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Parade Theatre
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As the largest of the theatre spaces at NIDA, the Parade Theatre offers seating for audiences of up to 707 people in its three-tiered, horseshoe-shaped auditorium.

Performers and audiences benefit from the proximity between stage and the back row, making it an ideal venue for intimate performances, as well as larger productions.

Capacity: 397–707 (659 with orchestra pit in use)
Main stage: 14m x 10m Rear stage: 14m x 6.5m

Parade Theatre

About the Parade Theatre

The Parade Theatre is located at NIDA on Anzac Parade in Kensington, Sydney.
There is high demand for our venues in November and December. If you would like a venue at this time, enquire early to secure a booking.


  • Full-scale theatre productions
  • Film screenings
  • Presentations
  • Conferences
  • Award ceremonies

Facilities: Non-technical

  • Main stage
  • Rear stage
  • Seating for audiences of 709
  • Dressing rooms x 6
  • Green room
  • Under-stage basement
  • Disabled access

Facilities: Technical

  • Lighting, staging and audio-visual facilities
  • Blackout capability
  • Wide screen
  • Optional thrust stage
  • Counterweight fly lines x 49
  • Orchestral pit for up to 20 musicians

Parade Theatre Gallery


As the largest of the theatre spaces at NIDA Theatres, the Parade Theatre offers seating for audiences of up to 707 people in its three-tiered, horseshoe-shaped auditorium.

The Parade Theatre is suited for fully-staged productions, award ceremonies and presentations. Its full seating capacity is accommodated in a three tiered horseshoe-shaped auditorium for audiences of 397-707 people.

The Parade Theatre’s stage surface is made of 6mm Masonite, with a concrete rear stage and wings. All stage surfaces are painted black. The stage is not raked and its maximum loading is 7.5 Kpa.


All enquires for venue technical specifications can be directed to Please include all relevant information you require.

European Catering is our preferred catering partner for events held in our venues. Find out more by selecting the drop-down menu below.

Who are they?

European Catering has been organising events for over 20 years, on behalf of some of Australia’s most renowned corporate and individual clients.

What do they offer?

  • Catering for a range of events, including gala dinners, creative product launches and cocktail parties.
  • Catering for large and small parties.
  • Buffet menus and full sit-down menus.

Why choose them?

  • Innovative catering
  • First-class service


For more information about pricing and menus, visit the European Catering website or call (02) 9317 2733.

There are options for promoting your event or production at NIDA, however assistance is limited, and subject to approval and availability. For more information please contact the Head of NIDA Theatres on (02) 9697 7585 or at

Promotion Through NIDA


All events and productions can be listed under the Productions and Events section of this website.
Via email, you will need to provide:

  • a brief 200-word description of your event, including production title, performance dates and times.
  • An event image of 144 pixels (width) x 142 pixels (height) as a JPEG.

All images should be labelled with the name of the event or image name, the year the image/photograph was produced, and the name of the photographer or copyright owner. For example: Carousel, 2007 © Annie Leibovitz


Subject to approval, your event or production may be included in the monthly NIDA Theatres e-news.
E-news subscribers include regular NIDA Theatres customers, corporate clients, sponsors, supporters, local and international industry contacts, general arts lovers and young people interested in the arts.

Venue promotion

Subject to approval, promotional materials may be displayed in the Nancy Fairfax Foyer and at the Box Office in the lead up to your event.

You must gain permission from NIDA Theatres management in advance of supplying or handing out promotional materials.

Conditions of Promotion

Merchandise: including programs, will incur a fee of 15% of sales payable to NIDA Theatres.

Use of the NIDA Theatres logo is granted on a case-by-case basis. Promotional materials seeking to use the logo must be submitted in advance for approval.

Please use ‘NIDA Theatres’ when referring to the venue. Promotional material should not include the acronym ‘NIDA’, the words ‘National Institute of Dramatic Art’ or imply any association with NIDA.

Equipment hire costs effective as of 1 January 2015. GST will be added to all charges.

Hire of any equipment listed below is subject to availability and is quoted on a per-day basis. For hires required from 3–7 days, you will be charged for 3 days hire only.

Item Cost Information
Lectern $60  
Microphone – Lapel
Microphone – Hand-held radio
Microphone – Hand-held SM58
or similar
Microphone – Chorus
Microphone – Headset (Madonna)
Microphone – Plate (Tap dancing)



With cord

Set of 6


Mirror ball and motor $20  
Piano hire
– Mid-Grand (Kawai)
Piano move
Piano tuning
72 hours notice required
Vinyl dance floor (Black Tarkett) $250 Parade Theatre and Playhouse
Plus additional labour costs
Portable stage $200 Pro-Stage 8 x 4m
Projector screen $400 Ratio 4:3
– Overall size 6300mm x 4770mm
– Image size 6100mm x 4570mm
Ratio 16:9
– Overall size 8320mm x 4770mm
– Image size 8120mm x 4570mm
Wireless headset comms $100 Per headset
Projector $600 5000 ANSI Lumin Single Chip DLP Projector
(Playhouse, Studio Theatre, Space)
Projector $1400 Barco GLM 8000 ANSI Lumen, wide lens available.
(Parade Theatre)
LED Wash Lights (4 available) $125 per unit
$500 all 4
VLX moving head LED wash lights
Smoke machine
MDG hazer
Aqua fog (dry ice machine)
Aqua fog pellets
Fluid included

Upon request. Can supply own pellets

Trestle tables $20 Limited number available