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In Conversation with Simon Burke and Nancye Hayes

The Equity Foundation

Monday, 24 February 2014 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm (AEDT)

In Conversation with Simon Burke and Nancye Hayes

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In Conversation with Nancye Hayes OAM with Simon Burke

The Equity Foundation is thrilled to invite the industry to an In Conversation with actor, dancer, singer, choreographer and director Nancye Hayes OAM.

Join Equity President Simon Burke in the interview chair as he hosts this performer to performer discussion and find out just what makes this most legendary of performer tick.

The In Conversation has been scheduled to co-incide with the upcoming production of Sweet Charity which Nancye starred in early in her career. It will take place at the newly created Hayes Theatre which has been named in her honour.

Please note that if you are unable to attend then you need to let us know immediately (  so we can contact our waiting lists.  

Our sincere thanks to The Hayes Theatre Co for their support of this event.

Nancye Hayes

Nancye Hayes OAM is one of Australia’s favourite theatrical actresses. She is an accomplished actor, dancer, singer, choreographer and director. She began her career with J.C. Williamson Theatres Ltd as a chorus member in My Fair Lady. A few years later she won the title role in Sweet Charity and her acclaimed performance quickly established her as a musical theatre star.

Nancye went on to perform in many major musical productions including Chicago, Sweeney Todd, Guys & Dolls and 42nd Street.

Nancye’s theatre credits: Annie (The Gordon Frost Organisation). Other theatre works include Grey Gardens, Follies, The Music Man and Funny Girl (The Production Co.), Turns (CDP Theatre Productions), Murderers and Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks (Ensemble), A Little Night Music and My Fair Lady (Opera Australia), Metro Street (STCSA), and Summer Rain (STC).

As a director, Nancye’s credits include The Boy from Oz (The Production Co.), Crazy for You and The World Goes Round (WAAPA), Australia’s Leading Ladies Concert (Brisbane Festival), The Wizard of Oz (GFO/SEL/Macks Entertainment), The 3 Divas (Christine Dunstan Productions).

Nancye has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Variety Club, the Green Room Awards Association and the Sydney Theatre Awards and the Helpmann Awards.


Simon Burke

One of Australia’s most accomplished, respected and versatile performers, Simon began his career at the age of 13 when he starred in Fred Schepisi’s acclaimed feature film The Devil’s Playground for which he won the AFI Award for Best Actor. Since then he has enjoyed enormous success both in Australia and the UK in film, television, stage, concert appearances and cabaret. In 2007 he relocated to London to star as Captain von Trapp in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of The Sound of Music at the London Palladium, a role which he later reprised at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto. Other London appearances include Joe in Andrew Bovell’s acclaimed When The Rain Stops Falling at the Almeida Theatre, the West End premiere of Tommy Murphy’s award-winning Holding the Man and Georges opposite John Barrowman’s Albin in Terry Johnson’s phenomenally successful revival of La Cage Aux Folles.

Earlier UK theatre credits include playing Count Carl-Magnus to Judi Dench’s Desiree in A Little Night Music (National Theatre), Raoul in Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre), Leonardo in Leonardo – A Portrait of Love (Old Fire Station Oxford) Cliff in Cabaret (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield) Steve in Jeffrey (Greenwich Theatre), The Life of the World to Come (Almeida Theatre) and Fred in A Christmas Carol (Royal Shakespeare Company).

Simon’s musical theatre career began back in 1987 when Trevor Nunn cast him as Marius in the original Australian cast of Les Miserables. Other leading musical theatre roles include Billy Crocker in Anything Goes for which he received the Green Room Award for Best Actor in a Musical, Whizzer in Falsettos (nominated Best Musical Performance Sydney Theatre Critics’ Circle Awards), Billy Flynn in Chicago, (IMG - Sydney/Brisbane/Perth/Singapore/Hong Kong) Vernon in They’re Playing Our Song (Ensemble Theatre), Harry in Company, (Kookaburra) Dexter in High Society (Production Company) and Mr LIzard in Neil Armfield’s prodution of The Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and Little Ragged Blossom (Company B) and as Mr Banks in the Australian production of Mary Poppins (Disney and Cameron Mackintosh).

In 2013 Simon appeared in STC’s Mrs Warren’s Profession and The Wharf Revue. Other STC productions include Jonah Jones, Company, The Herbal Bed, She Stoops to Conquer, Mr Kolpert and the world premiere of Up For Grabs. He starred in the world premieres of October and Satango for Griffin Theatre Company. He created the role of Francis Bacon in Stephen Sewell’s acclaimed Three Furies directed by Jim Sharman for 2005 Sydney Festival, 2006 Perth and Adelaide Festivals (nominated Best Actor Sydney Theatre Awards 2006)

Simon’s many television credits include Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Hustle, The Alice, South Pacific, I Shouldn’t be Alive, Rescue - Special Ops, All Saints, Small Claims III, Thank God You’re Here, Brides of Christ, and his 25-year stint as one of the most popular presenters on ABC TV’s Play School. In 2006 he hosted his own television variety series Studio A With Simon Burke on Australia’s Foxtel network. Feature films include Superawsome, Passion, Pitch Black, and Travelling Light. From their inauguration in 2001 until 2006 and again in 2012 Simon hosted and co-wrote the Helpmann Awards - honouring excellence in live performance in Australia.

In January 2009 Simon was thrilled to make his debut at Carnegie Hall, where he hosted and performed in a gala concert Australia Plays Broadway.   His first solo album, Something About Always, a collaboration with his long-time Musical Director Daniel Edmonds was released in 2009.

Simon has just wrapped on Devil’s Playground, the sequel to Fred Schepisi’s The Devil’s Playground. In this six-part series for Foxtel, he reprises the role of Tom Allen, the character he played as a 13 year old in the original film in 1976. Simon is also Executive Producer of the project. 

Simon is honoured to be the current Federal President of Australian Actors Equity, a position he has held since 2004. Proud Member of Equity since 1974 when he truly was in short pants. Simon’s official website is



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When & Where

Hayes Theatre - Sydney
19 Greenknowe Ave
Potts Point NSW 2011
Sydney, NSW 2011

Monday, 24 February 2014 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm (AEDT)

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