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: Turandot
  • 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.

  • Aladdin, Sydney

    Aladdin

    From the producer of The Lion King and Mary Poppins, the story of Aladdin comes to thrilling theatrical life in this bold new musical comedy for its Australian premiere in Sydney. The story with universal appeal has enjoyed critical acclaim on Broadway since it opened in March 2014.

  • My Fair Lady, Sydney

    My Fair Lady

    Celebrating its 60th year, Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady is playing at the iconic Sydney Opera House from August 2016. Directed by Dame Julie Andrews, this Opera Australia production tells the story of Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle and her transformation into a proper English lady.

  • 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. El' Circo

    Friday 2 September 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...

    02 Sep -26May
  2. Aladdin - The Musical

    Thursday 1 September to Sunday 20 November 2016, Chinatown And Haymarket

    From the producer of The Lion King and Mary Poppins, the beloved story of Aladdin comes to thrilling theatrical life in this bold new musical comedy. The New York Times says it’s “Fabulous!” and “Extravagant!” and USA...

    01 Sep -20Nov
  3. Dream Lover - The Bobby Darin Musical

    Thursday 22 September to Sunday 27 November 2016, Pyrmont

    Dream Lover reveals the extraordinary story of legendary singer, songwriter and actor Bobby Darin.Starring David Campbell and Hannah Fredericksen and directed by Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert...

    22 Sep -27Nov
  4. Ladies in Black

    Friday 6 January to Sunday 22 January 2017, Pyrmont

    The swankiest new home-grown musical since Priscilla was queen, Ladies in Black is a whirling, toe-tapping trip back in time. Based on a beloved comic novel by Madeleine St John, it’s a uniquely Australian fashion...

    06 Jan -22Jan

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