Johnnie Fiori joins the UK Première of Jen Silverman’s Collective Rage at Southwark Playhouse

Johnnie Fiori
Johnnie Fiori

Johnnie Fiori

Antic Face today announced that Johnnie Fiori will play Betty 4 alongside Sara Stewart (Betty 1), Lucy McCormick (Betty 2), Beatriz Romilly (Betty 3) and Genesis Lynea (Betty 5) in the UK première of Jen Silverman’s Collective Rage. Nina Wadia has had to regretfully withdraw from the production due to scheduling conflicts. The production opens in the Large at Southwark Playhouse on 29 January, with previews from 24 January and runs until 17 February.



Betty is rich; Betty is lonely; Betty’s busy working on her truck; Betty wants to talk about love, but Betty needs to hit something. Meanwhile, Betty decides to stage a production of that play-within-a-play from…what’s it called again? Summer’s Midnight Dream?

 In Collective Rage the lives of five very different New York women named Betty collide at the intersection of anger, sex and “theat-ah”. As they meet, fall in love, rehearse, revel and rage, they realise that they’ve been stuck reading the same scripts for far too long. Strongly influenced by cabaret and female drag, this outrageous comedy exquisitely rejects shame and stereotype. It will punch you in the gut, break your heart and then take you dancing.

 Jen Silverman’s theatre work includes The Moors (Yale Repertory Theatre, Susan Blackburn Smith Award Finalist), The Roommate (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville), Phoebe in Winter (Clubbed Thumb), The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane (InterAct Theatre – Barrymore Award),Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties (Woolly Mammoth and The Theater @ Boston Court), and All the Road Home (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park).

Johnnie Fiori plays Betty 4. Her theatre credits include originating the role of Motormouth Mabel in Hairspray at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Also at the Shaftesbury Theatre credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie and 125th Street. Other theatre credits include The Sunshine Boys (Savoy Theatre), Vernon God Little (Young Vic) and The Exonerated (Riverside Studios). For television, her work includes Episodes and Lost in London; and for film, Powder Room. In addition to acting, Fiori has also had an extensive singing career.

Antic Face and Nik Holttum Productions presents

The UK première of


By Jen Silverman

Directed by Charlie Parham; Designer: Anna Reid; Lighting Designer: Zoe Spurr

Sound Designer: Hollie Buhagiar; Choreographer: Nichola Treherne

24 January – 17 February 2018

Press night: 29 January 7:30pm

Southwark Playhouse, Large



Southwark Playhouse

77-85 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BD

24 January – 17 February 2018

Press night: 29 January 7:30pm


Box office: 020 7407 0234



Twitter: @anticface @CollectiveRage



Performance times:

Monday – Saturday – 7:30pm

Tuesday and Saturday – 3:00pm


Ticket prices: £12 previews, £20 standard, £16 concession

Olivier Award Nominee, Tyrone Huntley confirmed for Philip Ridley show at Southwark Playhouse

Tyrone Huntley
Tyrone Huntley

Tyrone Huntley

Chronicles Of Narnia Star, Georgie Henley, Olivier award nominee Tyrone Huntley will star in the world premiere of Philip Ridley’s new monologues, Angry, next February at Southwark Playhouse.

Henley and Huntley will perform the series of five gender-neutral monologues on subjects as diverse as refugees, millennial anger, and interstellar travel. All five monologues will be performed by each actor over the course of the run, but which actor performs each individual monologue will alternate night-to-night.

A spaceship hurtles towards a black hole. A book-loving couple flee a burning city. A bloodshot eye conjures up kisses and wild animals.  Angry is a menacing, magical, and darkly comedic collection of stories that vibrate with the lingering unease of our times.

Philip Ridley developed Angry over a four-year period in a close partnership with director Max Lindsay.
“Phil and I started exploring things that made us, well angry, and the play sort of grew out of that.” says Lindsay, “We were drawn to this idea of what it means to be a man and to be a woman in the modern world, and where the differences are. Having the same words said by both a man and a woman over the course of the run will give the audiences the chance to see the how the same events can have a very different impact.

