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West End transfer confirmed for ‘The Last Five Years’

Jonathan O’Boyle’s production of The Last Five years will transfer to the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End this September.

Jason Robert Brown’s emotionally powerful musical is about a couple who fall in and out of love over five years. The musical’s unconventional structure unfolds as Cathy, a struggling actor, tells her story in reverse, whilst Jamie, a literary prodigy, tells his story chronologically from the spark of their initial meeting. In the musical, the two characters meet only once, at their wedding, which falls in the middle of the show.

Boyle’s actor-musician production of the award-winning musical has the actors – played by Mollie Lynch and Oli Higginson – on stage at all times and playing the piano to add a new narrative dimension to the story, accompanied by a four-piece band.

The show has had two successful runs at Southwark Playhouse receiving 4-star reviews from The Stage, Time Out, The Independent and f-stars from WhatsOnStage which called it ‘the definitive production’ and you should ‘beg, borrow or steal a ticket!’.

Oli Higginson in The Last Five Years, Southwark Playhouse ©Pamela Raith

The creative team, led by director Jonathan O’Boyle, includes choreographer Sam Spencer-Lane, set and costume designer Lee Newby, lighting designer Jamie Platt and sound designer Adam Fisher. Musical director is Leo Munby.

Producer Katy Lipson said of the production, “I could never have dreamed of having the opportunity to bring this show into London’s West End this year after our off-West End and digital outings last year. It will be our company’s West End musical debut and I am incredibly proud that it is with this production.”

Boyle said “Seeing the production grow, and the brilliant actors go from strength to strength, was a total joy during 2020. The fact that we now get to share it with a wider audience this autumn is tremendously exciting.”

Mollie Lynch in The Last Five Years, Southwark Playhouse ©Pamela Raith

Boyle has just been announced as the new ArtsEd Director of the School of Musical Theatre. His work includes James Graham’s political drama This House, Cruel Intentions, Rain Man, The View Upstairs, Pippin and Aspects of Love.

The Last Five Years will run from 17 September 2021 until 13 October 2021 at the Vaudeville Theatre, London.

The Last Five Years tickets are now available.


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