it is the incomparable Stephen Sondheim. With his characteristic wit and indelible musical talent comes the most musical of musicals, based on Ingmar Bergman’s 1955 film Smiles of a Summer Night.

The summer night smiles three times: first on the young, second on the fools and third on the old. Over the course of a weekend in the country, an entangled group of worldly characters rekindle lost love, court new liaisons, and flirt with romantic possibilities.

Capturing the uncertainties of love with playfulness and heartbreaking accuracy, A Little Night Music resonates with bittersweet wisdom, and speaks to us all.

From the romance of the night waltzes to the wistful ‘Send in the Clowns’, music theatre lovers will rejoice the return of one of Sondheim’s most beloved and sophisticated musicals.

Get ready to fall in love with some magical night music as Victorian Opera welcomes a cast of musical theatre, cabaret and opera stars, headed by Ali McGregor, Simon Gleeson, Nancye Hayes, and Samuel Dundas.

Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM

Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Suggested by a Film by Ingmar Bergman
Originally Produced and Directed on Broadway by Harold Prince

Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia) - All performance materials supplied by Hal Leonard Australia.

Ali McGregor (Desiree Armfeldt), Simon Gleeson (Fredrik Egerman), Nancye Hayes (Madame Armfeldt)


Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse

Thursday 27 June, 7:30pm
Friday 28 June, 7:30pm
Saturday 29 June, 7:30pm
Tuesday 2 July, 7:30pm
Wednesday 3 July, 7:30pm
Thursday 4 July, 7:30pm
Friday 5 July, 7:30pm
Saturday 6 July, 1:00pm*

Running time is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes, plus one interval

Sung in English

Patrons' Pre-show Drinks Friday 28 June

*Audio Description available

Price reserve maps for this production can be found on our Venue Information page.

Book 2 shows or more as part of a subscription and save 10–30% off single ticket prices.

5 reasons not to miss A Little Night Music

  • It is the most cherished and sophisticated musical by the master of the genre, Stephen Sondheim. 
  • Be astounded by the extraordinary talents of this dream cast of A-list stars from both the opera and musical theatre worlds.
  • A big musical of this quality only comes to town every few years and A Little Night Music is one of the top three unmissable musical theatre events in Melbourne this year.
  • The playful story will warm your heart on a cold winter night as it depicts love and relationships at their farcical best.
  • The unforgettable and uplifting tunes will stick in your head and have you humming all the way home.
Alinta Chidzey (Petra), Verity Hunt-Ballard (Countess Charlotte Malcolm), Elisa Colla (Anne Egerman)

Cast & Creatives

Music Director Phoebe Briggs
Director Stuart Maunder AM
Original Designer Roger Kirk AM
Associate Designer Candice MacAllister
Lighting Designer Trudy Dalgleish
Choreographer Elizabeth Hill


Fredrika Armfeldt Sophia Wasley
Madame Armfeldt Nancye Hayes AM
Henrik Egerman Mat Verevis
Anne Egerman Elisa Colla
Fredrik Egerman Simon Gleeson
Petra Alinta Chidzey
Desiree Armfeldt Ali McGregor
Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm Samuel Dundas
Countess Charlotte Malcolm Verity Hunt-Ballard

Ensemble featuring: Paul Biencourt, Kirilie Blythman, Michelle McCarthy and Juel Riggall.


Victorian Opera Chamber Orchestra

Book Tickets

Choose Your Own (CYO) Subscription Pricing

Package (Adult) Premium A-Reserve B-Reserve C-Reserve
2 Shows CYO $157 $121 $85 $35
3-4 Shows CYO $140 $108 $76 $35
5+ Shows CYO $122 $94 $66 $35

Single Ticket Pricing

Price Type Premium A-Reserve B-Reserve C-Reserve
Adult $175 $135 $95 $39
Concession $165 $125 $85 $39
Senior $170 $130 $90 $39
30 Years and Under N/A N/A $35 $35
Group (6+) $165 $125 $85 $39
Arts Access N/A N/A $30 $30

Subscription pricing applies to Full/Adult, Concession and 30 Years and Under ticket buyers. Discount savings are calculated on Full Single Ticket prices for 2019. Concession and 30 Years and Under subscription pricing does not apply to Premium seating. Tickets must be purchased in a single transaction as a package. A $8.50 Subscription Processing Fee applies per order to bookings made online, by phone or mail. Subscriptions close on Monday 4 March 2019.

If you have any issues booking subscriptions online, please phone the Victorian Opera Subscription line on 1300 822 849. Please allow up to four weeks to have your subscription processed and to receive your tickets.

For single ticket phone bookings, please call Arts Centre Melbourne on 1300 182 183. Single ticket prices are correct at time of publishing and may vary.

We strongly advise that tickets should only be purchased via authorised ticket sellers. For A Little Night Music these include Arts Centre Melbourne, Tix, Showbiz and What's On Live. Arts Centre Melbourne can be accessed via links on this website. Tickets purchased through unauthorised sellers cannot be guaranteed.