“What’s incredible is how relevant Angry feels today. Phil wrote it before President Trump, Weinstein and #MeToo but it feels like it could have been a direct response to current events. He’s always a dozen steps ahead of the rest of us, it’s part of his genius.”

Georgie Henley shot to worldwide fame aged eight when she was cast as the lead, Lucy Pevensie, in the Oscar-winning Chronicles of Narnia series. She took time out of acting to study English at Cambridge before returning to star opposite Ella Purnell in indie film Access All Areas.

Tyrone Huntley most recently reprised his critically acclaimed role as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar at Regents Park Open Air Theatre for which he received an Olivier Award nomination and was featured by ES Magazine as one of 10 of London’s hottest new talents to watch in 2016. He also won the Evening Standard Award for Emerging Talent at last year’s Awards.

The show is being produced by Tramp, whose Offie-nominated production of Tennessee Williams’ Confessional broke Southwark Playhouse’s box office record last year for their studio space, The Little.
Jack Silver, Artistic Director of Tramp, said:

“It’s amazing to be back at Southwark Playhouse with such an incredible piece of writing. When I first read it I was just blown away, but it wasn’t until we started auditions that I realised quite how incredible Phil’s writing is. Seeing so many actors give their take on the monologues was mesmerising. It gives the actors a blank canvas and yet there’s a magnetic rhythm to the words.”

Full Casting Announced on Glenn Waldron’s The Here and This and Now at Southwark Playhouse

Simon Stokes directs Simon Darven as Niall, Becci Gemmell as Helen, Tala Gouveia as Gemma and Andy Rush as Robby in Glenn Waldron’s dark and enigmatic comedy The Here and This and Now at Southwark Playhouse.  The play takes an intriguing and intelligent look at the medical industry and asks in these politically uncertain times, how high is the price of progress?

An office away-day. A newly recruited sales team for a pharmaceutical company learns the ropes.  But does their work really make a difference? What exactly is the drug they are selling? Change is swiftly coming and they asking all the wrong questions…

Science and civilisation collide in Glenn Waldron’s darkly funny play. Fiendishly original, The Here and This and Now interrogates office workplace culture and the cataclysmic consequences of antibiotic resistance.

A former journalist and editor of i-D magazine, Waldron’s first play Forever House was also commissioned by Theatre Royal Plymouth and premiered at the Drum in 2013. Waldron’s Natives opened to great acclaim at Southwark Playhouse last year.

 Simon Darwen’s theatre credit’s include Our Country’s Good (Out of Joint/Toronto/Tour), Flare Path (Tour), Lizzie Siddal (Arcola), Catch 22(Northern Stage/Birmingham Rep/National Tour), Virgin (Watford Palace), King Lear (Theatre Royal Bath), Mad About The Boy (Young Vic), Love, Love, Love(Paines Plough/Drum Theatre /National Tour), Unrestless (Old Vic Tunnels), Accolade (Original Revival Cast) (Finborough Theatre),Ramshackle Heart (Public Theatre New York) Arse, Shove (Theatre 503), The Merchant of VeniceThe Tragedy of a Thomas HobbesThe Taming of the ShrewA Midsummer Night’s Dream(RSC), 1 in 5 (Hampstead Theatre), Fanny & Faggot (Trafalgar Studios). His television credits include Call the MidwifeSilent WitnessThe Bletchley Circle and The Bill.

Andy Rush’s theatre credits include Love Lies and Taxidermy (Paines Plough/Clwyd Theatre Cymru/Sherman Cymru), Growth (Paines Plough), Tipping The Velvet (Lyric Hammersmith), Twelfth Night (The Lamb Players), Jumpers For Goalposts (Paines Plough), and The Kitchen Sink (Bush Theatre). His television credits include Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This, CasualtyWaterloo Road, and Wizards Vs Aliens; for film, ID2: Shadwell Army and Here and Now

Becci Gemmell’s theatre credits include Noises Off (Nottingham and Tour), Forever House (Plymouth Drum), Walking The Tightrope (Offstage Theatre), Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare’s Globe), Much Ado About Nothing (Manchester Royal Exchange), Taming of The Shrew (International Tour and Shakespeare’s Globe). Her television credits include CasualtyDoctorsCall the MidwifeCode of a Killer and Land Girls (Series 1-3); for film, Red Lights.

