If You Really Love Christmas, You'll Want to See 'Love Actually' in Concert Down Under This Festive Season

To ‘Love Actually’ fans, this full orchestra-backed screening is perfect — and it's back for another year.
Sarah Ward
Published on October 05, 2023
Updated on October 05, 2023

When the end of the year hits, do you get 'Christmas is All Around', as sung by Bill Nighy, stuck in your head? Have you ever held up a piece of cardboard to tell the object of your affection that, to you, they're perfect? Does your idea of getting festive involve watching Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley, Rowan Atkinson and Martin Freeman, all in the same movie?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then you clearly adore everyone's favourite Christmas-themed British rom-com, its high-profile cast and its seasonal humour. And, you've probably watched the beloved flick every December since it was first released in cinemas back in 2003. That's a perfectly acceptable routine, and one that's shared by many. But this year, you can do one better — again.

A huge success during its past tours of the UK, Australia and New Zealand (to the surprise of absolutely no one), Love Actually in Concert is returning in 2023 to make this festive season extra merry. It's exactly what it sounds like: a screening of the film accompanied by a live orchestra performing the soundtrack as the movie plays.

And, to the jolly delight of fans Down Under, it's heading to Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, as well as Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Dates and times vary per city, but all shows are taking place in December so that you can get your Love Actually fix in the lead up to Christmas.

Here, you'll revisit the Richard Curtis-written and -directed film that you already know and treasure, step through its interweaved Yuletide stories of romance, and hear a live orchestra play the movie's soundtrack. And, yes, Christmas (and love) will be all around you.


Friday, December 15 — 7pm, Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington
Saturday, December 16 — 3.30pm, Darling Harbour Theatre, ICC Sydney, Sydney
Saturday, December 16 — 3.30pm, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Perth
Saturday, December 16 — 4pm + 8pm, The Civic, Auckland
Sunday, December 17 — 4pm, Christchurch Town Hall, Christchurch
Saturday, December 23 — 3.30pm + 7pm, Hamer Hall, Melbourne

Love Actually in Concert will tour Australia and New Zealand in December 2023— head to the event's website for further details and tickets.

Published on October 05, 2023 by Sarah Ward
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