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

Theatre and Shows in Sydney

  • Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: Turandot
  • Matilda the Musical


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.

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Aida, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

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 iconic 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 Company and Opera Australia. Regular backstage tours of the Sydney Opera House are also available.

One of the highlights of this season’s Sydney cultural calendar is Matilda the Musical, showing at the Sydney Lyric Theatre. Based on Roald Dahl’s famous children’s book, and with music and lyrics by the brilliant Australian comedian and composer Tim Minchin, ‘Matilda’ has received rave reviews. Winning three Helpmann Awards earlier this year, Opera Australia and John Frost's production of Anything Goes has now also sailed into Sydney after a national tour and standing ovations. 

The State Theatre, and the Belvoir St Theatre host an array of great shows year-round, and Walsh Bay, just minutes’ walk from The Rocks, is home to a number of notable arts venues including the Wharf Theatre and Sydney Dance Company. The Sydney Theatre is also located here, performing 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. Walsh Bay is also home to Bangarra, Australia's leading Indigenous performing arts company, known for its inspirational contemporary dance performances.

The performing arts scene of Sydney’s city fringe also has a lot to offer. 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, one of Australia's most respected and celebrated theatre companies. In bohemian Newtown you’ll find a thriving theatre scene, with the Seymour Centre and the Enmore Theatre, as well as King Street Theatre, which is home to the acclaimed Short + Sweet festival.

  • Matilda The Musical, Sydney Lyric 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 making its mark in Australia opening 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 changing her own story for a better life.

  • Twilight at Taronga, Sydney

    Twilight at Taronga

    Taronga Zoo’s series of summer concerts kicks off in January, with the likes of Josh Pyke, John Butler Trio, The Waifs, Birds of Tokyo, Missy Higgins and the Violent Femmes performing. With stunning Sydney Harbour views, it’s the perfect way to spend a laid-back summer evening. All tickets include free return ferry from Circular Quay from 5:15pm and half price same day entry to the Zoo.

  • Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: Turandot

    Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: Turandot

    A setting such as Sydney Harbour demands a spectacular opera, so prepare for a performance of huge proportions. An exotic fantasy of a death-marked love told with the city skyline reflected across the magnificent Sydney Harbour and featuring the famous aria 'Nessum Dorma'.  Join us for this special event set under the stars.



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