Tala Gouveia’s theatre credits include The Mountaintop (New Vic Theatre), Husbands & Sons (National Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Orange Tree), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeares’s Globe) and White Tuesday (Arcola Theatre).  Television credits include Plebs (ITV), The Tracey Ullmann Show (BBC), Love Sick(Channel 4).  Film credits include Before We Grow OldThe Revenger: An Unromantic ComedyScream Street, Thunderbirds Are Go

Directed by Theatre Royal Plymouth’s Artistic Director Simon Stokes, who is recognised as one of the country’s leading pioneers of new writing and experiment in British Theatre.  He was an Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre in the 70’s and 80’s and since then has directed in the West End, elsewhere in the UK, in Europe and in America.  Since he has been Artistic Director, Theatre Royal Plymouth has won, or been nominated for, over 30 major awards for producing new plays. A maverick director of ground-breaking, bold innovative new work, Stokes has consistently surprised audiences with his many ambitious collaborations.

As well as a wide commissioning programme for local and national writers, the Drum has long-standing co-production relationships with companies ranging from Frantic Assembly and Paines Plough to Told by an Idiot and Belgian radicals, Ontroerend Goed.



Southwark Playhouse

77-85 Newington Causeway
London SE1 6BD


The Here and This and Now and The War Has Not Yet Started will be performed in rep at the venue.  Please see the website for the performance schedule.

Nearest Tube: Borough / Elephant and Castle

Box Office



By Telephone:  020 7407 0234


Ticket Prices

Previews £12

£20, £16 (concs)


Students, Under 16’s, Unwaged, Registered disabled, Over 65’s

Registered disabled patrons can bring one companion free of charge.



 Pippin musical transfers to Southwark Playhouse



Vaudeville, magic, comedy, romance – life is an adventure and Pippin has it all.

Jonathan O’Boyle’s acclaimed production of the multi-Tony Award-winning musical Pippin by Grammy and Academy Award recipient Stephen Schwartz (composer of the global smash hit Wicked) will transfer to Southwark Playhouse’s Large space in spring 2018.

A soul-searching exploration of one man’s journey to find himself, his place and purpose in life, Pippin is a musical about an ordinary man on an extraordinary journey. Featuring a stunning score including classics Magic to Do and Corner of the Sky, Pippin was originally directed by the great Bob Fosse and recently completed a hugely successful Broadway revival. This new production spreads a darkness over the innocent tale of the exciting life and adventures of young Prince Pippin, told by a mysterious troupe of Victorian Vaudeville players who promise the audience ‘a finale you will remember for the rest of your lives…’

Stephen Schwartz says: “I am so pleased that such a successful and well-received production of Pippin has finally happened in the UK, and I’m incredibly excited to be sharing it with a London audience.” 

Pippin will be the third production from Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre to transfer to London’s Off-West End in under a year. The team’s production of Hair has just opened at The Vaults.

The Press on director Jonathan O’Boyle:
★★★★★ ‘An excellent production from Jonathan O’Boyle…beautifully calibrated.’ Miriam Gillinson, Time Out on Sense of an Ending

★★★★ ‘Jonathan O’Boyle’s production left me walking on air.’ Mark Shenton, The Stage on Hair

★★★★ ‘Incandescent with feeling…O’Boyle’s production is so intense, so contained.’ Sam Marlowe, The Times on Made in Britain

Aria Entertainment, Hope Mill Theatre and Guy James Theatrical present

by Roger O. Hirson. Composed by Stephen Schwartz. Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle.
Musical direction by Zach Flis. Designed by Maeve Black.
Choreographed by William Whelton. Lighting design by Aaron J Dootson.

Press performance: Wednesday, 28 February at 7.30pm
Run: Friday 23 February – Saturday 24 March 2018

Listings Information


Southwark Playhouse

77-85 Newington Causeway
London SE1 6BD


Nearest Tube: Borough / Elephant and Castle



Friday 23 February – Saturday 24 March 2018

Monday to Saturdays at 7.30pm
Tuesday and Saturday matinees at 3pm (no matinee on 24 February)
See website for full schedule

Box Office


Show website:

By Telephone

020 7407 0234


Ticket Prices

Preview 23, 24, 26, 27 February – all tickets £14
From 28 February: £25, £20 (conc.)


