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The Last Five Years returns to Southwark Playhouse in October

Hira Desai

By Hira Desai First Published 13 August 2020, Last Updated 13 August 2020

It was announced today that The Last Five Years will be returning to the Large Space at Southwark Playhouse from 1 – 31 October 2020, subject to the government giving the go-ahead for socially distanced indoor performances.

The play was cut short in March due to the pandemic but will be picking up where it left off, with added Perspex and a socially distanced audience.

Written and composed by Jason Robert Brown, the Drama Desk Award-winning musical, The Last Five Yearsis an emotionally powerful and intimate show about two New Yorkers who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. The musical’s unconventional structure unfolds as Cathy tells her story in reverse, from the end of their turbulent relationship, whilst Jamie tells his story chronologically from the spark of their initial meeting. The two characters meet only once, at their wedding in the middle of the show.

This iconical musical will be returning with the actors onstage at all times and playing the piano to add a new narrative dimension to the story, accompanied by a full four-piece band. Full information on casting and social distancing measures around the actors performing in the production will be announced in the coming weeks so keep your eyes peeled!

Please note, the production will only go ahead if the government gives the green light for indoor performances with socially distanced audiences. Please rest assured that if the production is unable to go ahead there will be full refunds. Please head to the Southwark Playhouses’ website here, for more information and to book your tickets!

In addition to the above, the Southwark Playhouse is also running a series of Setting the Stage socially distanced talks by some super talented freelance theatre artists. Starting today and running every Thursday thereafter, all money raised will go directly to support freelancers during this difficult time. Click here to find out more info.


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