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Sydney Lyric Theatre

  • Theatre
  • Darling Harbour
  1. Sydney Lyric 2019 supplied image
    Photograph: Damien Ford
  2. Sydney Lyric 2019 supplied image
    Photograph: Damien Ford
  3. Sydney Lyric 2019 supplied image
    Photograph: Damien Ford

Time Out says

This 2000-seat theatre, part of The Star casino, is one of Sydney's homes for big-budget, glossy musical theatre. In recent years, it's hosted productions including Matilda, The Book of Mormon and Strictly Ballroom, and the blockbuster Hamilton.

The theatre opened in 1997 but underwent a major renovation in 2017, which brought the dress circle and grand circle closer to the stage and made the whole theatre feel significantly more intimate. It's owned and operated by Foundation Theatres, which is also behind the Capitol Theatre.

Written by
Ben Neutze


The Star
Pirrama Rd
Opening hours:
Box office Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

What’s on

Mary Poppins

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Musicals

If ever there was a show that could transport you into a sense of childlike wonder and glee, it’s this one. Endearing performances, visually stunning sets and technical trickery and stunts that one-up themselves at every turn, this is a well-oiled machine with a sprinkle of that irresistible Disney magic. From high-flying acrobatics to mystifying special effects, it pulls out all the stops. It's the kind of show where set changes are applauded.  Whether or not you caught this production from Disney Theatrical with Cameron Mackintosh and the Michael Cassel Group the first time it landed the Sydney stage in 2011, you’re in for a fresh experience. There is an adept new cast and whole lot more tricks packed into its deceptive carpet bag.  It's the kind of show where set changes are applauded Stefanie Jones (whom you may have seen as Rhonda in Muriel’s Wedding the Musical) has not a button out of place as the lady we’re all here to see, Mary Poppins. As charming street artist and sometime chimney sweep Bert, Jack Chambers (Singin’ in the Rain) has an enigmatic presence even when he’s standing upside down on the roof. Special mention to Aussie musical theatre matron Nancye Hayes (for whom the Hayes Theatre is named) as the Bird Woman, evoking tears with every evocation of “...tuppence a baaaaag”. Rarely missing from a scene, the child actors playing Jane and Michael Banks dole out quips and keep up with all the choreo along with the adults. In one number on opening night, where Ch

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