Between May and December this year the Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Sydney Opera House will be closed to enable important work to upgrade theatre machinery. This essential work will ensure that the theatre is equipped to meet the needs of the future. As a result of the closure of the Joan Sutherland Theatre during this period, The Australian Ballet’s Summer Season in November and December 2017 will take place in the majestic Capitol Theatre.
With a rich history that dates back 100 years, the Capitol Theatre is Sydney's oldest and grandest theatre and is a wonderful venue for ballet.
Plan your visit
The Australian Ballet's Sydney Opera House performances take place in the Joan Sutherland Theatre (formerly Opera Theatre).
To get the most out of your ballet experience at the Sydney Opera House please read the following information. For more detailed information please also visit the Sydney Opera House's official website sydneyoperahouse.com.
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Sydney Opera House Car Park
Wilson Parking owns and operates the Sydney Opera House Car Park, which is a public car park serving Sydney Opera House visitors and ticket buyers, as well as visitors to Circular Quay. The car park is located at 2 Macquarie Street (northern end), with vehicular access adjacent to the Sydney Opera House Forecourt. Wilson Parking’s Sydney Opera House Car Park has 1,200 parking bays and conveniently located pay machines on every level of the car park. The car park is open 24 hours, 7 days a week, and has undercover access to the Sydney Opera House Lower Concourse. There are 11 accessible parking spaces on Level 1, and 12 accessible spaces on Level 6 of the car park for RTA Mobility Parking Permit holders. Car spaces on Level 6 also have direct wheelchair access to lifts. Wilson Parking offers prepaid discounted parking via their online booking system, Book A Bay.
For more information, visit wilsonparking.com.au, email email@example.com or call 1800 PARKING (1800 727 5464).
For full Accessibility information, visit sydneyoperahouse.com/Visit/Accessibility_Info.aspx
Subscriber car parking
Subscribers of The Australian Ballet can apply for the Wilson Parking Platinum Card, giving you $5 off the night rate at the Sydney Opera House Car Park. The card can also be used at over 20 Wilson Parking stations in Sydney. A one-off card fee of $13.20 applies. For more information, call 1800 PARKING or apply online at wilsonparking.com.au. Simply add “ballet subscriber” to your name in the application.
To ensure a comfortable visit to the Sydney Opera House's Joan Sutherland Theatre (formerly Opera Theatre), please place large bags, long umbrellas and briefcases at the cloak room located in the Joan Sutherland Theatre (formerly Opera Theatre) Foyer. This service is free.
Drinking and Dining
From the Opera Kitchen boasting awe-inspiring views of the harbour, to Bennelong led by one of Australia’s most celebrated chefs Peter Gilmore – there's something for every tastebud at Sydney Opera House. Discover more.
Important notice: Our friends at Sydney Opera House would like to let you know that from Monday 22 August 2016, Bistro Mozart will close to make way for a new a new lobby-style lounge serving café food and drinks all day, every day. Construction of the lounge will be completed by November 2016.
During construction, alternative affordable dining options will be available across the Opera House site, including $30 early-bird offers from Aria Catering; Eat Drink, Western Foyers; Opera Bar; and Opera Kitchen. There is also a café-style dining option in the Joan Sutherland Theatre Northern Foyer, available 1 hour and 30 minutes before performances.
For the comfort and convenience of all patrons, latecomers will only be admitted into the theatre at a suitable break in the program.
Photography and audio/video recording
It is strictly prohibited to take photos or audio/video recordings at any performance by The Australian Ballet.
Mobile phones must be turned off prior to a performance.
The Australian Ballet and the Sydney Opera House are committed to a positive customer experience for all patrons. The best way to check accessibility is via the Sydney Opera House's official website - visit sydneyoperahouse.com. Click on the ‘Plan Your Visit’ heading. Alternatively, please phone The Australian Ballet Customer Services Team on 1300 369 741 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your access needs.
Access for patrons using a wheelchair
There are a limited number of wheelchair spaces in the Joan Sutherland Theatre (formerly Opera Theatre). Please inform The Australian Ballet Customer Services Team or the Sydney Opera House Box Office of your requirements when booking tickets. Limited on-site parking is available for patrons with a valid RTA Accessible Parking Permit if space is available. Bookings essential on 02 9250 7777. Visit sydneyoperahouse.com for further details and fee information.
Assisted listening devices
FM radio hearing assistance is available in the Joan Sutherland Theatre (formerly Opera Theatre) for audience members with a hearing impairment. To take advantage of this service please collect a headset and receiver from the Opera Centre Cloakroom. This service is free. The duty Theatre Manager can assist with any queries at the venue.
Guide dogs are permitted in the theatre.
Priority passenger shuttle service
A free shuttle service designed especially for elderly and less mobile patrons is available from Circular Quay near Stand E (under the Cahill Expressway) and Sydney Opera House to assist elderly and less-mobile patrons. Call 02 9250 7777 for details.
Venue terms and conditions
All patrons are bound by the conditions of entry printed on the reverse of their ticket. Please read carefully. Youth 26 years and under, children 17 years and under, seniors and pensioners must provide appropriate proof of entitlement when booking at a concession rate. Proof of entitlement should also be carried when attending performances. All patrons, irrespective of age, must hold a valid ticket to gain admission to a performance. For more information please read The Australian Ballet's concession policy.
If a member of your subscription group holds a concession ticket for a performance but is unable to attend, we are happy for you to give the ticket to a friend. Please note, however, that an upgrade fee may apply if the ticket is to be used by a patron not eligible for the same concession. Upgrades can be made any time up to performance date, including the day of the performance, at the Sydney Opera House Box Office only.
Performance and cast details
Nightly casting for each performance is published on our website approximately one week before opening night. A nightly cast sheet will be handed out at the performance. In an effort to be sustainable, one cast sheet is handed out per person. Casting is subject to change due to illness or any unavoidable causes.