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Hayes Theatre Company

Darlinghurst Nights

Book by Katherine Thomson, Music by Max Lambert, Based on the book DARLINGHURST NIGHTS by Kenneth Slessor and an original concept by Andrew James

Performance and Booking Details


Performances from 4 January 2018


  • Mon 6:30 pm
  • Tues - Sat 7:30 pm
  • Wed & Sat 2:00 pm

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours 20 mins incl. interval

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No performance on 26 January 2018

Presented by Hayes Theatre Co

Directed by Lee Lewis
Musical Director Max Lambert
Choreographer John O’Connell
Production Designer Mason Browne
Lighting Designer Trent Suidgeest
Produced by Richard Carroll

Starring Baylie Carson, Andrew Cutcliffe, Natalie Gamsu, Abe Mitchell, Billie Rose Prichard, Sean O’Shea and Justin Smith

This classic Australian musical takes place on the streets around Hayes Theatre Co itself, and the Hayes celebrates the show’s 30th anniversary with a new production from Helpmann Award-winning director Lee Lewis (The Bleeding Tree).

Darlinghurst Nights explores the seductiveness of a life authentically lived, of a world where people can live without fear of intolerance amidst Sydney’s most colourful strip. Set during the 1920s and 30s, and inspired by Sydney poet Kenneth Slessor, writer Katherine Thomson (Diving For Pearls) and composer Max Lambert (Miracle City) capture a time when Kings Cross was the only place in Sydney where a person could live anonymously; where bohemian lifestyles were accepted and even encouraged.

The show was first produced by the Sydney Theatre Company in 1988 where it was a phenomenal success, and was revived in 2000 for the Olympic Arts Festival at Sydney Opera House.

At another moment of existential upheaval for Kings Cross, Darlinghurst Nights take us back 80 years to a world we recognise, but are in danger of losing.

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