Students, Under 16’s, Unwaged, Registered disabled, Over 65’s

Registered disabled patrons can bring one companion free of charge.

Keep up to date on Twitter

@swkplay @PippinLDN




Casting announced for Kiki’s Delivery Service at Southwark Playhouse

Kiki's Delivery Service
Kiki's Delivery Service

Kiki’s Delivery Service

Kiki is back! Following a critically acclaimed, sold-out festive run at Southwark Playhouse, Kiki’s Delivery Service returns to The Large for a limited summer season.

Kiki is a 13 year old witch and, as tradition dictates, it is time for her to leave home and family to make a new life for herself. Equipped with her ability to fly and accompanied by Jiji, her faithful feline companion, she sets out to find a place where she can use her powers for the greater good and that one day she might call home.

A magical tale of growing up and finding acceptance, Kiki’s Delivery Service is a story for everyone aged 7 and up.

Kiki’s Delivery Service is adapted from the bestselling and award-winning book by Japanese author Eiko Kadono. The book has previously been adapted in to a live action film and most notably an award winning animation by Studio Ghibli. This world premiere of the stage adaptation played at Southwark Playhouse for five weeks over Christmas 2016 where it was the best-selling play in the theatre’s history.


Based on the book by Eiko Kadono.
Adapted for the stage by Jessica Siân. Directed by Kate Hewitt. Design by Simon Bejer.
Lighting design by Elliot Griggs. Sound design by Max Pappenheim. Video design by Andrzej Goulding.
Cast: Matthew Durkan. Thomas Gilbey. Jennifer Leong. Kanako Nakano. Charleen Qwaye. Stevie Raine

Press performance: Tuesday 15 August 2017 at 3pm and 7.30pm
Run: Thursday 10 August 2017 – Sunday 3 September 2017

★★★★ ‘Kiki’s adventure definitely delivers.’ Time Out

★★★★ ‘I loved every minute of it.’ Whatsonstage

★★★★ ‘Miaow!’ The Times

Stella Gonet to star in the first London revival in 10 years of John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt, A Parable”

Stella Gonet Photo Paul Nicholas Dyke

Stella Gonet Photo Paul Nicholas Dyke

Stella Gonet Photo Paul Nicholas Dyke

Stella Gonet is to star in Doubt, A Parable by John Patrick Shanley one of the most acclaimed plays in recent memory.
Playing Sister Aloysius Beauvier, a conservative head nun and school principal who questions a priest’s ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student, Stella said: “I was so excited to read this play. It is an amazing, page turning, perfectly paced thriller, with brilliantly written roles. The chance to pull out the complex strands of Sister Aloysius and examine them, that certainty of hers, the shaking of that certainty, it’s the sort of challenge you hope to get at least once in your career.”

Stella is a hugely experienced stage and screen actress with many starring roles at the National Theatre (Skylight, Racing Demon and Ophelia in Hamlet opposite Daniel Day-Lewis), the RSC and West End (most recently she played Mrs Thatcher in the Olivier Award-winning Handbagged), who became a household name for her lead role in the BBC1 fashion drama The House of Elliott, that ran three years and was watched by 12million people.

Doubt, A Parable, directed by Ché Walker, is to get it’s first London revival in 10 years at Southwark Playhouse from Wednesday 6 September to Saturday 30 September.

Press night is Friday 8 September at 7.30pm.

Winning 4 Tony Awards including Best Play, named Best Play by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Best New Play (Drama Desk Awards) and Outstanding Play (Lucille Lortel Awards). Doubt, A Parable won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The subsequent Hollywood film starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis, received 4 Oscar and 3 BAFTA nominations.

Doubt, A Parable is produced by Making Productions & Graffiti Productions in association with MBL Productions and ProdUse Theatre.


“What do you do when you’re not sure?” asks Father Flynn, the progressive and beloved priest at the St. Nicholas Church School in the Bronx, in his sermon. It’s 1964, and things are changing, to the chagrin of rigid principal Sister Aloysius. However, when an unconscionable accusation is levelled against the Father, Sister Aloysius realises that the only way to get justice is to create it herself. And as for the truth of the matter? As Father Flynn says, “Doubt can be a bond as powerful and sustaining as certainty.” In stunning prose, John Patrick Shanley delves into the murky shadows of moral certainty, his characters always balancing on the thin line between truth and consequences.

