Top theatres in Sydney for a night on the town

theatres in Sydney

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A hub of culture and arts, the city is home to many beautiful theatres which deliver musical and theatrical events for everyone. These top theatres in Sydney are perfect for a night of fun, no matter the weather.


Capitol Theatre © Destination NSW



Capitol Theatre 

This heritage listed building is found in Haymarket, inspired by the decor of the Italian piazza with its high ceilings and beautiful columns. The Capitol Theatre was originally designed as a market space, and was then used for a circus which included everything from tightrope walkers to seals and polar bears. Now, guests can expect beautiful ballets, operas, plays, and more.




Metro Theatre

The Metro Theatre is an independent rock venue, known for the amazing live music gigs on offer. It’s a breakthrough location for bands hoping to make it in the Australian scene, drawing a crowd from all over the city. Visitors can also check out The Lair, an intimate theatre within The Metro for an even greater experience. It’s filled with retro video games, lounges, a dance floor, and drinks served from an old tram. Accommodating either seated or standing shows, there’s plenty to love here.


Sydney Opera House © Blackmores Sydney Running Festival


Sydney Opera House

Another world heritage listed building, and one of the most iconic performing arts spaces in the world, the Sydney Opera House is perfect for a night out. It hosts over 40 shows a week, drawing a crowd of over 10 million visitors every year. With stunning views over Sydney Harbour, and a variety of restaurants and bars nearby in Circular Quay for an after show meal, the Opera House should be at the top of your list of theatres in Sydney to visit.


Hamilton at the Sydney Lyric Theatre © Daniel Boud




Sydney Lyric Theatre

The Sydney Lyric Theatre is ideal for musical lovers everywhere. It’s found inside The Star, boating waterfront views from the lobby bar for those wanting to enjoy a drink before the show. While a relatively new theatre, it has already hosted massive productions including Hamilton, The Book of Mormon, Matilda the Musical, and more. Prepare to be serenaded by the best of the best, and book your tickets now.

Enmore Theatre © Destination NSW


Enmore Theatre

Located in Newtown, the Enmore Theatre is Sydney’s oldest and longest running live theatre. It’s also one of two surviving art deco theatres in Sydney, with a unique interior and exterior design. Enmore holds a variety of music and comedy acts, including many alternative and indie artists. It’s a smaller venue, but packed full of character and spirit, making it one of the most exciting places to see a show.


State Theatre © Destination NSW


State Theatre 

The State Theatre is one of the most stunning theatres in Sydney, with classic red velvet and gold designs, and great architecture. It has been the home of the Sydney Film Festival since the 1970s, and the festival still holds many screenings here each year. The theatre has also hosted many red carpet premieres in Australia, including Skyfall and Game of Thrones, as well as world class music acts such as Prince, Tina Arena, and Florence and the Machine. There’s plenty of delicious food only a short walk away, and its central location makes it easy to access.

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