A summer of escape, entertainment and connection

Legendary rock musical RENT – with its galvanising story of love and connection – kicks off a vibrant Sydney Opera House summer program full of magic, illusion, music theatre and circus.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Jonathan Larson’s multiple Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning sensation RENT will be coming to the Drama Theatre from 27 December 2020 to 31 January, 2021. This brand new Australian production features a group of artists, outcasts and misfits who seize the moment in the face of adversity to find a connection in a world of isolation through songs of revolution.

Starring Seann Miley Moore (UK X Factor) and Callum Francis (Kinky Boots), and featuring all the hits from the award-winning score including ‘La Vie Bohème’, ‘Take Me or Leave Me, ‘Rent’ and ‘Seasons of Love’, this Broadway hit and its iconic chant of ‘no day but today’ is a musical for the moment.

In these dangerous times where the world is ripping apart at the seams, we can learn from those who stare death in the face every day, by reaching out to each other and bonding as a community, said Composer, Lyricist and Writer, Jonathan Larson, 1996

Step into a secret magic den with James Galea’s BEST TRICK EVER when Australia’s most astounding magicians hit the Opera House Studio (2 January – 14 February, 2021) to showcase their best trick ever. Hosted by award-winning Australian magician, writer and producer James Galea (Band of Magicians, POOF! Secrets of A Magician) the show is a reimagined live experience of Best Trick Ever, an ABC TV series where James surprises audiences while searching for some of the world’s greatest magic tricks.

This jaw-dropping line-up of magicians has never before been seen on the same stage: 

  • James Galea’s BEST TRICK EVER

    Raymond Crowe, global YouTube sensation, Unusualist and shadow puppet expert, as seen on The World’s Greatest Magic and Australia’s Got Talent;

  • Helen Coghlan, Australia’s top escapologist and the only magician ever to fool Penn & Teller three times on their hit show FOOL US;
  • Dom Chambers, the only Australian semi-finalist on America’s Got Talent, famous for his cheeky signature beer act and;
  • Vincent Kuo, up-and-coming star of magic and master of the Rubik’s cube, who recently returned from Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques, commonly known as the Magic Olympics.

In February, internationally acclaimed Australian circus company Circa will transform the Drama Theatre into a dazzling world of thrilling acrobatics with Circa’s Peepshow (2 – 14 February, 2021). Under the direction of contemporary circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz, Circa’s Peepshow combines virtuosic acrobatics and comic burlesque to create an exhilarating, playful and seductive experience that celebrates the strength and beauty of the human body.

The Choir of Man

The feel-good sing-along hit, The Choir of Man, will return to the Studio (18 February – 4 April) following sold out seasons in 2019. This musical adventure of heart and energy is set in a cosy British pub called “The Jungle” and combines incredible vocals with high energy dance, live percussion and foot-stomping choreography.

The Opera House’s Contemporary Performance program brings the best of musicals (In The Heights, SIX: The Musical), cabaret (Blanc De Blanc: Encore), magic and illusion (The Illusionists: Direct FromBroadway), and circus (Cirque Stratosphere) to Sydney every summer. Ahead of her departure to take on the role of Festival Director, Sydney Festival, outgoing Sydney Opera House Head of Contemporary Performance Olivia Ansell wants audiences to experience love, laughter, trickery and spectacle on Bennelong Point this summer;

Grab your friends and wave in the new year with the ultimate Sydney-in-summer experience. I’m absolutely thrilled to leave audiences with one of our most jam-packed summers yet. The heart of RENT, the magic of James Galea, the physical prowess of Circa’s Peepshow and the rollicking good times of The Choir of Man is a program for now, offering escapism, pure entertainment, and connection. It’s a delight to be welcoming artists and audiences back for yet another blockbuster summer.

COVID-19 safety information

As a registered COVID Safe business, the Opera House is implementing a number of onsite measures, in line with NSW Health guidelines, to ensure the safety and wellbeing of artists, audiences, visitors and staff. Full details here.


RENT
Dates: 27 December, 2020 – 31 January, 2021
Venue: Drama Theatre
From: From $65.00 plus booking fee
Tickets: HERE

James Galea’s Best Trick Ever
Dates: 2 January – 14 February, 2021
Venue: Studio
From: From $49.00 plus booking fee
Tickets: HERE

Peep Show
Dates: 2 February – 14 February, 2021
Venue: Drama Theatre
From: From $49.00 plus booking fee
Tickets: HERE

The Choir Of Man
Dates: 18 February – 4 April, 2021
Venue: Studio
From: From $59.00 plus booking fee
Tickets: HERE

James Galea’s BEST TRICK EVER is a Rose Tinted Enterprises production commissioned by Sydney Opera House, enabled by Taylor Construction Group and Comvision® Security Solutions.

Peter J Snee

Peter is a British born creative, working in the live entertainment industry. He holds an honours degree in Performing Arts and has over 12 years combined work experience in producing, directing and managing artistic programs & events. Peter has traversed the UK, Europe and Australia pursuing his interest in theatre. He is inspired by great stories and passionately driven by pursuing opportunities to tell them.

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