There’s nothing quite like the thrill of live theatre.
Despite the events of 2020, we got to enjoy a lot of great cinema, theatre and art shows- from the comfort of our homes of course. But there’s something about attending theatre physically with an audience — the energy is visceral and the experience unrivalled. Luckily for us in Sydney, theatre has continued to flourish. From massive Broadway productions to more niche, homegrown acts — here is some of the best theatre on at the moment that you simply cannot afford to miss.
Come From Away, the Olivier and Tony-award winning West End production is set to make a roaring entry into the live theatre scene here in Sydney. After making an indelible mark on Melbourne’s audiences, first in 2019 and then earlier this year, the global sensation opens in Sydney today.
The heart-warming story centres around the events of 9/11 which resulted in the shutting down of US airspace. Due to this, 38 planes carrying over seven thousand people were redirected to a tiny island called ‘The Rock.’ The musical sheds light on the experiences of the ‘come from aways’ and how they found a sense of community and home in a new land.
Where: Capitol Theatre, 13 Campbell Street, Haymarket
2. American Psycho: The Musical
The infamous story of Patrick Bateman is currently playing at the Opera House. Winner of 9 Sydney Theatre Awards including Best Direction of a Musical and Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical, this musical is one that should not be missed.
Where: Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000
Unsurprisingly, Hamilton is completely dominating the theatre scene right now. The show opened in Sydney in March, but tickets are selling out in minutes. The 11- Tony award winning Broadway musical is an absolute rollercoaster and the excitement for it around the city is palpable. Hamilton is on till November.
Where: Sydney Lyric Theatre, 55 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont NSW 2009
4. The 7 Stages Of Grieving
The 7 Stages Of Grieving is a witty and insightful perspective into the life of an Aboriginal Australian woman. Shari Sebbens, the director of the show also happens to be the director of Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner which we have raved about previously. You can be sure of a great evening at this show.
Where: Sydney Theatre Company, 15 Hickson Rd, Dawes Point NSW 2000
5. Potted Potter
The incredibly popular Harry Potter parody has been around the world and is now making waves in Sydney. Inventive, silly and heaps of fun, this Olivier Award nominee summarises all seven Harry Potter books into an absolutely hilarious 70-minutes. A great time for the family but especially for Harry Potter enthusiasts. It is on till July 4.
Where: Seymour Centre, City Rd &, Cleveland St, Chippendale NSW 2008
6. Merrily We Roll Along
Both emotional and heartwrenching, Merrily We Roll Along gives us all the energy and drama of a backstage musical. It dwells on friendship, life and loss in a poignant manner which is sure to tug at your heartstrings. It is on at the Hayes Theatre Co till July 31.
Where: Hayes Theatre Co, 19 Greenknowe Ave, Potts Point NSW 2011
7. Once The Musical
For the uninitiated, Once is a musical that is famously known for winning an Academy Award. And if you haven’t seen it yet, we couldn’t recommend it enough. The beautiful love story story of a struggling Irish musician and a Czech immigrant has all the elements to pull at your heartstrings in the best way possible. Now you can enjoy all the soul-stirring music and brilliant dance sequences on broadway. The musical is on till July 18.
Where: Darlinghurst Theatre Company, 39 Burton St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
8. The Little Prince
One of the most successful plays in history, The Little Prince is on at the Sydney Opera House. The story of a pilot who befriends a young prince has struck a chord with many around the world. Amalgamating elements of dance, acrobatic and new technology to replicate a dreamy and poetic world, The Little Prince remains one of the best-selling books in the world and a widely loved story. You don’t want to miss this one.
Where: Joan Sutherland Theatre, Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000