Hayes Theatre Co’s
Previews and Announcements for 2017

Tonight Hayes Theatre Co held its twice-yearly COMING SOON event, where programming announcements for the second half of 2017 were made.  Hosted by David Campbell, the event unveiled the world premiere of a new Australian musical developed through Hayes Theatre Co’s New Musicals Australia program – MELBA starring opera legend Emma Matthews as Melba.  After three and a half years of musicals at Hayes Theatre Co, and thanks to support from the Russell Mills Foundation, the theatre is proud to announce its first production of a Stephen Sondheim musical – ASSASSINS.  Starring David Campbell, ASSASSINS will play from September 15.  Toby Francis (currently starring in KINKY BOOTS) will produce and star in the musical adaptation of Nick Hornby’s HIGH FIDELITY in November.

There is more cabaret to be announced as the year goes on. However, it was revealed that Olympic gold-medallist turned award-winning cabaret artist Matthew Mitcham will appear in his new cabaret UNDER THE COVERS in July.  Other special events announced at tonight’s COMING SOON event include a NEGLECTED MUSICALS presentation of MAME starring Virginia Gay; and new seminars for HAYES CREATIVE including Skills for Producing, Empowering Female Creatives, and How I Got My Start.

Hayes Theatre Co – July to December 2017


Twists and Turns Productions Pty Ltd in Association with TheatricHals
and Hayes Theatre Co

Matthew Mitcham’s

Directed by Nigel Turner Carroll

From 19 July

Matthew Mitcham burst onto the cabaret scene in2014 with the refreshingly real, multi-award-winning musical comedy, Twists and Turns.

Mitcham returns with even more effervescence, charm and hilariously brutal honesty as hedelivers a few Public Service Announcementshe’s learnt through trial and (mostly) error…plus afew new tricks stuffed up his bulging sleeves.Matthew has become renowned for his uniqueapproach to story-telling that is both raw andcompelling.

Accompanied by cross-dressing cabaret legend SPANKY, this brand new all singing, all dancingproduction will make audiences feel better abouttheir own life choices in perfect three-partharmony.

Under The Covers has been created by the sameteam who created Matthew’s previous multi-award-winning musical comedy Twists and Turns; including Matthew, award winning director Nigel Turner-Carroll and international cabaret sensationSpanky (aka Rhys Morgan).


New Musicals Australia and Hayes Theatre Co present

Emma Matthews
A New Musical

Directed by Wayne Harrison
Book and Lyrics by Nicholas Christo
Music by Johannes Luebbers
Adapted from the book “Marvelous Melba” by Ann Blainey

Also starring Annie Aitken, Michael Blakley, Caitlin Berry, Blake Erickson, Adam Rennie and Samuel Skuthorp.

From 11 August

Dame Nellie Melba was the most celebrated singer of her generation. Lauded on more than three continents as a phenomenon, her life was the stuff that dreams are made of, but her journey to the top was not always untroubled.

From humble beginnings as Nellie Mitchell in Melbourne, to the stages of opera houses across Europe, MELBA charts the life of a woman who was determined to be the best in a conservative world. Melba’s life was filled with triumph and tragedy, stardom and shame – a story that is little known beyond her stellar career.

Developed through the New Musicals Australia program at Hayes Theatre Co with writers Nicholas Christo and Johannes Luebbers, this new musical is based on the book MARVELOUS MELBA by Ann Blainey, the eye-opening story of a modern, feisty heroine light years ahead of her antiquated age.

Proudly supported by City of Sydney, Australia Council and SBW Foundation


Hayes Theatre Co proudly presents 


Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by John Weidman
ASSASSINS is based on an idea by Charles Gilbert, Jr.
Director Dean Bryant
Musical Directors Andrew Worboys and Lucy Bermingham
Executive Producer Lisa Campbell
Starring David Campbell, Connor Crawford, Hannah Frederickson

From 15 September

In a fairground shooting gallery a group of misfits gather. Each has a problem they need to solve and each has discovered the answer – they must shoot the President of the United States!

From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, we learn of the many varied and unusual ways that each has committed (or attempted to commit) the ultimate crime; their motivations and their desire to be recognized for their actions in a world where they are largely dismissed and ignored.

Described by Sondheim as the show that comes closest to his expectations of it, ASSASSINS is a chilling, and timely, reminder that those in power ignore the poor and disenfranchised to their peril.

This production is proudly sponsored by The Russell Mills Foundation


Highway Run Productions and Neil Gooding Productions
in association with Hayes Theatre Co present


Lyrics By Amanda Green
Music by Tom Kitt
Book By David Lindsay-Abaire
Based on the Novel by Nick Hornby
And the Touchstone Pictures Film
Directed by Neil Gooding
Choreographer Cameron Mitchell

Starring Toby Francis

From 18 November

Produced by Neil Gooding Productions (SWEET CHARITY and DOGFIGHT) and Highway Run Productions (RENT), and starring Toby Francis — currently touring the country as Charlie Price in the smash hit KINKY BOOTS.

Featuring an original score with music by Tom Kitt  — before he won the Pulitzer Prize for NEXT TO NORMALHIGH FIDELITY tells the story of life and vinyl while skillfully evoking the sounds and styles of the greatest artists a record store can offer: artists like Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin, U2, The Beatles, Heart, Pat Benatar, Guns ’n’ Roses, Ben Folds, The Beastie Boys, Dr. Dre, and Marvin Gaye.

To book tickets or call (02) 8065 7337