Limelight’s Shona Benson, Maxim Boon and Clive Paget select their best from the Fest.

The Melbourne Festival is in full swing this week, with some of the world’s best music, dance and theatre descending upon the Victorian capital for the annual celebration of the arts. The Limelight team have selected their top-picks from this year’s eclectic programme.

16 – 25 October

This fantastically observed adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece, by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan of British theatre firebrands Headlong, caused a major buzz during its premiere season in London, among audience members and critics alike. More than a quarter of a million people have seen the show since it first opened in 2013, so I urge you Comrades, don’t miss out on seeing what is definitely an international theatre sensation.

16 – 19 October