The third annual Hayes Theatre Co Cabaret Season was announced today with 14 cabaret acts over four weeks including performances from Philip Quast, Helen Dallimore, Michael Griffiths  with award winning cabarets from Toby Francis and two international artists  Anthony de Mare and Shoshanna Bean.

“It’s an exciting time for cabaret in Australia, and the line-up for this year’s Hayes Cabaret Season is our strongest yet,” said the Executive Producer of Cabaret Season 2016, Richard Carroll.  “We’re thrilled to play host to a rare evening with Philip Quast as our headlining act. Joining Philip are some more stars of Australian stage, some comic favourites, and of course some inspiring up-and-coming performers who are such an important part of the Hayes project. We’re excited to be including more special events, such as the Tony Awards screening, thanks to our friends at FOXTEL and the subsequent live show The After Party, and our weekly piano sing-a-long Show Tune Sundays. We’re very grateful to the City of Sydney for coming on board as a major partner for the Cabaret Season and making this all possible.”


With so many fabulous shows on offer, we know you’ll be coming more than once and so we are offering special package deals when you book 3 or 5 shows.

Full  $45.00
Concession*  $39.00
3 Show Package**  $120.00
5 Show Package**  $140.00

Philip Quast In Conversation**

Full  $65.00
Concession  $60.00

Ticket Packages must be booked with the minimum number of shows to receive the discount.

*Concessions apply to Seniors, Pensioners and Students. A valid concession card must be shown when collecting tickets.

**Philip Quast In Conversation is not included in ticket packages.

MASTER CLASSES: All tickets $50.00 or $120.00 for three.

Gillian Cosgriff
To The Moon & Back


Gillian has concerns about the future. You might say she has chronophobia (fear of the future), or gamophobia (fear of marriage), or phobophobia (fear of   fears). Probably not that last one…

 After venturing out to see Gravity with a throbbing hangover she also has astrophobia (fear of space). Seriously, name me one space movie where  nobody dies. You can’t, can you? I knew it.

It’s just that when Gill thinks about the future, instead of seeing dazzling new horizons and exciting possibilities, all she can think about is the impending doom of the probable apocalypse.

 This award-winning cabaret star has been garnering accolades for the last five  years with her charming and unique style of musical comedy. See her now, before the world inevitably ends.

 Dates & Times: Thursday June 16 at 7pm  & Friday June 17 at 9pm

Philip Quast in Conversation
Cabaret Season Headliner 2016


Philip Quast has had an acting career on stage, film and television spanning over 35 years. He was in the original Australian cast of Les Misérables  – eventually playing the role of Javert in London and also appearing in the 10th Anniversary Dream Cast in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall.   He has been a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, played Georges Seurat in Sunday in the Park with George and Emile de Becque in South Pacific at the National Theatre (London), Peron in Evita and Graham in The FIX at the Donmar Warehouse. This exclusive and intimate evening will see Philip in conversation about his life, his love for woodwork, writing and disappearing on his fishing boat. He will perform songs from many of his most famous musical theatre roles, as well as some more personal material. Expect laughs, honesty and some surprise theatrical moments – this is an opportunity not to be missed.

Philip’s most recent theatre performances have been in the Menier Chocolate Factory’s La Cage Aux Folles in the West End,

Sweeney Todd in New York and London with Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson and Waiting for Godot with the Sydney Theatre Company. He has received three Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Actor in a Musical

Dates & Times: Friday 17 June & Saturday 18 June at 7pm
Tickets: Adult $65, Concession $60

Helen Dallimore
Don’t Bother to Knock


A vibrant celebration of sex appeal and the women who weren’t eren’t afraid to use it to get to the top – breaking down centuries-old barriers along their way. 

Don’t Bother To Knock is ‘hosted’by Helen Dallimore, who then transforms into four platinum pioneers who went before her – Mae West, Marilyn Monroe, Dolly Parton and Madonna. . Utilising little more than a blonde wigs, a microphone and a little complimentary lighting – audiences will delight in seeing and hearing these iconic women come alive onstage. Featuring a host of each star’s iconic songs (as well as a few surprises), Don’t Bother to Knock gives you a fresh appreciation of what made them all genuine trail-blazers. Directed by Richard Carroll. 

