Alice Fearn to star in new musical Then, Now & Next

West End star Alice Fearn will headline the world premiere of new musical Then, Now & Next.

Running from 23 June 2023 at Southwark Playhouse, the new musical is written by Christopher J Orton (My Land’s Shore) and Jon Robyns (currently playing the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera) in a first-time collaboration for the pair.

The musical centres on Alex Shaw, played by Fearn, and follows her touring over two decades and multiple lovers. Billed as an uplifting story that questions how relationships can change over time and explores what it takes to truly heal. Alice Fearn’s major West End credits include Come From Away and Wicked.

Then, Now & Next will be directed by Julie Atherton (Ordinary Days).

Christopher J Orton and Jon Robyns said today “We started work on early drafts of this show together almost ten years ago, and eagerly revisited it in April 2020. It got us both through lockdown with no expectation of the show turning into what it is today. We came out the other side with a piece that speaks to how we all feel now about moving forward and what it means to belong.

We are strong advocates of new, original British musicals, and are delighted to have our debut show produced at Southwark Playhouse; a proven breeding ground for new innovative writing. Alice Fearn has beautifully embodied the character of Alex Shaw through several workshops, and we’re extremely excited for audiences to see her bring this brand-new musical to the stage for the first time.”

Julie Atherton adds “I’m beyond excited and feeling very lucky to be working with such an innovative and passionate creative team on this beautiful moving story written by my old friends and colleagues, Jon & Chris. I just can’t wait to get in that rehearsal room.”

Then, Now & Next will run from 23 June until 29 July 2023 at Southwark Playhouse, London.

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