Sydney Coliseum Theatre: Opening Week Program Announced

West HQ Chief Executive Officer Richard Errington today announced the new Sydney Coliseum Theatre’s Opening Program will include international award-winning performer Tina Arena, presented in association with the Michael Cassel Group, who will play two exclusive shows on Saturday 14 December and Sunday 15 December. Tina Arena has charted at #1 in both Australia and France, gained recognition for her lifelong contribution to the arts, was recently inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame and was honoured with an Order of Australia Medal.

The grand dame of world theatre, Dame Edna Everage, has been forced out of retirement by the demands of her adoring possums, and will bring her housewife megastar power to the Sydney Coliseum Theatre’s Opening Program with the Tony Award winning star announcing two performances of ‘Dame Edna My Gorgeous Life’ on Wednesday 18 December and Thursday 19 December.

Paul Dainty AM, President and CEO of TEG DAINTY, said he was delighted to announce Dame Edna would join the opening program of the Sydney Coliseum Theatre. “Dame Edna Everage is one of Australia’s greatest ever exports, an iconic performer, artist and star of stage and screen,” Mr Dainty said. “Dame Edna has toured the world since the mid-1950s and we are thrilled to join the celebrations opening Sydney’s next great theatre with “Dame Edna My Gorgeous Life”.

ARIA award winning John Butler will also perform on Friday 20 December in the line-up of all Australian performers appearing in the opening week celebrations of the landmark new theatre.

During the inaugural year of programming Sydney Coliseum Theatre will also welcome Australia’s leading arts companies to its programming, including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Wolfgang’s Magical  Musical Circus by Circa, the Australian Ballet’s family favourite “Storytime Ballet”, multi-award winning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Bangarra Dance Theatre, the iconic Sydney Dance Company, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Sydney Youth Orchestras and in early 2021, the internationally acclaimed St Petersburg Ballet.

Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s CEO Emma Dunch was on hand to announce that the highly lauded orchestra would present an exclusive collaboration with much loved swing-king and television star David Campbell over two special performances on Thursday 12 December and Friday 13 December, and a major multi-year performing partnership with the Sydney Coliseum Theatre.

Of the move to the West, Dunch said “Greater Western Sydney is the future of our city. The establishment of this amazing venue is testament to the extraordinary growth that is happening in region. The Sydney Symphony Orchestra has been performing in Western Sydney for over 20 years, and I am delighted to be taking this next step to bring the best of orchestral music to audiences at the Sydney Coliseum Theatre, West HQ.”

West HQ CEO Richard Errington said: “Today’s announcements of these world class opening acts, and the partnerships we have established with the cream of Australia’s arts and entertainment industry, are just the beginning of a long-term plan to bring the very best artistic and entertainment content to Greater Sydney. Our diverse program of contemporary and classical performances is a direct response to the audience demand in the region, and we can’t wait to roll out further amazing shows to audiences of Greater and Western Sydney and beyond. It’s been a privilege developing these exciting partnerships with the leaders in Australia’s arts and entertainment industries, all of whom are embracing our new venue with open arms.”

Sydney Coliseum Theatre, West HQ Executive Director, Craig McMaster added “The support of the Australian performing arts industry has been nothing short of extraordinary and on behalf of the team at West HQ we’d like to extend our thanks to all who have so enthusiastically embraced this exciting new venue. We look forward to further developing and expanding those relationships with all our current and future content partners.”


Sydney Symphony Orchestra with David Campbell – 12 & 13 December
Tina Arena in Concert – 14 & 15 December
Dame Edna Everage – My Gorgeous Life – 18 & 19 December
John Butler – 20 December
Keith Urban to Headline the Grand Opening Performance on Saturday 21 December 2019

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