Hayes Theatre Co

A home for Music Theatre and Cabaret in Sydney.

Hayes Theatre Co

The View UpStairs

Music, Book and Lyrics by Max Vernon

Performance and Booking Details


Performances from 8 February 2018 - 11 March 2018


  • Tues-Sat 7:30 pm
  • Sat 2:00 pm
  • Sun 3:00 pm

Running Time

Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes – no interval

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Presented by Invisible Wall Productions and Sugary Rum productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co

Directed by Shaun Rennie
Musical Direction by Nicholas Griffin
Choreography by Cameron Mitchell
Set Design by Isabel Hudson
Costume Design by Anita Yavich
Lighting Design by Trent Suidgeest
Sound Design by Neil McLean

Australian Premiere Cast Henry Brett, Thomas Campbell, Nick Errol, Ryan Gonzalez, Martelle Hammer, Anthony Harkin, David Hooley, Markesha McCoy, Madison McKoy and Stephen Madsen

The View Upstairs pulls you inside the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant 70s gay bar in New Orleans. The forgotten bar regulars come to life when a young fashion designer from 2017 buys the now abandoned space and is transported back in time. He gets to know the joys and struggles of this community and in turn learns about his place in the world.

 From the opening piano chords of this Off-Broadway sensation, the five-piece band and cast of ten blast into the glam rock world of the 1970s. In our ever-changing world, this show looks at the then and now to explore our ideas of love, regret, defiance and resilience. The music will give you goosebumps, the story will make you both laugh and cry. See why Ru Paul said the show was “FABULOUS! It was fantastic.”



★★★★ “Shaun Rennie continues to move from strength to strength in his transition from performer to director; there’s a capability and sensitivity to his work that allows humour to come across as clearly as drama…This production is a great success; all empathy and momentum…This feels like a gift for all of us who are striving for a more inclusive world…There’s a lot to be said for shaping a work with heart and humour to offer audiences both grief and hope, and Rennie has done exactly that.”

- Time Out Sydney

★★★★ “After a rafter-raising opening number…you’ll find The View UpStairs not just entertaining but frequently moving and unavoidably uplifting. Shaun Rennie’s fine production (meticulously designed by Isabel Hudson and seductively lit by Trent Suidgeest) casts a comprehensive spell from the minute you enter the room. You can even take a personal trip back in time before the show, order a drink from the bar…and join in the odd show tune with Buddy…But it’s the individual performances that make the biggest impact. Very much recommended.”

- Audrey Journal

Current, engaging and thought provoking, The View UpStairs is a stunning work that is uplifting and enlightening…The View UpStairs is another brilliantly told, flawless production, reinforcing Hayes Theatre’s position as the home of interesting and important stories told with heart and soul. Do not miss this as it is sure to sell out quickly.”

- Broadway World

★★★★ “laugh-out-loud funny, Rennie has succeeded in weaving that content together with moments of real poignancy. All of the action is propelled along by an infectious 1970s glam rock-inspired score.”

- Theatre People

“A warm and welcoming show, packed with some extraordinary talent…The show is both touching and a whole lot of fun…A wonderful offering full of style and heart…”

- Australian Stage