Doubt, A Parable is an exquisite, potent drama that raises questions and answer none, leaving the audience to grapple with the discomfort of their uncertainties.


Stella Gonet (Sister Aloysius Beauvier)
Trained at Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Theatre includes: Ladi Hasi in In The Depths of Dead Love (The Print Room), Nancy in Human Animals and Hilary in Hope (Royal Court Theatre), T in Handbagged (West End and Tricycle Theatre), Blanche in Before the Party (Almeida Theatre), Women, Power and Politics (Tricycle Theatre), Charlotte in A Further Education and Lemarchand in Hilda (Hampstead Theatre), Mary in Memory of Water (Vaudeville), Charlotte in For Services Rendered and Isabella Bird/Joyce/Mrs Kidd in Top Girls
(Chichester Festival Theatre), Kyra in Skylight (National Theatre & West End), Isabella in Measure for Measure, Greta in After Easter,
Hippolita/Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Angelique/Louise in Divine Gossip, Iraena in Three Sisters, Castiza in The Revenger’s Tragedy, Bellamira in The Jew of Malta, Liz in Fashion, Birdie in Heresies and Irena in The Archbishop’s Ceiling (RSC), Frances in Racing Demon, Arte I’neal in The Shaughraun, Alice in The Voysey Inheritance, Ophelia in Hamlet, Phil in True Dare Kiss and Command or Promise (National Theatre), Roxane in Cyrano de Bergerac (Haymarket Theatre), Platinum Sue in Trafford Tanzi (Mermaid Theatre) and Bernardette in Slab Boy Trilogy (Traverse Theatre & Royal Court). TV includes: Man Down, The Crown, Humans, Siblings, Father Brown, Hacks, Lewis, Mo Mowlem, Holby City, Rebus, Roman Mysteries, Persuasion, Dalziel and Pascoe, Mysterious Murders, Murder in Suburbia, Taggart, Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Foyle’s War, Midsomer Murders, The Secret, Verdict, Supply & Demand, The Crow Road, Trip Trap (RTS Best Actress Award), The House of Eliott, The Common Pursuit, Heading Home, Down Where the Buffalo Go, and The Shutter Falls. Film includes: How I Live Now, Dirty Bomb, Nicholas Nickleby, Stalin and For Queen and Country.

Clare Latham (Sister James)
Clare trained at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York (New York University – Tisch School of the Arts) and Drama Centre.
London theatre includes: Danny And The Deep Blue Sea (Southwark Playhouse – Off West End Award Nomination Best Female), the world premiere of Don’t Smoke In Bed and UK premiere of Blue Surge (Finborough Theatre), the UK premiere of Tennessee Williams’ Green Eyes – The Hotel Plays (Defibrillator at The Grange Hotel), Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, The Talented Mr Ripley, Joan Of Arc, Mörder, Strindberg’s Apartment (The Faction Theatre Co.), The Ones (Arts Theatre), Intelligence (Arcola Theatre), Bradley/Chelsea/Nameless (Theatre503), Crave, A Doll’s House Revisited, and At The Broken Places (Savio(u)r Theatre Company), The Skin Of Our Teeth and The Typists (LOST Theatre).
Film and TV includes: Suspicion (Discovery),The Films I Hate and Pan Fried. New York theatre includes: Richard III (Orb Theatre), and directing and producing Been So Long by Ché Walker. Clare is a core ensemble member of The Faction Theatre Company.

Jo Martin (Mrs Muller )
Theatre credits include: Trade (The Young Vic) The Rolling Stone (Orange Tree), The Westbridge (Royal Court), Everything Must Go (Soho Theatre), Family Man, Ready or Not, Funny Black Women on the Edge and Eldarado (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Frontline
(Shakespeare’s Globe), Noughts and Crosses, Don Carlos and Oronooko (RSC), Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (Dende Collective/ Lyric  Hammersmith), and Coyote on a Fence (Royal Exchange, Manchester/Duchess Theatre). TV credits include:  Johnathan Creek, Our Ex Wife, Still Open all Hours, Together, EastEnders, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks, Casualty, Top Boy, Wizards vs. Aliens, Holby City, The Culshaw and Stephenson Show, Katy Brand Big Arse Show and The Crouches. Film credits include: NW, A Hundred Streets, Dragonfly, Chalet Girls, 4 3 2 1, Batman Begins and Jolly Boys Last Stand.

