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Capitol Theatre

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  1. Capitol Theatre Sydney supplied 2019 image
    Photograph: Damien Ford
  2. Capitol Theatre Sydney supplied 2019
    Photograph: Supplied
  3. Capitol Theatre Sydney supplied 2019
    Photograph: Damien Ford

Time Out says

Located amid the flurry and culinary excitement of Sydney's Chinatown, the Capitol Theatre hosts long-running blockbuster musicals such as The Lion King, Aladdin and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It's also one of Sydney's most beautiful theatres: the 1892 exterior (originally the home of Belmore Markets) belies an opulent interior designed by John Eberson in the briefly popular American style of 'atmospheric theatre'. The auditorium itself was designed to create the illusion that one is sitting in a twilight amphiteatre.

The Capitol opened in 1928, at which time The Sydney Morning Herald wrote of the interiors: "One seemed to have stepped from under the dull skies of everyday life and passed into an enchanted region where the depth of the blue heavens had something magical about it and something heavily exotic, clouds passed lightly over then stars began to twinkle.”

A heritage order in the 1980s saw the theatre restored to its original splendour and updated for modern theatrical demands, ahead of its re-opening in 1995.

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Time Out editors


13 Campbell St
Nearby stations: Central
Opening hours:
Box Office: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.

What’s on

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

  • Ballet

The first cab off the rank for the Australian Ballet’s 2024 season is the biggest production ever undertaken by the company, the spectacular Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This fantastical Helpmann Award-winning production is back by popular demand for the first time since 2019, taking over Sydney's Capitol Theatre from February 20 to March 5, 2024. We all know Lewis Caroll's fantastical tale, which follows young Alice as she tumbles down a rabbit hole and into a series of absurd and sometimes frightful adventures in Wonderland, culminating in a clash with the Queen of Hearts.  Accompanied by a cinematic score from Wonka composer Joby Talbot, this striking ballet comes to life with vibrant sets, costumes, puppetry, optical illusions, immersive digital projections, and intricately detailed costumes and wild wigs by Tony Award-winning designer Bob Crowley.  With 27 set changes and more than 350 costumes, this isn’t the staid affair you might have come to associate with ballet – instead, you can expect a tap-dancing mad hatter and a caterpillar with 16 bejewelled and pointe-shoed feet. Christopher Wheeldon’s choreography has proved to delight kids and grown-ups alike, as has the production’s use of puppetry and immersive elements.   Don’t be late for this very important date! Tickets range from $192-$349 and you can snap them up over here. Want more? Make your visit extra special with an overnight stay next door over in a themed room at The Capitol Hotel.  RECOMMENDED READS

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