Peter Polycarpou in WORKING at Southwark Playhouse

Working at Southwark Playhouse – review round-up

A reviews round-up for Working at Southwark Playhouse.

Slick and inspiring, Working celebrates the endeavours of the ordinary American people.

Originally opening on Broadway in 1978, this “genre-defining musical” by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso is based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with the American workforce.

It’s a portrait of the American workday from the perspective of the schoolteacher, the housewife, the fireman and the waitress whose aspirations reflect the truths of the people that make up a nation.

Working is directed by Luke Sheppard and stars Gillian Bevan and Peter Polycarpou.

A great production that is full of energy.

Read our round-up of reviews below

Working runs from 2 June 2017until 8 July 2017 at Southwark Playhouse, London.

Average rating score for this production


“This musical revue – which originally flopped on Broadway – features exquisite performances and songs by Hamilton’s creator but still feels quaintly nostalgic.”

“What the show does beautifully is celebrate the endeavours of ordinary people.”

“It is a nice idea to create a backing chorus of recent drama-school graduates, but the choreography created for them is so strenuous that I felt as if I’d done a day’s work simply watching it.”

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

“This much-revised revue-style musical from 1977 feels bitty and dated in places, but it’s a slick, committed and superbly sung production.”

Sam Marlowe, The Times

“evocative and inspiring”

“Staged on a evocatively grimy industrial-looking set that has to serve multiple locations, Isaac McCullough presides over a punchy six piece band on a visible upper platform.”

Mark Shenton, The Stage

"Director Luke Sheppard has assembled an impressive ensemble of new and established talent."

“Southwark Playhouse has built a reputation for high quality imports of unsung American musicals, and 'Working' is no exception.”

Theo Bosanquet, TimeOut

“This denim-clad 1970s elegy to the dignity of labour still feels relevant.”

“Working has a good claim to be noticed. For the cast, it is clearly a labour of love.”

Miranda Green, Financial Times

Date: 8 June 2017
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