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The House After Dark

The House After Dark

 

Explore off-limit spaces and secret passageways of the Opera House after all the performers and patrons have gone home as our sold out late-night tour returns for a limited time.

You will have the opportunity to visit some of the Opera House's many venues and theatres however please note the Concert Hall is currently closed as it is undergoing renewal works to improve theatre machinery, acoustics and accessibility.  Click here to learn more about the Concert Hall renewal works.

COVID-safe and tour information

  • The Sydney Opera House is registered as a COVID Safe business with the NSW Government.
  • The Sydney Opera House remains closed under the current NSW Public Health Order. Ticketholders will be contacted directly. We appreciate your ongoing support and understanding.
When we return...
  • Bring and wear a mask. Patrons aged 12 and over attending performances and tours are required to wear a face mask at all times while inside our foyers and theatres, including during the tour.
  • We encourage you to purchase your tour in advance online or via phone where you’ll receive an eTicket. Please bring this with you and present it upon check-in under the Monumental Steps.
  • To help maintain physical distancing, it will be a small group tour.
  • As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 metres wherever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage.
  • If you’ve booked a tour for other people, you are responsible for maintaining the contact details for all of your guests for the purpose of contact tracing, if required.
  • All tour guests will be required to provide their contact details on arrival, signing in via a QR code.
  • There are new COVID-specific conditions of entry for people attending a tour. This includes the circumstances under which you must not attend the Opera House, and what’s required of you when you visit. Please read about them here.

Pre-sale and on-sale information

Pre-sale timings: 

Insider Member Presale opens 9am, Tuesday 18 May 
What's On subscriber Presale opens 9am, Wednesday 19 May 

General public on sale 9am, Wednesday 19 May

Tour runs on selected Wednesday to Saturday evenings from 27 May 2021 We encourage you to purchase your tour in advance online

The House After Dark experience departs at 10pm on selected Friday and Saturday evenings from May to June. We ask guests to please arrive at Stage Door at 9.45pm (15 minutes prior to departure time) to check in with our staff and cloak any bags.

May

Date  Time
Thursday 27 May 10PM
Friday 28 May  10PM
Saturday 29 May 10PM

June

Date  Time
Friday 4 June 10PM
Wednesday 16 June  10PM
Thursday 17 June  10PM
Friday 18 June 10PM
Saturday 19 June 10PM
Sunday 20 June 10PM
Wednesday 23 June 10PM
Thursday 24 June 10PM
Friday 25 June 10PM
Sunday 27 June 10PM


This is a small group tour. If you would like to make a group booking or are unable to book online, please call 02 9250 7250 to place a reservation via our Reservations team.

Running time approximately 1.5 hours

This is the time from when your guide greets all guests at Stage Door through to the end of the tour.

Tour in English

The tour is currently only available in English.

Tickets from $55 per person

 

  Adult Concession*
Price $55 $49.50


This tour is only availible for those over the age of  18.

* Concessions are available to holders of an Australian Seniors Card, Australian Pensioners, full-time students aged 16+.

Terms and Conditions 

What to know before you go

  • Bring and wear a mask. Patrons aged 12 and over attending performances and tours are required to wear a face mask at all times while inside our foyers and theatres, including during the tour.
  • The tour moves through areas that at times have variable lighting, including dark spaces with low visibility, as well as lower ceiling space. Please contact our Tourism Booking Team if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Wear flat closed in, rubber-soled comfortable shoes, as this is a walking tour.
  • We stage lots of live performances, so venues are subject to availability at the time of your tour. Please note the Concert Hall is currently undergoing renewal works to improve theatre machinery, acoustics and accessibility.  Click here to learn more about the Concert Hall renewal works. 
  • Due to the nature of this tour it may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns. If you wish to enquire about taking a Mobility Access House After Dark Tour please contact our Reservations team on 02 9250 7250 or tourismbookings@sydneyoperahouse.com
  • We can’t store suitcases or large bags, however you can contact the nearest storage facility on circularquay@baggagestorage.com.au.
  • Photography and videoing is not allowed. 
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When the lights come down...

See the Opera House as you’ve never seen before – after dark. An exclusive sensory experience when all performers, staff and patrons have gone home. 

There will be stories, shivers and sights along your journey through the unattended and off-limits spaces of the House including the Old Changing Room Corridor and Piano Store.

The witching hour begins with a drink and dessert canapés in our new hidden immersive space. Some dutch courage will be needed before you set off for a night of frights and sights. 

Empty theatre

This Culture Up Late initiative is part of the Summer in the City program, proudly funded by the NSW Government.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are you a COVID Safe business?

Yes. The Opera House is registered as a COVID Safe business with the NSW Government.  

What safety and hygiene measures are in place at the Opera House?

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. Our COVID-19 health and safety information is available on the Plan your visit page.

Do I have to wear a mask, and will my temperature be taken?

Bring and wear a mask. Patrons aged 12 and over attending performances and tours are required to wear a face mask at all times while inside our foyers and theatres, including during the tour.

Some members of the community may have issues wearing masks due to health conditions. We ask that you be respectful to others as reasons for not wearing a mask are not always obvious.

In line with current NSW Health advice, we will not be carrying out temperature checks. 

Do I need to book in advance?

We encourage you to purchase your tour in advance online or via the phone where you’ll receive an eTicket. Please bring this with you and present it upon check-in under the Monumental Steps.

Can I make a booking for 8 people or more?

Yes, though this is a small group tour. For capacity reasons the booking must be made by calling 02 9250 7250. Our Reservations team will assist with your reservation.

Can children join this tour?

For safety reasons children under the age of 18 are not able to take part in the tour. 

What happens if I can't make my tour?

Please contact our Tourism Reservations team on 02 9250 7250 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.

Where do I go for the tour?

The tour meeting point is at Stage Door which is located beneath the Monumental Steps.

What time do I need to arrive before my tour?

Please arrive at Stage Door at 9.45pm (15 minutes prior to departure time) to tour check in with our staff and cloak any bags.

If I am late for my tour what can I do?

If you are going to be late for your tour please call our Tourism Reservations team on 02 9250 7250 for assistance.

What should I wear?

So long as you’re wearing shoes and a shirt, whatever you like. We’re pretty informal here at the Opera House. There’s no real dress code for tours, so you’ll fit right in with casual attire. 

You’ll be on your feet for a guided tour,. Flat, enclosed, rubber-soled shoes must be worn or patrons may be refused entry on the tour. Your feet will thank you! 

What can I bring with me on the tour?

Where possible, do not bring any belongings with you on the tour, as cloaking facilities are extremely limited. 

Please note there is no video or photography permitted on this tour.

Mobile phones are permitted on the tour however please ensure they are switched off or on silent for the duration of the tour.

Will we go inside all the theatres on the tour?

You will have the opportunity to visit some of the Opera House’s many venues and theatres on this tour.

Please note that as we are a busy performing arts centre, venues and theatres are subject to availability at the time of your tour. 

The Concert Hall is currently closed for renewal works to improve theatre machinery, acoustics and accessibility.  

Click here to learn more about the Concert Hall renewal works. 

Will the building works at the Opera House affect the tour?

You'll notice that Sydney Opera House has building works underway around the precinct. These works will not impact your visit, it's business as usual!

Do ensure that you arrive at the Sydney Opera House at least 15 minutes before your tour to allow sufficient time to cloak any bags and personal belongings.

For more information head to the Renewal pages

What are the transport options to the Opera House?

You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a 6 minute walk to the Opera House. If you’re getting dropped off in a car, head to the roundabout at the bottom of 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 tour meeting point. Need a bit more info? Click here

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