Sydney theatre in January

Here's what and who to check out on Sydney stages this month – and where to find 'em
There Will Be a Climax Old Fitz Theatre 2018 hero image photo credit: John Marmaras
Photograph: John Marmaras

Let's be clear: January is peak theatre season in Sydney, thanks to Sydney Festival, Andrew Lloyd Webber's glitzy production of The Wizard of Oz and Opera Australia kicking off its season with its equally glitzy take on The Merry Widow. That's just the tip of the iceberg, with most of Sydney's theatre companies kicking into overdrive. So we've compiled this guide to help you catch the essentials or follow your particular niche interests...

The best theatre at Sydney Festival

Barber Shop Chronicles
Photograph: Marc Brenner

Sydney Festival dance and theatre highlights

Wesley Enoch presents his second festival in 2018. In addition to major international events – ER star Maura Tierney will be playing Germaine Greer in The Town Hall Affair – there's a continuing focus on local artists breaking down barriers, and Indigenous theatre.


Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent 2017 Sydney Festival interior view during Mother's Ruin cabaret courtesy SF2017 photographer credit Prudence Upton
Photograph: Prudence Upton
Theatre, Comedy

Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent

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This seasonal spiegeltent is the main venue of Sydney Festival's Meriton Festival Village, and hosts cabaret and music performances.

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