Nancye Hayes the official website

Nancye Hayes is one of Australian musical theatre's leading ladies


Actor, dancer, singer, choreographer and director Nancye Hayes AM began her career in JC Williamson's production of My Fair Lady in 1961. However it was the title role in Sweet Charity in 1967 that established her name. Some of her musical successes include A Little Night Music, Pippin, Irene, Annie, Chicago, Sweeny Todd and Nine. She won a Victorian Green Room Award, the Norman Kessell Memorial Award and the Sydney Theatre Critics' Circle Award for Best Actress for her performance in Guys and Dolls and a MO Award for 42nd Street.

Her other stage credits include Grey Gardens, Turns, Murderers, Metro Street, Broadway Bound, Showboat, Same Time Next Year, The Glass Menagerie, Steel Magnolias, Stepping Out, Follies in Concert, The Music Man, The Snow Queen, Eureka and Oklahoma and the Sydney Theatre Company's revival production of Summer Rain. During 2006/2007 Nancye was on tour with the enormously successful production of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks (Ensemble Theatre/Christine Dunstan Productions) which co-starred Todd McKenney and delighted audiences throughout Australia.

In 2008, Nancye wowed audiences in Opera Australia's My Fair Lady playing the role of Mrs Higgins for which she won the 2009 Helpmann Award for best female actor in a supporting role in a musical.


" Nancye Hayes gives an exhilarating and seemingly inexhaustible performance "

Melbourne Review on SWEET CHARITY


As a director, Nancye's credits include The Boy from Oz (The Production Co.), Crazy for You and The World Goes Round (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts), Australia's Leading Ladies Concert (Brisbane Festival), The Wizard of Oz (GFO/SEL/Macks Entertainment), The 3 Divas (Christine Dunstan Productions), Annie (The Frost Organisation) and Gypsy starring Judi Connelli (part of the Encore Series for The Production Company). Nancye also worked as associate director alongside Judy Davis on Barrymore for Sydney Theatre Company.

Nancye's choreographic credits include My Fair Lady for Victorian State Opera (Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane seasons), Falsettos for Sydney Theatre Company and Guys and Dolls for NIDA.

Nancye has also made numerous television appearances including guest roles in Home & Away, Blue Heelers, The Dismissal, The Last Bastion, The Sullivans, Carson's Law, Rafferty's Rules and GP and hosted the ABC's Once In A Blue Moon featuring songs for Australian musicals. Her life story and career have also been honoured by This is Your Life and Talking Heads. Nancye recently completed filming the role of Jean Sledge in the Hanks/Spielberg production of The Pacific.

Nancye's first cabaret show Nancye with An E, written and directed by Tony Sheldon, has played throughout Australia and is available on CD.


" Nancye Hayes gives us what we were hoping for –
an old-school tribute to a classic "

The Sydney Morning Herald on JERRY'S GIRLS


Nancye is honoured to have received three Lifetime Achievement awards – from the Variety Club in 1997, from the Green Room Awards Association in 2003 and from the Sydney Theatre Awards in 2009.

In 2011 Nancye was honoured to be a recipient of the JC Williamson award that recognises an outstanding contribution to the Australian Live Performance Industry. During 2012, Nancye received her second Helpmann for best supporting actress for her performance as Big Edie in Grey Gardens (The Production Co) and toured nationally in the role of Miss Hannigan in Annie for GFO.

In 2013 Nancye directed and choreographed 'Noel and Gertie' (CDP Productions) which toured N.S.W., Victoria and South Australia and performed dual roles in Stephen Sondheim's 'Sunday in the Park with George' for Victoria State Opera. In 2014 Nancye was awarded an A.M.in the Australia Day Honours for services to the performing arts as an actor,choreographer and director and played the role of Lady Bracknell in 'The Importance of being Earnest'.

In 2016, Nancye returned Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks in Sydney and Wollongong, played the role of Hattie in Follies in Concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre and Mrs Brice in Funny Girl for The Production Company.

