The faces of Melbourne theatre to watch this year

If you want to see a fine Australian actress in a great role, head to the Royal Botanic Gardens where Alison Whyte is playing the Queen in Glenn Elston's production of Hamlet.

Next month Ben Mingay and Lucy Durack bring their formidable talents to the big-event theatre of Shrek the Musical

Alison Whyte and Andre de Vanny in Hamlet.Credit:

If you want to put your money on a new Australian play, that characterful powerhouse of an actor, William McInnes stars in Aidan Fennessey's The Heartbreak Choir at the Southbank Theatre in June, along with Genevieve Morris.

This year features a couple of arresting one-handers.

In September, Sheridan Hardbridge will take to the Malthouse stage in Suzie Miller's rumoured-to-be-knockout

Prima Facie.

And in October, Robin McCleavy stars in Cate Champion’s production of Girls & Boys at the Arts Centre.

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