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The House After Dark

Prepare to be frightened and delighted 


In a brand new sensory experience, take a journey to spaces previously restricted to the public and discover what happens after the lights go out.

Our guide will reveal the realms where the ghosts and spirits of the performing arts live, hearing the chilling stories of those who roam the corridors of the Sydney Opera House when the performers and patrons have all gone home.

Join us if you dare.

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.

Keeping you safe

  • The Sydney Opera House is registered as a COVID Safe business with the NSW Government.
  • Please bring and wear a mask. Patrons are required to wear a mask at all times while inside our foyers and theatres, including attending a tour. Children 12 years and under are exempt.
  • 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, this tour will not exceed 10 guests per 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.

Frights and sights

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

There will be stories, shivers and scares along your journey through the unattended and off-limits spaces of the House including the Old Changing Room Corridor and Piano Store. Who or what lurks in the shadows and winding passages when the lights come down?

Whether you are a sceptic or a believer, treading the path of residents who stay at The House After Dark will linger in your dreams.

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


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