• All-star
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“a night of laughs, music and frivolity” SBS

Cabaret finally comes home to Sydney, and you have a chance to be at the opening night, rubbing shoulders with the festival glitterati at this gala event!

Hosted by Festival Director Trevor Ashley, it’s the most glamorous amuse bouche anyone could hope for, with a taste of what’s to come across the festival. The festival features both Broadway legends and Australian cabaret stars, from the likes of Phil Scott and Jonathan Biggins, to New York downtown darling Natalie Joy Johnson. UK’s most famous duo Frisky and Mannish finally return after a ten year hiatus, as does Alison Jiear, described as having a “bring down the house voice” by the New York Times. Sydney favourite Tim Draxl will inspire and Brian Nash will teach you the art of the mashup.

Surprise guest artists, big laughs and sequinned glamour await you… so step up and step out, and join us for this one-night-only opening event.


Performance finished

7PM – Friday, 5th July 2019
2 hours incl. Interval

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Trevor Ashley is one of Australia’s most sought-after and successful performers. He has built a career and following as an actor, writer, director and international queen of cabaret – but not necessarily in that order.

In musical theatre, Trevor starred as Thenardier in Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Miserables across Australia for which he was nominated for his third Helpmann Award. He has also appeared as Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar, Edna Turnblad in Hairspray and created the role of Miss Understanding in Priscilla Queen Of the Desert: The Musical. Last year he appeared as ‘Fanny Brice’ in Funny Girl with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Opera House.

He recently completed a national symphony tour of Diamonds Are For Trevor, a tribute to Shirley Bassey which was also recorded as a special for Foxtel Arts.  Ashley has previously starred in Liza (on and E), Liza’s Back! (is broken), I’m Every Woman and TWINS with Rhonda Burchmore.

His brand new adults-only panto The Bodybag toured to great acclaim throughout 2018, completing the trilogy of Fat Swan and Little Orphan TrAshley.

In 2015, Trevor made his directorial debut with Heathers: the Musical, a cult hit that began life at the Hayes Theatre Co, and transferred to QPAC, Arts Centre Melbourne and the Sydney Opera House. In 2016 he also directed, again for the Hayes, Mack and Mabel. He also conceived and directed Hear Me Roar, starring 6 of Australia’s great female vocalists.


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