$28 – $35

Multiple Dates

Marlene Dietrich: Perfect Illusion

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The Butterfly Club

5 Carson Place

Melbourne, VIC 3000


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Refund Policy

Refund Policy

No Refunds

Event description


A fascinating story simply told…

Most of us know something about her. The glamour, the gaze, the voice. The many lovers. The ambiguous sexuality. All true. But the celluloid goddess oozing sensuality was an illusion created by Josef von Sternberg and painfully maintained by Dietrich to the end of her life. Her personal background, too, was altered and left to speculation, not least by Dietrich herself: “I like the legend.”

Here the authentic Dietrich, aged 74, prepares for her last concert. Juxtaposed with her celluloid image, she reveals herself in her own words and in snippets from her famous songs, taking us on a self-deprecating journey through her life. What emerges is a woman of substance who, despite her prickly persona, is vulnerable, affectionate, and above all likeable.

Written and performed by Uschi Felix
Directed by Sara Grenfell
Graphics by Joshua Burns

“The legend of Marlene Dietrich was the substance of dreams.” Noel Coward

Supported by the Goethe-Institut


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

The Butterfly Club is a licensed venue. Accordingly, patrons under 18 are only allowed on premises in the company of a parent or legal guardian.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

We strongly encourage using public transport. The Butterfly Club is a short stroll from Flinders Street station and Melbourne Central, and an even shorter stroll from any tram that travels through Swanston or Collins Streets (get off at Town Hall).

If driving, you can find the best parking rates in the area by visiting carparking.info (link opens in a new window).

How can I contact the venue with any questions?

Please call The Butterfly Club on 03 9663 8107 or visit our box office (the first room as you enter the Club) from 5pm to 8:30pm Monday to Saturday.

What's the refund policy?

There are no refunds or exchanges. Exceptions are made in extraordinary circumstances at the Club's discretion: if there is a sensible reason why you should receive a refund, please contact us and we'll be happy to discuss.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. We have a full record of all attendees and will be able to let you in whether you bring a printed copy of your ticket or not.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?


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