WELCOME TO RIVERSIDE THEATRES
Riverside Theatres is the premier performing arts venue in Western Sydney. We are the centrepiece of performance culture in Sydney’s central city, Parramatta offering live experiences you can’t have at home. Well-established and highly respected both by the local community and the national arts industry, Riverside is a successful cultural and community asset of City of Parramatta Council.
Riverside plays an important role in building a diverse, thriving local city culture. By connecting artists with audiences, attracting talent and industry and supporting education and innovation, it contributes to the city’s liveliness, vibrancy and economic activity while facilitating authentic community dialogue and interaction. We aim to involve, entertain, enrich, inspire, delight and intrigue artists and audiences from Parramatta and beyond with live performance, events, festivals and community gatherings.
Located on the banks of the Parramatta River, Riverside is nestled in the midst of the Church Street Eat Street precinct. We are easily accessed by road, train and river. About 2000 performances and events take place annually attracting over 180,000 patrons.
A Bicentennial Project, Riverside opened in 1988 offering three venues under the one roof. Raffertys, the most intimate space seats 88 people and suits small corporate events, seminars, stand up comedy acts, small scale productions and cinema presentations. The Lennox is a flexible space seating 213 people. This theatre hosts medium sized productions like comedy, drama, dance, music and family live performance events. The largest theatre, the Riverside, 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 this stage including Shakespeare, comedy, drama, ballet, contemporary dance and musicals.
We are home to Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta, our production arm, and FORM Dance Projects, presenter of independent contemporary dance. As well as being a venue for hire, we present a diverse program of theatre, music, dance, comedy, cinema and festivals under the name Riverside Presents. We also present an extensive program for families, young people and education. Around 35,000 students from across Sydney region and the state attend events at Riverside each year. We are committed to making the arts accessible to all as audience but also participation for people with disability. We do this through our Beyond the Square program.