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Roslyn Packer Theatre

  • Theatre
  • Millers Point
Roslyn Packer Theatre

Time Out says

The Roslyn Packer Theatre (formerly Sydney Theatre) is a state-of-the-art home for the best Australian and international performing arts. The space comprises an impressive 896-seat auditorium that houses the larger scale works presented by the Sydney Theatre Company, as well as regular seasons by the Sydney Dance Company, the Sydney Writers' Festival, Sydney Festival and the best in national and international touring works. It's the largest theatre in the Walsh Bay precinct and also houses the intimate Richard Wherrett Studio for small scale performances as well as the Hickson Road Bistro for pre-show dining. Gleebooks run the theatre bookshop prior to each performance.


22 Hickson Rd
Walsh Bay
Opening hours:
Box Office: Mon-Sat 9am-8.30pm; Sun (performance days only) 3-5.30pm

What’s on

Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Comedy

When Edward Albee (of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf fame) was asked what his plays were “about”, he would often reply: “two hours”. Penned in the year 2000, his play The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? – in a new co-production by Sydney Theatre Company and State Theatre Company of South Australia directed by Mitchell Butel – is technically about a man who falls in love with a goat named Sylvia, much to his upper-middle-class-perfect wife and son’s dismay. But it’s “about” a lot more than that. Everything is off-kilter as soon as the curtain rises on Jeremy Allen’s set – a diagonal cross-section of a tasteful American home filled with expensive mid-century furniture and curated, fragile art objects. On the left sits a green velvet couch and on the right, there’s a brown rattan dining set. There are pristine (and probably disused) books lining floating wooden shelves on grey concrete walls. The focal point at the centre of the stage is not the back wall, but an entryway that leads to the front door; all lines pointing to escape.  A belly-hurting, brain-tickling reminder of the ridiculousness of the rules we make for ourselves Stevie (Claudia Karvan) and Martin Gray (Nathan Page) are the perfect couple, or so they keep telling each other. Their only problem in their perfect life (so far) is that their son Billy is gay, which is just a phase, or so they keep telling each other. Everything’s a witty joke to these two exemplary left-leaning Americans, including Martin’s initial confession

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