Sydney Opera House
Bennelong Point
East Circular Quay
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Sydney Opera House is one of the most widely recognised performing arts venues in the world and encompasses six unique venues. Sydney Festival has presented a diverse range of events at Sydney Opera House and is proud to be presenting events in the Concert Hall, the Joan Sutherland Theatre and the Drama Theatre in 2013.

The Concert Hall
The Concert Hall
is the largest interior venue at Sydney Opera House. With its high vaulted ceiling and interior finishes of brush box and white birch timber it is designed primarily for acoustic performances. All seating in the Concert Hall is reserved seating.

Joan Sutherland Theatre
The Opera Theatre was officially renamed the Joan Sutherland Theatre in October 2012 as a lasting tribute to one of Australia’s and the world’s greatest artists. Pavarotti described Dame Joan Sutherland as having the ‘voice of the century’, and an adoring public named her ‘La Stupenda’ for the sheer beauty of her voice.

The traditional theatre seating is made of white birch timber with red woollen upholstery, and the stage boasts an impressive and extensive fly system and flexible staging, creating a state-of-the-art experience for performers, crews and audiences alike. Up to 70 musicians can be accommodated in the orchestra pit, which supports both intimate vocals and large-scale musical renditions.

Drama Theatre
With its black walls and deep blue carpet, all eyes are drawn to centre stage in the dark beauty that is the Drama Theatre – Sydney Opera House’s most alluring and unique space. A classic and purist venue, the Drama Theatre is nevertheless the site of some of the most original artistic endeavours beneath the sails, such as those by performed by Bangarra Dance Theatre, Bell Shakespeare and the internationally renowned Sydney Theatre Company. 

Events at Sydney Opera House

January 24-25
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January 16-27
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January 21
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January 25-26
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January 24-26
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There are a number of wheelchair and companion seating locations in all theatres. A limited number of courtesy wheelchairs are also available one hour before performances for patrons attending events in the Concert Hall and Opera Theatre.

Accessible toilet facilities are located on the Lower Level, inside the Western Foyer and on the Upper Level.

FM Radio Systems are available and free of charge and can be obtained from the nearest cloakroom prior to the performance. Customers will be required to give cloakroom staff a driver's licence, seniors card or credit card as security. These will be returned to you when the receiver is returned to the cloakroom. The FM system is also compatible with hearing aids via an induction loop. When the hearing aid is switched to the 'T' position, the wearer will receive the program sound through the hearing aid. Please enquire at the cloakroom for this service.

We make every effort to ensure Sydney Festival events are accessible to our whole audience. To book your tickets or if you have any queries please call 02 8248 6500 or email Sydney Festival is happy to receive phone calls via the National Relay Service. To enable us to determine your requirements and assist you fully we are unable to offer this service online.

Restaurants and Bars

All theatres operate licensed bars, which are open from one hour prior to performances, serve refreshments and light snacks.

Public Transport

Circular Quay is a five to seven minute walk from Sydney Opera House. You can catch buses, trains and ferries to Circular Quay.

For quick and convenient access to timetables, trip planning and other public transport service information call the Transport Infoline on 131 500 or visit

Car Parking

There is a paid car park at Sydney Opera House. There are 11 accessible parking spaces on Level 1 and 12 spaces on Level 6 of the car park for holders of RTA Mobility Parking Scheme permits. Car spaces on Level 6 also have direct wheelchair access to lifts. The closest public car park to Sydney Opera House is Secure Parking at 131 Macquarie Street.