Sydney theatre in September

Here's what and who to check out on Sydney stages this spring – and where to find 'em
Photograph: Ken Leanfore Artists of Sydney Fringe shows ‘The Mysteries of Mad River: A Swamp-Folk Operetta’ and Heaps Gay's Masqueerade.

We don’t want to distract you too much, but spring is when the theatre companies announce their seasons for the following year (so far, Griffin Theatre Company and Opera Australia have announced, with Belvoir and Sydney Theatre Company to follow).

Staying in the now: it’s Sydney Fringe all September, so if you want to check out some independent or experimental work, this is the month to do it. Check out our highlights list for some ideas.

If you’re looking for a sure thing in the under-$50 mark, consider Sarah Kane’s harrowing final play 4:48 Psychosis, which has been given a fantastic independent production at the Old Fitz. It comes with a content warning – but it’s a great way to see the play.

On the mainstages, the two 5-star shows to beat are Belvoir’s production of Taylor Mac’s dysfunctional family drama Hir, and the return season of Julie Andrews’ My Fair Lady.

Looking ahead, there are two major openings this month for musical lovers: the Hayes are bringing out the big guns for Stephen Sondheim’s murderous romp Assassins; and Sydney Theatre Award-winner Esther Hannaford (Little Shop of Horrors) will star as Carole King in the acclaimed jukebox musical Beautiful.

On the mainstage, this month’s openings include Australian classic Diving for Pearls at Griffin; Moira Buffini’s dark comedy Dinner at Sydney Theatre Company; and Pamela Rabe doing Ibsen at Belvoir, with Ghosts.

Check out our latest theatre reviews to see what we’re loving; and if you’re a theatre lover, consider booking a southwards trip next month for Melbourne Festival, which is looking seriously good this year.

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