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April events in Sydney

From Easter to ANZAC Day and everything in between

Photograph: Anna Kucera

Autumn has well and truly settled in by the time April rolls around, but the fourth month of the year has its seasonal highlights to keep us entertained. There’s LOLs a plenty at the annual Comedy Festival, cute animals and fairground rides at the Royal Easter Show and school holidays keep parents on their toes. Plus, it's ANZAC Day, so you'll want to know where to play two-up, and most of us get four days off over Easter, so it's the perfect time for a short getaway

April's biggest events

Superposition of Three Types

This group show will explore artists whose practice revolves around colour, featuring newly commissioned and recent work by Sydney Ball, Rebecca Baumann, Ry David Bradley, Lara Merrett, Elizabeth Newman, Jonny Niesche, Huseyin Sami, Nike Savvas, Gemma Smith, Brendan van Hek, Julian Day, Spence Messih and Shelley Lasica. Some artists will create work within the space (for example, Rebecca Baumann will paint each wall of the gallery a different colour), while others will perform works that 'activate' and transform the gallery space at points during the exhibition's duration (such as Huseyin Sami, who will undertake one of his 'painting performances').

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Artspace , Wooloomooloo Until Monday April 17 2017

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone with Live Orchestra

First of all: OMG, they're soooo cute. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were just 11 years old when they starred in the first Harry Potter film for director Chris Columbus back in 2001 – and what they lacked in acting chops ("I'm [lengthy stilted pause]... a... a wizard?") they make up for in adorableness. The first movie is far from the worst of the series. In fact, it's got a lot to recommend it; for instance, the late Richard Harris as Dumbledore is authoritative and moving (sorry Michael Gambon, but he's the better Albus). So imagine the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in full flight playing the entire score for a high definition screening of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in the Concert Hall of the Opera House. You'd be a muggle to miss it.

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Sydney Opera House , Sydney Thursday April 27 2017 - Friday April 28 2017

The Bodyguard

Premiering on London's West End in 2012, Alexander Dinelaris's musical version of The Bodyguard is based on the 1992 film starring your ’90s boyfriend Kevin Costner as an ex-Secret Service agent hired to protect a superstar from her stalker, and Whitney Houston as the damsel-in-distress, Rachel Marron. It's coming to Australia in 2017 (thanks to producers Michael Harrison, David Ian and John Frost) with Fijian-born singer-songwriter and original Australian Idol Paulini making her theatrical debut in the role of Rachel Marron, and the rest of the cast TBC. Tickets are on sale from October 31. Check out what Time Out London said about The Bodyguard.

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Sydney Lyric , Darling Harbour Saturday April 22 2017 - Sunday July 2 2017

The Bleeding Tree

Melbourne writer-performer Angus Cerini won the 2014 Griffin Award for this gothic revenge fantasy, set in a remote farmhouse where three survivors of domestic violence are working out what to do with the body of their tormentor.  When it premiered at Griffin in 2015, we described Lee Lewis's production as "stunningly lyrical" and "enthralling and essential". Lewis, who grew up in Goulburn, pushed Cerini's text back into the 1950s, a time when the Country Women’s Association held the community together with scones, sponge cake and a cast-iron sense of organisation. “I wanted the audience to focus on the physical and emotional experience of isolation, rather than the practicalities of how we deal with domestic violence in a contemporary context.”

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Sydney Theatre Company - Wharf Theatres , Dawes Point Until Saturday April 8 2017

Mary J Blige

The ‘Family Affair’ and ‘No More Drama’ singer-songwriter has been touring almost every year since 1997, but has never before performed at the House. If you want to see the nine-time Grammy Award winner, tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday December 2.

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Sydney Opera House , Sydney Monday April 10 2017