Image: An artist’s impression of the new Hickson Road entrance for Sydney Theatre Company. ©Doug & Wolf.

What is involved in Sydney Theatre Company’s Wharf Renewal Project?
An upgrade of Sydney Theatre Company’s existing facility at Pier 4/5. This proposal includes modernised theatres and audience facilities, more flexible theatres, rehearsal and workshop spaces. Improved facilities will ensure that STC can offer an even better visitor experience.

When completed, how will The Wharf be different for audiences?
We’ll be able to provide an improved visitor experience across The Wharf, while retaining the beautiful heritage features of the building. The Wharf Renewal Project will upgrade foyer spaces, toilets, accessibility, seating in the theatres, and there will be two new entry points.

How is the project being funded?
The NSW government has committed to funding of $30 million towards the project. This is being matched dollar for dollar by Sydney Theatre Company, who will raise the remaining $30 million. We have reached our initial fundraising target for the base build project construction. We are now looking at additional fundraising to invest in artistic, programming and audience opportunities both during our off-site phase, when building works are underway, and in preparation for the grand relaunch of STC back into its home base at The Wharf.

Is this project part of the overall work on the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct?
It is intended that STC’s Wharf Renewal Project will be coordinated with the broader work on the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct. See below for more info about the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct.

Have artists been involved in the consultation process?
Yes. We have been consulting with a range of artists, including directors, set, lighting and sound designers, about our plans for the Wharf Renewal Project and what the renovation will mean for the theatre-making process.

Will parking and access be affected? Will Walsh Bay restaurants and bars still operate during construction?
If there are disruptions to access, parking and public transport, or changed opening times for restaurants and bars, we will keep audiences updated on our website and in our pre-show emails that are sent to ticket-holders.

How do I find out what’s happening in Walsh Bay before I come to the theatre?
The most convenient way to get up-to-date information sent to you before you visit is to ensure you are receiving our pre-show emails. If you do not receive pre-show emails, please sign up on our website or contact our Box Office on (02) 9250 1777 to opt in. The pre-show emails contain important and useful information to ensure you have the best possible STC experience.

Is Roslyn Packer Theatre affected?
No. Roslyn Packer Theatre will remain open and operational throughout The Wharf Renewal Project. 

Will STC’s Greening the Wharf initiatives still be in place after the renovation?
Yes, our greening initiatives including our solar panels and rainwater harvesting facilities will be maintained. Some changes may be made with the positioning of some of the solar panels.

Where can I see the plans?

Visit the Create NSW website www.create.nsw.gov.au or the Infrastructure New South Wales website www.infrastructure.nsw.gov.au/walshbay


If you’d like to know more please contact our friendly staff on 02 9250 1777 or email boxoffice@sydneytheatre.com.au