Although Sydney's contemporary theater pays tribute to the giants of drama, it's also driven by distinctly Australian themes: multiculturalism, the troubled relations between Aboriginal and white Australia, and the search for national identity, characterized by the famous Australian irreverence. Dance, music, and the visual arts are celebrated with equal enthusiasm. At their best, Sydney's artists and performers bring a new slant to the arts, one that reflects the unique qualities of their homeland and the city itself. Standouts on the Sydney arts scene include the Sydney Dance Company, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Sydney Opera House, and Belvoir Street Theatre. The most comprehensive listing of upcoming events is in "The Shortlist" section of the Sydney Morning Herald, published on Friday. On other days, browse through the entertainment section of the paper.

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  • 1. Bangarra Dance Theatre

    Walsh Bay

    An acclaimed Aboriginal modern dance company, Bangarra Dance Theatre celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2020. The company stages dramatic productions based on contemporary Aboriginal social...Read More

  • 2. Sculpture by the Sea

    A steel whale's tail sticking out of the ocean and retro kettles cunningly disguised as penguins strapped to a huge rock being lashed by waves...Read More

  • 3. State Theatre

    City Center

    State Theatre is the grande dame of Sydney theaters. It operates as a cinema in June each year, when it hosts the two-week-long Sydney Film...Read More

  • 4. Sydney Opera House

    Sydney Harbour

    This venue showcases all the performing arts in its five theaters, one of which is devoted to opera. The Australian Ballet, the Sydney Dance Company,...Read More

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  • 5. Wharf Theatre

    Walsh Bay

    Wharf Theatre, on a redeveloped wharf in the shadow of Harbour Bridge, is the headquarters of the Sydney Theatre Company (STC), one of Australia's most...Read More

  • 6. Belvoir Street Theatre

    Surry Hills

    Belvoir Street Theatre has two stages that host innovative and challenging political and social drama. The smaller downstairs space showcases a lineup of brave new...Read More

  • 7. Capitol Theatre


    This century-old city landmark was refurbished with such modern refinements as fiber-optic ceiling lights that twinkle in time to the music. The 2,000-seat theater specializes...Read More

  • 8. SBW Stables Theatre

    Kings Cross

    This small 120-seat venue is home of the Griffin Theatre Company, which specializes in new Australian writing....Read More

  • 9. Sydney Dance Company

    Walsh Bay

    Sydney Dance Company is an innovative contemporary dance troupe with an international reputation. Spanish choreographer Rafael Bonachela is the artistic director. The company performs in...Read More

  • 10. Sydney Lyric

    Darling Harbour

    At The Star casino and entertainment complex, Sydney Lyric is one of the city's most spectacular performing-arts venues. Despite its size, there's no better place...Read More

  • 11. Theatre Royal

    City Center

    After being closed for over two decades, the Theatre Royal reopened in late 2021 after a multimillion-dollar face-lift. First opened in 1976, it's now the...Read More

  • 12. Ticketek


    Ticketek is the major ticket reservations agency, covering most shows and performances. ...Read More

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