Parade revival for Southwark Playhouse

Published June 3, 2011

Jason Robert Brown’s Tony Award-winning musical Parade is to receive a major London revival at the Southwark Playhouse later this summer.

Based on a true story, Brown’s musical follows the trial of Jewish factory manager Leo Frank, who was accused of raping and murdering a 13-year-old employee in 1913 Georgia. While exploring the relationship between Frank and his wife, it examines ideas of class, race relations, prejudice and the American Deep South.

Featuring a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Alfred Uhry, Parade premiered in New York in 1998, when it received nine Tony Award-nominations, winning in the categories of Best Book and Best Score.

It received its London premiere at the Donmar Warehouse just four years ago in a Rob Ashford-directed production that picked up seven Olivier Award nominations.

The Southwark Playhouse production is directed by Thom Southerland, who won the 2011 Offie Award for Best Director for Finborough theatre’s Me And Juliet.

Casting is yet to be confirmed for Parade, which plays at Southwark Playhouse from 10 August to 17 September.

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