Project Description


Those of you who have been into the Maj Café will no doubt have seen the many lovingly drawn celebrity caricatures adorning the walls.   They are of performers and other theatre royalty who have at some time or other graced the stage of Her Majesty’s Theatre.

Over the coming months we’ll be featuring some of these artists who have a special place in the history and character of our theatre. To kick off proceedings what better place to start than with a legend of the Australian stage who holds the record for the most productions at HMT.

The incredible, Nancye Hayes

Shows at HMT: My Fair Lady (1962), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1963), Hello Dolly! (1965), Sweet Charity (1967), Pippin (1974), Annie (1978), Guys and Dolls (1985), 42nd Street (1992), Eureka (2004), Leading Ladies (2005)

The outstanding career of Nancy Hayes began when she debuted at the tender age of 18 in the company of My Fair Lady here at HMT. From there she played smaller roles and understudied leads in several musicals before taking on her first starring role in Sweet Charity again on the HMT stage.

A multi-award winning performer, Nancye has been in high demand ever since. She even has a theatre named after her – the Hayes Theatre in Sydney.

Thirteen years ago to the day, Nancye appeared at HMT in the new Australian musical Eureka. One of her costumes measured 3 metres, weighed an incredible 20Kg and was so large the only place to store it was to hoist it up to the ceiling of the scene dock each night.

A true legend of the Australian industry – thanks Nancye!


For more HMT Artists in Profile stay tuned to the Friends of the Maj, and as always, see you at the theatre!

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