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The Sydney Theatre Company has become the first live performance venue in New South Wales to move to 100% capacity audience, following an exemption granted by the state’s health minister, Brad Hazzard.

The move marks almost one year to the day since the entire live performance sector was shut down due to Covid-19.

The current season of Ruth Park’s Playing Beatie Bow, adapted by Kate Mulvany, will move into full house mode next week, while coming seasons of Appropriate and Fun Home will open at full capacity in March and April.

Additional tickets for all three productions will go on sale from Tuesday 9 March.

STC’s executive director, Patrick McIntyre, said the exemption was granted in response to the company’s “exemplary” Covid-safe policies and procedures that have been in place since it returned to the stage in September 2020 with its production of Angus Cerini’s Wonnangatta.

McIntyre said the ability to sell to full capacity was a crucial next step on the road to recovery.

Sydney is more or less the theatre capital of the world right now and we are incredibly heartened by the strong demand we are seeing from audiences.

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