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Sydney Opera House
This Australian icon sits on Bennelong Point and is Sydney’s premiere venue for classical and contemporary music, opera, theatre and dance. As peaceful as it looks now, the House had a controversial beginning: while it was designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, by the time the building was completed in 1973 its architect had been fired. Many have pondered the building’s design over the years, comparing it variously to shells, waves and even a family of swans. Utzon never revealed his vision, only that it involved spheres. The Opera House offers different tours that allow you to get intimate with the building, including some hosted in different languages and full ‘experience' packages. If you don't feel like shelling out, it's still free to sit on the steps for a quick lunch and walk by the water and gaze in marvel at those 1,056,000 pearly, self-cleaning Swedish tiles. Where to eat and drink near Sydney Opera House For the ultimate Opera House dining experience, book a pre-theatre dinner at Bennelong, or just pop in for a drink and a snack at the raw and cultured bar. Check out the Opera Kitchen, a harbourfront dining area that features a host of Sydney food identities including John Susman. Meander around to Bulletin Place for cocktails. Later in the evening kick the glamour up a notch at Hemmesphere and enjoy matched cigars and more cocktails into the morning. Backstage tour With access into areas normally reserved for stars and their minders, this tour will have y
Sydney Theatre Company
It’s Andrew’s final season, so one might expect him to throw caution to the winds and get some wish-list i tems out of the way. Overall it’s a rather demure season as far as Big Names, with the exception of Rose Byrne, who will be fronting Andrew’s production of David Mamet’sSpeed-the-Plow. But there’s plenty of top shelf local thesp talent – like Robyn Nevin, Sarah Peirse and Helen Thomson; and there are actors made popular on screen returning to the STC stage – including Lisa McCune, Ryan Corr, John Howard and Lachy Hulme. But there's no William Hurt, Phillip Seymour Hoffman or Steven Soderbergh. And we’ll miss Hugo, Rox and Cate. The big international star of the season is British director Rupert Goold (Enron, Macbeth), now artistic director of London’s Almeida Theatre. He’ll be bringing his hit West End production of Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III to Sydney. Also heading down under from the UK are 1927, with their take on the Golem myth. For an Australian classic, we get Louis Nowra’s Golden Age; for new work, there are premieres by Sue Smith (Kryptonite), Angela Betzien (The Dark Room), and a portmanteau of new works by emerging playwrights Melissa Bubnic, Michele Lee, Nakkiah Lui and Debra Thomas – with a fifth from veteran Hannie Rayson. The Secret River, arguably Cate and Andrew’s greatest programming achievement in their tenure, returns. For new international work: besides King Charles III from the UK, Upton is bringing Pulitzer Prize winner Disgraced, from the
Each year this western Sydney cultural hub hosts an exciting programme of theatre, dance, opera, circus, musicals and solo shows. The theatre is also a NT Live screening venue, so throughout the year you can catch London's National Theatre productions screened live in HD. Visit the Riverside Theatres website for the full 2014 program.
Worth visiting for the space alone, Carriageworks is the latest incarnation of the Eveleigh Rail Yards. Built in the 1880s, its cavernous interiors are faithfully preserved, giving it a limitlessness very different from the plush cocoons of most theatres. With a program of large-scale theatre, dance and installation works, and as a host of the experimental and cross-disciplinary theatre company Performance Space, Sydney Chamber Opera and Moogahlin Performing Arts, Carriageworks is gaining a reputation as the venue for the most progressive Sydney drama, dance and art.
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Darlinghurst Theatre Company unveils their massive 2019 season
The new year is bringing a theatrical upheaval to Sydney’s beloved Darlinghurst Theatre Company. Inside their grand heritage-listed building in 2019, passionate artists will stage an impressive line-up of plays and musicals, as well as captivating performances across comedy, dance and cabaret. One of the most anticipated of shows is The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, which stars Australian musical theatre legend Caroline O’Connor. In her debut at the Darlinghurst Theatre Company, O’Connor will transform into the boozy, man-hunting mother whose search for a suitor quickly becomes a way to make a dime out of her musically talented daughter. Jim Cartwright's 1992 tale of fractured family ties will take audiences on a rollercoaster of success, failure, love and betrayal. The hit Broadway musical Once will make its Sydney debut with the company in 2019. The stage production, directed by Richard Carroll (Calamity Jane), is based on the hugely popular movie of the same name, and carries an impressive cargo of Tony, Grammy, Academy and Drama Desk Awards on its shoulders. It tells a tender love story and shares a message of the power of music to connect everyone. Jane Harrison's 2005 play Rainbow's End is set in 1950s Shepparton in Victoria, among three generations of a First Nations women. Their struggles for employment, housing, education and community acceptance during Menzies-era Australia offer a window into the hardships weathered by Indigenous people. The creatives
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Sydney for the curious
With a sculptural facade that gleams like a multifaceted jewel, the West Hotel sits on the western side of the city centre near the waterfront at Darling Harbour and Barangaroo. This new boutique hotel is part of the Curio Collection by Hilton and boasts brilliant designer touches including an atrium 'jungle' enjoying all-day sunshine; sophisticated dining at Solander Dining & Bar; and guest rooms with Wi-Fi, 49-inch TVs, Bluetooth speaker systems and Google Chromecast, so that guests can stream their own music and movies. The Curio Collection conducted research and found that curiosity plays a major role in travel choices. They narrowed down travellers into five archetypes: food-loving epicureans; arts-inspired culturalists; nature-seeking pathfinders; thrillseeking challengers; and switched-on spiritualists. With that in mind, Time Out has teamed up with West Hotel to curate five different lists of essential Sydney experiences, taking the five archetypes as inspiration. Know yourself, choose your own adventure, and explore the best of this city. And whether you're from out of town or a local seeking a staycation, you can book a weekend getaway at West Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton. Rooms start at $218 per night.
Your favourite city bars are opening on Sundays
For the last six weeks of the year some of the best bars in Sydney will be extending their trading hours and opening on Sunday. And with all the end-of-year celebrating and catching up you have to somehow squeeze into your agenda, that's an extremely helpful development. These bars are the cream of the crop: Time Out award winners, five-star establishments, and even a brand new Sydney outpost of one of New York's best and most famous speakeasies. The bars are all located within coo-ee of each other in the central business district, bringing a welcome buzz to the city on a Sunday. Whether you need to put your feet up and have a cocktail after knocking over your Christmas shopping, or want get a posse together and do an afternoon crawl of some of the finest bars in town, Sunday fun days begin right here.