Seven Sydney shows you can't miss

If you’ve got about 20 hours spare, schedule in all of these Sydney shows, which range from the mainstream to the slightly more obscure – all guaranteed to steal your attention in the lead-up to summer. Here are seven of the best shows to circle on your cultural calendar between now and Christmas.

Aida @ Sydney Opera House
This winter, Opera Australia will perform the monumental epic Aida at the iconic Sydney Opera House. Brimming with world-renowned artists, the production features only the most magnificent costumes alongside transcendent scores. The opera, which is an epic tale of two great powers at war, exudes love, treachery and triumph. While the opera is sung in Italian, there are English subtitles for those who don’t want to miss a thing. Runs until August 31. 

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The Long Forgotten Dream @ Sydney Opera House
There is no better place for the premiere of this sweeping historical drama than Sydney Opera House. Heralded as one of the most exciting new voices in theatre, H Lawrence Sumner’s extraordinary piece details an archaeologist’s global quest to return her great-grandfather’s bones to rest where they belong. History, murder and complicated family relationships surround this multi-generational drama. Runs until August 25. 

Mojo Juju: Native Tongue @ Sydney Opera House
This one-night-only spectacular from Australian artist Mojo Ruiz de Luzuriaga a.k.a Mojo Juju, strips back the glossy finishes and offers an intimate insight into the creation of Mojo’s latest album.Mojo Juju: Native Tongue will explore Mojo’s maternal indigenous heritage and her father’s Filipino heritage as well as the place where Mojo occupies in the modern Australian cultural landscape. One show only on Sunday August 19.

Sons of Sun

Sons of Sun @ Sydney Opera House
Sons of Sun is a rollicking tale that explores the original characters that started their rock and roll careers at Sun Records, Memphis. An Australian production, the show is back at the Sydney Opera House by popular demand. Runs from September 7-8.

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Le Dernier Appel (The Last Cry) at Carriageworks
Le Dernier Appel is a thought-provoking show that is a lament to colonisation transfiguring dance in the Asia Pacific Region. Dancers of First Nation as well as dancers of immigrant and settler descent all perform the show. The show is intensely focused on exploring the frustrating deterioration of older ways of life and the desperate struggle to progress toward decolonisation. New Caledonian artists are featured throughout inspired by the current questions surrounding the New Caledonian referendum on independence. Runs from August 15-18.

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Spartacus @ Sydney Opera House
Showcasing the men of the Australian Ballet, this extravagant story follows the life of a gladiator who leads a slave rebellion against the Roman Empire. A unique chance to appreciate the athleticism of some of the best male dancers in Australia, this extraordinary show is set to equally glorious music by composer Aram Khachaturian. Runs from November 9-24.

Calamity Jane @ Belvoir St Theatre
Calamity Jane offers a shaken-up version of the original 1950s musical and features the hilarious Virginia Gay. With disregard for gender expectations alongside a splash of romance, this Calamity Jane is no lady. Don’t miss Gay’s swaggering characterisation. The show has already proven to be a hit at the Hayes Theatre last year so get in quick. Runs from August 23–September 30.