The musical will begin performances at the Southwark Playhouse from the 13th May.

Gartland Productions has announced that the musical LIFT will be returning to London this May, having previously ran a limited season at Soho Theatre in 2013 and starring Cynthia Erivo, Julie Atherton and George Maguire. 

LIFT is set in a London underground lift, in one man’s imagination, on its way to the surface during one minute. In the 54 seconds of the lift’s passage, we are taken on a much longer journey that reveals the people behind the masks they wear, the secrets they dare not speak, and the unrealised connections between them.

Directed by Dean Johnson, the musical features musical direction and new arrangements by Sam Young  (White Christmas, The Man in the Ceiling), music and lyrics by Craig Adams and book by Ian Watson – casting has yet to be announced.

The creative team behind the production also includes: Annie Southall  (The Jungle Book, The Boyfriend) as choreographer, production design by Andrew Exeter He/Him (High Fidelity, Hair in Concert, Jon + Jen), Associate Designer by Natalia Alvarez and casting by Pearson Casting.

Talking about the news, Dean Johnson said: “LIFT has been one of those shows that has grown in popularity since the concept album and original production 10 years ago, while the performers involved in that process came to define a generation of British talent. A story about individuals lost in the vast ecosystem of London, in many ways it was ahead of its time and reflects the city today just as effectively as it did a decade ago. We are really excited to revisit the piece and unlock that potential in a fully realised revival with a modern retelling and a cast that represents the next generation of diverse talent in the UK.

LIFT will play at the Southwark Playhouse from the 13th May until the 18th June.