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. 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. Monkey Baa Theatre Company

    Monkey Baa Theatre Company was established 18 years ago and is a National leader in creating outstanding theatre for young people, that is relevant, vibrant, thought provoking and imaginative.Through...

  10. 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,...

  11. 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...

  12. Richard 3

    Saturday 25 February to Saturday 1 April 2017, City Centre

    Bell Shakespeare's Richard 3 at Sydney Opera House.Richard is hideous. And Richard was born knowing that he would one day be a ruler.His hunchbacked deformity masks his seething malevolence. His...

    25 Feb -01Apr
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  13. Risque Revue

    Thursday 23 March to Thursday 25 May 2017, Darlinghurst

    Indulge yourself at Risqué Revue, an evening of fine French cuisine, accompanied by a magnificent production show set in the heart of Paris.Risqué Revue is a multi-act theatrical production that...

    23 Mar -25May
  14. El' Circo

    Friday 31 March to Friday 26 May 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...

    31 Mar -26May
  15. 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
  16. The Play That Goes Wrong

    Wednesday 5 April to Sunday 23 April 2017, Walsh Bay

    Winner of Best New Comedy at London's 2015 Olivier Awards and acclaimed with five star reviews, The Play That Goes Wrong is currently playing to packed houses in the West End and opens on Broadway in March....

    05 Apr -23Apr
  17. Fallen

    Thursday 6 April to Saturday 22 April 2017, Chippendale

    Sport For Jove Theatre is co-producing with the incredible Melbourne based She Said Theatre, on a new Australian work inspired by the history of Urania Cottage, a home for “fallen” women founded by Charles Dickens...

    06 Apr -22Apr
  18. Jungle Book: The Musical

    Monday 10 April to Saturday 22 April 2017, Inner Sydney

    Warning: this is not the Disney version.Based on the beloved stories by Rudyard Kipling, Artistic Director/Intendant of King Street Theatre, Markus Weber and Michael Summ’s production of Jungle Book - The Musical...

    10 Apr -22Apr

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