Almost 70 years after its Broadway debut, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1947 musical Allegro is to receive its European premiere at Southwark Playhouse this summer.

Hailed as a “a work of great beauty and purity” by The New York Times, the original production opened with the highest advance in Broadway history.

Set in 1905 in a small Midwestern town, Allegro chronicles nearly four decades in the life of average Joe, Joseph Taylor Jr. from childhood to marriage altar, and the lessons he learns along the way.

Allegro will be directed by Thom Southerland who returns to Southwark Playhouse following his recent hits Grey Gardens, Grand Hotel and Titanic.

Cast and full creative team to be announced.

Allegro will run for a six-week season from 5 August 2016 until 10 September 2016 at Southwark Playhouse.

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