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Sydney Theatre Company The Visitors

The Visitors

by Jane Harrison
Directed by Wesley Enoch

It’s January 1788 and a mysterious fleet is amassing in the harbour. Seven clan leaders must make a momentous decision: to send these strangers on their way or welcome them?

In the Drama Theatre Theatre

COVID-safe and event information

The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone at the Opera House is our priority. When you return to the Opera House, you will notice some important changes that have been implemented to keep the community safe, which are regularly reviewed and updated in consideration of the Public Health Order prevailing at the time. Please follow our conditions of entry at all times:

  • Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask;
  • As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 metres whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage; and
  • Within venues, always take your allocated seat.

Please refer to our updated General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events for detailed information about our ticketing policies. These conditions may change between the time of purchase and the event date. Ticketholders will be contacted directly regarding any changes to their event.

Please check our plan your visit page prior to attending the Opera House for the most up-to-date information.

Pre-sale and on-sale information

Pre-sale timings:

  • Insider Member Priority, 9am Tuesday 8 November

General public on sale, 9am Wednesday 9 November

Season runs between Monday 11 September and Saturday 14 October, 2023

Monday      11 September  7:30pm - Preview
Tuesday      12 September  7:30pm - Preview
Thursday    14 September  7:30pm - Preview
Saturday     16 September  7:30pm   
    
Monday      18 September  6:30pm       
Tuesday      19 September  6:30pm*       
Wednesday 20 September 1:00pm   
Wednesday 20 September 7:30pm       
Thursday     21 September  7:30pm       
Friday          22 September  7:30pm       
Saturday     23 September  1:30pm
Saturday     23 September  7:30pm   
    
Monday      25 September  6:30pm^
Tuesday      26 September  6:30pm† ~
Wednesday 27 September  1:00pm   
Wednesday 27 September  7:30pm   
Thursday     28 September  7:30pm•  
Friday           29 September  7:30pm       
Saturday      30 September  1:30pm†
Saturday      30 September  7:30pm   

Monday       2 October   6:30pm
Tuesday       3 October   6:30pm   
Wednesday 4 October   7:30pm   
Thursday     5 October   7:30pm   
Friday           6 October   7:30pm       
Saturday      7 October   1:30pm   
Saturday      7 October   7:30pm
    
Monday      9 October   6:30pm   
Tuesday      10 October  6:30pm       
Wednesday 11 October  7:30pm       
Thursday    12 October  7:30pm       
Friday          13 October  7:30pm       
Saturday     14 October  1:30pm       
Saturday     14 October  7:30pm      

* Performance will be filmed for archival purposes.
^ Night with the Artists, includes Post Show Q&A
~ Audio described performance.
† Captioned performance.
• Auslan Interpreted performance.

Standard tickets from $104.00 | $8.50 Booking Fee applies per transaction

Previews:

Ticket

Description & price

Standard

All Tickets

A Reserve

$57

B Reserve

N/A

Friday to Saturday performances (excluding Previews):

Ticket

Description & price

Standard

All Tickets

A Reserve

$109

B Reserve

N/A


Monday to Thursday performances (excluding Previews):

Ticket

Description & price

Standard

 

A Reserve

$104

Seniors

Senior card holders (Aust. only)

A Reserve

$99

Pensioner

Pension card holders (Aust. only)

A Reserve

$78

Students

Student card holders (Aust. only)

A Reserve

$78

Under 30

Under 30 at the time of the performance. ID required

A Reserve

$57

Groups 10+

Please call +61 2 9250 7700 for more information

A Reserve

$94

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 agencies for this event are Sydney Opera House and Sydney Theatre Company. For more information about Authorised Agencies, see the FAQ below.

This show runs for approximately 75 minutes, with no interval

Event duration is a guide only and may be subject to change.

In English | Wheelchair accessible and audio loop available | No language barrier | Captioned, AUSLAN Interpreted and Audio Described Performances available

ACCESS PERFORMANCES

Audio Described Performances
Tuesday 26 September 6:30pm

Captioned performances
Tuesday 26 September 6:30pm
Saturday 30 October 1:30pm

Auslan Interpreted Performances
Thursday 28September 7:30pm

Accessible performance bookings should be made through the Sydney Theatre Company. Please call Sydney Theatre Company on +61 2 9250 1777 or email boxoffice@sydneytheatre.com.au

A First Nations man and woman stand on sandstone rocks in suits

Visitors leave. Right?

On a sweltering day in January 1788, seven clan leaders gather on a sandstone escarpment overlooking the harbour. The attendees, six of them Elders and one a new initiate, catch-up, laugh together, share a meal, and compare notes. But beyond the friendly banter, protocols, and hospitality, a momentous decision is waiting to be made.

A mysterious fleet of giant nawi is amassing in the harbour and as they creep closer, these seven representatives must choose unanimously: whether to send these strangers on their way or welcome them?

After a Sydney Theatre Award-winning premiere production at the 2020 Sydney Festival, Muruwari playwright Jane Harrison’s new Australian play The Visitors will be reworked in a brand new production directed by one of Australia’s most celebrated directors, Quandamooka man Wesley Enoch, and starring Wiradjuri actor Luke Carroll, Wiradjuri and Gamilaraay actor Beau Dean Riley Smith, and Gumbaynggirr and Wiradjuri actor Dalara Williams.

