Turn of the screw

The Turn of the Screw

Performances from 16 August - 15 September 2024

Approximately 2 hours – including interval

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Opera by Benjamin Britten
Libretto by Myfanwy Piper
after a story by Henry James

Presented by Craig Baldwin in association with Hayes Theatre Co

Permission of Hal Leonard Australia PTY LTD. Exclusive agents for
Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers LTD of London

For the first time ever, opera fills the intimate Hayes space with Benjamin Britten’s spine-chilling masterpiece The Turn of the Screw. 

This gripping tale unfolds in a remote English manor, as a young governess arrives to care for two orphaned children, Flora and Miles. She soon discovers that the grounds, and the children themselves, are haunted by mysterious apparitions. As the governess fights to protect her wards from the sinister forces that surround them, the line between sanity and madness becomes thrillingly blurred. 

Britten’s evocative score weaves a web of tension, combining hauntingly beautiful melodies with dissonant harmonies, perfectly capturing the ghostly ambiance of Henry James’s classic gothic novel.

The Turn of the Screw is helmed by celebrated director Craig Baldwin (Consent, John and The Flick for Outhouse Theatre Co) and will feature some of Sydney’s rising opera stars. 

Presented in whisperingly intimate proximity, this is an opportunity not to be missed. Be immersed in the eerie sounds and psychological suspense of one of the world’s most popular operas, prepare to question the boundaries between the material and the supernatural, and become enthralled by the dark recesses of the human mind. 



Full Price $75

Mid-Week Matinees
Adult $85 | Concession/Group (8+) $75

Weeknights & Saturday Matinees
Adult $85 | Concession/Group (8+) $75

Friday, Saturday & Sunday Evenings
Full Price $89 | Concession/Group (8+) $79

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


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

Matinee performance on Thursday September 5 at 2pm

Running Time

Approx. 2 hours – including interval


  • Wheelchair Accessible

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Content Warnings

Heightened suspense and references to childhood trauma.
Recommended for 12+

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  • Cast & Creatives

    Director Craig Baldwin
    Musical Director & Pianist Francis Greep

  • 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.