2017

  • BRIGADOON - Mrs Forsythe - The Production Company
  • MINNIE & LIRAZ - Minnie - Melbourne Theatre Company

2016

  • FUNNY GIRL - Mrs Brice - The Production Company
  • FOLLIES IN CONCERT - Hattie - Storeyboard Entertainment
  • SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS - Lily - Ensemble Theatre

2015

  • JERRY'S GIRLS - Cast - The Production Company
  • SONDHIEM ON SONDHEIM - Cast - Manilla Street Productions
  • PIRATES OF PENZANCE - Ruth - Harvest Rain Theatre Company

2014

  • THE GREENROOM PROJECT - Queensland Cabaret Festival
  • BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - Mrs Potts -Adam J Lowe
  • BEYOND DESIRE - Martha Hayes Theatre
  • IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST - Lady Bracknell - State Theatre Company of South

2013

  • SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE - Old Lady/Blair Daniels - Victorian Opera

2012

  • ANNIE - Miss Hannigan - The Gordon Frost Organisation.
  • GREY GARDENS - Edith Bouvier Beale - The Production Company

2011

  • TURNS - Joy - CDP Theatre Producers

2010

  • MURDERERS - Lucy Stickler - Ensemble Theatre
  • A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC - Madam Arnfeldt - Opera Australia

2009

  • A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC - Madam Arnfeldt - Opera Australia (Sydney & Melbourne Tour)
  • METRO STREET - Jo McAuley - State Theatre Company of South Australia

2008

  • MY FAIR LADY - Mrs Higgins - Opera Australia
  • AUSTRALIA'S LEADING LADIES - Compare - Collier-Vickers Productions Pty Ltd
  • FOLLIES - Hattie Walker - The Production Company

2007

  • SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS - Lily - Ensemble Theatre (National Tour)

2006

  • SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS - Lily - Ensemble Theatre

2005

  • OKLAHOMA - Aunt Eller- Melbourne Theatre Company
  • SUMMER RAIN - Texas/Miss Maisie Trengrove- Sydney Theatre Company

2004

  • EUREKA - Lady Hotham - Essgee Entertainment
  • NANCYE WITH AN E - Cabaret performance at Riverside Theatre Parramatta

2003

  • THE SNOW QUEEN - Narrator - Windmill Performing Arts

2002

  • THE MUSIC MAN - Mrs Paroo - The Production Company

2000

  • FOLLIES IN CONCERT - Phyllis Rogers Stone - Broadway Baby Repertory Musical Theatre Group
  • BROADWAY BOUND - Phyllis Rogers Stone - Marian Street Theatre

1999

  • SHOWBOAT - Parthy - Livent Productions - Melbourne
  • FUNNY GIRL - Mrs Brice - The Production Compang

1998

  • SHOWBOAT - Parthy - Livent Productions - Sydney
  • FOLLIES - Hattie - Follies Company

1997

  • NANCYE WITH AN E - Gold Coast Arts Centre
  • THE MOURNING AFTER - Belle Doyle - Playbox Theatre (National Tour)
  • DEATH DEFYING ACTS - Dorothy/Carol - Marian Street Theatre

1996

  • THE MOURNING AFTER - Belle Doyle - Playbox Theatre
  • LIVINGSTONE - Moya Rosenthal - Marian St. Theatre

1995

  • CINDERELLA - THE PANTOMIME - Fairy Godmother - International Management Group
  • MORNING MELODIES - Victorian Arts Centre Trust

1994

  • NANCYE WITH AN E - Mietta's Restaurant
  • NANCYE HAYES AT THE SCHOOL OF ARTS CAFÉ - School of Arts Cafe, Canberra
  • BROADWAY LADIES - Western Australia Symphony Orchestra
  • LEGENDS - Singer - Tilbury Hotel. Return Season at Sydney Opera House

1993

  • FOLLIES CONCERT - Melbourne International Festival

1992

  • NANCYE WITH AN E - School of Arts Cafe, Canberra

1992-3

  • 42ND STREET - Dorothy Brock - National and New Zealand Tour

1992

  • BROADWAY LADIES - Melbourne Symphony Orchestra - (Sydney/Melbourne Tour)
  • WIZARD OF OZ - Good Witch/Aunty Em -Victorian Arts Centre & Victoria State Opera
  • NANCYE WITH AN E - Hayden Productions

1991

  • JONAH - Mrs. Yabsley - State Theatre Company of South Australia
  • LOVE LETTERS - ACT Productions at Marian Street
  • TWO GRANDS IN THE HAND - Tilbury Hotel
  • LEGENDS - Tilbury Hotel

1989-90

  • 42ND STREET - Dorothy Brock - Helen Montagu Productions

1988-89

  • SUMMER RAIN - Ruby - Sydney Theatre Company

1988

  • DAMES AT SEA - Mona - Marian Street and Adelaide season
  • STEEL MAGNOLIAS - M'Lynn Eatenton - Seymour Centre

