Capitol Theatre, Sydney

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13 Campbell St, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia, Sydney
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Located in Sydney's central business district, the Capitol Theatre is one of the city's most renowned performance spaces. With a with a rich history dating back to 1892, since its reopening in the 1990s, it has become the stage for some of the world's most important plays, with an extensive and varied program that ranges from world-class musicals like Grease or Chicago to ballet and concerts.

Useful information:

  • Address: 13 Campbell St, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia
  • Telephone: +61 2 9320 5000
  • Email: capitol@ctm.com.au
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History

The Capitol Theatre has a long history, beginning in 1892 when the building started construction as the New Belmore Markets. In 1916, the building underwent its first important changes, becoming a hippodrome designed specifically for the Wirth Bros Circus. However, the circus did not last very long because of financial reasons, so it was converted into an atmospheric theatre, a type of movie palace that became very popular during the 20s because of its whimsical decor and the lavishness of the surroundings. This was the golden age of the theatre, but when the 1933 depression hit, the theatre started to lose more and more relevance, only showing second-rate movies.

The next decades were not any better, and as television became more and more popular, the Capitol’s future looked bleak, so by the end of the 70s the Sydney City Council considered demolition to allow a new lyric theatre to be built on the site 

Fortunately, the demolition plans were scratched, and during the 90s the theatre underwent a complete restoration that took over two years and cost over $30m. A lot of changes were made, from expanding the orchestra pit with space for 110 musicians or creating new dressing rooms, as well as extending the fly-tower to become more than 30 metres high. Finally, in 1995, the theatre reopened with a production of Miss Saigon putting the Capitol back on the world stage. Since that moment, the Capitol has become Sidney's biggest theatre and one of the biggest cultural symbols of the city. 

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How to get there?

Located in the inner-city suburb of Haymarket, the Capitol Theatre is easily accessible via public transport, taxi or car with multiple parking options nearby.

  • Bus: The nearest stops are Pitt St near Campbell St, Hay St near Pitt St and Pitt St near Eddy Avenue.
  • Train: Capitol Theatre is a five-minute walk from Central Station.
  • Light Rail: Haymarket and Capitol Square stations nearby.
  • Car:  Market City Car Park and the Capitol Square car park are less than 5 minutes away from the theatre

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Box Office Hours

Capitol Theatre box office hours are as follows:

  • Monday to Friday: from 9am to 5pm
  • Saturdays and Sundays: from 11am (only on performance days)
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Seating Plan

The main hall of the Capitol Theatre has a capacity of 2094 spectators. Its layout allows perfect visibility from all positions and its large stage is perfect not only for large productions, but also for concerts and circus shows. The seats are divided into two sections: 

  • Stalls: located on the ground floor.
  • Dress circle: located one level above the stage.

The theatre also has a wide range of drinks and cocktails on offer, as well as snacks and treats in its five modern bars. During the interval, you can even enjoy their famous choc-tops from the comfort of your seat.

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Capitol Theatre, Sydney

13 Campbell St, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia, Sydney1

1NOTE: approximate address. The only address that is completely valid is the one shown on the tickets