The city's selection of traditional theatres include the Theatre Royal, and the dazzlingly baroque State Theatre. The renovated Capitol, is all gold and Grecian statues and is the venue for long-running musicals. The Lyric Theatre at Star City Casino is not very far.
Popular Belvoir Street in Surry Hills, and The Ensemble, over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, in Kirribilli, feature well-known Australian actors. For something alternative, try The Stables, Old Fitzroy Hotel and the Performance Space. From classical ballet to contemporary, the Sydney Opera House, the Wharf Theatre and Sydney Theatre are headquarters of Australian Dance movement. Other venues include The Bondi Pavilion, and Enmore Theatre.
Closer to Coogee the Parade Theatres at NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) are both an outlet for students to tread the boards for the first time and for other Australian companies in search of new venues.
The Verbruggen Hall at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The City Recital Hall in Angel Place, and the restored Customs House are welcome additions to Sydney's music scene. Enjoy international concerts at the Sydney Entertainment Centre or at the Acer Arena (formerly Super Dome) at Olympic Park.
Live Band music is alive and well in a large number of local pubs throughout Sydney's suburbs. The Rose of Australia in Erskineville is a great proponent of it.
For jazz, head to the Basement at Circular Quay, or on Sundays to Pontoon Bar at Cockle Bay.