Theatre and music fans across Australia today welcomed news that world-renowned country music singer songwriter Keith Urban will lead a contingent of Australian performers, as well as a stellar line up of dancers including the internationally acclaimed St Petersburg Ballet, who will perform as part of the new Sydney Coliseum opening program, at West HQ.
The new 2000-seat theatre, based in Western Sydney, today launched its inaugural program of events, which in addition to the Grammy and Emmy Award winning Keith Urban, will also feature shows by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Wolfgang’s Magic Musical Circus by Circa, the Australian Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, John Bultler, as well as Dame Edna Everage.
Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue Executive Director Adam Leto said he expected the new theatre to continue to attract a top-tier line up of world class performers when it opens in late 2019.
“Sydney Coliseum is a state-of-the-art venue which will attract not only the best performers in the world, but also ensure the region’s visitor and tourism economy is centre-stage,” Mr Leto said.
“Sydney Coliseum will be the only 2000-seat theatre outside of the Sydney CBD capable of hosting large scale musicals, ballets, orchestras and operas and when it opens it will be the hottest ticket in town.”
Mr Leto said Sydney Coliseum was one of a number of regional cultural and sporting assets launched this year, joining the newly opened Bankwest Stadium in Parramatta and the soon to open Sydney Zoo at Bungarribee Park. When it opens in late 2019 Sydney Coliseum will be flanked by restaurateur Steve Anastasiou’s newest eatery, Chu by China Doll.
“Western Sydney is serious about hosting top-tier entertainment, both local and international acts, and it is proudly showing off our new stadiums and theatres to anyone who wants to join the audience for live music, sport or world class exhibitions,” he said.
Officially named in April this year, the $100m Sydney Coliseum Theatre has been widely described as Western Sydney’s answer to the Opera House.
“The Sydney Coliseum Theatre is what Sydney needs in term of offering another large scale theatre venue and anyone who has visited the site, or seen the plans, knows just how impressive this theatre is going to be,” Mr Leto said.
“The scale and quality of Sydney Coliseum is unlike anything that we’ve seen in Western Sydney and the Dialogue is thrilled delivering a world-class entertainment venue that the region can be proud of.
“Western Sydney has for a long period struggled to attract significant arts and cultural investment, and this development not only fills a void, but sends an important message to the rest of the market that we’re serious about hosting top-tier international acts and performers,” Mr Leto said.
The Theatre is based at West HQ, an expanding cultural, sporting, commercial and accommodation destination that currently attracts over three million visitors a year. The precinct includes two-luxury hotels, an Olympic-standard Sydney Gymnastic and Aquatic Centre and the iconic Rooty Hill RSL, among other projects.
Additionally, West HQ recently unveiled a number of exciting new dining partnerships, adding to Chu by China Doll, will be Pizzaperta by Manfredi, Steak & Oyster Co by Sean Connolly, Chur Burger and Gelatissimo with more offerings expected to be announced shortly.
Sydney Coliseum today announced Sydney Symphony Orchestra as its Anchor Partner and it will host symphonic events all year round.
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