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Finucane & Smith’s The Exotic Lives of Lola Montez

From the creators of the world’s most provocative varieties, burlesque art legends Finucane & Smith, comes the true lies tale of the wildest showgirl of the known world.

  • Dates 20 - 30 June

  • Times See below

  • Ticket prices See below

Lola Montez is the scandalous ‘spider dancer’ of the 19th century – and yes she famously toured Australia in 1855.

She horsewhipped the editor of the Ballarat Times (for a bad review). Swung down mineshafts on a single rope with champagne in hand. Showered with gold nuggets and insults. Her erotic Spider Dance was ‘the most libertinish and indelicate performance that could be given on the public stage.’ (The Sydney Morning Herald, 1855)

The scandal is legend.

Starring triple Best Actress Winner (and direct descendant of Lola herself!) Miss Caroline Lee, with Bollywood bellydance goddess Raksha Parsnani and operatic disco diva Piera Dennerstein. Decked in couture black lace, wild tales, jaw-dropping dance, sultry song and a death scene or three.

Written by Patrick White Playwright Award winner Jackie Smith and directed by international Queen of Provocative Variety Moira Finucane, Lola is a wildly contemporary dreamscape steeped in Australian history and the extraordinary lives and freedom of one of the world’s most adventurous women.

Presented by Finucane & Smith

Supported by City of Stonnington

Official Trailer

What the critics are saying

    Riveting, empowering and awe inspiring.

    Planet Arts
  • WOW! Entertaining and exciting, beautiful and talented … All I can say is wow!

    Dunolly & District Community News
  • Spellbinding! Subversive and intriguing.

    Canberra City News
  • Fascinating… teases and tantalises throughout.

    Australian Arts Review
  • Exquisite, flawless … an astounding interpretation.

    The Melbourne Critique


20 - 30 June


Thursday 20 June, 8pm
Friday 21 June, 8pm
Saturday 22 June, 8pm
Sunday 23 June, 6pm
Wednesday 26 June, 8pm
Thursday 27 June, 8pm
Friday 28 June, 8pm
Saturday 29 June, 8pm
Sunday 30 June, 6pm


$88 Table Seat*
$48 Standard
$38 Concession
$38 Groups 6+

*Table seats may share with other patrons


70-minutes (no interval)

All Chapel Off Chapel performances have a strict lockout policy.
Latecomers may not be admitted. Please arrive at least 15-minutes before performance time.

Seating & Accessibility

Seating: Allocated Seating

Please make sure you arrive a minimum of 15-minutes prior to the performance start time.

PLEASE NOTE: If you require accessible seating or wheelchair access, call the Box Office on 03 8290 7000, Monday-Friday between 10am and 4pm to book your tickets.


Theatrical haze & coarse language
Nudity & lots of dancing
This performance is suitable for ages 15+

Additional Information

To protect your health and safety and that of our team we have the following measures in place:

Venue will open one hour prior to showtime.
The venue will be CASHLESS.
Mask wearing is encouraged when inside the theatres.