Dates & Times: Saturday 18 June at 9pm & Sunday 19 June at 8pm


Joanna Weinberg
Pandora’s Bag


Pandora’s Bag is an original song cycle about bags and the women who wear them. The bag is examined as a metaphor for all things female and explored as adornment, status symbol and keeper of memories. Women of all ages will relate instantly to the hilarious ‘Old Bag” and “Bag Porn” songs, while ‘Laundry Bag and ‘Pandora’s Bag’ offer more serious commentary about the position of women in the home and in war.

Stories both funny and moving link these contemporary and catchy songs played by Joanna and her all-girl band and modelled by ‘Chantelle” bag model extraordinaire. There is an audience ‘show and tell’ section where audience members are encouraged to bring their bags and tell stories about them.

A perfect girl’s night out.

Dates & Times: Thursday 23 June at 9pm & Saturday 25 June at 7pm


Friends of Barbra
The Way We Weren’t


The Way We Weren’t re-introduces Sydney to Friends of Barbra Australia’s internationally renowned mega-cabaret boy-band hand-picked by Barbra Streisand herself to keep her music alive. Nigel Ubrihien, Michael Smallwood and Luke Gallagher have been Friends of Barbra for nearly two decades, performing sellout seasons in Melbourne, New York and Berlin.

Starring: Michael Smallwood, Luke Gallagher and Nigel Ubrihien
Musical Direction by: Nigel Ubrihien
Written by: Michael Smallwood and Nigel Ubrihien

Dates & Times: Friday 24 June at 7pm & Saturday 25 June at 9pm


Ryan Gonzalez
Hispanic Attack!


Iconic Spanish singer/songwriter/dancer/telenovela star/three-time Eurovision Song Contest participant/talent show judge Ryan Gonsalez (his mama wanted to give him an exotic first name) is a superstar all over the Latin world. Idol, heart-throb, and winner of multiple Latin Grammy awards, his life is a blur of parties, ladies, and sold-out arena tours.

In 2016, he finally brings his legendary Hispanic passion down under, with the aim of single-handedly helping Latin music overtake cricket, gambling and casual racism as Australia’s most popular art form.

After his planned arena tour was abruptly cancelled as a result of a mysterious sales-related complication, Gonzalez has agreed to make an extra-special up-close-and-personal appearance at Hayes Theatre Co instead.

Written and directed by: Richard Carroll
Conceived by: Amy Campbell, Richard Carroll and Ryan Gonzalez
Musical Director: Conrad Hamill
Choreographed by: Amy Campbell


Damien Bermingham
Best Supporting Actor


You’ve seen him as a supporting actor in Fiddler on the Roof, a supporting actor in Priscilla, a supporting actor in Chicago, a supporting actor in Xanadu, a supporting actor in King Kong, a supporting actor in Strictly Ballroom and a supporting actor in Violet.

Now is is your chance to catch Damien Bermingham in his one man show about the life of a …… (drum roll please) …… supporting actor!

This show is a witty expose on the highs and lows, pros and cons, ups and downs of a career playing second fiddle, always being the bridesmaid and of wanting to be a George Clooney when you’re really a John C Reilly.

Dates & Times: Saturday 25 June at 2pm & Sunday 26 June at 5pm


Bryce Halliday
Back to Basics


Bryce Halliday goes back to what he does best: original songs on a grand piano. Bryce has a tendency to over complicate things. For the last few years he’s done shows full of characters, stand-up comedy, sound effects, electronic music, or he’s taken the easy option and made up entire musicals On The Spot.

This show goes back to what cabaret should be: Bryce at a grand piano, singing his trademark combination of kindaheartfelt-kinda-stupid original songs. Featuring some of the best bits from his two solo shows The Bryce Is Right and SOUNDhuMAN, and a fistful of new songs, Bryce Halliday goes Back to Basics.

Dates & Times: Thursday 30 June at 7pm & Friday 1 July at 9pm


Simon Burke
Something About Always


It all began with his award-winning performance in the classic Australian feature film The Devil’s Playground way back in 1976. Since then Simon Burke has been a fixture on our screens and stages, both in Australia and all over the world.

