Sydney theatre in October

Here's what and who to check out on Sydney stages this spring – and where to find 'em
Photograph: Pierre Toussaint Jessica Tovey, playing Portia

October sees a bubbling up of emergent and experimental performance in Sydney, with Underbelly Arts Festival taking over the National Art School for a weekend that’s part Biennale, part music festival; and Liveworks Festival taking over Carriageworks for two weeks, bringing the best Australian and Asia-Pacific artworks across live art, dance and performance. Do not be intimidated: head for the undergrowth to see what’s blooming.

On the main stages, there are only two major openings in October: Bell Shakespeare’s already-acclaimed production of The Merchant of Venice (which our Melbourne critic gave 4-stars); and Belvoir’s world premiere of Lally Katz’s new semi-autobiographical fantasy, Atlantis.

Otherwise it’s a case of ongoing seasons – so check out our latest theatre reviews to see what we’re loving (and not-so-loving).

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