The world's most-loved musicals grace the stages of Sydney’s theatres. Reserve your tickets for blockbusters and delight in the singing and dancing. From amazing costumes and elaborate sets to memorable songs and great choreography, musicals make for an exhilarating night out.
A world of musicals in Sydney
Sydney is alive with breathtaking and memorable musicals. In world-class venues you'll see timeless classics and foot-tapping favourites for all ages. Check out the events calendar for shows and reserve your tickets for marvellous evenings on your sojourn in this beautiful harbour city.
Nicknamed the Palace of Dreams, the State Theatre has been entertaining theatregoers with dynamic shows and musicals since 1929. With gothic and art deco influences, this palatial theatre features hand-cut crystal chandeliers and is a short walk from the grand Queen Victoria Building.
At the nearby Capitol Theatre, in Haymarket, you will also see Australian and international musicals that appeal to seasoned and younger theatregoers alike. Cyndi Lauper's acclaimed musical Kinky Boots has enjoyed success in its run since April, and will continue warming the hearts of Sydney audiences until 13 August. The hilarious show will then be followed by a retelling of the classic musical smash My Fair Lady. Under the direction of much-loved actress Julie Andrews, the iconic theatre show will run from the 24 August to the October long weekend. Take the light rail from Central Station and get off in Haymarket or walk from Town Hall Station. The delicious food of Chinatown is also just a few minutes walk away.
Sydney Lyric Theatre is another venue for big musicals. Catch a performance of critically acclaimed Beautiful: The Carole King Musical here from the 17 September to 3 December. The show tells the inspiring of tale of Carole King's rise from budding songwriter to international superstar, and encapsulates the passion of the rock 'n' roll era. You can get the light rail from Central Station to The Star, where you’ll find a range of gourmet restaurants, including Momofuku Seiobo, Sokyo and Black by Ezard. You can get the light rail from Central Station to The Star, where you can dine at gourmet restaurants including Momofuku Seiobo and Osteria Balla Manfredi.
A spectacular night is Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, a magnificent pop-up opera house on the edge of Sydney Harbour, complete with bars, restaurants and tiered seating. Some of Sydney’s iconic landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House provide the backdrop for the world’s best loved operas.
Theatre Royal in the MLC Centre, near Martin Place Station, the Roslyn Packer Theatre in Walsh Bay, near the historic Rocks, and the Seymour Centre at the University of Sydney are all popular venues. Beyond the city centre is the Riverside Theatre in Parramatta, a delightful venue for musicals too. Head to the Roslyn Packer Theatre from 6 November to see Muriel's Wedding: The Musical, a laugh-out-loud musical reworking of the famous Australian film. In a world premiere, the hilarious show follows a hapless Muriel as she moves to Sydney to follow her dreams.