In Something About Always, Simon and musical director and collaborator Daniel Edmonds present a show based on their best selling album of the same name – a classy feast of eclectic songs that have come to know this legendary performer over the years: in and out of character, in cabaret, at Carnegie Hall, from Play School to the Palladium.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Simon Burke up close and very personal as he reflects on his forty year career.

Dates & Times: Friday 1 July at 7pm & Saturday 2 July at 2pm


Liaisons Project
Anthony de Mare in Concert


The Liaisons Project – The world’s great composers reimagine the works of Stephen Sondheim.

As a tribute to the legendary Stephen Sondheim, renowned American pianist Anthony de Mare invited composers from a broad variety of genres – musical theatre, jazz, classical, pop, film and beyond – to “re-imagine” a Sondheim song of their choice as a solo piano piece. To date, 36 composers ranging in age from 30 – 75 and representing eight countries and 29 Grammy, Pulitzer, Tony, Academy and Emmy Awards, have contributed to de Mare’s Grammy winning Liaisons Project. In this Australian premiere performance featuring interviews with the composers and Sondheim himself, de Mare will perform a selection of these extraordinary arrangements, adding the first Australian composer to an illustrious list that includes Jason Robert Brown, Ricky Ian Gordon, Jake Heggie, Thomas Newman and Steve Reich.

Dates & Times: Saturday 2 July at 7pm & Sunday 3 July at 2pm


Love and Death
The Songs of Jim Steinman


Winner of the 2014 Sydney Theatre Awards Best Cabaret Production, Love and Death and an American Guitar returns the Hayes Theatre Co for two nights only. Set just a few years after the release of iconic rock album Bat Out of Hell, Love and Death lifts the curtain on the genius responsible for the album’s success, composer Jim Steinman.

Written and performed by Toby Francis (Blokelahoma!Dogfight) with Musical Direction and Arrangements by Andrew Worboys (Sweet Charity, Little Shop of Horrors), Love and Death sees Steinman return to the writing desk in an effort to complete his stage adaptation of Peter Pan –a rock opera entitled Neverland.

Taking place against the backdrop of Steinman’s struggle with a lack of public and professional recognition, unpaid royalties, and lost friendships — and boasting a collection of some of the biggest rock songs of all time — Love and Death is an epic yet intimate glimpse into the fictional world of one of modern music’s greatest talents.

Written by: Toby Francis
Musical Direction by: Andrew Worboys
Directed by: Neil Gooding

Dates & Times: Saturday 2 July at 9pm, & Sunday 3 July at 7pm


A Tribute to Marni Nixon


A biopic cabaret, Unseen: A Tribute to Marni Nixon takes audiences on a stroll down memory lane, exploring the incredible life and career of singer and actress Marni Nixon.

Having dubbed the singing voice of luminaries including Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Natalie Wood and Deborah Kerr, Nixon became one of the most remembered but unknown voices of the golden age of Hollywood.

Featuring songs from hit films including West Side Story, My Fair Lady, The King and I and many more, Nixon’s dulcet tones memorialise some of the greatest music theatre tunes of our time.

Dates & Times: Friday 8 July at 7pm & Sunday 10 July at 5pm


Michael Griffiths


Michael Griffiths explores the colourful life and timeless songs of Cole Porter including You’re The Top, Let’s Misbehave and Night And Day. Hedonism, enduring love, grave misfortune and a legacy that sparkles with wit and wisdom.

Written by: Anna Goldsworthy (Piano Lessons)
Winner Best Cabaret Adelaide Fringe Weekly Award 2016.

Dates & Times: Saturday 9 July at 7pm & Sunday 10 July at 2pm

Shoshana Bean
Live at the Hayes


Shoshana Bean’s independent solo releases have topped the iTunes R&B and Blues charts in the US and UK in peak positions 5, 3 and #1 with the release of her latest EP Shadows to Light.

Shoshana is a veteran of the Broadway stage having debuted in the original cast of Hairspray and starred as the very first replacement for Elphaba, the green-skinned witch, in Wicked.

Most recently she appeared in the pre-Broadway production of the new musical Beaches as CeeCee Bloom, and inked a deal with ABC Signature for a new musical pilot she co-created and for which she will compose the music.

