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Sydney Theatre 2019 Guide

Here's what to expect on Sydney stages – from the best theatre and musicals to dance and opera

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West Side Story Opera Australia 2018
Photograph: Nilz Boehme and Johan Persson

One of Sydney's favourite and busiest theatre venues – the Wharf – is closed for renovations for all of 2019. It's fine to have a little cry (we did) but when you dry your eyes you'll see just how much is happening over the course of the year. Here's everything you'll want tickets to – whether they're for you or a special gift for a committed theatre lover.

Recommended: How to score cheap theatre tickets in Sydney.

Major companies in 2019

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Sydney Theatre Company 2019
Photograph: Rene Vaile
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Sydney Theatre Company

It's a super starry year at the city's biggest theatre company, with appearances from Rebel Wilson, Mia Wasikowska, Hugo Weaving, Celia Pacquola, Pamela Rabe, Zahra Newman, Nakkiah Lui, Toby Schmitz, Hunter Page-Lochard and Caroline Brazier.

Fangirls Belvoir 2019 photo supplied
Photograph: Supplied
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Belvoir

The much loved company is kicking off its 2019 season with its biggest show yet, before settling in for another year of new local and international plays.

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Prima Facie Griffin Theatre Company 2019
Photograph: Brett Boardman
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Griffin Theatre Company

The "home of new Australian writing" will continue to punch above its weight in 2019, with another season of brand new plays.

Whiteley, Opera Australia 2018 supplied
Brett Whiteley, Self-portrait in studio, 1976
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Opera Australia

Our national opera company is continuing its digital revolution with a whole bunch of high-tech operas, including one that will bring Brett Whiteley's artworks to life.

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The Australian Ballet season 2019
Photograph: Supplied
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The Australian Ballet

Next year is all about new work at the Australian Ballet, with just a handful of old favourites returning.

Knight creative commons pic for Spamalot at Hayes Theatre
Photograph: Creative Commons
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Hayes Theatre Co

In its sixth year, Sydney's home of musical theatre and cabaret is continuing to grow.

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