Hayes Theatre Company

A home for Music Theatre and Cabaret in Sydney.

Hayes Theatre Company

Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Music and Lyrics by Roger Miller, Book by William Hauptman adapted from the novel by Mark Twain

Performance and Booking Details


Performances from 18 April, 2018


  • Wed & Sat 2:00 pm
  • Wed - Sat 7:30 pm

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours and 30 mins including interval

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Presented by Neglected Musicals in association with Hayes Theatre Co

Directed by Ellen Simpson
Producer Michelle Guthrie
Musical Director Luke Byrne


Based on Mark Twain’s classic 1884 novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the musical features music in the bluegrass and country styles in keeping with the setting of the novel. The 1985 Broadway production ran for more than 1,000 performances and it remained one of the few very successful American musicals in the mid-1980s.

The Australian production starring Cameron Daddo as Huckleberry Finn, Jon English as Pap Finn, John Bell as The Duke and featuring Marcia Hines and Michael Edward Stevens opened in 1989 at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Sydney.Going on to play Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne, and  Festival Theatre in Adelaide.

Though trying to stay “respectable,” Huckleberry Finn, runs into trouble when his father, Pap, returns to town. Huck is forced to fake his own death to escape and joins up with another on the run – Jim, a slave in the search for freedom. As they head down the river, they get sucked into scams involving two “aristocrats,” one of which lands Jim in chains once again and Huck and Tom Sawyer join together to free him.

Established in 2010, Neglected Musicals presents musical theatre that has never or rarely been seen in Australia.  Presented with scripts in hand, and with piano accompaniment after only a day’s rehearsal.

Wednesday 18 April at 2pm & 7.30pm
Thursday 19 April at 7.30pm
Friday 20 April at 7.30pm

Tickets $48
*cast subject to change without notice

Neglected Musicals is not for profit, where the participants are volunteers.  All proceeds from ticket sales fund the next Neglected Musical.

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