She has sold out solo concerts around the world and performed alongside Brian McKnight, Bebe Winans and sang back up for Michael Jackson for his 30th anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden. Shoshana arranged vocals for Jennifer Lopez’s American Idol performance of “I Luh Ya Papi” and her music has been featured in television shows on NBC, MTV, Oxygen, Bravo and Showtime.

Her live shows are thrilling and moving experiences, combining her unique and heartfelt brand of original soul music, well known classic covers and songs from her theatrical repertoire. She is sure to please every audience member and give them MORE than what they came for.

Dates & Times: Saturday 9 July at 9pm & Sunday 10 July at 7pm

Tony Awards Viewing Party

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Thanks to the Queen’s birthday, the 70th annual Tony Awards fall on a public holiday in Australia – and thanks to our friends at FOXTEL, this year Hayes Theatre Co is the place to be for a Tonys viewing party!

With Broadway shows this season including HamiltonThe Color Purple and American Psycho, it’s a bumper year for musical theatre fans. Into The Woodsstar James Corden will host this year’s ceremony – come and watch it all unfold with us at the Hayes. The bar will be open for tea, coffee, Bloody Marys and Mimosas, with the ceremony broadcast live in both the auditorium and the foyer.

This is a free event, but booking through our website is advised to guarantee entry

Monday 13th June from 9.30am
Broadcast starts at 10.00am
Bar licence from 10am


The After Party

The best part of any awards night is the party that follows… and The 70th Annual Tony Awards at Hayes Theatre Co is no different.

Presented by Highway Run Productions, The After Party features four award winning cabaret artists doing what they do best: talking sh*t and belting the ba-jesus out of Music Theatre numbers. Join Gillian Cosgriff, Josie Lane, Tom Sharah, and Toby Francis as they use this one night only cabaret as a flimsy excuse to perform songs from this years’ Tony Award nominated shows — i.e. Hamilton, everyone loves Hamilton — and discuss how shocked they were when that show won Best Musical. (i.e. Hamilton… Everyone loves Hamilton.).

The After Party: because camp loves company.

Monday 13th June at 8pm

Show Tune Sundays

Join us every Sunday night for a good old-fashioned Broadway sing-a-long at the Hayes!

Every week during the cabaret season, we’ll be hosting a Sunday sing-a-long around the piano in the foyer. Stick around after the show, or come down specially to request your favourite show tunes. From Sondheim to Spring Awakening; Dreamgirls to Disney – if it’s Broadway, it’s in! Each week we’ll have a virtuoso pianist and a host to keep the playlist humming along.

All are welcome to join in the singing, or just have a drink at the bar and enjoy the vibe.

Every Sunday, 8.15pm approx. – 11pm* FREE

*bar closes at 10.30pm

Hayes Creative presents

Single Master Class $50
Package for all 3 Master Classes $120

Nancye Hayes Master Class


Nancye Hayes is one of Australian musical theatre’s true triple threats, being a superb dancer, fine singer, actor, and now also a choreographer, director and teacher. She has performed in numerous musicals in Australia such as Promises, Promises, Cabaret, Pippin, Irene, Nine, Sweeney Todd, Chicago, Annie, 42nd Street, Guys and Dolls, Follies in Concert and Showboat to only name a few.

Saturday 10 June at 10am       
Tickets: $50.00


Philip Quast Master Class


Philip Quast has had an acting career on stage, film and television spanning over 35 years. He was in the original Australian cast of Les Misérableseventually playing the role of Javert in

London and also appearing in the 10th Anniversary Dream Cast in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall. He has been a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, played Georges Seurat in Sunday in the Park with George and Emile de Becque in South Pacific at the National Theatre (London), Peron inEVITA and Graham in The FIX at the Donmar Warehouse.

Friday 24 June & Saturday 25 June at 10am    
Tickets: $50.00


Audition Master Class

A great opportunity to learn and practise your audition craft with some of the foremost musical theatre practitioners in Australia. Selected performers will be asked to perform and workshop set audition material for a leading director, musical director and casting director, while all attendees will be welcome to observe and ask questions of the panel. A leading director and musical director will join casting director Lisa Campbell (Rent; Heathers) for this special master class.

Saturday 2 July at 10am

To book tickets, visit or call (02) 8065 7337