Doncaster Playhouse, is an intimate theatre space that hosts a variety of productions throughout each year. Built in 1863, Doncaster Playhouse was the first primary school in the area before being refurbished as a community theatre in 1988. Doncaster Playhouse is open to professional and amateur theatre companies for hire, which complements council’s broader arts and culture program.
Doncaster Playhouse is situated at 679 Doncaster Road, Doncaster (12kms or 15 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD via the Eastern Freeway). The theatre is nestled next to the prominent MC2 building, which houses a number of additional cultural venues such as the Manningham Art Gallery and the Manningham Art Studios.
Manningham Council’s Arts and Culture team administers the hiring of Doncaster Playhouse through an annual call for performance proposals. Through this program, the Playhouse provides the Manningham community and its visitors with a diverse performing arts offering that includes the spectrum of performing arts from drama to music; comedy to dance; community theatre to contemporary theatre.