There’s something about the glamour of theatre that inspires you to make a night of it – get dressed up, meet friends for a pre-show drink and possibly a bite to eat after the curtain falls.
Sydney Theatre Company’s Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf has introduced a curated series of specials inspired by the stage, designed to enhance your theatrical experience. The bespoke food and beverage menu incorporates flavours intended to bring you that little bit closer to the stories that unfold in the playhouse.
“The idea is to offer theatre-goers a total experience when they visit the STC. For each theatrical production we’ve developed a signature dish designed to link the performance to the plate”, says executive chef, Marco Alder.
"The guest experience is very important to us. Our theatre specials are a way of connecting our patrons to the performances through the sensory delights food can offer,” says Alder.
The concepts range from a medieval feast to fusion Australian to French gastronomy. These specials run alongside the staging of the plays, and are only available for the duration of the run for each production. So, expect to discover a distinctive dish or drink each visit.
The industrial-style space of the Theatre Bar is polished generous windows that feature a spectacular view. The contemporary reimagining of the wharf was conceived by Alice Babidge, the STC’s resident costume and set designer – who is also behind the non-conventional set up for the currently running production of Macbeth.
The sold-out Macbeth (July 21–September 27), starring Hugo Weaving as the ill-fated king, is one of the year’s most lauded productions. If you are lucky enough to have tickets, immerse yourself in the world of Macbeth by partaking in a medieval spread. The rustic Shakespearian Feast for Two includes slow-roast mutton, potatoes in rosemary and duck fat served with green sauce. Accompanying this lavish banquet fit for the Bard is distinctive wine brewed using a traditional olde-English recipe. “For Macbeth, we’re serving Goblets of Mead which is a honey-based wine popular in Shakespearean times”, explains Alder.
Kryptonite (September 11–October 18) is a new play by Sue Smith that examines Australia’s relationship with modern China, and its special is inspired by fresh, fragrant Chinese flavours. On the menu you’ll find individual steamed snapper pockets, with ginger, coriander and shallots.
For the drag and high-camp comedy, Calpurnia Descending (October 9–November 8), start the evening with a French champagne cocktail.
Edmund Rostand’s renowned French romance, Cyrano de Bergerac (November 11–December 20) calls for the panache of French gastronomy. The decadent offering of roast confit duck with braised red cabbage and Madeira sauce is appropriately served with a glass of vin rouge.
The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf also offers an assortment of bar food, sophisticated dinner options and desserts matched to the extensive wine and cocktail list. Pleasing theatregoers and thespians alike.