The controversial but decidedly beautiful sail-like roofs of Sydney's most recognizable icon glisten against the backdrop of Sydney Harbour. The Sydney Opera House was constructed over a fourteen-year period and caused an opera’s worth of drama that involved differences between the architect Jørn Utzon and the Australian government. The now world-renowned architectural wonder stands as an unmissable icon of Sydney's cultural landscape. It houses among other small venues, the Joan Sutherland Theatre, the Utzon Room and a grand Concert Hall. It also has an impressive yearly program of contemporary and classical performances, and is a striking cultural sanctuary to take in theater, opera and ballet. Riveting guided tours take visitors behind the scenes and into the establishment’s many interesting rooms.
This 2,000 seat Capitol Theatre was originally a luxury picture palace and circus, with the seal pit still under the auditorium. The Capitol fell into disrepair, but an extensive renovation restored her to her former glory. The elegant Florentine garden theme features Grecian statues, gold, velvet, and a wonderful starry night ceiling. It hosts a variety of shows, from big musicals through to classic old film screenings.
This stadium, also known as the Sydney Super Dome, is the first of its kind to be built in Australia, and a large, multi-purpose venue for staging indoor sport and entertainment extravaganzas. The sophisticated, Philip Cox designed building, boasts column-free viewing with a full roof for protection, five levels of comfortably designed seating and four centrally located high-resolution video screens. The arena is home of the Sydney Kings and Flames Basketball teams and also puts on Supercross motorbike races.
The ANZ Stadium, which is also referred to as Stadium Australia, was constructed in 1999 for use as the main stadium of the 2000 Summer Olympics. Aside from the Olympics, the multi-purpose stadium has also hosted events like the Rugby World Cup and the Bledisloe Cup, domestic and international cricket and football matches, as well as, concerts of popular music stars. The stadium has multiple unique features like its ability to change shape depending on the requirement of the sport being played, flexible seating, a semi-enclosed structure which ensures shade and comfort to each spectator irrespective of the field shape, eco-friendly features like rain-water harvesting, use of natural ventilation, environmentally safe construction materials and more.
The Moore Park precinct has been the center of Sydney's sporting activities since the 1800s. Thus Sydney Cricket Ground is home to cricket, Australian Rules Football (AFL) and various concert. Renovated in the 1980s, it seats 46,000 and shares facilities with the Sydney Football Stadium. It is the home ground for The Swans, Sydney's popular AFL team, who play during the winter. It is also the venue for the traditional summer One Day cricket, Test Matches and the Pura Milk Cup.
Located only a stroll from Newtown, the family-run Enmore Theatre was built in 1908. Recently renovated, with a re-designed foyer and first floor bar and cafe, the auditorium offers 1,600 new, comfortable seats in both dress circle and stalls. A melting pot of cultural fare, performances vary from flamenco dancing and foreign spectaculars to cabaret, rock bands and mainstream musicals. They also have special shows for children. Prices vary according to performance.
The Randwick Town Hall is available for hosting various private, community or social events throughout the year. It can accommodate 300 guests and features amenities like kitchen, a stage and private rooms. Check website for more information.
Lendlease Darling Quarter Theatre is home to the Monkey Baa Theatre Company, which entertains young audiences with award-winning Australian productions. Past shows have included adaptations of works like "Diary of a Wombat" and "Pete the Sheep," bringing new life to beloved stories. The theater can hold up to 372 people, meaning fun for the whole family, and it can also be rented for private events. Between its prime location in the Darling Quarter and the top-quality family entertainment on offer, Lendlease Darling Quarter Theatre has certainly earned its great reputation.
Originally the North Shore Picture Palace, the Orpheum was fully restored to its former art-deco splendor in the 1990s. It houses a main cinema which seats 750, as well as five smaller cinemas. Films vary from main stream to art-house and there are sometimes live cabaret performances. A special feature is the original Wurlitzer Organ. It rises up onto the stage and the flamboyant organist entertains with several numbers.
The Sydney Opera House is home to ballet, opera, film, theater and music. The 544 seat Drama Theatre has an extensive program throughout the year. Features include The Sydney Theatre Company and Bell Shakespeare Company. Shows are mostly contemporary and may feature music or dance. This venue is also available for private hire.