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Theatre and shows in Sydney

Highlights

Sydney is a haven for theatre and shows with some of the country’s top stages and the world’s most iconic venues. The Sydney Opera House is the pinnacle of entertainment with theatre, opera, ballet, concerts and comedy shows throughout the season. You'll find a number of other venues across Sydney and its suburbs, offering diverse performances every night of the week.

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World-class performances at Sydney Theatres

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Sydney is a lively city bustling with theatre, shows, dance and other performances catering to a wide range of audiences.

Located in Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Opera House hosts some of the biggest names in music, theatre and comedy. Highlights of this season include concerts by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, Shakespeare's Henry V, The Australia Ballet performing The Nutcracker, and the annual Opera Gala on New Year's Eve concert. Regular tours of the Sydney Opera House are also available.

Walsh Bay is home to a number of arts venues including the Wharf Theatre and Sydney Dance Company. The Sydney Theatre is also located here. The company puts on an annual 12-play program consisting of bold new Australian plays and interpretations of its classic repertoire, featuring some of the country's finest actors.

The Capitol Theatre in Haymarket hosts big name productions including WICKED the Musical. At the Sydney Lyric Theatre in Pyrmont, Dirty Dancing—The Classic Story On Stage runs from November and breathes new life into the much-loved coming-of-age film classic.

The Griffin Theatre Company has its residency at the historic SBW Stables in Kings Cross and is an engine-room for theatrical discovery and diversity, while Slide Lounge in nearby Darlinghurst offers weekly cabaret shows. Just down the road is the popular Belvoir St Theatre in Surry Hills, while cosmopolitan Newtown also has a thriving theatre scene with the Seymour Centre and the Enmore Theatre, where music and comedy are the staple forms of entertainment.

Aerial view of Sydney Opera House, with Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney city and Circular Quay in background

Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is one of the world’s most iconic structures and its setting is one of the most beautiful in the world. Millions of people flock to its white sails to witness a world-class performance. Take photos outside this incredible landmark or head inside for a backstage tour.

Sydney Festival

A selection of the world's best performing and visual arts take centre stage across the city's major performance venues during this January festival. The program is kaleidoscopic in its diversity, from late night burlesque and international theatre, to dance, indie and world music.

Bangarra Dance Theatre. Image Credit Destination NSW

Dance in Sydney

Still want more singing and dancing? Sydney is home to a number of Australia's leading arts companies, such as the Sydney Dance Company and the Australian Ballet. You’ll also find the acclaimed Bangarra Dance Company here, the country's leading indigenous dance company.

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