Join ballet expert Donna Cusack in springtime Melbourne for The Australian Ballet’s premiere season of the full-scale staging of Spartacus.

This new production by choreographer Lucas Jervies is accompanied by Aram Khachaturian’s musical score, with sets and costumes by Jerome Kaplan, designer for Alexei Ratmanksy’s Cinderella.

To cap off the experience, enjoy an intimate visit to the new Primrose Potter Australian Ballet Centre, an exclusive pre-performance dinner hosted by The Australian Ballet, and a morning viewing the National Gallery of Victoria’s exhibition of masterworks from New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

Arrive in Melbourne and make your way to the Langham Hotel on Melbourne’s Southbank, conveniently located within walking distance of Arts Centre Melbourne. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your travel arrangements.

Depart The Langham Southbank at 17:00 and join Donna and fellow travellers for a welcome briefing and tour of the newly opened Primrose Potter Australian Ballet Centre. Recently renovated, the centre boasts new studios, dancing facilities, offices and pointe shoe room. Enjoy a pre-performance introduction to Spartacus in the Ballet Centre’s Green Room by a member of the company, followed by dinner at a nearby restaurant.


This morning, visit the National Gallery of Victoria for a guided tour of the Masterworks of MoMA exhibition. With Melbourne the sole international venue for the exhibition, the collection occupies the entire ground floor of the NGV International showcasing works of Picasso, Matisse, van Gogh, Mondrian, Rothko, Dalí and Duchamp, amongst 150 artworks never previously exhibited in Australia.

Spend an afternoon at leisure to enjoy the vibrancy of Melbourne.

Tonight, following an exclusive dinner hosted by The Australian Ballet in the Melbourne Arts Centre, enjoy Lucas Jervies’ brand-new production of Spartacus. Featuring The Australian Ballet company’s male dancers, the story of the Roman gladiator who sparks a slaves’ rebellion portrays the heights of bravery, athleticism and freedom.


Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your travel arrangements.


Per person, twin-share from

AUD 1,500

Per person, single from

AUD 1,750

Deposit per person (at time of booking)

AUD 500

*Single travellers may request to share.
Please advise at time of booking.

Final payment due

10 August 2018

Tour code


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Tour price includes

  • Premium-reserve tickets to The Australian Ballet’s Spartacus
  • Two nights’ deluxe accommodation at The Langham Southbank with breakfast daily (B)
  • Exclusive pre-performance dinner with The Australian Ballet and introduction to the ballet
  • Two dinners (D) as per itinerary, including wines
  • Guided tour of the NGV’s Masterworks of MoMA exhibition
  • Private visit to The Australian Ballet’s new Primrose Potter Ballet
  • Complimentary Spartacus programme book
  • Hotel porterage (one piece per person)

Tour price does not include

  • Flights to/from Melbourne (please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
  • Airport/hotel transfers on arrival and departure
  • Items of a personal nature, including telephone, laundry, taxis, minibar, room service etc.
  • Travel insurance (recommended; please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)


Your hotel
The Langham
Located on Southbank Promenade, this grand hotel features an extensive array of services and facilities including Melba restaurant, Aria bar and lounge, Chaun spa, a gymnasium and swimming pool. The rooms combine classic elegance with contemporary amenities. Grand Classic rooms offer views of Southbank or the Bay whilst Grand River Rooms offer premium views of the city skyline and Yarra River. The hotel is a 5 minute walk from Arts Centre Melbourne.

NB. Hotel of a similar standard may be substituted.


Young, rising star of The Australian Ballet is choreographer Lucas Jervies, a former company dancer and graduate of The Australian Ballet School. Recent choreographies include a new production of Firebird for the Louisville Ballet and Little Red Riding Hood for Queensland Ballet. Locally, he has created dance works for leading arts companies including Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir Theatre, the West Australian Ballet, Sydney Chamber Opera, Sydney Dance Company, Opera Australia and Griffin Theatre Company, while internationally his credits include the Noverre Society Stuttgart Ballet, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam and Milwaukee Ballet. Spartacus is his debut main-stage choreography for The Australian Ballet, with 2018 marking the first performance of Spartacus by the company in sixteen years.