Southwark Playhouse announces 2019 season

Southwark Playhouse has announced a new season of plays and musicals for 2019 including a transfer of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of Love, a revival of James Saunders’ comedy Bodies and a new musical based on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

The Hope Mill Theatre’s production of Aspects of Love will run from 7 January 2019 through to 9 February 2019 in the Large. Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, the musical follows an English student Alex Dillingham travelling through France, and features the songs “Love Changes Everything” and “Seeing is Believing”.

Alex Oates and Dominic Shaw (Silk Road) will collaborate on All in a Row, a new play about raising a child with autism. The play has design by PJ McEvoy, puppets by Sian Kidd and lighting by Rachel Sampley; it will run in the Large from 14 February 2019 until 9th March 2019.

James Phillips’ play The Rubenstein Kiss will be revived in London for the first time since 2005, running in the Large for 4 weeks from 14 March 2019. Directed by Joe Harmston, the play is the story of  the Rubensteins, a deeply devoted Jewish couple whose Communist idealism leads to their world being torn apart by suspicion and treachery. Inspired by the haunting true story of Americans Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, who were executed in 1953 for allegedly providing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union, the piece is a study of conspiracy, betrayal, and guilt.

In the Little, Anna Girvan will direct a production of Twelfth Night set at a music festival from 17 January; James Saunders’ comedy Bodies gets its first production in 40 years from 13 February; Tom Gilvin’s one-man musical about a man driving through the night from London to Carlisle, Stay Awake, Jake, runs from 13 March; and Jerry Sterner’s play about a family business under threat from a corporate competitor, Other People’s Money, runs from 17 April.

Opening in May and based on F Scott Fitzgerald’s short story, Jethro Compton and Darren Clark’s musical adaptation of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button will run in the Little. The story follows a man who is born an old man, and has previously been adapted for film in 2008 starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett.

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