Theatre and Shows in Sydney

With a host of beautiful venues and exciting theatre companies, Sydney is a tough act to follow when it comes to the theatre. Enjoy exciting new plays, international productions and classic shows across the city.

What’s on & coming soon

People crowding outside the popular Old Fitzroy Hotel in Woolloomooloo

Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour

Sydney’s most iconic venue stages a variety of performances each year, including a wide range of plays and shows. To mark the beginning of 2021, Sydney Opera House is offering $21 tickets to a number of shows, sold the day before online. Opera Bar is a great spot for pre or post theatre refreshments, with stunning views of Sydney Harbour and the impressive Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Every year in March and April the UNESCO World Heritage-listed masterpiece, along with the Royal Botanic Garden and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, form the nightly backdrop for your favourite classics in the outdoor extravaganza, the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. It’s an unforgettable experience.

Moonlight from the supermoon hitting the Sydney Opera House

Sydney Theatre Company

Established in 1978, Sydney Theatre Company presents an annual season of diverse productions at its own venues at The Wharf in Walsh Bay, which has just undergone extensive renovations, and at the nearby Roslyn Packer Theatre. It is also the resident theatre company of the Sydney Opera House.

The company has helped launch and nurture the careers of many of Australia’s internationally renowned artists, and in March and April, Sam Worthington will be appearing in the company’s production of Appropriate at Roslyn Packer Theatre

Patrons at Bayly's Restaurant enjoying waterside dining at the Ensemble Theatre, Kirribilli

Inner City Theatres

Ensemble Theatre is based in Kirribilli and is the longest continuously running professional theatre in Australia. The 2021 season will include The Woman in Black and modern Australian classic, Honour.

In 1984 a group of 600 theatre-lovers purchased Belvoir St Theatre in Surry Hills, to save it from becoming an apartment block. Since then, the company has presented a great variety of shows and the 2021 season will include A Room of One’s Own - an adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s famous feminist essay.

Belvoir St Theatre in Surry Hills, Inner Sydney

The Seymour Centre is located in the University of Sydney in Chippendale, featuring an array of performances from theatre and concerts to film festivals. 2021 will see performances of The Tempest, Fangirls and The Pass.  The Griffin Theatre Company performs in the historic SBW Stables Theatre in Kings Cross. The tiny theatre has seats for just 105 people in the audience, providing an intimate experience.

Outer City Theatres 

Located on the banks of the Parramatta River, Riverside Theatre  puts on approximately 2000 performances each year.  Parramatta’s famous ‘eat street’ is moments away for a pre-show meal. In Castle Cove, Puppeteria Theatre is Sydney’s only permanent professional puppet theatre.

In Campbelltown, Town Hall Theatre occupies two heritage buildings, which were once the town hall and fire station.  Its home to the Campbelltown Theatre Group who put on regular plays and musicals, including Macbeth in April.