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Samantha Barks and Jonathan Bailey in The Last Five Years (Photo: Scott Rylander)

Samantha Barks and Jonathan Bailey in The Last Five Years (Photo: Scott Rylander)

The Last Five Years at the St James Theatre

Published November 3, 2016

We had an incredible time at The Last Five Years press night, and were lucky enough to catch up with Samantha Barks, Jonathan Bailey and Jason Robert Brown after the show to find out how it went. Watch our interview below!



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The Last Five Years is an emotionally powerful and intimate musical telling the story of Jamie and Cathy, two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. As aspiring author Jamie gets the book deal of his dreams, actress Cathy struggles to get work and make sense of the way her career has turned out. Can a couple once united by their dreams stay connected as their paths begin to divide? Known for its unique structure, The Last Five Years sees their stories told in opposite directions; Jamie moving forwards and Cathy backwards through their relationship, meeting only briefly for a moment in time as their stories cross.

Jason Robert Brown is a three-time Tony Award-winning composer-lyricist, best known for his dazzling scores to several of the most renowned musicals of his generation. The Last Five Years received its London Premiere at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2006.

Samantha Barks plays Cathy. Samantha is best known for playing Eponine in Les Miserables, a role she played in the West End, the 25th Anniversary Concerts at the O2, and in the 2012 film adaptation alongside Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Eddie Redmayne. Samantha came to prominence as a finalist on BBC’s I’d Do Anything, and later played Nancy in Cameron Mackintosh’s touring production of Oliver!.

Jonathan Bailey plays Jamie. Jonathan is best known for television roles including reporter Olly Stevens in ITV’s Broadchurch and Leonardo Da Vinci in BBC’s Leonardo, with other recent credits including W1A (BBC), Doctor Who (BBC), Crashing (Channel 4), Campus (Channel 4) and the upcoming Hooten and the Lady (Sky).

The show runs at the St James Theatre until 3 December, so book your tickets today!

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