The announcement of the production follows the live-stream of the musical from Southwark Playhouse in 2020.

The Grey Area has today announced casting for the upcoming UK premiere of new British musical Before After by Stuart Matthew Price and Timothy Knapman, following a live stream from Southwark Playhouse three years ago.

Playing at the the Southwark Playhouse from the 7th February until the 2nd March, the production will star Grace Mouat (Six) and Jacob Fowler (Heathers).

Grace Mouat’s others theatre credits include: & Juliet (Shaftesbury Theatre), Be More Chill (Shaftesbury Theatre), Legally Blonde (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), The Great British Bake Off Musical (Nöel Coward Theatre), and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Hope Mill Theatre).

Jacob Fowler ‘s previous stage credits include Dreamboats & Petticoats (UK tour), Vanara (Hackney Empire) and In Pieces (Turbine Theatre). He also supported Little Mix on their 2022 arena tour after winning the BBC One show Little Mix: The Search.

Ami meets Ben by a tree on a beautiful hillside. She recognises him instantly: they were once very much in love. But Ben doesn’t remember her at all. What went so terribly wrong in the past, and is there a chance that, in the present, these two lovers might just find their happy ever after, after all?

The musical originally received a UK workshop in the studio space at The Other Palace (previously known as the St. James Theatre), and has had successful productions in Japan and on tour around the Netherlands. 

Artistic Director of The Grey Area, Georgie Rankcom, said: “Before After has a strong cult following across the globe – our rehearsed reading streamed during lockdown reached 44 countries, causing #BeforeAfterUK to trend on Twitter, and led to calls for a fully staged version to follow. A long running Japanese translation and a successful tour of the Netherlands have given the writers an opportunity to hone the piece over the last few years. We established The Grey Area to support the growth of new musicals, so I can’t wait to bring this show home to the UK in our new production.”

The creative team behind the production also includes: Musical Director: Ben McQuigg ; Movement Director: Tinovimbanashe Sibanda; Set and Costume Designer: Yimei Zhao; Lighting Designer: Alex Musgrave  Casting Director: Peter Noden, Production Stage Manager: Waverley Moran , Artwork: Jed Berry (He/Him) and  Photography: Danny Kaan.

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