Festival Managed Venues

Applications to perform in a Festival Managed Venue are now closed.

What is a Festival Managed Venue?

The Festival manages a number of venues during the Comedy Festival in and around the Melbourne Town Hall. These venues are programmed and staffed by the Festival.

Productions in Festival Managed Venues enter a contractual agreement with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. This covers the various obligations of both parties and includes details of the financial arrangement. The Festival charges a Venue Guarantee fee, which is a set figure (which varies from venue to venue) or 25% of the gross box office generated by the Production, whichever is greater.

And for this fee, the Production gets:

  • Venue hire
  • Basic lighting rig and sound equipment
  • Basic theatre infrastructure (i.e. staging, curtains, etc)
  • One Technical Stage Manager (for every performance)
  • A Front Of House manager (for every performance)
  • Box Office management
  • Technical rehearsal time
  • Access to high exposure marketing opportunities


The Festival Managed Venues

In 2012, these venues will include:

Melbourne Town Hall

Cnr Swanston & Collins Sts, Melbourne

  • Main Hall capacity 1420
  • Lower Town Hall capacity 359
  • Supper Room capacity 250/128
  • Powder Room capacity 127
  • Cloak Room capacity 111
  • Council Chambers capacity 110
  • Regent Room capacity 68
  • Portico Room capacity 67
  • Lunch Room capacity 56
  • Backstage Room capacity 55

Forum Theatre
Cnr Flinders & Russell Sts, Melbourne

  • Upstairs capacity 515
  • Downstairs capacity 411
  • Ladies Lounge capacity 38
  • Carpet Room capacity 30

RMIT Capitol Theatre
133 Swanston St, Melbourne capacity 603

The Hi Fi
125 Swanston St, Melbourne capacity 320

Victoria Hotel
215 Lt. Collins St, Melbourne

  • Banquet Room capacity 225
  • Vic’s Bar capacity 90
  • Acacia Room capacity 65

Portland Hotel
Cnr Russell and Lt. Collins Sts, Melbourne

  • Portland Room capacity 84
  • Gold Room capacity 50
  • Locker Room capacity 30

Swiss House
89 Flinders Ln, Melbourne capacity 175

Imperial Hotel
Crn Bourke & Spring Sts, Melbourne capacity 75

Arthur's Bar (at Rosati)
95 Flinders Lane

  • Arthur's 1 capacity 92
  • Arthur's 2 capacity 60

Trades Hall
Cnr Victoria and Lygon Sts

  • New Ballroom capacity 250
  • Quilt Room capacity 135
  • Meeting Room capacity 121
  • Old Council Chambers capacity 110
  • The Bookstore capacity 52
  • Evatt Room capacity 40
  • The Bolthole capacity 34

N.B. This list is correct at time of publishing, but is subject to change

Application Process

Applications are now closed. If you submitted an application by the deadline, you should have received an email acknowledging your submission.

Venue offers will not be made for several weeks after the close of applications. You will receive a response whether your application is successful or not. Please make sure you have a fallback option in the event that we are unable to make you an offer.

If you apply for a Festival Managed Venue you must also complete an online show registration. Show registrations are now closed.


Questions? Email applications@comedyfestival.com.au or call 03 9245 3700