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Delia Hannah is one of Australia and New Zealand's leading ladies of musical theatre. She has played the role of Grizabella in multiple Australian productions of Cats.

Cats History[]

Aus/Asia Tour - 1995 - Grizabella

Circus Tent Tour - 12/1999 - 02/2001 - Grizabella

Aus/Asia Tour - 05/2009 - Grizabella

Aus/Asia Tour - 01/2010 - Grizabella

Aus/Asia Tour - 09/2010 - Grizabella

Australia Tour - 03/2016 - 05/2016 - Grizabella



Delia Hannah is one of Australia's finest musical theatre performers with a number of leading roles to her credit. Her career began by running away with a touring production of The Pirates of Penzance so it's no surprise to find her running away again with Cats – this time reprising a role she first played three years ago, the 'glamour cat' – Grizabella. A decade ago a twist of fate turned a two week holiday in Sydney into a two year engagement with the original Australian production of Les Miserables, directed by Trevor Nunn, which for Delia included over 150 performances in the role of Fantine. Other musical theatre roles include Miss Santiago in The Buddy Holly Story, Miranda in Nick Enright and Denis Watkins' zany send-up musical Beach Blanket Tempest, and Florence Vassey in the New Zealand production of Chess working with Tommy Korberg and Murray Head. A big break followed when Delia was chosen to star in a new and award-winning Australian production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's favourite musical – Aspects of Love, directed by the brilliant Gale Edwards and designed by Tony Award winner Roger Kirk. An invitation to open the UK production followed and while she was away, Delia was awarded a "Variety Club Award for Best Actress in a Musical" and nominated for a Mo Award for her performance as Rose Vibert. Later that year, after returning home to Sydney, Delia was once again summoned to London to meet with producers – returning to play Mrs Johnson in Willy Russell’s much-loved musical Blood Brothers, which toured New Zealand, Melbourne and Sydney. For her portrayal of this role, she was awarded the "Sydney Critics Circle Award for Best Performance in a Musical." Since then there have been various engagements – concerts and television appearances on The Midday Show, Tonight Live, Hey Hey It's Saturday, Good Morning Australia and In Melbourne Tonight. Another highlight was touring Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan in The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber as a featured soloist with Anthony Warlow and Sarah Brightman. It’s also worth mentioning a season in Wellington playing Anita in West Side Story. More recently she has toured with the 10th anniversary production of Les Miserables in the role of Fantine. Delia has just released her album, Down Stage Centre.


Delia Hannah is one of Australia and New Zealand's leading ladies of musical theatre. Originally from New Zealand, Delia has been fortunate enough to play some of the theatre's most wonderful leading roles including Miss Santiago in The Buddy Holly Story, Eva Peron in Evita, Florence and then later Svetlana in Chess and Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers, just to name a few.

Delia's portrayal of Rose Vibert in the Australian production of Aspects of Love brought her to prominence as a performer, winning countless awards and finally an invitation to open the UK touring production in Birmingham.

A highlight of her career was performing as lead soloist with Anthony Warlow during the Sydney and Japan seasons of The Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber. More recently Delia has completed touring Australia in Les Miserables playing Fantine. Delia is enjoying recreating the role of Grizabella in CATS which she first performed in Adelaide several years ago.


One of the leading ladies of her generation, Delia’s credits include:

Fantine in Les Miserables (Cameron Mackintosh’s original and 10th anniversary productions), Florence in Chess(Australian and N.Z productions), Roxy Hart in Chicago, The Bakers Wife in Into the Woods (Auckland Theatre Company), Anita in West Side Story, Eva Peron in Evita, Annette in Nick Enright's Beach Blanket Tempest, Miss Santiago in The Buddy Holly Story, Glinda in The Wizard of Oz (GFO) and Mrs Peachum in The Threepenny Opera (Silo).

Delia won the prestigious Sydney Critics Circle Award for her performance as Mrs Johnston in Blood Brothers, and both Mo and Variety Club awards for her performance as Rose Vibert in Aspects of Love, a role she played in Australia and the U.K. At the 2010 Helpmann awards Delia was nominated for Best Actress for her performance as Grizabella in Cats, a role she has performed in three different Australasian touring productions. She has appeared in television and film in Australia and N.Z and has recorded an album called Down Stage Centre with acclaimed pianist, arranger and musical supervisor Michael Tyack.

Delia has also starred in The Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber (RUG), which toured Australia, New Zealand and Asia in 2011, portrayed the Bird Woman in Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins 2012 and played Margaret Frankel/Dorothy Richmond in the premiere of The Great Art War for The Court Theatre. Most recently Delia has appeared as Donna Sheridan in Mama Mia for Auckland Music Theatre/Amici Productions, she featured in the Melbourne production of Sondheim On Sondheim (Manilla Street Productions) and as Margaret Lord in High Society for The Hayes Theatre Company.