Theatre and Shows in Sydney

Highlights

Sydney hosts a vibrant calendar of theatre and shows, many playing on some of the country’s top stages. It’s also home to one of the world’s most iconic venues, the Sydney Opera House, hosting theatre, opera, ballet, concerts and comedy shows throughout the year.

  • Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, Carmen
  • Arabian Nights, Sydney

See world-class theatre and shows in Sydney

Enjoy some of the world’s best entertainment in one of the world's most iconic venues, the Sydney Opera House. Before a show take a tour of the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House, which sits on the edge of Sydney Harbour, one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world. Highlights under the majestic sails include some of the biggest names in opera, dance, music, theatre and comedy.

Just minutes away from the Sydney Opera House is Walsh Bay, where the Sydney Theatre Company puts on plays in the Roslyn Packer Theatre featuring Australia's finest actors. Walsh Bay, near the historic Rocks, is also home to the Sydney Dance Company and Bangarra Dance Theatre, the internationally acclaimed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contemporary dance troupe.

Near the grand Queen Victoria Building is the splendid State Theatre, which opened in 1929 and was declared the 'Palace of Dreams'. Theatre Royal is in the Harry Seidler-designed MLC Centre and Capitol Theatre is in Haymarket, near Chinatown.

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: Carmen

You can also join theatre-goers at Sydney Harbour's edge for the latest Handa Opera production, a pop-up opera house with purpose-built bars, restaurants and a grandstand under the stars.

Next to Darling Harbour is the Sydney Lyric, and in Surry Hills is the Belvoir St Theatre, one of Australia's most respected theatres.

In Parramatta, the Riverside Theatre puts on a popular shows all year. Discover plays penned by outstanding writers at smaller venues too, including the historic SBW Stables Theatre in Kings Cross, the Hayes Theatre in Potts Point and the Eternity Playhouse in Darlinghurst, where you'll also find cabaret at Slide.

The Seymour Centre is in the thriving heart of University of Sydney and you can also enjoy Newtown's  nearby Enmore Theatre and King Street Theatre.

  • The Bodyguard

    The Bodyguard

    One of Australia’s finest performers, Paulini, plays the leading role of Rachel Marron in the Australian Premiere of the international award-winning hit musical The Bodyguard. Don’t miss this extraordinary stage production of the Oscar-nominated film as it hits Sydney. 

  • Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: Carmen

    Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: Carmen

    Some of Sydney’s most spectacular landmarks will provide the backdrop for a magnificent production of one of the world’s best loved operas, Bizet’s Carmen, when Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour returns in 2017.
     
Opera, Sydney-style.

Leave the lights of the city twinkling on the harbour and step into the Sydney Opera House. Let opera spark a summer of passion.

  1. Bangarra Dance Theatre

    Bangarra is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation, and one of Australia's leading performing arts companies. They are widely acclaimed, nationally and around the world, for their powerful dancing,...

  2. Belvoir St Theatre

    Belvoir is one of Australia's most respected and celebrated theatre companies, growing under the artistic leadership of Neil Armfield from 1994 - 2010. Under new Artistic Director Ralph Myers and General Manager...

  3. Capitol Theatre

    Sydney's beautiful historic Capitol Theatre is host to world class musicals, theatre, ballet, concerts and performers.Don't just go for the show, visit the Capitol Theatre for a great and total night out!...

  4. The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín

    Friday 13 January to Saturday 25 February 2017, Walsh Bay

    For two thousand years Mary has been silent. A woman seen but not heard. Until now.This Mary is no saint, not meek, nor obedient. In a voice that is both tender and furious, she speaks a defiant truth...

    13 Jan -25Feb
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  5. The Mystery of Love and Sex

    Friday 10 February to Sunday 12 March 2017, Darlinghurst

    Presented in association with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival 2017. Supported by Ian Barnett.Charlotte loves Jonny, but lately she’s been loving Claire. Jonny loves Charlotte, but lately he’s been...

    10 Feb -12Mar

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