Not just a city of natural good looks, Sydney is also home to some of the country's most highly regarded theatre companies—many of whose alumni have gone onto international stardom. Here are the best places in the city to find the next big thing.
Roslyn Packer Theatre
Home to the country's premier theatre institution—Sydney Theatre Company—Roslyn Packer Theatre is where you'll find top-tier talent with a global reputation. In the past, actors to grace the stage in this historic theatre have included Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Geoffrey Rush and Toni Collette, many of whom have established their careers off the back of Sydney Theatre Company productions.
Belvoir St Theatre
For more than 30 years, Belvoir St Theatre has been a champion of both established and emerging playwrights. Located in the inner-city suburb of Surry Hills, Belvoir was established in 1984 when a group of 600 theatre-lovers banded together to save the venue from being turned into apartment blocks. Season upon season, the program remains fresh thanks to a sturdy focus on new work and new stories, alongside a few classics.
The Old Fitz Theatre
Forget what you think you know about amateur theatre. This "pub theatre" in Woolloomooloo—situated below The Old Fitzroy Hotel—is arguably Sydney's leading independent theatre company. With a focus on giving voice to new talent, The Old Fitz knows how to pick 'em: in its five years of operation, it has presented more than 20 exclusively commissioned Australian plays which have been the recipients of countless awards.