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State Theatre

  • Theatre
  • Sydney
State Theatre

Time Out says

Sydney's State Theatre is a monument to another age; with elements of Gothic, Italianate and Art Deco design, this theatre itself offers a spectacle to rival the on-stage action. Hosting every kind of show from theatre to comedy to film (the Sydney Film Festival takes the venue over in June) and music, there's something to suit every taste. For glorious nostalgia, pick something along traditional lines, so the venue and performance work together.


49 Market St
Opening hours:
Box office: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

What’s on

Elvis: A Musical Revolution

  • Musicals

How much Elvis is too much? The King of Rock n’ Roll is a perennial pop culture fave, and recently the subject of two major movies – Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis, and Sophia Coppola’s sobering corrective, Priscilla. Last month saw the 31st edition of the venerable Parkes Elvis Festival, and last week the death of rockabilly legend Mojo Nixon, whose most famous song informed us that ‘Elvis is Everywhere’. Almost 50 years after his death, the King continues to reign. Presley’s latest manifestation comes in the form of this musical extravaganza, a stage-bound biography that loosely and lightly tells the story of his rise from rural Mississippi poverty to global domination, kicking off with Presley ruminating on his life backstage at the ’68 Comeback Special. ...perhaps this musical's shameless hagiography is understandable from a certain perspective – we come here not to bury the King, but to praise him. If that reminds you of the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line (or, less charitably, the merciless parody Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story), you’re not alone. But Elvis: A Musical Revolution takes more cues from the recent Tina - The Tina Turner Musical. It’s a jukebox musical, of course (how could it not be?) boasting over 40 songs from the Elvis back catalogue. Well, bits of them, at any rate – in an effort to cram in as many Presley bangers as possible, the show resorts to medlies, which seems to be missing the point. Surely, in a production celebrating one of the most iconic musical figu

Nick Cave Solo

  • Rock and indie

In the realm of living music legends, Nick Cave stands tall – so when this poetic maestro tours, you take the chance to get your hands on tickets. This time around, he’s ditching the Bad Seeds and opting for a more intimate, “solo” experience – though he’ll be joined by Radiohead's Colin Greenwood on bass guitar. That's right, the man who brought us ‘Karma Police’ is pairing up with Cave, making this tour a match made in music heaven.  The first round of shows sold out, so they've added new dates, including another Sydney show, which go on sale on January 30. When and where is Nick Cave playing in Sydney? He’ll take the stage in 2024 at Sydney's State Theatre on April 29 and 30, and then again at Sydney's ICC Theatre on May 3. What songs will Nick Cave perform in Sydney? The duo is set to present songs from Cave’s extensive catalogue, but they’ll be stripping back the songs – the musical equivalent of peeling an onion (tears and all).  Cave and Greenwood recently wrapped up a North American tour, which was “Nothing short of a spiritual experience”, according to LA Magazine. “I can't wait to bring this special show to Australia next year, accompanied by the great Colin Greenwood,” said Cave. “It’s a privilege to share the songs with an audience in this way – stripped back and unadorned, revealing their essential nature.” How do I get tickets for Nick Cave in Sydney? Tickets for this once-in-a-lifetime experience went on sale on December 13. Tickets for the newly announced ICC

Dawn French

  • Stand Up

Her Royal Highness of comedy, Queen Dawn French has announced she will be gracing Aussie shores, including Sydney, for a stand-up show with a name befit for royalty: Dawn French is a Huge Twat. While Dawn French is indisputably one of the living legends of British comedy, she is also an adored figure here in Australia. The latest tour will mark her first since 2016, when she performed 38 sell-out shows nationwide. French will perform dates across Australia, including two nights at Sydney's State Theatre on May 8-9, 2024. The Welsh actress, writer and comedian broke onto the scene as one half of the legendary comedy duo French and Saunders (with Absolutely Fabulous’s Jennifer Saunders) before blazing a trail through TV comedy in the ‘80s and ‘90s, spoofing and satirising everyone from Oasis and the Corrs to films like Titanic and the Lord of the Rings series.  She also found mammoth success in Richard Curtis’s TV series The Vicar of Dibley, which attracted more than 12 million viewers to its series finale. She is a best-selling author and appeared on the stage in plays like A Midsummer Night’s Dream and films like Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia series. Her latest book, The Twat Files, will be published in October.Tickets for Sydney shows are alreay up for grabs, head over here to see all ticket info.

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