1987

  • SWEENEY TODD - Mrs. Lovett - State Theatre Company of South Australia
  • NINE - Lilian La Fleur - Melbourne, Sydney, & Brisbane seasons

1986

  • NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY - Regent Hotel, Sydney
  • A COUPLA WHITE CHICKS - Maude Mix - Gordon Frost Organization
  • GUYS AND DOLLS - Miss Adelaide - Adelaide Festival Trust

1985

  • STEPPING OUT - Mavis - Morley Davis (Melbourne, Adelaide, Newcastle, Sydney)
  • THE GLASS MENAGERIE - Amanda - Melbourne Theatre Company
  • CONQUESTS OF CARMEN - Sydney Theatre Company

1984

  • CONQUESTS OF CARMEN - Sydney Theatre Company
  • CHICAGO - Roxie - Perth Playhouse

1983

  • CHICAGO - Roxie - Hong Kong Arts Festival, by invitation
  • PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON - Rainbow Productions

1982

  • VARIATIONS - Nimrod Theatre
  • CHICAGO - Roxie - Sydney Theatre Company - Return season

1981

  • CHICAGO - Roxie - Sydney Theatre Company (Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide)

1980

  • SONGS FROM SIDESHOW ALLEY - Paris Theatre
  • GETTING MY ACT TOGETHER AND TAKING IT ON THE ROAD - Heather - Sydney Theatre Company & Adelaide Festival

1979

  • ANNIE - Lily St Regis - JC Williamson Productions

1978

  • ANNIE - Lily St Regis - JC Williamson Productions
  • DUSA FISH STAS AND VI - Melbourne Theatre Company (Tour)

1977

  • GOING HOME - Molly - Nimrod Theatre

1976-77

  • SAME TIME NEXT YEAR - Lead Role - Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth

1975

  • IRENE - Jane - JC Williamson Productions

1974

  • PIPPIN - Fastrade - JC Williamson Productions

1973

  • THREEPENNY OPERA - 21st Festival, at Perth Playhouse
  • THE TWO OF US - Twelfth Night Theatre, Queensland
  • COWARDY CUSTARD - St Martin's Theatre

1972

  • DANTON'S DEATH - Melbourne Theatre Company
  • FORGET ME NOT LANE - Melbourne Theatre Company
  • TONIGHT AT 8:30 - Melbourne Theatre Company
  • STAR SPANGLED GIRL - St Martin's Theatre

1971

  • CABARET - Sally Bowles - Perth Playhouse & Melbourne Theatre Company
  • BORN YESTERDAY - South Australian Theatre Company

1970-71

  • PROMISES PROMISES - Marge McDougall - JC Williamsons

1969

  • DAMES AT SEA - Harry M. Miller Attractions

1968

  • BELLS ARE RINGING - Mel - Menzies Theatre Restaurant
  • LITTLE ME - Bells - Menzies Theatre Restaurant
  • ANNIE GET YOUR GUN - Annie - Menzies Theatre Restaurant

1967

  • SWEET CHARITY - Charity
  • KISS ME KATE - Bianca - Menzies Theatre Restaurant
  • BRIGADOON - Meg - Menzies Theatre Restaurant

1966

  • THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE - Luce - JC Williamsons
  • HELLO DOLLY - JC Williamsons

1963-64

  • HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS - Hedy La Rue - JC Williamsons
  • MY FAIR LADY - JC Williamsons

1961

  • MY FAIR LADY - JC Williamsons

2008

  • PACIFIC - Jeanne Sledge - First Division Productions P/L

2000

  • HOME AND AWAY - Ailsa Stewart - Amalgamated Television Services

1999

  • BLUE HEELERS - Audrey Roper - West St Productions

1992

  • DEATH DUTIES - Mrs. Zweig - Generation Films

1991

  • TOMORROW'S END - Maeve - Film Australia

1991

  • G.P. - Anna Abrahams - Roadshow Coote & Carroll

1988

  • RAFFERTY'S RULES - Roadshow Coote & Carroll
  • AUSTRALIA DAY LIVE CONCERT - Channel 10

1985

  • AFTER NOON - Channel 10

1984

  • THE LAST BASTION - Berndab Pty Ltd

1983

  • COURT HOUSE - Alpha Street Productions

1982

  • CARSON'S LAW - Crawford Productions
  • THE DISMISSAL - Kennedy Miller
  • M.P.S.I.B.L - ABC TV

