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Sydney theatre in January

Here's what and who to check out on Sydney stages this month – and where to find 'em
On Stage at In The Heights
Photograph: Grant Leslie

Let's be clear: January is peak theatre season in Sydney, thanks to Sydney Festival. It's taking over most of the city's major theatre spaces, but it's only the tip of the iceberg. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is kicking off at the Capitol Theatre while Opera Australia is getting off to a flying start with its summer season.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 2019 Broadway production shot, photo credit: Joan Marcus
Photograph: Joan Marcus
Theatre, Musicals

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

icon-location-pin Capitol Theatre, Haymarket

 Sydney audiences will step into a world of pure imagination with the new musical version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The show, which just wrapped up a three year run on the West End and a short stint on Broadway, is opening at the Capitol Theatre early in the new year.


La Boheme 2017 Opera Australia production still feat cast photographer credit Prudence Upton
Photograph: Prudence Upton

La bohème

icon-location-pin Sydney Opera House, Sydney

Powerhouse combo director Gale Edwards and designer Brian Thomson (HOSH's Carmen) created this production for Opera Australia's 2011 season – and it has proved a popular hit.

Turandot Opera Australia 2019
Photograph: Georges Antoni, Simon Rae


icon-location-pin Sydney Opera House, Sydney

Director and choreographer Graeme Murphy's 1990 take on Turandot is one of Opera Australia's true evergreen productions. Almost three decades after its premiere, it still looks fabulous, driven by dance and and an otherworldly design. 

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