Sydney theatre in July

Here's what and who to check out on Sydney stages this month – and where to find 'em
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There's a great mix of international blockbusters and home-grown hits in Sydney's theatres this July. We're finally getting to see the National Theatre's much lauded production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time while The Book of Mormon is still going strong at the Sydney Lyric. 

But if you're looking for something local, there are plenty of options from major productions like Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (which is about to leave, and it should be the duty of every Australian to see our most successful theatrical export) and STC's The Long Forgotten Dream, to smaller scale works, like the hilarious Unqualified at Ensemble.

The opera season is in full-swing, with Aida, Lucia di Lammermoor and Rigolettobut if you're after something on the more intimate end of the theatrical scale, Bondi Feast is warming up Sydney's most famous beach.

Recommended: How to get cheap theatre tickets in Sydney.

Musical theatre

Theatre, Musicals

The Book of Mormon

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In 2011, when The Book of Mormon first opened in New York City, it was a risky bet. It’s notoriously difficult for original shows to survive on Broadway – roughly four out of five shows fail to turn a profit – and a parody of religious fervour, packed with anarchic, puerile humour, written by ‘the South Park guys’, Trey Parker and Matt Stone? Not a sure thing. 

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Cry-Baby Hayes Theatre 2018 photo credit: Robert Catto
Photograph: Robert Catto
Theatre, Musicals

Cry-Baby

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One of the most successful musicals to hit Broadway in the last two decades was an adaptation of John Waters' 1988 film Hairspray, which was itself turned into a blockbuster movie starring John Travolta in 2007. Broadway producers tried to replicate that success a few years later with Waters' 1990 movie Cry-Baby.

Main stage and middle range theatre

A Taste of Honey - Belvoir - 2018
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Theatre, Drama

A Taste of Honey

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We could watch Genevieve Lemon read a shopping list and be enthralled, so to see her in this half-forgotten 1950s British domestic drama will undoubted be glorious. Written when playwright Shelagh Delaney was just 19 years old, the play caused a stir with its portrayal of single motherhood, interracial relationships and teen pregnancy when it debuted in 1958.

The Long Forgotten Dream Sydney Theatre Company 2018 hero image photo by Rene Vaile
Photograph: Rene Vaile
Theatre, Drama

The Long Forgotten Dream

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Neil Armfield brings his directing talents back to the Opera House with a new Australian piece by playwright and Ngarrindjeri man H. Lawrence Sumner. With a superb cast including Jada Alberts and Wayne Blair, this four generational saga set in a coastal Australian town follows archaeologist Simone (Alberts) who, after two long years of searching, has finally discovered her great-grandfather’s bones, jumbled in a dusty box.

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Theatre, Drama

The Almighty Sometimes

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Young Australian playwright Kendall Feaver picked up a prestigious European playwriting award for this story charting the relationship between a mother, Renee, and her mentally ill daughter Anna. Anna, now aged 20, wants to try coming off her pills and prescriptions, to find out where her illness ends and her identity begins.

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Theatre, Drama

The Widow Unplugged

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Reg Livermore's new one-man show is created around an ageing actor, clown and raconteur Arthur Kwick, a performer who never made it big. Instead, he’s a jobbing jack-of-all-trades, hosting stag nights and clowning for children’s parties. “He’s right at the end of his so-called career but then he gets an offer that revives his enthusiasm and his imagination,” Livermore explains. 

Opera

Rigoletto Opera Australia 2018
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Theatre

Rigoletto

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As with most major opera companies, Opera Australia has a handful of productions that are so popular with their audiences they're revived time and time again. Towards the top of that list is Elijah Moshinsky's 1991 production of Rigoletto, which is returning to the Sydney Opera House. 

Aida Opera Australia 2018
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Theatre

Aida

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Operas don't come much bigger than Verdi's Aida. Opera Australia has performed Aida before, but the confines of the Sydney Opera House have presented some challenges. This new production will be packed full of spectacle, but much of it will be conjured up through state of the art video technology.

After something a bit less dramatic?

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