Step right up into a wild world of mystery. A mistold tale of circus and wonder. A twisted history unleashed, and a famous "freak show" unmasked. Be enraptured by the dark truth of P.T. Barnum, the greatest showman, and his mob of circus delights...
Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection. Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times. Children aged 0-23 months at the time of a performance may be seated on a parent’s lap free of charge. All children occupying a seat or aged 2 year/s of age or older must hold a valid ticket.
The authorised agency for this event is the Sydney Opera House. For more information about Authorised Agencies, see the FAQ below.
Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times.
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Ladies and Gentlemen, step right up
Join this travelling spectacle for just a night, and allow our global First Peoples to delight and disturb with tales and talents you won’t soon forget. From the Aboriginal Cannibal Boomerang Throwers and the great Wizard of the High Wire, to the exotic Fijian Mermaid… this is the story of the First circus performers.
From specimens to stars, discover the power, resilience and strength of our First Peoples told with provocative political humour, searing irony and stinging social commentary. And, of course, all the striking burlesque, vaudeville and spectacular entertainment you know and love.
Be amazed by the savage ringmaster, the powerful song woman and more.
Step under the big top as we discover this circus with bite!
Presented by the Sydney Opera House.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
Make the most of your experience...
Tickets and Prepaid Food & Beverage
Add a drinks voucher or drinks with a cheese platter to your purchase and redeem it at any of the foyer bars inside the Opera House – perfect for a pre-show or interval refreshment.
Join us for a meal at Opera Bar before or after your guided Sydney Opera House Tour. We’ve picked our favourites - beer battered fish & chips, rump steak or a seasonal vegetarian meal option*. No reservations needed.
The authorised agency for this event is Sydney Opera House.
Only tickets purchased by authorised agencies should be considered reliable.
The Sydney Opera House is the only authorised ticket seller for Events at the Sydney Opera House, unless we specify on our website that there are other authorised ticket sellers for a specific event.
If you purchase tickets from Ticketmaster Resale, Viagogo, Ticketbis, eBay, Gumtree, Tickets Australia or any other unauthorised seller you risk that these tickets are fake, void or have previously been cancelled.
It’s a great idea to arrive early, relax and soak up the atmosphere.
If you are collecting your tickets from the Box Office, we recommend doing this at least 30 minutes before the event starts. If you have already received your tickets, aim to arrive at least 15 minutes before the event. This should allow enough time for the mandatory visual inspections and/or cloaking of bags and personal belongings by Opera House security staff before entering the venue and finding your seats.
We recommend leaving all large bags at home, any bags larger than an A4 piece of paper is required to be checked into the Cloak Room.
If you are late, we will seat you as soon as possible, but please be aware that some events have lock out periods. In these cases, latecomers will be admitted at a suitable break in the performance. On occasions this may not be until the interval, or at all where there is no interval. Details of our right to refuse admission can be found in our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Events.
You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a 6 min walk to the Opera House. If you’re getting dropped off in a car head to the roundabout at the bottom Macquarie Street where staff will direct you to a safe place to pull over.
Driving? Park in Wilson’s Car Park, you’re just minutes to your seat. Need a bit more info? Click here
All ticketholders must present their bags and personal belongings for visual inspection or x-ray screening by Sydney Opera House security staff before entering the venue as a safety precaution and condition of entry. Valid photo ID must be presented to purchase a drink from the theatre bar.
To avoid delays, please leave anything larger than an A4 sheet of paper at home.
Larger items – including handbags bigger than A4-size, backpacks, umbrellas, suitcases and prams – are not permitted inside the venues and must be cloaked.
Satisfy your hunger at one of the many restaurants and bars here at the Opera House. Our restaurants offer everything from casual snacks to award-winning fine dining. Find what you’re after, see our Restaurants
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