Hayes Theatre Co

A home for Music Theatre and Cabaret in Sydney.

Hayes Theatre Co


Book & Lyrics by Kate Mulley, Music by Andy Peterson

Performance and Booking Details


Performances from 14 June 2019


  • Mon 6:30 pm
  • Tues-Sat 7:30 pm
  • Wed 1:00 pm
  • Sat 2:00 pm

Running Time

Approximately 90 minutes – no interval

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Contains strong language, adult themes including violence and sexual references. Use of theatrical haze, gun shots, smoke and herbal cigarettes. Parental guidance and discretion advised for patrons under the age of 16 years.

Australian Premiere

Presented by Hayes Theatre Co

Director Benita de Wit
Musical Director Lucy Bermingham
Choreographer Madison Lee
Designer Isabel Hudson
Lighting Designer Benjamin Brockman
Sound Designer Tegan Nicholls
Assistant Director and Dramaturg Danielle Maas

Starring Amelia Cormack & Debora Krizak

From the 1920s until the 1930s, two vice queens, Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine, ruled the Darlinghurst underworld. Their rivalry was infamous, leading to a litany of violent crimes enacted by their razor gangs as each struggled to gain dominance in a world of sly grog, narcotics and prostitution.

In 2019, Kate Leigh’s former sly grog shop is about to reopen as a trendy coffee spot. The shop is being gutted for renovation, but there are still ghosts in the walls who aren’t done settling old scores.

Razorhurst explores what it means to be a woman in a man’s world, forced into a life of crime by circumstance. At turns crass and hilarious, Razorhurst is a “compelling meditation on the explosive cocktail of gender, class, and power underlying an infamous period in the history of crime” (Newark Star-Ledger).

Was Commissioned by and received its World Premiere at
Luna Stage, West Orange, New Jersey
Cheryl Katz, Artistic Director

Razorhurst is part of the 2011 Postcode offer. Residents of 2011 can obtain half price tickets 30 minutes prior to performances Mon-Wed with proof of address. Subject to availability.

Photography Marnya Rothe



You’ll have a raucous good time at Razorhurst… Librettist Kate Mulley has a knack for spinning fun yarns with her lyrics, painting colorful pictures of these powerful, yet flawed women. Music director Andy Peterson mixes jazz and ragtime to give the musical a period flavor without sounding dated.” 


- Baristanet

“…an undeniably entertaining show, and a spotlight on an absolutely fascinating moment in history.”

- NJ Arts