First Look At….The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Southwark Playhouse

The production continues to play at the Southwark Playhouse until the 1st July.

(c)Juan Coolio

Production images have now been released for the new musical by Jethro Compton and Darren Clark, which returns to the Southwark Playhouse in a new production directed by Jethro Compton who also designs the stage.

(c)Juan Coolio

Based on the short story F. Scott Fitzgerald, the production’s cast is led by Jamie Parker and Molly Osborne in the roles of Benjamin Button and Elowen Keene. They are joined by Matthew Burns, Jonathan Charles, Oonagh Cox, Anna Fordham, Philippa Hogg, Damien James, Ann Marcuson, Jack Quarton, Benedict Salter, and Tonny Shim.

Discover a sleepy fishing harbour on the north coast of Cornwall, home to a most curious story.
Born in rather unusual circumstances, Benjamin Button is an old man, not at the end of his life, but at the beginning. Locked away from the world and branded a monster, Benjamin dreams of the chance to live a little life. More than anything, he dreams of love. With no hope of finding it, Benjamin resigns himself to a life of solitude, until, one day, a miracle occurs – the local barmaid, Elowen Keene. But as the years come and go, time and tide threaten to tear the two apart. 

(c)Juan Coolio

The creative team includes: choreography and movement by Chi-San Howard, co-music supervision by Mark Aspinall and Darren Clark, costumes and associate stage design by Anna Kelsey, sound by Luke Swaffield, and musical direction by Mark Aspinall.

Talking about bringing the show back to London, Jethro Compton said: “I’m thrilled to be bringing this story back to London. Southwark Playhouse has been a home to me for almost fifteen years, and to have the chance to return with this new production of Button, in their new venue, feels like the perfect homecoming. It’s a show about time, and home, and love – things that I’m sure have new meaning for most of us after these years of uncertainty.”

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