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COVID-19 update


Last updated: 9am Monday 24 August 2020

Thank you for bearing with us while the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have played havoc with the theatre industry.

We are excited to announce that we will return to the stage next month. Angus Cerini’s brilliant new play Wonnangatta, starring Wayne Blair and Hugo Weaving, has begun rehearsals – under strict COVID safety measures – and will commence socially distanced performances from 21 September.

However, other necessary changes have been made to the remainder of the 2020 Season that will impact all shows and all ticket holders.

If you are a ticket booker for any of the remaining 2020 productions, please await your direct update on next steps very soon. We greatly appreciate your patience while our Box Office Teams work through each schedule change as promptly as possible.

It’s also important to note that this updated schedule is subject to change. As you can appreciate, it’s a complex challenge to produce live theatre in this period of uncertainty and we will continue to monitor government requirements and advice that may necessitate further changes to our performance schedule.

We can’t wait to see you back at the theatre!

Kip Williams, Artistic Director
Patrick McIntyre, Executive Director


Wonnangatta will be performed under the current “one person per four square metre” social distancing requirement in force in NSW. This will greatly reduce the number of seats we have for sale. For this reason, the season as programmed in the Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House has been cancelled; and the show will instead be performed at Roslyn Packer Theatre from 21 Sep – 31 Oct.

In order to comply with current government social distancing requirements, the capacity of the auditorium has been reduced from 880 seats per night to an audience of 152. This means that we are unable to accommodate all current ticket holders. We will aim to accommodate as many ticket holders as possible, noting that many people may not yet wish to venture back to the theatre by September.

Everyone who booked tickets to Wonnangatta will be provided with an automatic credit voucher. Those current ticket holders who wish to attend the performances will then be invited to book into the Roslyn Packer Theatre season on a priority basis, starting with ‘Legend’ Season Ticket Holders. Those who are not ready to come back to the theatre will be offered the opportunity to retain the credit voucher, receive a refund or donate the value of the ticket back to the company. More detailed information will be provided to the person who made the booking shortly – please await our direct communication.

We have also been working to ensure a safe and comfortable experience at the theatre for our audience and artists and have implemented a range of stringent new health and safety measures, including: mandatory masks for audience members and staff, increased cleaning of public spaces, upgraded air conditioning, hand sanitiser stations and processes to reduce congestion in foyer areas. You can view a comprehensive outline of our COVID-19 health and safety measures here.


At this point in time, we still plan to stage Rules for Living and The Picture of Dorian Gray later this year. As social distancing requirements have a significant effect on our seating, we are monitoring government requirements and will announce further details and dates for these productions closer to the time.


Unfortunately, we have had to cancel The Wharf Revue 2020 and A View from the Bridge. We apologise for any disappointment this causes and anticipate we will stage these shows in 2021. If you are a ticket holder for these productions, we will be in direct contact with the person who made your booking about your ticket return options shortly.


Please be assured that ticket holders for cancelled performances are entitled to a refund. We also have other ticket return options available including a credit voucher valid for 3 years, or donating the amount as a tax-deductible contribution which will be essential to our artists and ongoing operations at this challenging time.

We will contact the ticket booker of all cancelled performances

We will only be in contact with the person who made the booking. In this unprecedented situation, our Box Office is fielding a tremendous volume of requests and cancelling tens of thousands of tickets. While we are working to be as responsive as possible, please be mindful that significant delays may be experienced in our customer service channels. Please await our contact.

We greatly appreciate your patience, support, and understanding.