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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

Come from Away

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Musicals

Note: the show will reopen on October 20  There is something perfect about Come From Away finally landing in Sydney. The musical is set on 9/11 in the tiny town of Gander, Newfoundland, to which 38 planes were diverted when United States airspace was closed in the wake of the terrorist attack. The almost 7,000 passengers on board, terrified, claustrophobic and desperate for news about what was happening, were taken in by the people of Gander and surrounding towns, nearly doubling the population for five days. The townsfolk gave them food, shelter and most importantly, kindness and comfort during the most horrific time in recent American history – until 2020, of course.  The underlying message of kindness and compassion in the face of unspeakable horror is one that's sorely needed right now. When the planes begin to land, the women of Gander start up a collection for donations, with a song that could have been penned last year: "Can I help? Is there something I need to do, something to keep me from thinking of all the scenes on the tube? I need something to do 'cause I can't watch the news, no I can't watch the news anymore..." The feeling of helplessness, of being unable to tear yourself away from the news and of desperately wanting to do something, anything, productive is one all of us felt during the worst days of last year. But Come From Away is not just an Important Musical for Our Times, it's also a whole lot of rollicking good fun. The music is fantastic, heavily influ

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