Full casting has been announced for the upcoming London revival of THE LAST FIVE YEARS, opening at Southwark Playhouse in February.
Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, THE LAST FIVE YEARS is a Drama Desk-winning musical by Jason Robert Brown (THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, PARADE) that tells the story of a five-year relationship between Jamie, an aspiring novelist, and Cathy, a struggling actress. The musical presents Jamie’s story in chronological order (starting just after the couple first meet), whilst Cathy’s version is simultaneously presented in reverse chronology (beginning at the end of the relationship).
The new London revival stars Molly Lynch as Cathy opposite Oli Higginson as Jamie. Lynch’s previous credits include understudying and playing Clara THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA at Southbank Centre and in the US, SUNSET BOULEVARD at Leicester Curve and on tour, and WASTED at Southwark Playhouse. Higginson is currently rehearsing THE HAYSTACK at Hampstead Theatre and previously appeared in NAPOLEON BLOWN APART at Arcola Theatre and JULIUS CAESAR during the Sam Wanamaker Festival at Shakespeare’s Globe.
THE LAST FIVE YEARS premiered in Chicago in 2001 before moving Off-Broadway the following year. The original London production opened at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2006, starring Lara Pulver and Damian Humbley. In recent years, the musical has been revived Off-Broadway in 2013 (starring Adam Kantor and Betsy Wolfe), in London in 2016 (starring Samantha Barks and Jonathan Bailey), and was adapted into a feature film in 2015 starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.
O’Boyle’s production will notably be the first actor-musician version of the musical, with Lynch and Higginson accompanying each other on the piano alongside a four-piece band.
THE LAST FIVE YEARS features direction by O’Boyle, choreography by Sam Spencer-Lane, set and costume design by Lee Newby, lighting design by Jamie Platt, sound design by Adam Fisher, and musical direction and orchestrations are by George Dyer.
THE LAST FIVE YEARS opens at Southwark Playhouse on 28th February and tuns to 28th March 2020. Tickets are on sale now.