The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Performances from 8 September - 8 October 2023

Approximately 2 hours – including interval

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Book by Rachel Sheinkin, Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman

Presented by September Remedy Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co

Additional Material by Jay Reiss
Originally produced on Broadway by David Stone, James L. Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo
Barrington Stage Company, Second Stage Theatre
Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia)

Six spellers enter… but only one speller can leave a champion! At least the losers get a juice box…

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a wildly hilarious take on adolescence, parenting, teachers, and the
P-A-N-D-E-M-O-N-I-U-M of the world of competitive spelling bees. Centred around a very eclectic group of six mid-pubescent teens, the show effortlessly weaves its way through the motivations and hopes of each competitor as they vie to take home the spelling championship of a lifetime! But which speller will avoid the soul-crushing ‘ding’ of the bell that signals the end of their time in the competition?

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, Spelling Bee is a riotous ride that has charmed audiences across the globe. With its fast-paced wit and vibrant score, this is an unforgettable and unexpectedly heart-warming experience not to be missed. Not seen on a professional Australian stage since the 2006 Melbourne and Sydney productions that saw stage superstars such as Magda Szubanski and David Campbell bring this hilarious show to life, it’s time to relive the magic in an entirely new way.


Full Price $65

Weeknights, Thursday Matinees & Saturday Matinees
Full Price $75 | Concession $70 | Group (8+) $70

Friday, Saturday & Sunday Evenings
Full Price $79

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


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

Running Time

Approx. 2 hours – including interval


  • Wheelchair Accessible

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Content Warnings

Mild Course Language, Mild Adult Themes, Theatrical haze and Flashing lights

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  • Cast & Creatives

    Starring Axel Duffy, James Haxby, Adeline Hunter, Jessica Kok, Nathaniel Laga’aia, Rebecca Ordíz, Matthew Predny, Daniel Raso, Katrina Retallick, Cypriana Singh and Tyran Stig.

    Director Dash Kruck
    Musical Director Abi McCunn
    Choreographer Vi Lam
    Resident Director Kira Leiva
    Set Designer Monique Langford
    Costume Designer Adrienne Andrews
    Lighting Designer Lucia Haddad
    Sound Designer Sam Cheng
    Production Manager Rebecca Kellahan
    Stage Manager Grace Sackman
    Assistant Stage Manager Hana Barn
    Production Assistant Jude Keane
    Producers Kayla French and Sarah Isaacs

  • 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.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Performances from 8 September - 8 October 2023

Approximately 2 hours – including interval