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Reviews and critical opinion on the freshest and best in theatre, opera, dance and family shows in Sydney and beyond – and our pick of the best to come

The Apologists
Theatre

The Apologists

Three stories examine the meaning of the act of apology and the complex power plays at work.

Where: Old 505 Theatre, Newtown, Sydney When: 20 - 31 Jan 2021

Rent
Musical

Rent

A hit at the Hayes Theatre in 2015, Shaun Rennie's production continues to chime with a new generation.

Where: Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point When: 27 Dec - 31 Jan 2021

The Last Season
Sydney Festival 2021

The Last Season

Youth and experience collide in Force Majeure’s provoking new work on the world to come.

Where: Carriageworks, Eveleigh, Sydney When: 6 - 10 Jan 2021

H.M.S. Pinafore
Sydney Festival 2021

H.M.S. Pinafore

Jump aboard a hilarious, sexy and sequin-spangled take on a Gilbert and Sullivan masterpiece.

Where: Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, Sydney When: 13 - 23 Jan 2021

Humans 2.0
Sydney Festival 2021

Humans 2.0

How much weight can we carry? Who can we trust to support us? It takes strength to be human.

Where: Carriageworks, Eveleigh, Sydney When: 13 - 20 Jan 2021

Queen Fatima
Sydney Festival 2021

Queen Fatima

A heartfelt comedy about celebrating our differences, from acclaimed Western Sydney writer James Elazzi.

Where: Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, Sydney When: 7 - 16 Jan 2021

Sunshine Super Girl
Sydney Festival 2021

Sunshine Super Girl

The story of Evonne Goolagong, the pioneering Indigenous tennis champ who served and volleyed her way to 14 Grand Slam titles and into the hearts of a nation.

Where: Sydney Town Hall When: 8 - 17 Jan 2021

The Complication of Lyrebirds
Sydney Festival 2021

The Complication of Lyrebirds

Jasmin Sheppard's new dance work explores and challenges the social expectations of what it means to look or sound Aboriginal. 

Where: Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney When: 20 - 23 Jan 2021

Future Remains
Sydney Festival 2021

Future Remains

The dangerous woman at the heart of a musical masterpiece steps out to tell her own story.

Where: Carriageworks, Eveleigh, Sydney When: 6 - 10 Jan 2021

Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark
Family Shows

Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark

A side-splitting extravaganza for kids shatters the fourth wall and glues it back together with silliness.

Where: The Playhouse, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point When: 4 - 21 Jan 2021

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The Picture of Dorian Gray
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TheatreRoslyn Packer Theatre, Walsh Bay, Sydney 24 Nov - 19 Dec 2020

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Audrey review: Innovative storytelling and Eryn Jean Norvill's performance boost this novel-to-stage translation into the world-class league.

The Wharf Revue: Good Night and Good Luck
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TheatrePlayhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre 26 Nov - 19 Dec 2020

The Wharf Revue: Good Night and Good Luck

Audrey review: There have been hits and misses in all the Wharf Revues I’ve seen to date, but Good Night and Good Luck’s pickings seem slim this year.

Picnic at Hanging Rock
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TheatreNew Theatre, Newtown, Sydney 17 Nov - 19 Dec 2020

Picnic at Hanging Rock

Audrey review: Adapted by Tom Wright from the cult novel, a play as dense and thorny as the landscape it describes.

Wicked Sisters
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TheatreSeymour Centre, Chippendale, Sydney 6 Nov - 12 Dec 2020

Wicked Sisters

Audrey review: Cloaked as a tart comedy for women of a certain age, Alma de Groen’s Wicked Sisters is, more accurately, a play of big ideas.

Rules for Living
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TheatreDrama Theatre, Sydney Opera House 2 Nov - 19 Dec 2020

Rules for Living

Audrey review: Actors give their all in a Christmas-themed distraction in which the rules are everything.

Who’s Your Baghdaddy?
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MusicalStreaming 24 Jun - 31 Dec 2020

Who’s Your Baghdaddy?

Audrey review: If live-streamed musicals can be made this entertaining, then conventionally staged productions had better step up when the lockdown of our theatres ends.

Fangirls
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MusicalSeymour Centre, Chippendale, Sydney 30 Jan - 20 Feb 2021

Fangirls

Audrey review: Yve Blake delivers one of the year's best with a vivid, very funny and authentic celebration of youthful passion.

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