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 15Toby 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-winningmusical comedy, Twists and Turns.

Mitcham returns with even more effervescence,charm and hilariously brutal honesty as he delivers afew Public Service Announcements he’s learntthrough trial and (mostly) error…plus a few newtricks stuffed up his bulging sleeves. Matthew hasbecome renowned for his unique approach to story-telling that is both raw and compelling.

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

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









New Musicals Australia and Hayes Theatre Co present

Emma Matthews is


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 bookMARVELOUS 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 NORMAL — HIGH 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.