Qween Lear Cast Announcement
Qween Lear Cast Announcement

Sydney Festival    |    10 Dec, 2021

Extravagant Sydney Festival production Qween Lear adds PAULINI to all-star cast, Michael Cormick to take lead role.


Extravagant Sydney Festival production Qween Lear adds PAULINI to all-star cast, Michael Cormick to take lead role.

In news that will delight musical theatre lovers, Qween Lear, the fierce and fabulous adaptation of King Lear premiering at the Sydney Festival, has added to its ensemble, with chart-topping vocalist PAULINI set to join the production.

Qween Lear takes place over one wild night in ancient Sydney - before the Olympics – in a world ruled by drag qweens and fuelled by love. Long-reigning gay club monarch Qween Lear is abdicating the spotlight, whilst her drag daughters Regan, Goneril and Cordelia claw for her coveted 4am slot. Who will nab the ultimate night crown?

Hilarious, extravagant and extremely naughty, Qween Lear is Shakespearean theatre of decadent drag show proportions.

Heralded as one of the finest vocalists and performers to come out of Australia, PAULINI takes on the role of Qween Lear’s trusted friend and consigliere, Kent. The Fijian born songstress rose to fame through television screens on the very first season of Australian Idol. One of only ten female artists to have a #1 debut album on the ARIA charts, PAULINI’s musical theatre credits include her critically acclaimed leading turn as Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard, as well as lead in Saturday Night Fever and the 50th anniversary production of the musical Hair. Most recently PAULINI returned to television in 2019 in the hit show The Masked Singer and in 2021 on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Australia.

“We are so excited about PAULINI joining our amazing cast. She’s an Aussie icon, with a singular voice,” said Qween Lear co-creators Lucas Jervies and Hugh O’Connor, “Stepping into the role of Kent, we can’t wait for her to stun audiences as the diva voice behind the drag Qween Lear.”

The casting changes announced today also see internationally renowned Australian musical theatre legend Michael Cormick take the leading role, and step into the sequinned heels of Qween Lear.

With a career spanning Australia, the UK and the USA, Cormick’s incredible resume includes starring roles in the Australian productions of Beauty and the Beast, for which he won an Australian MO Award, Cats, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Grease, Sunset Boulevard and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Internationally he’s taken leading roles in some of the world’s most prominent productions including The Phantom of the Opera, Calamity Jane, Romeo & Juliet, Chess, Evita, End of the Rainbow and Lloyd Webber’s The Woman in White.

Originally cast in the role of Gloucester, Cormick takes over in the role of Qween Lear from Minnie Cooper, who will depart the production due to a scheduling conflict.

Featuring pulsating dance score by Laura Murphy and dazzling set and lighting design by Hugh O’Connor and Trudy Dalgeish, Qween Lear is packed to the hair pins with Australia’s best and boldest performers including Seann Miley Moore (X Factor UK, The Voice AU), Etcetera Etcetera (RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under) and Morgan Palmer (We Will Rock You, The Book of Mormon). 

Qween Lear premieres as part of the Sydney Festival 7 - 16 January at the Hordern Pavilion Sydney Festival 2022 6 – 30 January BOOK NOW



The Old Guard/Generation

Qween Lear
Michael Cormick (He/Him)


To Be Announced

Dresser / Fool
Jay Wymarra (He/Him)

New Generation

Seann Miley Moore (He/She/They)

Patrick Dibben (He/They)

Etcetera Etcetera (She/Her)

Darlene Illyana (She/Her)

Monique Salle (She/Her)

Heath Keating (He/Him)

Morgan Palmer (He/Him)

Creative and Production Team

Created by Lucas Jervies and Hugh O’Connor
Music and Lyrics by Laura Murphy
Adapted by Nick Coyle

Director & Choreographer
Lucas Jervies (He/Him)

Hugh O’Connor (He/Him)

Musical Director & Arrangements
Laura Murphy (She/Her)

Lighting Design
Trudy Dalgleish

Wig and Hair Design
Drew-Elizabeth Johnstone (She/Her)

Associate Director
Imara Savage (She/Her)

Sound Design / Associate Musical Director
Andrew Worboys

Music Producers
Peewee Ferris
Beth Yenn
Davide Carbone
Andrew Worboys

Intimacy Director / Coordinator
Chloe Dallimore

Design Assistant
Emma White (She/Her)

Adam J. Lowe (He/Him)

Head of Production
Pam Kekos (She/Her)

Production Coordinator
Joel Mallett (He/Him)

Stage Manager
Frej Baskeyfield (He/Him)

Assistant Stage Manager
Maddie Hodges (She/Her)

Costume Supervisor
Alana Canceri

Wigs Supervisor
To be announced

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