Looking for things to keep you entertained in Sydney this August? Lucky for us, there are a number of events in and around the CBD to look forward to.
The Phantom of the Opera is finally coming to the Opera House, Parramatta has a yearbook to peruse (see details below), and you can warm up with gigs from Gang of Youths and Arlo Parks. Keep reading for highlights of what’s on in Sydney over the next month.
Qudos Bank Arena | Aug 13 – Aug 14 | Tickets from $78
The international K-pop music festival is finally coming down under, filling the Qudos Bank Arena with 10 big-name Korean music stars, including Astro, Kep1er, Oneus and SF9. With a major concert featuring multiple bands, a marketplace and meet and greet, there’s something for every K-pop fan.
Sydney Opera House | Aug 3 – Aug 14 | Tickets from $89
Exploring the mythologies, stories and traditions that have brought humans together over millennia, ORACLE—the myth combines cabaret, circus, ballet, dance and singing to create a mesmerizing performance.
Geoffrey Robertson QC – Hypothetical
International Convention Centre | August 4th | Tickets from $100
The stage is set for human rights barrister Geoffrey Robertson QC’s return to his hypothetical panel where he’ll interrogate a variety of high-profile panellists from government, culture, media and more about scenarios that explores big issues in Australia. It’s a revival of the high rating hypotheticals series that aired on television in the 1980s.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Simone Young
Sydney Opera House | Aug 26 – Aug 27 | Tickets from $37
What do you get when you combine the Sydney Symphony Orchestra with Belvoir St Theatre, the music of composer Felix Mendelssohn, and Shakespeare? Well, something like this performance.
Phantom of the Opera
Sydney Opera House | August 19 – October 16 | Tickets from $99
Being performed for the first time ever at the Sydney Opera House, Phantom of the Opera is one of the world’s most successful musicals. We’re ready for the great big chandelier to hang from the Opera House’s ceiling.
Sydney Opera House | July 28 – September 4 | Tickets from $59
This musical, hot off the heels of a stellar season at the Belvoir Theatre, follows 14-year-old Edna, who has fallen in love with Harry, the singer of a certain globally acclaimed boy band, as she tries everything to get tickets to their Australian show. It’s more than just a funny story, though: fan girls reflects on the all-too-often misunderstood themes of power and passion in the teenage years.
Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical
Hayes Theatre | Jul 29 – Aug 27 | Tickets from $72
Who doesn’t love a good psychological thriller set to pop rock music? That’s the promise of Jekyll and Hyde as it plays at the Hayes Theater this August. It’s not to be confused with Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, the stage show based on the same story.
Sydney Lyric Theatre | May 15 – September 25 | Tickets from $110
This supercalifragilistic show hasn’t been in Sydney in over 10 years, which means there’s a whole generation of people ready to take their spoonful of the most delightful performance you’ll find. (And if the price is a bit steep, you can have a go at the lottery for $45 tickets.)
Jagged Little Pill
Theater Royal | July 9 – August 22 | Tickets from $65
The jukebox musical inspired by Alanis Morissette’s iconic tracks is having its second outing in Sydney, after its initial success in the US (including winning a Grammy for best musical theater album). Featuring a cast led by Natalie Bassingthwaighte as a drug-addicted mother, the musical is separate to Morissette’s initial album.
Being Together: Parramatta Yearbook
Centenary Square, Parramatta | August 1 – October 3 | Free
Renowned photographic artist Cherine Fahd spent 2021 taking school photo-style portraits of the people and moments that make up the City of Parramatta. The result is a stunning “yearbook” featuring diverse communities living through unprecedented urban development and cultural change. It’s a large-scale photographic installation run by the Museum of Contemporary Art and Parramatta Artists’ Studios.
Daniel Boyd: Treasure Island
Art Gallery of NSW | June – January | Free
More than 80 works by Daniel Boyd, one of the country’s most significant artists, make an appearance in this free exhibition at the Art Gallery. With a renowned style, the Aboriginal and Pacific Islander artist, now based in Marrickville, reflects on colonial history and the nature of resistance.
Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes
Art Gallery of NSW | May 14 – Aug 28 | Tickets free-$22
See the finalists of some of the country’s most significant art awards. The Archibald Prize is awarded for the best portrait, the Wynne Prize for the best Australian landscape painting and the Sulman Prize for the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project. Visit the exhibition before the end of the month to vote for your favorite portrait.
Gang of Youths
Qudos Bank Arena | Aug 6 | Tickets from $89
If you need any evidence that indie pop rock group Gang of Youths has made it big, look no further than the venue for their one-night-only concert. Off the back of the release of their third studio album, angel in realtime, the group is set to perform at Qudos Bank Arena as they tour around the country.
Enmore Theatre | Aug 13 | Tickets from $69
In her first tour in Australia, 21-year-old British singer-songwriter Arlo Parks is touring the country after releasing her Collapsed in Sunbeams album last year. It was a feature album on Triple J.
Whitefella Yella Tree
Griffin Theater Company | Aug 12 – Sep 17 | Tickets from $20
Advice for watching this show? “Bring tissues. Lots and lots of tissues,” says Griffin Theater artistic director Declan Greene. It’s the story of teenage boys Ty and Neddy, one River Mob and the other Mountain Mob, “on the brink of a world that is about to change forever”. The land they stand on is about to be named Australia. Palawa man Dylan Van Den Berg has written a heartbreaking queer story about love, colonization and country.
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Sydney Theater Company | August 5 – September 3 | Tickets from $58
The mystery story so good it’s being played in two different versions across the city, this performance of the classic Gothic tale is set to use live video and cinematic elements to bring to life the story of lawyer Gabriel Utterson’s investigation into friend Dr Jekyll. It’s from the team that delivered critically acclaimed The Picture of Dorian Gray, so we’re expecting big things.
Ensemble Theatre | Jul 22 – Aug 27 | Tickets $38-$80
Delving into the complexities of Eurasian identities in Australia, this new family comedy follows lead Mel (Angie Diaz) as she attempts to, well, survive (if not thrive).
Sydney Theater Company | June 25 – August 6 | Tickets $49-74
Michelle Law’s comedy about a manicure gone wrong turns into the story of a body swap between a Chinese-Australian manicurist and a high-flying TV exec. It’s an irreverent satire of Australia’s media landscape, and audiences can be guaranteed to laugh – and think.
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