How to spend a night out at the theatre

You deserve a night out – no cooking, cleaning or bed making required! Sydney’s Lyric Theatre is throwing open its doors to audiences in November and we’ve designed the ultimate (COVID-safe) night out – including drinks, dinner and a show.

Harley McLeish
Pippin Cast Member Harley McLeish

Forget Zoom concerts, impromptu lounge room shows and online streaming binges, live theatre is back, and we couldn’t be happier. On the eve of a spectacular season at the Sydney Lyric Theatre at The Star Sydney, we chat to Pippin cast member Harley McLeish about the adrenaline-fuelled show and share our favourite pre- and post-show eats and drinks.

Pippin debuts in Sydney

Located only a five-minute walk from The Star Sydney, The Sydney Lyric Theatre is opening with a bang on 24 November with the Australian production of Pippin – continuing until 17 January 2021. “There are so many reasons for people of all ages to come and see the show,” says Harley, who is cast as one of the acrobatic players. It’s a role that will see him draw on seven years’ experience as a circus performer for international companies like Les 7 Doigts de la Main.

“From its beautiful sets and colourful costumes, to its death-defying acrobatics and amazing talent all the way through the show, Pippin offers a chance to be swept away into another world,” says Harley.

The season will continue with a much-anticipated Sydney season of Hamilton – the revolutionary musical that has stolen hearts all over the world. The play will be taking the stage from March 2021 until August 2021. Both seasons are able to go ahead under strict COVID Safe plans with flexible ticketing now in place.

Pippin Stage Show
Pippin Stage Show
Pre-show drinks

Start big with a drink at the glamorous Sokyo Lounge and allow head mixologist Behzad Nvaziri to transport your tastebuds. Perch at the bar on a tall stool or recline in one of the plush armchairs while sipping a signature Sokyo cocktail. The minimalist cocktail menu showcases fresh ingredients that take on a distinctly Japanese twist – such as the Chasing Kojima (which includes Yuzu safe, elderflower and grapefruit).

Stay on for dinner, drink in hand, and allow Chase Kojima to wow with traditional Japanese creations. Or move onto your choice of signature dining options just a hop, skip and a kick of the heels away.

Cocktail at Sokyo
Cocktail at Sokyo
Make reservations

Whether you want to quiet your pre-show stomach rumbles or delay gratification until later, make sure to reserve a table at Flying Fish restaurant. The fresh seafood menu – shucked oysters, yes please – is perfectly paired with the warmer weather and a chilled bottle of Moet.

Since re-opening in August, The Star Sydney has put in place several COVID-safe policies to allow guests to enjoy a sense of normality while staying safe and well. Guest capacities, contact tracing measures, temperature checks on arrival and strict cleaning measures have been implemented to enable you to relax and enjoy your experience without worry. This means pre-bookings are essential to secure a table at your desired restaurant.

Seafood Dish at Flying Fish
Seafood Dish at Flying Fish
Roll up roll up

As you wait expectantly in the lobby of the iconic Sydney Lyric Theatre, pre-drink in hand, the cast of Pippin are warming up for a highly energetic and physical extravaganza. Featuring notable names like Ainsley Melham (Aladdin on Broadway), Gabrielle McClinton (Pippin Broadway), Kerri-Anne Kennerley and Simon Burke, it’s safe to say the cast are eager to step foot onto the stage after a long hiatus.

“I think I’m most looking forward to that incredible feeling at the end of the show when the whole cast gets to stand in front of an audience and look at each other and all share the amazing feeling of all our hard work coming together,” says Harley. “It’s a feeling of unity for me that I rarely get in other places.”

Aside from the safety measures in place for the audience, the cast have been under strict social distancing protocols during rehearsals. “COVID has definitely added a number of new measures and complications to keep our risk as much to a minimum as possible,” Harley says. “All in all, though, the whole Pippin team is more than happy to take all of the necessary precautions to be able to create our art.”

Stay a little longer

Extend the fun of a night out with a stay in The Darling – The Star Sydney’s five-star hotel and urban resort. Make the most of your stay with a ‘Starcation’, which has been extended for getaways until 31 January 2021 if you book before 30 November 2020.

Take in the views of the city as it goes to sleep, from a floor-to-ceiling window of the Darling Adored Suite. A dip in the circular spa bath, a fluffy robe and a night-cap from the room service menu you will set you up perfectly for a dream filled sleep of acrobats, luxurious cocktails and chef-cooked dinners. Don’t pinch yourself, the ultimate night out is real. And it’s waiting for you.

Hotel room at The Star
Hotel room at The Star