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Hear from our Artistic Directors about 2024

Welcome to our 2024 season, as we celebrate 10 years of the Hayes! We’re delighted to present you with not only our first full-year season as inaugural Artistic Directors, but the first annual subscription season the Hayes has announced since 2019.

In bringing together a season of work produced by the Hayes team, as well as presentations by our favourite independent partners, we’ve sought to exemplify this company’s role within the performing arts world in this country and beyond. As the home of music theatre and cabaret, we strive to advance the art form, to enrich and develop the ecology of our industry, and to create unique experiences that engage and entertain our audiences and reflect the human experience through the unique combination of music and storytelling.

In 2024, we’re inviting you to see musical theatre differently. At the Hayes you can do this literally – it’s a unique space that offers incomparable musical and theatrical experiences; and also figuratively – you never quite know what a Hayes production will deliver, but you know it will surprise you somehow. This record of originality is why the Hayes has gone from strength to strength in our first 10 years.

Originality is certainly the watchword for our Hayes-produced shows this year – which encompass the hotly-anticipated Zombie! The Musical, the new show from musical theatre virtuoso Laura Murphy (The Lovers, The Dismissal); the Australian premiere of the subversive, hilarious and surprisingly moving Ride The Cyclone; and our co-production with Griffin, Flat Earthers: The Musical, featuring the queer electro-pop stylings of theatre-comedy provocateurs Lou Wall, Jean Tong and James Gales.

Add to this a partnership with Adelaide Cabaret Festival to launch a joint cabaret commission, and our first ever Festival of New Work – alongside a rich selection of shows from independent artists and producers both new and returning, including two in the beloved Neglected Musicals series. It’s proof that Australian music theatre makers are among the most exciting in the world.

We look to the future as we celebrate our fabulous past. We know Hayes audiences are smart, engaged, generous, and frankly extremely good-looking. We hope you find much to love in this jam-packed season. Dive in and take a look for yourself…


Richard Carroll & Victoria Falconer
Artistic Directors