As a key part of the Sydney Opera House’s 50th anniversary program, Sydney Theatre Company and Moogahlin Performing Arts are partnering for what is at once a riveting and deeply researched insight into one of the most impactful and painful days in Australia’s history, and a hugely entertaining study of the way communities respond to change and the unknown.

Presented by Sydney Theatre Company and Moogahlin Performing Arts

Proudly funded by

New South Wales Government

This production is proudly supported through the Australian Government's Indigenous Languages and Arts program and by the NSW Government through the Blockbusters Funding initiative. 

Artist Information

Writer Jane Harrison
Director Wesley Enoch

With
Luke Carroll
Beau Dean Riley Smith
Dalara Williams

       

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In our 50th year, we’re throwing a party and everyone’s invited.

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Venue Information

Performances are being sold to 100% capacity in line with the NSW Public Health Order. This includes all shows in the Concert Hall, Joan Sutherland Theatre, Studio, Playhouse, Drama Theatre, Utzon Room and Forecourt. Please note that you will be seated directly alongside other ticketholders.

Our foyers will be open 90 minutes pre-show for Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars. Please remember to maintain physical distancing whilst consuming drinks in our foyers.

All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to all foyers is accessible from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Concourse and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators). Pram parking will be available outside the theatres in the Western Foyer consistent with COVID-safe rules.

Transport options

  • The Sydney Opera House Car Park, operated by Wilson Parking, is open and available to use. Wilson Parking offer discounted parking if you book ahead. Please see their website for details.
  • Please check the Transport NSW website for the latest advice and information on travel and COVID-19 safety measures. You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a six min walk to the Opera House. 

Frequently Asked Questions - COVID-19 Safety Measures

What safety measures have you implemented?

Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of everyone on site, and we are closely following NSW Health guidelines and advice. The Sydney Opera House is registered as a COVID Safe business with the NSW Government. For detailed information about our COVID-19 safety measures and what’s required of you when visiting, please see our plan your visit page.

What am I required to do as an audience member?

Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask.

As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 metres whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage.

Within venues, always take your allocated seat.

For detailed information about our COVID-19 safety measures and what’s required of you, please see our plan your visit page.

Do I need to be vaccinated to visit the Sydney Opera House?

The Sydney Opera House no longer requires patrons to show that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Am I required to wear a mask?

Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask.

How are you managing contact tracing? 

Contact information is required when making a booking with us and upon arrival at the Opera House, as set out in our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events and our Customer Privacy Statement.

As the ticket purchaser, you are responsible for recording the contact details of your guests. Contact information will only be used for the purposes of contact tracing, if required, and will be deleted at least 28 days after your event.

Frequently Asked Questions - Performance and Venue

What time do I need to arrive before the event?

Ticket purchases and collection at our Box Office is discouraged and eTicket or postal delivery methods should be used, wherever possible. However, if you are collecting your tickets from the Box Office, we recommend doing this at least 60 minutes before the event starts. If you have already received your tickets, the venue doors will be open 45 minutes pre-show for Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and 30 minutes pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Please take your seats as soon as you arrive. 

If you are late, we will seat you as soon as we can and, where possible, in your allocated seat. However, to reduce movement in the venue as well as minimise disruption to the performance and other patrons, ticketholders may be seated in an allocated latecomer’s seat. 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.

Will there be bag checks, and is cloaking available?

In accordance with our venue security procedures, Opera House security will be scanning and checking bags under the Monumental Stairs, prior to entering the building. Bags will be scanned by an x-ray machine, and staff will wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when handling your belongings, such as gloves. Cloaking facilities will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and 60 minutes pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. However it is strongly encouraged that you travel lightly to minimise contact and queuing. Any bags larger than an A4 piece of paper will need to be checked into the Cloak Room.

Can my baby sit on my lap?

Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times. Babies aged 0-2 years old at the time of a performance may be seated on an adult’s lap. Children 2 years and older will need to hold a standard ticket.

Does my child need to wear a face mask?

Children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a face mask.

Who are the authorised ticket sellers for this event? 

The authorised agency for this event is the Sydney Opera House.

Only tickets purchased by authorised agencies should be considered reliable. If you purchase tickets from a non-authorised agency such as 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. RESALE RESTRICTION APPLIES. For more details, please refer to our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events.

What if I can't come to my performance?

Please contact Box Office on 9250 7777 as soon as possible to advise if you can no longer attend. If you can no longer attend because you are unwell, or have been in contact with someone displaying COVID-19 symptoms, the Opera House has introduced flexible ticketing options to help you, find out more information here.

Will there be food and beverages available for purchase in the venue?

Foyers will be open 90 minutes pre-show for Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars.

The venue doors will be open 45 minutes pre-show for Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and 30 minutes pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances.

Please bring a credit or debit card for any on site purchases to enable contactless payment. You’re welcome to bring your own water bottle but no other food and drinks are permitted inside our venues. Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen and Portside are also available for you to enjoy.

Will there be pram parking at kids performances?

All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to the foyers is accessible from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Concourse and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators). Pram parking will be available outside the theatres consistent with COVID-safe rules.

Can I smoke at the Opera House?

  • The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone at the Sydney Opera House is our top priority. In line with this commitment, the Opera House will become a smoke-free site from Saturday 1 January 2022.
  • By becoming a smoke-free site, the Opera House seeks to reduce exposure to harmful second-hand smoke, as well as minimise the impact of smoking on the environment, including litter and pollution of the surrounding marine environment. 

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