Sydney Opera House is one of the world’s most iconic venues for lovers of opera, ballet, plays, classical music, shows and concerts.
But the harbour city has plenty more exciting performance spaces hosting recitals, stage plays, musicals, concerts and comedy shows. You can enjoy a Sydney Theatre Company stage play in Walsh Bay. 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. You can also visit smaller theatres in inner city neighbourhoods such as the Belvoir Theatre in Surry Hills and the Griffin Theatre Company in Kings Cross.The smaller theatres in lively inner city neighbourhoods often present cutting-edge drama. Many international shows and stars tour to Sydney, including blockbuster musicals and big name pop stars.
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.
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.