Theatre & 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

  • Blithe Spirit at Sydney Opera House, 21 March-14 May 2022
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray at Rosyln Packer Theatre, 28 March-14 May 2022
  • An American in Paris at Theatre Royal, 2 April-12 June 2022
  • City of Gold at Wharf 1 Theatre, 7 May-11 June 2022
  • Mary Poppins at Sydney Lyric Theatre, 15 May-3 July 2022
  • Vivid Sydney, 27 May-18 June 2022
  • Moulin Rouge! The Musical at Capitol Theatre, opens 28 May
  • The Tenant of Wildfeel Hall at Rosyln Pack Theatre, 21 June-16 July 2022
  • Top Coat at Wharf 1 Theatre, 25 June-6 August 2022
  • Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical at State Theatre, 29 June-17 July 2022
  • Fangirls at Sydney Opera House, 28 July-4 September 2022
  • Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde at Rosyln Packer Theatre, 3 August-3 September 2022
  • The Phantom of the Opera at Sydney Opera House, 19 August-2 October 2022
  • A Raisin in the Sun at Wharf 1 Theatre, 27 August-15 October 2022
  • Chalkface at Sydney Opera House, 15 September-29 October 2022
  • The Lifespan of Fact at Roslyn Packer Theatre, 20 September-15 October 2022
  • Cinderella at Sydney Lyric Theatre, opens October 2022
  • The Tempest at Roslyn Packer Theatre, 15 November-17 December 2022
People crowding outside the popular Old Fitzroy Hotel in Woolloomooloo

Sydney Opera House & Sydney Harbour

Sydney’s most iconic venue stages a variety of performances each year, including a wide range of plays and shows. 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, 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 an outdoor extravaganza by 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.

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.

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.

Belvoir St Theatre in Surry Hills, Inner Sydney

The Seymour Centre is located at the University of Sydney in Chippendale, featuring an array of performances from theatre and concerts to film festivals. 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. It's home to the Campbelltown Theatre Group which put on regular plays and musicals.