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It's showtime in Sydney

As Sydney’s weather gets cooler, red wine and lazy evenings at home become increasingly popular. But when you’re ready for a big night, there’s some seductive shows coming up to get you out and about…

Sydney Comedy Festival
There’s a massive line-up of comedy stars from around the world and across Australia converging on Sydney to give our ribs a good tickle from 24 April. This year, we particularly recommend checking out Simon Amstell, Craig Hill, Jimoen and Stephen K Amos. It’s also another welcome opportunity to spend time with local funnymen Tom Ballard and Rhys Nicholson.

Dame Edna at the Capitol Theatre
We all know her, some of us adore her, others cannot stand her! Love her or not Dame Edna is having her farewell tour that will hit our shores in July. There’s five performances only at the Capitol Theatre in Haymarket. Bound to be full of sparkle, flowers and some good old fashioned vagazzelling… yes vagazzelling is her new thing:

An Officer and a Gentleman at the Lyric
The 1980s classic Officer and a Gentleman has been remade into a musical and in May will star Amanda Harrison and the rather cute Ben Mingay at the Lyric Theatre. If you loved the original film starring Richard Gere (pre-gerbil) and Debra Winger you are seriously going to enjoy this musical. Pull out your sailor’s uniform and embrace some good old-fashioned romance.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses at the Wharf Theatre
In April Pamela Rabe and Hugo Weaving will star in the deviant play about sex, love, pleasure and revenge. This play is full of sexual tension – you can just tell the main players want to rip each other’s clothes off. Directed by Sam Strong this production is bound to get the blood flowing to all the extremities in the colder months.

Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Ball
She’s back, and her little monsters are in a frenzy! Gaga’s four nights in Sydney at the Allphones Arena – 20, 21, 23 and 24 June – will see a gigantic stage set up for her Electro-Metal Pop-Opera. In this brand new tour, the superstar will perform songs from her latest album Born This Way as well as music from both The Fame and The Fame Monster. Paws up!

Sydney Film Festival
For two weeks in June Sydney will host the annual film festival that takes place at the State Theatre and Dendy cinemas. Now rumour has it that a certain Australian True Blood actor might be heading up the red carpet for this opening. If that doesn’t make you venture outside on a cold winter night for a good perve I don’t know what will.

Tina Arena with Sydney Symphony
In late June the original diva from Young Talent Time will performance an array of her musical numbers with the Sydney Symphony at the Opera House. You loved her in Cabaret and who can forget her performance in I Need Your Body or at Mardi Gras in 2009. Something tells me there will be a power ballad or two in the old concert hall in June.

Death of a Salesman at Belvoir St
Simon Stone is directing a strong ensemble cast in the Arthur Miller classic. The theatre stalwart is still amazingly relevant today, exploring the difficulties of life, love and family. Death of a Salesman is sometimes called the greatest stage play of the twentieth century and with the themes of the story you can understand why. Colin Friels stars as ever downtrodden Willy Loman and Genevieve Lemon star as suffering wife Linda. Death of a Salesman when done well is one of those productions that will leave you thinking for days about life and your place in it.

Out of Town… Opera in the Vineyards
When you need a romantic escape there is nothing more so than heading up to the Hunter Valley for a weekend away. In early October the annual Wyndham Estate Opera in the Vineyard will be a special treat. This year the theme is Puccini and the fabulous opera stars Amelia Farrugia and Sharon Prero will take to the stage and sing some of the Puccini classics. The event will be hosted by special guest Jean Kittson and it will be a great escape from Sydney.

Whether it be catching a musical or two, heading over to the Opera House or escaping Sydney altogether, whatever you’re into there’s always something to do in and around the city in the cooler months. Add your own suggestions below.

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