About the Theatre

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Throughout the year, Roslyn Packer Theatre Walsh Bay plays host to productions from its resident drama and dance companies, Sydney Theatre Company and Sydney Dance Company, as well as theatre, dance, comedy and live music from much-loved artists and companies from Australia and around the world.

Performance Companies
Our resident companies, Sydney Theatre Company and Sydney Dance Company.


The finest talent from the UK and Ireland, including The National Theatre of Great Britain, Shared Experience, Out of Joint, Cheek by Jowl, Ireland's national theatre, the Abbey Theatre, Druid (Ireland), David Hare in his one-man show Via Dolorosa and Dame Maggie Smith and Margaret Tyzack in Alan Bennett's Talking Heads

Pre-eminent dance and drama companies from across Australia and New Zealand, including The Australian Ballet, Melbourne Theatre Company, Windmill Performing Arts, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Legs on the Wall, West Australian Ballet, Chunky Move, Bell Shakespeare, Australian Dance Theatre, Queensland Ballet and Bangarra Dance Theatre

Some of the most exciting names in contemporary theatre and dance from around the world, including Robert Wilson, Robert Lepage, Maly Drama Theatre (Russia), Tim Supple (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Simon McBurney's Complicite, Theatre Vesturport (Iceland), Schaubühne (Berlin), Peter Brook's Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Steppenwolf Theatre Company (Chicago), Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Music and Comedy
Bob Downe, Josh Thomas, Margaret Cho, The Umbilical Brothers, Dave Gorman, Ross Noble, Bill Bailey, Rich Hall, Jane Birkin, Bernard Fanning, Robert Forster and Grant McLennan (The Go-Betweens)

Sydney Writers' Festival, Sydney Festival, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Dungog Film Festival

Screenings and Premieres
Lucky Miles, Romulus My Father, In The Company of Actors, I'm Not There, The Oasis, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Informant, Hunger, National Theatre Live

Photo: Tania Kelley, War of the Roses, 2009.