"Sydney Theatre - Not quite broadway but some good shows and theatre options"
Coming from London, I love my theatre! London's West End offers some lovely old theatres and of course a wealth of shows. Sydney theatre is much more modern, the chairs are far more comfortable as a result and it certainly attracts its fair share of good shows.
Read on to find out where the theatres are, how to get tickets and what's on....
The Key Theatre Venues
Here are the key Theatres in Sydney:
The Sydney Opera House - home certainly to Operas but there are other performances that happen here throughout the year. As well as the main Concert Hall, there are other rooms offering a wide variety of shows. I took my daughter to see a puppet version of Charlie and Lola (a TV programme) at the House fairly recently as an example. Their website has a good search that tells you whats on by date
The Sydney Theatre - purpose built along Walsh Bay off Hickson Road. (near the Rocks) Relatively new (2004)
Capitol Theatre - in the Haymarket near China Town. This venue is largely used for musical productions. Many concerts are held here (we saw Elton John here!)
Theatre Royal is right in the centre of the city on Kings Street between Castlereagh Street and Pitt Street. Formerly THE theatre in Sydney, but now the Capitol is bigger and tends to attract the larger shows
Lyric Theatre Star City Casino near Darling Harbour is another modern venue that attracts some of the big shows. We've seen Prescilla Queen of the Desert there - very funny!
As you would expect there are heaps of smaller theatres around the suburbs - Kings Cross, Redfern and Newtown all boast venues used regularly.
How To Get Theatre Tickets?
There are two competing Ticket companies that service the Theatres:
Ticketmaster and Ticketek. Each of the key shows will go through one of these companies. For a popular concert you would have to know when the tickets go on sale to guarantee you get one. Signing up to their regular newsletter certainly means you'll be one of the first to know what's on in Sydney.
They both have Australian websites that you can buy tickets from. You can pick up from the venue with your credit card if you are booking from overseas.
If you fancy getting here and then seeing what's on you can try lasttix.com.au. If there are any tickets available for that evening of the next day, you'll be able to get them here.
I have heard that you can sometimes get returned tickets from the Ticketek office located on 175 Clarence Street but this may have changed - worth a try though.
Finding out What's On in Sydney Theatre Land
There are plenty of sites that will give you an up to date insight into everything theatre.
Below however you'll find the key shows at the key Theatres:
The Lion King - www.ticketmaster.com.au Capitol Theatre, near China Town in the city from December 2013
La Boheme - The Opera House, from January 2014 www.ticketmaster.com.au
La Soiree - Sydney Opera House from Jan-March 2014 - Think sword swallowing and acrobats - www.ticketmaster.com.au
Greece the famous musical is now on at the Lyric Theatre. A great one to sing along to and good for the whole family
Sydney Festival in January/February means plenty of great plays and entertainment around. Check out http://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/2014/ for the full programme. The Domain has 3 free concerts each Saturday night over January - usually opera, jazz and symphony in the park. Bring your picnic, rug or low chair and enjoy!
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