The Last Five Years

Southwark Playhouse, London – 28th February – 16th March 2020
Southwark Playhouse, London – 1st to 4th November 2020
Online Worldwide Streaming – 26th – 29th November 2020 & 29th January – 14th February 2021

Garrick Theatre, London – 17th September – 17th October 2021

 

 

After a critically acclaimed run at Southwark Playhouse last year and a highly successful worldwide stream with stream.theatre, Jason Robert Brown’s Drama Desk Award-winning musical, The Last Five Years, will play a limited season at the Garrick Theatre, previewing from 17 September, with an opening night on 23 September and running until 17 October 2021.  Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, Molly Lynch and Oli Higginson will reprise their roles as Cathy and Jamie.

 

The production at Southwark Playhouse was nominated for eight Offie Awards and won two for Best Director and Best Musical Production.  Oli Higginson was nominated for a Stage Debut Award for his performance as Jamie.

 

The Last Five Years is an emotionally powerful and intimate story 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, a struggling actor, tells her story in reverse, from the end of their turbulent relationship, whilst Jamie, a literary prodigy, tells his story chronologically from the spark of their initial meeting. In the musical, the two characters meet only once, at their wedding, which falls in the middle of the show.

 

Jonathan O’Boyle’s new actor-musician production has the actors on stage at all times and playing the piano to add a new narrative dimension to the story, accompanied by a four-piece band.

CAST
Cathy – Molly Lynch
Jamie – Oli Higginson


CREATIVE TEAM

Director – Jonathan O’Boyle
Musical Director – Leo Munby
Choreographer – Sam Spencer-Lane
Set & Costume Designer – Lee Newby
Lighting Designer – Jamie Platt
Sound Designer – Adam Fisher
Casting Director – Jane Deitch
Production Manager – James Anderton
Marketing – Maidwell Marketing
PR – Amanda Malpass PR
General Manager – Chris Matanlé for Aria Entertainment
Co-Producer – People Entertainment Group
Co-Producer – Edward Prophet
Co-Producer – Eilene Davidson
Producer – DLAP Group
Producer – Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment

 

Writted and Composed by Jason Robert Brown
Originally Produced for the New York stage by Arielle Tepper and Marty Bell
Originally Produced by Northlight Theatre, Chicago, USA

★★★★★
“You won’t have seen a better production of The Last Five Years…
It is the definitive production. Beg, borrow or steal a ticket.”
WhatsOnStage

 

★★★★★
“Jason Robert Brown’s song cycle revitalised.”
The Stage

 

★★★★
“A terrific production. This magnificently bittersweet musical meets London’s most striking safety measures.”
Time Out

 

★★★★
“A glorious sparkling revival, remounted for the Covid age.”
The Independent

 

★★★★★
“It’s a blast, a rollercoaster of jazz and blues and ballad and rock and vaudeville and at one point klezmer;
the most joyously exuberant, emotionally rackety return imaginable for the valiant London fringe. I loved it.”
TheatreCat

 

★★★★
“Musically, dramatically and conceptually superior to any revival I’ve seen.”
Broadway World