Tonight Hayes Theatre Co held its twice-yearly COMING SOON event, where it made its first programming announcements for 2016.  Hosted by David Campbell the event saw announcements of four new productions of musicals  – The Fantasticks, Little Shop of Horrors, The Detective’s Handbook, and Xanadu – return seasons of the smash-hit Rent, and the cabaret Reviewing the Situation.

Hayes Theatre Co – 2016 Act One 

 Wooden Horse Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co



Music by Harvey Schmidt, Book and

Lyrics by Tom Jones

Director – Helen Dallimore

Musical Directors-  Glenn Moorhouse and Hayden Barltrop

Cast includes Laurence Coy, Martin Crewes, Bobbie-Jean Henning, Jonathan Hickey, Garry Scale

Whimsical, poignant and romantic, THE FANTASTICKS focuses on two young lovers, their meddling fathers, and the journey we all must take through adolescent thrills, the growing pains of hurt and betrayal, the highs of passion, the challenges of distance and the agonies of heartbreak to discover how to truly love.

With hit songs such as Try to Remember and Soon It’s Gonna Rain, it’s no wonder The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in history.

From 11 January

 Phil Scott in association with Hayes Theatre Co

Phil Scott as Lionel Bart in



Written & Produced by Terence O’Connell and Phil Scott

Directed by Terence O’Connell

Return Season

Once he was Britain’s most celebrated composer who created the iconic musical Oliver! and lived in a 27 room ‘Fun Palace’ where his party guests included Noel Coward, Rudolf Nureyev and The Beatles. Now he’s bankrupt and ensconced in a flat above a laundromat.

At his piano and fuelled by more than a few vodkas, Lionel Bart is REVIEWING THE SITUATION as he sings us the songs (including Living Doll, From Russia With Love, You’ve Got To Pick A Pocket Or Two and As Long As He Needs Me) and shares stories from his incredible life.

From 5 February for five performances only

Luckiest Productions and Tinderbox Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co



Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman

Music by Alan Menken

Based on the film by Roger Corman, Screenplay by Charles Griffith

Directed by Dean Bryant

Choreographed by Andrew Hallsworth

Musical Director Andrew Worboys

Set Design by Owen Phillips

Lighting Design by Ross Graham

Costume Design by Tim Chappel

Sound Design by Jeremy Silver

Puppet Design & Construction – Erth Visual & Physical Inc.

 Starring Brent Hill, Esther Hannaford, Scott Johnson,

Tyler Coppin, Angelique Cassimatis, Josie Lane, Chloe Zuel, Kuki Tipoki and Dash Kruck

 You wouldn’t like me when I’m hungry.

A new breed of musical theatre star is sprouting in Skid Row! Join accidental hero Seymour and the gutsy but guileless Audrey as they battle the world’s most famous foul-mouthed, smooth-talking, R&B-singing plant – not just for their lives, but for the very future of planet earth!

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS stars Brent Hill, Esther Hannaford and Scott Johnson. This landmark production sees Helpmann-winning director Dean Bryant reunite with Sweet Charity producers Luckiest Productions and Tinderbox Productions, while master puppet-makers Erth create a brand new Audrey II for the 21st century.

From 18 February

Highway Run Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co



Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson

Director Shaun Rennie
Musical Director Andrew Worboys
Choreographer Andy Dexterity

Return Season

After its sell out season in October RENT will return for one more limited season of love.  At the dawn of the 1990s, New York City’s East Village is home to an ever-diminishing bohemian community. Development pushes people from their borough, disease withers loved ones from their lives, and a group of friends fight for their place in the face of such quiet vanishing.

From 29 March for three weeks only

New Musicals Australia & Hayes Theatre Co



Two Cops, No Clue

Book & Lyrics Ian Harrington, Music Olga

Directed by Johnathan Biggins

Discovered through Hayes Theatre Co’s development arm – THE DETECTIVE’S HANDBOOK is a new musical fostered by the New Musicals Australia (NMA) program.  Selected by the NMA advisory panel, this new work will receive a workshop at Hayes Theatre Co prior to its debut season in May 2016

Chicago, 1950. Frank Thompson, police detective, is called into the station on Sunday morning to investigate the murder of two policemen in a disreputable neighbourhood. The Chief of Police assigns him Jimmy Hartman, a newly promoted detective.

From 21 April

Matthew Management in association with Hayes Theatre Co

the musical


Book by Douglas Carter Beane

Music & Lyrics by Jeff Lynne & John Farrar

XANADU, is the hilarious roller skating musical adventure based on the 1980s cult movie classic which starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly. Kira, the magical and beautiful Greek muse, descends from the heavens of Mount Olympus for Venice Beach, California, on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first roller disco… Well hey, it is 1980! But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation and chaos abounds.

Xanadu features the chart topping songs from the film: Magic, Suddenly, I‘m Alive, Evil Woman, All Over the World and of course, Xanadu!

From 12 May

Also announced tonight, Neglected Musicals will present CALAMITY JANE in 2016, directed by Richard Carroll and starring Virginia Gay.  And the new seminar, workshop and masterclass series HAYES CREATIVE.

To book tickets or call (02) 8065 7337

Hayes Theatre Co is a dedicated music theatre and cabaret venue in Potts Point which was formerly the home of the Darlinghurst Theatre Company.  Named for Australian musical theatre legend, Nancye Hayes OAM, Hayes Theatre Co honours and builds on the vast history of Australian Musical Theatre and its practitioners. This not-for-profit venue is managed by Independent Music Theatre, a collaborative partnership focusing on providing a permanent home for small-scale musical theatre and cabaret. By providing venue space to newly mounted productions, Hayes Theatre Co, will be a presenting partner together with independent producers and artists. Hayes Theatre Co is made possible through the City of Sydney’s Accommodation Grant Program.