Jonathan Chambers (Father Brendan Flynn)
Jonathan trained at the Arts Educational Schools and The Royal Academy of Music. Theatre Includes: Chigger Foot Boys (Tara Arts), Jeremy Corbyn, The Motorcycle Diaries (Waterloo East), Going Up (Dublin LGBT Theatre Festival), Make and Model (Bush Theatre), Macbeth (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Lightning Child (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Atheist (St James Theatre Studio & The Lion and Unicorn Theatre), Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Southwark Playhouse), The Ballad of Benny Junior (Riverside Studios), The Legend of Bella Rosa (Tristan Bates Theatre), Living Under One Roof (Nottingham Concert Hall), Incendiary (Oval House). Film Includes: Throw of a Dice (CVS Films).

John Patrick Shanley  (Playwright)
John Patrick Shanley is from The Bronx. His plays include Prodigal Son, Outside Mullingar (Tony nomination), Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Savage in Limbo, Italian-American Reconciliation, Welcome to the Moon, Four Dogs and a Bone, Dirty Story, Defiance, and Beggars in the House of Plenty. His theatrical work is performed extensively across the United States and around the world. For his play, Doubt, he received both the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In the arena of screenwriting, he has nine films to his credit, most recently Doubt, with Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, and Viola Davis; Doubt, directed by Mr. Shanley, was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay. Other films include Five Corners (Special Jury Prize, Barcelona Film Festival), Alive, Joe Versus the Volcano (which he also directed), and Live From Baghdad for HBO (Emmy nomination). For his script of Moonstruck he received both the Writers Guild of America Award and an Academy Award for best original screenplay. In 2009, The Writers Guild of America awarded
Mr. Shanley the Lifetime Achievement In Writing.

Ché Walker  (Director)
Ché Walker (Director) studied acting at the Webber Douglas Academy in London (1989-1992) graduating with Distinction and at WAC (1998), and has worked with Edward Bond, Dennis Potter, Philip Ridley, Mark Ravenhill and Ricky Gervais, among others. His first play, Been So Long, premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 1998 and was runner-up for both the Meyer-Whitworth and the John Whitting Award before being translated and performed in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, New Zealand and Australia. His play, Flesh Wound, premiered at the Royal Court in 2003 and won the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright. Ché won the Peter Brook Award (Mark Marvin Rent Subsidy Award) for his plays Crazy Love and Burnt Up Love. Ché’s musical version of Been So Long was a nominee for The Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2009. He was Associate Artist, BushTheatre 2012-2014.  Directing includes: His Greatness, Fog, Blue Surge, Etta Jenks (Finborough Theatre),  Danny And The Deep Blue Sea (Southwark Playhouse), Little Baby Jesus, Estate Walls, Oval House. Lovesong (ETT Tours), Been So Long The Musical (Young Vic/ English Touring Theatre),  Glory Of Living (Battersea Arts Centre). Films include: Been So Long (Shimmer Productions/ UK Film Council), Blaz Gettin Paid (Norma Heyman Films) Love Is Blindness, (Julia Ormond producing for Indicam Production). Writing includes The Lightning Child, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. The 8th in collaboration with Paul Heaton, Manchester International Festival, Barbican Centre, UK Tour 2012. Lovesong, Pleasance Dome, Crucible Sheffield, Manchester Royal Exchange, Albany Empire (nominated for Best Book, Music Matters 2010) Been So Long The Musical, Young Vic June (Winner Music Matters Judge’s Award, nominated Evening Standard Best Musical, Best New Musical 2009) The Frontline, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Crazy Love, Paines Plough/Oran Mor. Flesh Wound, Royal Court Theatre (Winner of the 2003 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright, Winner Arts Council Promising Young Writer Award 2003) Been So Long, Royal Court Theatre, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, New Zealand, New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Minnesota. Car Thieves (Translation) National Theatre Studio/ Birmingham.

