The Playhouse in the Sydney Opera House will be the stage for the critically acclaimed production of the darkly entertaining, revue-style musical Assassins, which will star actor, singer and showman, David Campbell. It will be on from Thursday 7th June to Sunday, 1st July, 2018.
It is described as "Bold, original, disturbing and alarmingly funny, Assassins is perhaps the most controversial musical ever written."
It is set in a fairground shooting gallery and tells the story of nine misfit Americans who share one dream – to shoot the President of the United States. Meet John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley Jr and more in this darkly comic musical.
You will learn the varied and unusual ways that each of these people have committed (or attempted to commit) the ultimate crime. It is composed by one of America's greatest musical-theatre composers and lyricists, Stephen Sondheim, who also composed the scores for West Side Story, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods. The story is based on the book by John Weidman, and also on an idea by Charles Gilbert, Jr.
In this multiple Tony Award-winning theatrical tour-de-force, Sondheim's own blend of clever words and beautiful music combines with an all-embracing story of "celebrity culture and violence".
It looks into the disillusionment associated with "patriotic idealism", and in doing so contains some absurd humour and a century of musical "pastiche".
Assassins also explores the motivations behind some of history's most notorious criminals.
The hit 2017 Hayes Theatre Co season received widespread critical acclaim and multiple nominations in last year's Sydney Theatre Awards. Continuing their roles from the Hayes Theatre Co season, David Campbell (Helpmann award winner) appears as Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth, alongside Connor Crawford, Hannah Fredericksen, Kate Cole, Bobby Fox, Jason Winston, Rob McDougall, and Justin Smith.
Connor Crawford and Hannah Fredericksen as Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme
Newcomer, Maxwell Simon summarises his role of The Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald after a sensational debut last year.
With all the hype in the US on guns, this is the perfect time for Assassins to be on, and for you to meet the people who made history simply by pulling a trigger.
Pre show dining experience
This will be held at Portside Sydney and here you will be able to indulge in a decadent meal before heading into the theatre for Assassins.
There will be a choice of lamb shank or mushroom ragu pasta, with a glass of wine at Portside Restaurant and Bar, Western Boardwalk, Sydney. This offer is available with the following select premium tickets: F3-4, F7-10, E5-10, and D6-7.
Cost is from $119.90 and includes the Premium ticket, main course and a glass of wine. You can choose from the following menu:
Lamb shank with steamed chat potatoes and gremolata
Truffled mushroom ragu pasta
Chain of Fire Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
Chain of Fire Shiraz Cabernet
You can order additional food or drink on the night and pay for this by cash or card.
Add a drinks voucher or drinks with a cheese platter to your purchase and redeem it at any of the foyer bars inside the Opera House – perfect for a pre-show or interval refreshment.
Backstage Tour Combo 4X3
You can also book yourself in for an intimate early morning behind-the-scenes experience! See the rehearsal and performances spaces that are usually the exclusive domain of the artists and performers.