After critically-acclaimed runs at Southwark Playhouse, the five-star production of The Last Five Years, starring Molly Lynch and Oli Higginson, is to transfer to the West End. Playing a limited season at the Vaudeville Theatre, the show will open 23 September.
The Last Five Years is Jason Robert Brown’s Drama Desk Award-winning musical, with this run marking the first time it will have a significant time in the West End. Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, Lynch and Higginson will reprise their roles as Cathy and Jamie.
The Last Five Years was nominated for eight Offie Awards, winning two for Best Director and Best Musical Production. An emotionally powerful and intimate tale of two lovers whose stories intertwine over the course of five years, Cathy’s story runs in reverse, whilst Jamie’s leaps ahead chronologically.
An actor-muso production, the show features the actors on stage at all times, playing the piano to add a new dimension to the story, as well as being accompanied by a four-piece band.
Molly Lynch’s theatre credits including the ENO production of Sweeney Todd, Grange Park Opera’s Fiddler on the Roof, the UK tour of Sunset Boulevard and most recently The Light in The Piazza at the Royal Festival Hall.
Oli Higginson’s theatre credits include The Haystack at Hampstead Theatre, Maggie & Ted at White Bear Theatre, Napoleon Blown Apart at Arcola Theatre and The Assassination of Marcus Garvey at Theatre 503. Most recently, he has been seen in Netflix hit series Bridgerton.
The Last Five Years includes direction by Jonathan O’Boyle, choreography by Sam Spencer-Lane, set and costume design by Lee Newby, lighting design by Jamie Platt and sound design by Adam Fisher, with musical direction by Leo Munby and casting by Jane Deitch.
It is produced at the Vaudeville Theatre by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment, Edward Prophet and People Entertainment Group, with Dan Looney, Adam Paulden and Jason Haigh-Ellery for DLAP GROUP.
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