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.
Sydney Opera House have made some recent changes to bag checks since the reopening of the Joan Sutherland Theatre in 2017 (due to incraese in traffic at the Box Office Foyer). They have changed the location of the bag screening points to under the Monumental Steps.
Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre ticketholders will be required to present their bags and personal belongings for visual inspection by Opera House security staff at one of four screening points:
- Concourse entrance to the Concert Hall & JST under the Monumental Steps;
- Concourse entrance to the Utzon Room under the Monumental Steps;
- Box Office Podium entrance; or
- Accessible lift from Western Foyers to Box Office Foyer.
Bag screening will be in operation two hours before a performance and continue during show times.
There is no change to the type of items that will be screened and permitted inside the venue, or to the Sydney Opera House existing cloaking policy, which can be viewed at sydneyoperahouse.com
Restrictions on non-motorised vehicles
Sydney Opera House welcomes more than 10,000 visitors each day. Recently they've experienced increased pedestrian traffic on site and a rising popularity of bicycles, scooters and skateboards.
Sydney Opera House have implemented some changes to reduce the risk of injury on site and provide a more pedestrian-friendly experience.
All non-motorised vehicles including, but not limited to, bicycles (including commercial bicycle tours and hired bicycles), Segways, skateboards and scooters must be dismounted at the site boundary, and safely walked or parked while on site. From this date any person/s operating a non-motorised vehicle on the Sydney Opera House site will be asked to dismount. These requests will be made under section 4 of the Sydney Opera House Trust By-law 2015 and compliance is mandatory. Penalties for non-compliance may apply.
This change will not apply to prams, wheelchairs or other mobility aides. Sydney Opera House will continue to promote and support sustainable transport by providing facilities onsite to safely park bikes while guests and patrons enjoy their visit.
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.
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. Fopr detailed information, please visit sydneyoperahouse.com/visit-us/accessibility.html
Alternatively, please phone The Australian Ballet customer experience team on 1300 369 741 or email us at email@example.com 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 experience team or the Sydney Opera House Box Office of your requirements when booking tickets. Bookings essential on 02 9250 7777. Visit sydneyoperahouse.com for further details and fee information.
Assisted listening devices
FM radio system provides improved listening clarity for people with hearing loss who experience difficulty and fatigue, when trying to understand speech, because of distance, reverberation, and distracting background noise. Can be used with or without hearing aids.
Audio input or any electronic sound source feeds into an FM transmitter and the FM radio frequency signal is picked up by the patrons FM receiver. FM receivers and headsets are provided free of charge and can be obtained from the nearest cloakroom prior to the performance.
The FM system is also compatible with hearing aids and cochlear implants with a "T" switch via an induction loop provided. When the hearing aid is switched to the 'T' position, the wearer will receive the program sound through the hearing aid. FM Radio Systems are available in all Kids at the House venues.
Please inquire at the Cloak Room for this service.
Guide dogs are permitted in the theatre.
Venue terms and conditions
All patrons are bound by the conditions of entry printed on the reverse of their ticket. Please read carefully. Under 30, children 18 years and under, seniors and pensioners must provide appropriate proof of entitlement when booking at a concession rate.
If a member of your 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.
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 about our price types and concessions.
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.
Please refer to the venue’s conditions of entry: sydneyoperahouse.com/general/terms-and-conditions.html
Performance and cast details
Casting for each performance is published on our website approximately one week before opening night. A 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.
Seating Reserve Guide
Premium: Centrally positioned seats in high-demand that give the best views.
A-Reserve: Excellent seats that offer clear and unrestricted views.
B-Reserve: Very good seats that are more distant from the stage and may have minor restrictions on side of stage views.
C-Reserve: These seats may be positioned further from the stage and may have restricted views of some peripheral elements of the ballet. Among the lower-cost seats, these offer the best value.
D-Reserve: These seats are located in the extreme rear or sides of the theatre, and have a restricted view; however, the centre of the stage is still clearly visible.
E-Reserve/Restricted view: These seats are at the rear of the balcony in the State Theatre (Arts Centre Melbourne), and on the extreme sides of the loge in the Joan Sutherland Theatre (Sydney Opera House). These seats have significant sightline restrictions and are recommended for a music-only experience.