Theatres and shows in Sydney

Reserve your tickets at Sydney Opera House for ballet, opera, classical music, modern dance, and other shows and concerts. Enjoy a Sydney Theatre Company stage play in Walsh Bay or visit smaller theatres in inner city neighbourhoods, such as the Belvoir Theatre in Surry Hills and the Griffin Theatre Company in Kings Cross.

You’ll find music and comedy at the Enmore Theatre, just a short walk from Newtown train station. The Basement near Circular Quay is popular with fans of jazz and other musical genres. Big name bands perform at Allphones Arena in Sydney Olympic Park.

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: Turandot
Arabian Nights, Sydney

See world-class theatre and shows in Sydney

Sydney Opera House is one of the world’s most iconic venues for lovers of opera, ballet, plays and concerts. But the harbour city has plenty more exciting performance spaces hosting recitals, stage plays, musicals, concerts and comedy shows.

They include smaller theatres in lively inner city neighbourhoods, which often present cutting-edge drama. Many international shows and stars tour to Sydney, including blockbuster musicals and big name pop stars.

Opera and ballet fans are in for a treat: both Opera Australia and the Australian Ballet regularly perform at the Opera House though it pays to reserve seats well in advance.

Walsh Bay, near The Rocks, is home to a number of venues and companies, including the Sydney Theatre, the Wharf Theatre and Sydney Dance Company. The contemporary dance company offers dance classes to members of the public.

Walsh Bay is also home to the internationally acclaimed indigenous dance company, Bangarra, which brings to dramatic life stories of the Dreamtime through contemporary dance. The company also has a season at the Opera House.

For blockbuster musicals and other big shows, check the events schedules at the Capitol Theatre in Haymarket, near Chinatown, the Sydney Lyric theatre in Pyrmont, the State Theatre, near the Queen Victoria Building, and the Theatre Royal in the MLC Centre.