Theatre and Shows in Sydney

Highlights

Enjoy a vibrant calendar of theatre and shows in Sydney, a splendid stage for the world’s best entertainment. Book your tickets for performances at majestic venues such as the iconic Sydney Opera House, where you’ll see theatre, opera, ballet, modern dance, concerts and comedy all year.

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

See world-class theatre and shows in Sydney

Reserve your seats for a wonderful night in Sydney, the entertainment jewel of Australia. You’ll be delighted with world-class theatre and shows at majestic venues such as the Sydney Opera House, on one of the great natural harbours in the world. You can even tour this architectural masterpiece.

And enjoy a drink at the Opera Bar and dine in Bennelong inside one of the white sails. The annual Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is a spectacular outdoor experience, with the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the Royal Botanic Garden as the backdrop for your favourite operas.

A beautiful foreshore walk away is Walsh Bay, where the leading Sydney Theatre Company puts on acclaimed plays in the Roslyn Packer Theatre and on a heritage-listed finger wharf. You’ll also find the Sydney Dance Company and indigenous contemporary dance troupe Bangarra in Walsh Bay.

BEAUTIFUL - The Carole King Musical, Sydney

In the city centre is the ornate State Theatre, nicknamed the Palace of Dreams when it opened in 1929. Other city venues include the Theatre Royal in the Harry Seidler-designed MLC Centre, the Capitol Theatre in Haymarket, the ICC Sydney in Darling Harbour, and the Sydney Lyric in Pyrmont.

Check out the events calendar for all the listings. In inner city neighbourhoods such as Kings Cross, Potts Point, Darlinghurst and Newtown you’ll see cutting-edge shows penned by outstanding writers. One of Australia’s most respected theatres is the Belvoir Street Theatre in Surry Hills.

The Ensemble Theatre is a harbourside gem. Take a train across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and alight at Milsons Point for a short walk via Willoughby Street. Another popular venue is the Riverside Theatre in Parramatta. Church Street is a delicious ‘eat street’ for a pre-show meal.

  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. Darlinghurst Theatre Company

    Darlinghurst Theatre Company develops, produces and presents outstanding professional artist-driven theatre. Since 2001, it has staged over 200 productions in collaboration with more than 1000 artists....

  5. Ensemble Theatre

    The Ensemble Theatre aims to produce live theatre of the highest quality that entertains, educates, enlightens and challenges.The Ensemble Theatre in Kirribilli, Sydney is Australia’s longest, continuously...

  6. Giant Dwarf

    The team behind The Chaser newspaper and television shows decided that they wanted to try their hand at another artistic venture, and Giant Dwarf was created.Outside of regular programming, Giant Dwarf is...

  7. Hayes Theatre Co

    Hayes Theatre Co, located in Potts Point, has the focus on providing a permanent home for small-scale musical theatre and cabaret. By providing venue space to newly mounted productions, Hayes...

  8. Kings Cross Theatre (KXT)

    Kings Cross Theatre (KXT) is one of the latest venues to join Sydney's inner city theatre precinct. Located in the heart of the city at the iconic Kings Cross Hotel, Sydney's theatre hub for the arts is just...

  9. Riverside Theatre Parramatta

    Riverside Theatres is Western Sydney's premier performing arts centre. With over 1,000 events per year, Riverside offers something for young and old.Located on the banks of the Parramatta River,...

  10. Seymour Centre

    Located in the heart of The University of Sydney, the Seymour Centre champions cultural exploration, arts education and audience engagement.The Seymour presents a diverse range of the best of...

  11. State Theatre

    The State Theatre is without doubt a truly magnificent and unique building. The palatial interiors feature artworks and fixtures of rare significance. The Dress Circle gallery houses artworks by significant Australian...

  12. Only Heaven Knows

    Friday 26 May to Saturday 1 July 2017, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    Only Heaven Knows is a beloved musical set in the 1940s and 1950s, telling the story of one young man’s discovery of love and life in Sydney. Tim, a teenage playwright, leaves an unsupportive family in Melbourne and...

    26 May -01Jul
  13. The Gentleman Magician's Magical Soirée

    Friday 3 March to Friday 29 December 2017, City Centre

    Every Friday - and on selected Saturdays - Bruce Glen, The Gentleman Magician, presents his Magical Soirée - an entrancing evening of magic and captivating Australian stories within one of Sydney’s most beautiful...

    03 Mar -29Dec
  14. El' Circo

    Friday 28 April to Saturday 30 December 2017, Surry Hills

    Step inside, the magic awaits!Slide's famous nine course circus degustation, El’ Circo, captivates with the charm and flavour of Parisian cabaret; timeless yet original - it’s a little piece of Europe in the...

    28 Apr -30Dec
  15. One the Bear - Candy Bowers

    Saturday 27 May to Saturday 3 June 2017, Sydney West

    Campbelltown Arts Centre, La Boite, and Black Honey Company present One the Bear, a fairy tale for the hip hop generation. Set in a garbage tip, this is the story of a young female bear that wants more for her tribe....

    27 May -03Jun
  16. I Love You Now

    Friday 9 June to Sunday 9 July 2017, Darlinghurst

    I Love You Now is a sexy, romantic, tragi-comedy about love and desire… plus tango! Featuring live music played by Max Lambert and Roger Lock.Jeanette Cronin’s wonderful play and love puzzle takes a long...

    09 Jun -09Jul
  17. 1984 By George Orwell

    Wednesday 28 June to Saturday 22 July 2017, Walsh Bay

    April, 1984. 1300 hours. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary and falls in love. But Big Brother is always watching.Published in 1949, George Orwell’s book helped define the...

    28 Jun -22Jul
  18. My Fair Lady

    Thursday 24 August to Saturday 23 September 2017, Chinatown And Haymarket

    Ground-breaking, glorious and grand.Celebrating the beloved original, Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady comes to the Capitol Theatre Sydney from August 24, under the direction of Julie Andrews.Opera...

    24 Aug -23Sep

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