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Sydney theatre in March

Here's what and who to check out on Sydney stages this month – and where to find 'em

Photograph: Jeff Busby
Ryan Bondy and Augustin Aziz Tchantcho

The Mormons are here! After a long wait, one of the world's most popular musicals has finally landed in Sydney. But it's not the only big show on stage this month: Sydney Theatre Company's season kicks into full gear with Black is the New White, Going Down and The Children, while Top Girls and Lethal Indifferencewrap up their seasons. Opera Australia's annual Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour returns and Bell Shakespeare premieres its new take on Antony and Cleopatra.


The Book of Mormon


It can be difficult for Australian audiences to receive any international musical without certain preconceptions: the rumours of greatness tend to wash onto our shores long before the tour has even been announced. 

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Sydney Lyric , Darling Harbour Until Sunday July 15 2018

In The Heights

Scoring a ticket to Hamilton is near impossible at the moment, and it still looks to be at least a few years before the musical behemoth finally makes it to Australia. But for a fraction of the price – and a fraction of the travelling distance – you can take in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s breakthrough musical at Sydney’s Hayes Theatre.

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Hayes Theatre Co , Elizabeth Bay Until Sunday April 15 2018

Mamma Mia! The Musical

3 out of 5 stars

Mamma Mia! is the jukebox musical to end all jukebox musicals. It’s one of the most commercially successful pieces of entertainment of all time, having grossed US$2 billion since its 1999 West End premiere. 

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Capitol Theatre , Haymarket Until Sunday May 6 2018


Top Girls

5 out of 5 stars

Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls remains one of the greatest plays written about women’s rights, the patriarchy and the intersection of same with social class. This new Sydney Theatre Company staging, led by director Imara Savage, sets the bar high and early for the best production of 2018.

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Sydney Opera House , Sydney Until Saturday March 24 2018

Single Asian Female

4 out of 5 stars

It’s rare to see a playwriting debut that comes with a fully-defined, genuinely funny and self-assured voice, but writer Michelle Law has leapt into the world of theatre without so much as a tremble. Single Asian Female is a gem.

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Belvoir St Theatre , Surry Hills Until Sunday March 25 2018

The Children

Lucy Kirkwood imagines – although it’s hardly much of an imaginative leap – that a Fukushima-type nuclear disaster has befallen the UK, and the radiation has destroyed a large area of the British coast.

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Sydney Opera House , Sydney Thursday March 29 2018 - Saturday May 19 2018

Sami in Paradise

Russian playwright Nikolai Erdman’s 1928 black comedy The Suicide might not not be known by everybody but it has some obsessive fans in theatre circles. Belvoir’s artistic director Eamon Flack is amongst them, and will be dusting off the play about a displaced man looking for a place to belong. 

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Belvoir St Theatre , Surry Hills Sunday April 1 2018 - Sunday April 29 2018

Indie and mid-range

A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer

British performer and theatremaker Bryony Kimmings has brought a handful of her shows to Australia in recent years – Fake It 'Til You Make It, Sex Idiot, Credible, Likeable, Superstar, Role Model – but this production is the biggest of her projects to make it to Sydney thus far.

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Seymour Centre , Darlington Thursday March 22 2018 - Thursday March 29 2018

The Wolves

American playwright Sarah DeLappe’s intricately crafted play about a high school girls soccer team was a Pulitzer finalist in 2017 but gets its Sydney premiere in the humble and intimate Old Fitz Theatre. The cast is packed with rising stars and the production will be directed by Sydney Theatre Company fellow Jessica Arthur.

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The Old Fitzroy Hotel , Wooloomooloo Until Saturday April 14 2018


This one-man play recalls the life of Taha Muhammad Ali: a Palestinian who grew up in Saffuriya in Galilee, lived through the turbulent creation of Israel and ran a souvenir shop in Nazareth at the same time as he emerged as an internationally recognised poet in his forties. 

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Riverside Theatres , Parramatta Tuesday March 27 2018 - Wednesday March 28 2018


La Traviata

We challenge you to find a bigger tearjerker than this in the opera canon; it's not just the story (based on Alexandre Dumas' popular 1848 novel La Dame aux Camélias) about a courtesan who falls for a young admirer, but sacrifices her chance at happiness for the greater good.

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Sydney Opera House , Sydney Until Tuesday March 27 2018

La boheme on Sydney Harbour

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour (HOSH) has become a centrepiece of Opera Australia's annual season: the productions are pure Sydney spectacle (harbour views, fireworks, bright lights and big flashy sets) but they're also accessible – and the combination is drawing new fans to opera.

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Mrs Macquaries Chair , Sydney Friday March 23 2018 - Sunday April 22 2018


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