February 17, 2014


Sweet Charity, the classic award winning musical, is the first show to be performed at the Hayes Theatre Co in Potts Point, named for Australian musical theatre legend, Nancye Hayes OAM who played Charity in the original 1967 Australian production.

Charity Hope Valentine is the eternal optimist, putting her at odds with her co-workers in a seedy, run-down dance hall.  Dancing with man after man to pay her rent, she dreams of finally being whisked out of there and rescued by love.

Directed by Green Room Award winner Dean Bryant and starring Verity Hunt-Ballard, the 2011 Helpmann Award winner of Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Mary Poppins, as the lovable Sweet Charity.

The entire cast is excellent, with many playing multiple roles. Martin Crewes is a standout playing the men in Charity’s life as is Debora Krizak who plays Nickie & Ursula.

SCharity_0027_BPS0785The six member Fandango Ballroom Band provided the atmospheric music, which added to the feeling of actually being one of the dance hall’s patrons.

A welcome addition to Sydney’s theatre scene, The Hayes Theatre Co is a small, intimate venue with a perfect view from each seat. The balcony is ideal to enjoy a drink, pre-show and at interval.  A comfortable lounge area is adjacent to the well stocked bar serving champagne, wines, beer and soft drinks.

Hayes Theatre Co is a dedicated music theatre and cabaret venue that honours and builds on the history of Australian Musical Theatre and its practitioners. Formerly the home of Darlinghurst Theatre Company, this not-for-profit venue is managed by Independent Music Theatre, a collaborative partnership focusing on providing a permanent home for small scale musical theatre and cabaret.

Produced by Luckiest Productions and Neil Gooding Productions, with Choreography by Andrew Hallsworth and Musical Direction by Andrew Worboys, Sweet Charity is playing at the Hayes Theatre Co until 9 March 2014.

Sandra Tiltman