Sydney musicals

If you love your stage show to come with plenty of musical and theatrical highs – you’re in luck. Sydney hosts an impressive number of musicals each year, from the latest Broadway and West End shows to timeless classics. The best bit? You get to enjoy your entertainment in establishments that are just as alluring as the drama unfolding before you. Here’s what you can look forward to for the rest of the year.

Sydney Opera House: Sydney CBD

The legendary Sydney Opera House hosts hundreds of events every year, from opera and classical concerts to comedy and rock gigs. There are many highlights for the remainder of 2022, including the lavish La Traviata. Come for the show; linger for the architecture and outlook, over the water to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Grab a pre-musical drink at the Opera Bar, in the shadow of the building’s immense white sails, or indulge in the pre-theatre a la carte menu at Bennelong.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical in Haymarket, Sydney City

Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Haymarket - Credit: MRA-Tourism

Capitol Theatre: Haymarket

The heritage-listed Capitol Theatre hosts touring productions of big-name musicals, including Moulin Rouge! The Musical this year and Beauty and the Beast in 2023. Located in Haymarket, the establishment is surrounded by an impossible number of places to eat in Chinatown. Post-show dim sum, anyone?

Capitol Theatre

Capitol Theatre, Sydney City

Sydney Lyric Theatre: Pyrmont

One of the city’s premier live entertainment venues, the Sydney Lyric Theatre is this year hosting the Australian premiere of two blockbuster musicals: Mary Poppins and Cinderella. The theatre is part of the enormous Star complex, where you’ll also find a casino, high-end boutiques, multiple hotels and plenty of restaurants to book a pre- or post-musical meal at. Head to The Century for an upscale Cantonese feast, BLACK Bar & Grill for succulent seafood or Sokyo for innovative Japanese.

Cinderella in Pyrmont, Sydney City

Cinderella, Pyrmont

Theatre Royal: Sydney CBD

After an extensive (and impressive) refurbishment, this grande dame is back tempting theatre-goers with an impressive line-up of musicals, including an encore season of Come From Away, as well as The Rocky Horror Show and TINA - The Tina Turner Musical  in 2023. Theatre Royal’s location, just shy of Martin Place, means you’re steps from any number of the city’s fabulous bars (it’s hard to beat Uncle Ming’s, The Swinging Cat or Employees Only) and restaurants, such as Long Chim, Mr Wong and Restaurant Hubert.

Come From Away - Credit: Kabuku PR

Come From Away - Credit: Kabuku PR

Sydney Festival

Each January, Sydney Festival transforms the city with an exciting program of art and performances. The three-week-long festival features international and local artists at a range of venues including the State Theatre, Carriageworks and Parramatta Park.

Sydney Festival

Sydney Festival, Sydney City


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