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Entertaining Parramatta for 30 Years. 1988 – 2018

The staff of Riverside are passionate about bringing the very best the performing arts can offer to audiences in all pockets of the greater Sydney area. Parramatta is the geographic and demographic heart of Sydney and is easily accessed by road, train and ferry.

Located on the banks of the Parramatta River, Riverside Theatres is nestled in the midst of the Church Street Restaurant precinct. Pre-show dining and parking is ample, accessible and affordable.

A Bicentennial Project, Riverside Theatres opened in 1988 offering three venues under the one roof. The Rafferty’s Theatre, the most intimate space seats 88 people and suits small corporate events, seminars, stand up comedy acts, small scale productions, cinema presentations or even an exhibition. The Lennox Theatre is a flexible space seating 213 people. The largest theatre, the Riverside Theatre, can house up to 761 patrons with comfortable, plush seating in a conventional proscenium arch stage with orchestra pit and fly tower. Larger scale productions including international acts are often seen on the Riverside stage including Shakespeare, comedy, drama, ballet, contemporary dance and musicals.

Over 700 performances and events take place every year at Riverside Theatres. Here are details about some of them…


Riverside’s annual season of professional theatre and dance brings Australia’s leading performance arts companies to Parramatta including Sydney Theatre Company, Griffin Theatre Company, Belvoir St Theatre, Packemin Productions, Riverside Productions and many more!

Music at Riverside

The new expanded annual music concert series, Big Notes, embraces some of the best classical, jazz, world music and cabaret artists currently performing in Australia. This diverse program is sure to have something for everyone! For more information please call Box Office on 8839 3399 and request a Big Notes Brochure. Alternatively, please visit our Music page.


Each year, Riverside hosts a variety of events for schools, as well as families with children of all ages. Our annual Education Program provides the highest quality, curriculum based education events, such as live performances, workshops and competitions. To find out more, please visit our Education page or contact Amy Matthews, Programming Coordinator – Education, Youth & Families on 8839 3308. As well as our schools program, there are many opportunities for families to enjoy our venue, including our annual SPOT ON Family Fun Festival, which takes place in the September school holidays.


Riverside hosts FORM Dance Projects. FORM Dance Projects delivers a vibrant artistic program in four key areas: presentation, education, professional development and industry networking. FORM Dance Projects works with Australia’s leading choreographers and dancers, and a diverse range of partners from Riverside Theatres to independent producers and companies, arts organisations, education institutes, council and community service providers to nurture and support dance as an art form. For further information or to join FORM Dance Projects contact Annette McLernon on 8839 3354 or send mail. Visit the brand new FORM Dance Projects website here.


Riverside remains a vibrant hub of Western Sydney with a myriad of community events all year round. It is home to community arts organisations. The Cumberland Gang Show presents their annual showcase of talent with the local Scout groups. Other community performances include cultural groups, dance academies and local schools presenting their annual showcases.


Beyond the Square – Innovation. Expression. Empowerment. Creativity.

Beyond the Square is Riverside’s creative program for people who identify as having disability. For further information on Beyond the Square’s workshops, performances & events please visit:

Check out the video about Beyond the Square, below:

Alternatively, you can contact our Programming Coordinator – Access, Sophie Clausen on 8839 3368 or


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