Ballet Under the Stars

Artists of The Australian Ballet taking class on stage in Penrith. Photo Kate Longley

Free Outdoor Event by The Australian Ballet

The Sleeping Beauty  | Nov 4

The Australian Ballet will return to Western Sydney for its annual outdoor community program, Ballet Under the Stars, presented exclusively in Penrith at the Sydney International Regatta Centre, on Saturday 4 November 2017. Register for your free tickets now! 

The performance will feature highlights of The Australian Ballet’s repertoire selected to showcase the company’s dancers and delight audiences. It will include a special excerpt from The Australian Ballet’s magical and highly acclaimed production, The Sleeping Beauty, which has enjoyed sell-out seasons in 2015 and 2017. 

The free performance is proudly supported by Strategic Sponsor Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency. Ballet Under the Stars is further supported by Major Partners Celestino and Penrith City Council.

Ballet Under the Stars has become a highlight in The Australian Ballet’s annual calendar following last year’s sell-out program, which attracted 6,000 attendees, 66% of whom had never seen the company perform. 

Commenting on the program, Executive Director of The Australian Ballet, Libby Christie said “Our free Ballet Under the Stars performance is an important event in our company’s calendar, enabling people of all ages to experience world-class ballet, many for the first time. As Australia’s national ballet company, we are committed to reaching new audiences across the country and giving them the opportunity to enjoy the transformative power of ballet.” 

“Ballet Under the Stars is our chance to provide this community with a high-quality arts experience and we’re thrilled to return to Western Sydney with this exciting new program in 2017,” Ms Christie added.

 said the event has been secured for Western Sydney until 2018 through Destination NSW.

“Set against the stunning backdrop of Penrith Lakes, Ballet Under the Stars brings world-class ballet to Western Sydney for locals and visitors to enjoy. This is a brilliant showcase for Penrith and I encourage visitors attending this spectacular event to spend the weekend exploring the fantastic community in Western Sydney,” said Minister for the Arts Don Harwin. 

An excerpt from The Sleeping Beauty will be a highlight of this year’s event. The classic story, which has been lavishly reimagined by The Australian Ballet’s Artistic Director, David McAllister is sure to captivate audiences with its cast of royals and courtiers, fairies and wood nymphs, bluebirds and storybook characters performing in exquisite costumes designed by internationally renowned designer Gabriela Tylesova and accompanied by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score. 

“Ballet Under the Stars is a perfect family event and this year’s free performance is sure to dazzle as the sun sets over this magical natural setting,” Mr McAllister added.

BALLET UNDER THE STARS | The Australian Ballet
Ballet Under the Stars is a free event for everyone.
Full repertoire will be announced in September 2017.

Register Early. Due to high demand and limited capacity, we recommend you register on the waitlist to be the first to secure your free tickets. Tickets required to secure entry.


Gates open at 4:00pm for a 7:30pm performance.