Murder For Two: Christmas Edition

Performances from 1 December - 23 December 2023

Approximately 90 minutes – no interval

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Book by Kellen Blair and Joe Kinosian, Lyrics by Kellen Blair, Music by Joe Kinosian

Presented by Hayes Theatre Co

Critics told us: “The real crime here is that the season is too short” (Stage Whispers), audiences agreed, and so we listened.

Murder for Two
, the musical comedy to die for, is back by popular demand for a return season – in a special Christmas edition! The hilarious and outrageous blend of music, mayhem, and murder gets a festive twist, as two incredible, multi-talented performers once again play 13 roles – not to mention the piano – in a rip-roaring parody of classic murder mysteries and your favourite Christmas stories.

Maverick Newman (“a rocketship, shedding and shifting characters as he soars towards the stratosphere– Sydney Morning Herald) returns as The Suspects, with musical theatre star Kala Gare (Six, Great Comet) joining the cast as Marcus, exclusively for the Christmas season.

Directed by Hayes’ Co-Artistic Director Richard Carroll (Calamity Jane, Godspell, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), this strictly limited engagement hits the stage from 1 December.


The Story

Officer Marcus Moscowicz is a small-town policeman with dreams of making it to detective. One fateful Christmas Eve, shots ring out at the surprise Christmas-birthday party of Great American Novelist Arthur Whitney (‘cause he was born on Christmas), and the writer is killed…fatally. With the local detective caught up doing last-minute gift shopping, Marcus jumps at the chance to prove his sleuthing skills—with the help of his silent partner, Lou. Did Dahlia Whitney, Arthur’s scene-stealing wife, poison the eggnog? Or was it the celebrated star of The Nutcracker, Barette Lewis? Whodunit?? You’ll have to come along and find out!


Hear from the Director

“From the moment I first saw this brilliant, inventive and hilarious show, I knew Australian audiences would lap it up. I’m so thrilled the stars have aligned for us to return to its natural home, the Hayes Theatre in December, with this special – even sillier – Christmas edition.”
– Richard Carroll



Full Price $65

Tuesday Evenings & Thursday Matinees
Full Price $69 | Under 35s $62

Weeknights, Saturday Matinees & Sundays
Full Price $79 | Concession $74 | Group (8+) $74 | Under 35s $62

Friday & Saturday Evenings
Full Price $85

*Concession prices apply to Seniors, Pensioners, Students and MEAA members.


Tuesday – Saturday 7:30pm
Thursday 1:00pm
Saturday 2:00pm
Sunday 5:00pm

No matinee performance on Saturday 2 December


Running Time

Approx. 100 mins – no interval

Content Warnings

Contains theatrical haze, strobe lighting, one brief use of coarse language, and loud noises including simulated gunshots.

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  • Cast & Creatives

    Director Richard Carroll
    Musical Supervisor Damon Wade
    Choreographer Shannon Burns
    Set & Costume Designer Keerthi Subramanyam
    Lighting Designer PriyankaMartin
    Sound Designer Daniel Herten
    Associate Sound Designer Jessica Pizzinga
    Stage Manager Jessie Byrne
    Production Manager Abbey Pace
    Production Assistant Kaylee Ashton
    Dialect Coach Linda Nicholls-Gidley

    Starring Maverick Newman, Kala Gare and Sam Marques

    *Sam Marques will play the role of Detective Marcus on 12th December 2023.

    *Sam Marques will play the role of The Suspects on 21st, 22nd and 23rd December 2023.

  • Accessibility

    Wheelchair Seating

    A limited number of accessible seats are available in the front row of the theatre (A13-A15). These, as well as Companion seats, can be purchased through the ‘Book Now’ link.

    Please contact the box office on (02) 8065 7337 if you have any questions regarding our accessibility.

Murder For Two: Christmas Edition

Performances from 1 December - 23 December 2023

Approximately 90 minutes – no interval