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Aerial view of Royal Botanic Gardens and Sydney Harbour.
Views of Bronte beach, Sydney
Sydney city skyline lit up during Vivid Sydney 2013. View from Circular Quay.

Theatre and Shows in Sydney

  • Aida Opera, Sydney Theatre
  • Wicked the Musical, Sydney Theatre


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 include performances by The Australian Ballet, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Bell Shakespeare and Opera Australia. Regular backstage 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 Les Misérables. At the Sydney Lyric Theatre in Pyrmont, Matilda the Musical breathes new life into the much-loved classic children's book by Roald Dahl.

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.

  • Matilda the Musical, Sydney Theatre

    Matilda the Musical

    It has received rave reviews around the globe and now the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Matilda The Musical is set to make its Australian premiere at the Sydney Lyric Theatre in July. Based on the novel by acclaimed author Roald Dahl, the elaborate stage show tells the story of an extraordinary young girl who dreams of a better life.

  • Les Miserables, Sydney Theatre

    Les Misérables

    Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of Les Misérables is now playing at the Capitol Theatre. Completely re-imagined with incredible new designs, and an astonishing cast, this is Les Mis like you have never seen it before. Hear classic songs including I Dreamed a Dream, Bring Him Home, One Day More, Do You Hear the People Sing and On My Own.

  • Handa Opera, Sydney Theatre

    Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: Aida

    A setting such as Sydney Harbour demands a spectacular opera, so prepare for a performance of huge proportions. A royal love triangle, a war, and the famous Triumphal March will light up the waters of Sydney’s magnificent harbour. Aida is the biggest opera ever performed on our harbour stage.

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