Located in the heart of The University of Sydney, the Seymour Centre champions cultural exploration, arts education and audience engagement.
The Seymour presents a diverse range of the best of contemporary performing arts; we host major festivals, present large-scale theatre, music and dance performances and partner small and emerging companies to develop and present innovative independent productions.
With an impressive 35 year history of presenting, promoting and developing great Australian performances, the Seymour is now a dynamic urban hub for quality arts experiences presented in one of Sydney’s most relaxed and accessible theatre environments.
Back in 1966 Sydney businessman and philanthropist Everest Reginald York Seymour left a significant bequest for ‘…the construction of a building to serve as a centre for the cultivation, education and performance of musical and dramatic arts…‘.
The University of Sydney became the trustee of this bequest and the Seymour Centre was opened in 1975, designed by Allan Jack and Cottier, followed by internal refurbishments in 2000 by Lahz Nimmo Architects.
Since opening, the Seymour has welcomed an incredible array of national and international performance companies to perform on its’ stages, including; Nimrod Theatre Co, Circus Oz, Sydney Dance Company, Stomp, Australian Theatre of the Deaf, Belvoir, Chunky Move, Musica Viva, The Australian Opera, Royal Court, DV8 Physical Theatre and Theatre de Complicite. Great artists such as Geoffrey Rush, Jacki Weaver, Jack Thompson, Steven Berkoff, Judy Davis, Max Gilllies, Nicole Kidman and, recently, Missy Higgins, Seal and Florence and the Machine have all performed at the Seymour.
With its four diverse spaces, rehearsal studios and expansive foyers and courtyard, the Seymour has become an eclectic, evolving, creative hub; over 250,000 people gather across the year, enjoying a range of experiences from major concerts and solo comedians to captivating new works and events.
Along with outstanding one-off performances, the Seymour is also now a space for festival fun. Throughout the year, we showcase the best of art and entertainment with the iconic Sydney Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, Sydney Children’s Festival and the Sydney Fringe Festival.
During school holidays, families and young people can also delight in our high-quality, engaging theatre experiences and education programs.
In our annual Reginald season, sample a diverse palate of original burlesque, dance, musicals, comedy and drama shows. Created by ground-breaking Australian companies and artists, this curated program represents our commitment to developing exciting new creative voices.
The Seymour is also home for four dynamic Resident Companies: SIMA Jazz, Shaun Parker Co, Chronology Arts and Critical Stages. Most weeks SIMA presents contemporary jazz from local and overseas artists in our freshly refurbished Sound Lounge.
As part of the University of Sydney, the Seymour also hosts yearly student revues and stimulating Sydney Ideas lectures by world thought-leaders.