1980

  • DON DUNSTAN'S AUSTRALIA - ABC TV

1979

  • MENOTTI - ABC TV

1978

  • THE SULLIVANS - Crawford Productions

1975

  • THE SENTIMENTAL BLOKE - A.B.N.
  • FATHER DEAR FATHER

2015

  • AND THE WORLD GOES AROUND
    Wester Australian Academy of Performing Arts

2013

  • NOEL AND GERTIE
    CDP Productions

2010/11

  • THE BOY FROM OZ
    The Production Company

2005

  • CRAZY FOR YOU
    The Production Company

2004

  • AUSTRALIA'S LEADING LADIES
    Brisbane Festival

2001/02

  • THE WIZARD OF OZ
    SEL/GFO/Macks Entertainment

2001

  • THE WORLD GOES ROUND
    Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • ANNIE
    Resident Director - The Frost Organisation Limited
  • QLD CONSERVATORIUM OF MUSIC CQCM
    Musical Director - Concert & Workshops

2000

  • GYPSY
    The Production Company

1999

  • BARRYMORE
    Associate Director - Sydney Theatre Company

1998

  • THE SONGS OF JACK O'HAGAN
    Marian Street Theatre

1997

  • HERE COMES SHOWTIME!
    Marian Street Theatre

1991

  • THE FANTASTICKS!
    Newtown Actors Company

1988

  • DAMES AT SEA
    Marian Street Theatre

1985

  • BYE BYE BIRDIE
    Ross Coleman Studios

1984

  • FOR GENTLEMEN ONLY (THE CLUB)
    Kinselas

1979

  • FOR GENTLEMEN ONLY (THE CLUB)
    Co Director - Hoopla, Melbourne

1997

  • HERE COMES SHOWTIME!
    Marion Street Theatre

1996/7

  • MY FAIR LADY
    International Management Group / Victorian State Opera.

1996

  • MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
    Sydney Theatre Company
  • ALADDIN
    State Theatre

1995

  • GUYS AND DOLLS
    NIDA 3rd Year Students

1994

  • BROADWAY LADIES
    Western Australia Symphony Orchestra
  • FALSETTOS
    Sydney Theatre Company

1993

  • MY FAIR LADY
    Victoria State Opera

1988

  • NOEL AND GERTIE
    Sydney Theatre Company

1988 - 2001

  • A POSTCODE
    Kinselas

1984

  • FOR GENTLEMEN ONLY
    Kinselas

1982

  • FLASH JIM VAUX
    Nimrod Theatre

1980

  • ERROL FLYNN'S GREAT BIG
    King O'Malley Theatre Company
  • ADVENTURE BOOK FOR BOYS
    King O'Malley Theatre Company
  • ON THE WALLABY
    State Theatre Company of South Australia

1979

  • SISTERS
    The Music Box Theatre
  • THE VENETIAN TWINS
    Sydney Theatre Company
  • EARTHWATCH
    ABC TV

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS


2014

Australia Day Honours (AM)

For significant service to the performing arts,
particularly musical theatre, as an actor, choreographer and director


2013

Green Room Award Nomination

For Best Actress in a Supporting Role
SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE


2012

Helpmann Award

Best Female Actor
GREY GARDENS


2011

Helpmann Award

JCW Lifetime Achivement Award


2009

Helpmann Award

Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical
MY FAIR LADY


2008

Sydney Theatre Award

Lifetime Achievement Award


2008

Green Room Award nomination

Best Female Artist in a Featured Role
MY FAIR LADY


2008

Adelaide Theatre Guild "Curtain Call" Award

Best Female Performance
SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS


2003

Green Room Award

Lifetime Achievement Award


1997

Variety Club of Australia

Lifetime Achievement Award


1992

Mo Awards Nomination

Best Supporting Female Musical Theatrical Performer
42ND STREET


1986

Green Room Award

GUYS AND DOLLS


1986

Green Room Award

STEPPING OUT


1986

Gluggs Award

Norman Kessell Memorial Award
GUYS AND DOLLS


1986

Sydney Theatre Critic's Circle Award

Best Actress
GUYS AND DOLLS


1985

Green Room Award

GUYS AND DOLLS


1985

Green Room Award

STEPPING OUT


1981

Order of Australia Medal (OAM)

For significant service to the performing arts,
particularly musical theatre, as an actor, choreographer and director.

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" I like a sailor boy, who is thoughtful and sweet "

Dames At Sea - 1969