Sydney Opera House presents, in association with Peter Rix, VELVET REWIRED

★★★★★ “If you’ve seen Velvet before, you’ll want to see it again. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s about time you did”.


“a non-stop mega-mix of hits and spectacles”

Adelaide Advertiser

A glittering spectacle of circus, cabaret and a love-letter to disco, Velvet Rewired will be presented in the Opera House Studio from 7 October – 14 November, 2021. The fabulous Marcia Hines (Jesus Christ Superstar, HAIR) reprises her role from the hit-show Velvet as the “Diva”.

Premiering at the 2020 Adelaide Fringe festival to glowing reviews, Velvet Rewired continues the story of a young man on his path to self-discovery as he returns to the club seeking redemption. Led by the fearlessly fabulous Marcia Hines, Craig Reid (La Clique, La Soirée) returns as the Incredible Hula Boy and Joe Accaria (Once, Dream Lover) as the DJ and mix-master.

To the hedonistic tunes of perpetual anthems like “Ain’t No Body” (Chaka Khan and Rufus), “It’s Raining Men” (The Weather Girls) and “Born to Be Alive” (Patrick Hernandez), Velvet Rewired pays homage to disco greats and New York’s Studio 54, the infamous club synonymous with a celebration of cultural acceptance, glitter and disco.

Sydney Opera House Head of Contemporary Performance, Ebony Bott, says: “I am thrilled to invite audiences in for a celebration of the glitz and glamour of the disco era. The queen of disco herself, Marcia Hines, along with an incredibly talented cast, deliver a performance of circus, burlesque and cabaret that will give audiences a dose of feel-good disco fever.”

Directed by Craig Ilott (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Love Song), Velvet Rewired is a seamless integration of acrobatics, aerialists and vocalists who deliver a performance drenched in high energy and dizzying nostalgia. Ilott directed the original Velvet that premiered at the Opera House in 2015. Velvet has left behind glitter and good vibes after more than 1200 performances in some of the world’s biggest fringe festivals including Adelaide and Edinburgh, in cruise ships in the Caribbean, and theatres in Germany, France and Italy.

Event details  

WHAT:  Velvet Rewired
WHEN:  7 October – 14 November, 2021
WHERE: Studio, Sydney Opera House
PRICES: From $39.90 + booking fee
PRE SALE:9am Wednesday 5 May 2021
GP ON-SALE: 9am Friday 7 May 2021

Contemporary Performance at the Sydney Opera House

Contemporary Performance presents the best in contemporary dance, music theatre, cabaret, circus, magic, comedy and popular culture from Australia and the world. The program showcases blockbuster entertainment and champions innovative new productions by some of today’s best storytellers who provoke, energise and transfix audiences with reinventions of the classics. Program highlights include the recent sell-out RENT, cult hit SIX by Lucy Moss and Toby Marlow, Lin Manuel-Miranda’s In The Heights, cabaret legends Michael Feinstein, Megan Hilty, John Cameron Mitchell and Megan Mullally, Assassins starring David Campbell, Thrones! The Musical Parody, and the 50th anniversary production of HAIR in 2019. James Galea’s Best Trick Ever, Circa’s Peepshow, The Choir of Man have recently featured in the Contemporary Performance program. Coming up in June is American Psycho – The Musical.

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