Created by – Richard Higgins, Matt Kelly & Declan Greene

Director – Declan Greene

Designer – Renee Mulder

Lighting Design – Verity Hampson

Composer & Sound Designer – Jed Palmer

Cast includes – Richard Higgins, Matt Kelly 

Originally commissioned & first produced at Wharf 1 Theatre by Sydney Theatre Company

Hilarious family fun

A badaptation of the bard!

A very cheeky, very clever, utterly irreverent riff on Hamlet – made especially for children. The Listies, maestros of children’s entertainment, have pulled apart Shakespeare’s classic and glued it back together with hilarious costumes, loads of silliness and plenty of interactivity.

Hamlet is already full of things kids love in a good story: ghosts, castles, sword fights, bodily fluids and spooky stuff. Add to the mix some supersonic gags and expertly timed stage magic and you have a brilliantly disguised Shakespearean tragedy for everyone aged five and over.

And that’s not all… expect bonus pillow fights, pirates, ninjas, ninja pirates, aliens, ninja pirate aliens, zombies and a bunch of other hilarious stuff as The Listies take kids and their adults on a fun-filled hour of theatre. The only thing we can be sure of is that everyone dies at the end – including the audience!

Touring in 2021

Tour dates to be announced soon!


Children, Family, Comedy


Recommended for ages 5+


60 minutes

Minimum Stage


Previous Seasons

Sydney Theatre Company, Wharf 1 Theatre (2016)

Sydney Theatre Company, Seymour Centre (2018)

Multi-venue NSW Tour (2018)

What people are saying

“If you want your kids to have fun at the theatre and fall for all its magic, get them to a Listies show as soon as possible… Nobody else makes Shakespeare this fun.” ★★★★ Daily Review

“this is Hamlet with everything you could have wanted and more, and it’s the perfect way to introduce a young person to the magic and chaos of theatre, as well as to the work of Shakespeare.” ★★★★ Arts Hub

“One of the funniest introductions to Shakespeare imaginable.” ★★★★ Sunday Telegraph

“In short, it’s hilarious.” Sydney Morning Herald

“Funny, entertaining and full of energy and imagination.” Stage Whispers

Key Audience

The Listies have become renowned for their ability to engage young people and families in their work. This will appeal to families with children aged 5+ who are looking for ways to introduce theatre, and theatrical experiences, into their child’s entertainment sphere.

Adult fans of Shakespeare with children will delight in seeing their child’s first experience of the bard, even at it’s silliest.

Awards for The Listies

2016     Nominated Best Children’s Show Sydney Critics Award

2016     Won The HarperCollins Best Designed Children’s Fiction Book

2015     Nominated Best Ensemble Green Room Awards

2013     Won Best Production for Children, Sydney Theatre Awards

2010     Nominated Best Show, “The Barry” Melbourne Comedy Festival

2010     Nominated Best Emerging Comedians Adelaide Fringe

2009     Won Golden Gibbo Award, Melbourne International Comedy Festival

2008     Won Melbourne Fringe Best Emerging Producers

Community Engagement

The Listies have a strong social media presence & are happy to work with venues to create extra shareable content made for your community.

Existing 3500+ Australia-wide mailing list.

Matt & Rich are always available for interviews, Q and A’s, VIP events.

Previously venues have used dress up boxes, themed events and pyjama parties to embrace the fun and play that a kid’s show can bring.

Included are digital assets for venues to run a colouring-in competition as well as promotional copies of their published books for giveaways (Ickypedia, Ickyfoodia). The Listies will also make their three CD’s available for sale along with their books in the foyer post-show.