The best shows in the best theatre in the heart of Sydney!
The staff of Riverside Theatres are passionate about bringing the very best the performing arts can offer to audiences in all pockets of the greater Sydney area. Parramatta is the geographic and demographic heart of Sydney and is easily accessed by road, train and ferry.
Located on the banks of the Parramatta River, Riverside Theatres is nestled in the midst of the Church Street Restaurant precinct. Pre-show dining and parking is ample, accessible and affordable.
A Bicentennial Project, Riverside Theatres opened in 1988 offering three venues under the one roof. The Rafferty’s Theatre, the most intimate space seats around 100 people and suits small corporate events, seminars, stand up comedy acts, small scale productions, or even an exhibition. The Lennox Theatre is a flexible space seating approximately 220 people. The largest theatre, the Riverside Theatre, can house up to 761 patrons with comfortable, plush seating in a conventional proscenium arch stage with orchestra pit and fly tower. Larger scale productions including international acts are often seen on the Riverside stage including Shakespeare, comedy, drama, ballet, contemporary dance and musicals.
Over 700 events take place every year at Riverside Theatres. Here are details about some of them...
Riverside’s annual subscription season of professional theatre and dance brings Australia’s leading performance arts companies to Parramatta including Bell Shakespeare, Pacific Opera, Sydney Theatre Company, HIT Productions, Ensemble Theatre Company, Griffin Theatre Company, Riverina Theatre Company, Circus Oz, Opera Australia’s OzOpera, Expressions Dance Company and many more!
BIG LAUGH COMEDY FESTIVAL
Riverside Theatres hosts the annual Big Laugh Comedy Festival, one of the world’s largest international comedy festivals. Held throughout all of Riverside’s performance spaces, the festival has featured The Goodies, The Aunty Jack Show and Tell, Wendy Harmer, Ross Noble, Dylan Moran, Jimeoin, The Umbilical Brothers, Wil Anderson, Carl Barron, Rove McManus and many, many more! Visit the Big Laugh website.
BIG NOTES SERIES
The new expanded annual music concert series Big Notes, which incorporates the Crescendo youth and community music series, embraces some of the best classical, jazz, world music and cabaret artists currently performing in Australia. This diverse program is sure to have something for everyone and subscriptions are available.
PERFORMANCE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE, SCHOOLS AND FAMILIES
Each year Riverside Theatres presents several live performance productions for schools, young people and the young at heart. Riverside aims to present the best theatre, dance and music performances from companies across the nation for educational live entertainment. Also the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) runs a holiday workshop program each school holidays.
WESTERN SYDNEY DANCE ACTION
Riverside hosts Western Sydney Dance Action (WSDA). A leading dance development organisation WSDA aims to develop and nurture dance in Western Sydney and beyond. It encourages opportunities for artists, individuals and communities to enhance participation, presentation and production of dance in its many forms. WSDA produces Dance Bites, an annual season of contemporary dance works by independent artists for the Lennox Theatre. For further information or join WSDA contact Kathy Baykitch on 8839 3354 or email email@example.com
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