It has been confirmed that following a run at the Southwark Playhouse and digital stream run, Jonathan O’Boyle’s production will play at the Vaudeville Theatre from the 17th September.
Jason Robert Brown’s musical will be heading to the West End for a strictly limited season from the 17th September to the 13th October it has been announced.
Jonthan O’Boyle’s production was nominated for eight Offie Awards and won two for Best Director and Best Musical Production for its run at the Southwark Playhouse, starring Molly Lynch and Oli Higginson. The West End run will see Lynch and Higginson reprising their roles.
The Last Five Years is an emotionally powerful and intimate story about two New Yorkers who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. The musical’s unconventional structure unfolds as Cathy, a struggling actor, tells her story in reverse, from the end of their turbulent relationship, 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.
Talking about the news of the transfer, Jonathan O’Boyle said: “I’m delighted that our production of The Last Five Years is transferring into the West End later this year to the gorgeous Vaudeville Theatre. 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.”
Brown’s classic musical was first seen in 2001 and ran off-Broadway in 2002. It was turned into a film in 2014 starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan. This will be the first time that the musical has had a significant run in the West End.
The creative team for the production 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. Casting is by Jane Deitch.
Producer Katy Lipson said: “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.”
Tickets for The Last Five Years are on sale now. The production will run at the Vaudeville Theatre from the 17th September until the 13th October. To book tickets click here or visit: Love Theatre.com, Theatre Tickets Direct, London Theatre Direct, From the Box Office .