Making Productions  (Producer)
Making Productions produced the critically acclaimed Shutters (Park Theatre) followed by the hugely successful Strindberg play The Father (Trafalgar Studios, co produced with Jagged Fence), Disaster! (Charing Cross Theatre), Bug (Found111, Associate Producer), and West End Bares  (Novello Theatre). Current work also includes the 35th anniversary production of Coming Clean, Kevin Elyot’s first play and Outlaws to In-laws, written by 7 writers to mark the 50th anniversary of the Wolfenden Report, both at the King’s Head Theatre.

Graffiti Productions (Producer)
Graffiti Productions produced the critically acclaimed Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, also by JPS and directed by Che Walker at Southwark Playhouse in 2011.  In 2012 and 2013, Graffiti produced The Atheist, by Ronan Noone, directed by Hugh Ross at the Old Red Lion and the St James Studio.

MBL Productions  (Associate Producer)
Mary J. Davis and MBL Productions, Inc. New York productions: Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812; Disaster! by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick (on and off Broadway, concert in London); Pressing Matters by Jennifer Jasper; Jackob Hoffman’s PERSISTENT MEMORY; COAL (confessions of a liar) by David Brian Colbert; James Wesley’s UNBROKEN CIRCLE; Susan Charlotte’s WHEN TRUTH IS NOT ENOUGH (also in Philadelphia); SHE’S OF A CERTAIN AGE (directed by Antony Marsellis); New York premiere of Tennessee William’s THE PRETTY TRAP; THE SHOEMAKER (starring Danny Aiello). Co-producer: James Wesley’s ART & SCIENCE (Uptown Theater, Dallas). Upcoming Productions: M. BUTTERFLY with Clive Owens on Broadway Fall 2017.

ProdUse Theatre (Associate Producer)
“Inspiring the world to change itself.” ProdUse was born out of the desire of two artists to be creative enablers, to become an ideas network for imaginative people who dare to think differently; telling the untold stories, igniting our innate humanity. ProdUse intends to challenge current systems and look towards a more sustainable, empathic, efficient way of creating inclusive, nourishing dynamic networks for change and playful experience. While theatre is community, it is also communion. It is our policy to have a social-political element to each piece and an appropriate reciprocal engagement with our environment. We dU it differently.


by John Patrick Shanley
Wednesday 6 September to Saturday 30 September.
Press night 
Friday 8 September at 7.30pm

77-85 Newington Causeway

Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm
Matinees Tuesday & Saturday at 3.00pm
Running Time 85 mins without interval

£20  £16 concessions
£12 preview performances

Concession prices are available Mon-Thu
and for all matinee performances.

Stephen Schwartz Meets the Company of WORKING at Southwark Playhouse

Stephen Schwartz (front centre) with the company of Working, Southwark Playhouse, 26.6.17
Stephen Schwartz (front centre) with the company of Working, Southwark Playhouse, 26.6.17

Stephen Schwartz (front centre) with the company of Working, Southwark Playhouse, 26.6.17

Completing the cast of the European Premiere of WORKING at Southwark Playhouse are six young performers all making their professional debuts. Patrick Coulter (Bird College of Dance), Nicola Espallardo (Guildford School of Acting), Izuka Hoyle, Luke Latchman, Huon Mackley (all Arts Educational Schools, London) and Kerri Norville (Bird College of Dance) will join the previously announced Gillian Bevan, Dean Chisnall, Krysten Cummings, Siubhan Harrison, Peter Polycarpou and Liam Tamne.

WORKING opens on 7 June 2017, with previews from 2 June, for a strictly limited season ending 8 July 2017, and is directed by Luke Sheppard.

The musical’s creative team has auditioned over 130 drama school students and aspiring young performers, discovering some of the most exciting upcoming musical theatre talent. With the support of Arts Council England and Unity Theatre Trust, the production will also host workshops for young people in Southwark and Lambeth interested in entering the theatre profession.

Luke Sheppard said of the new company members, “I’m thrilled we are able to welcome these graduates to our company. They are integral to the vision of our production. I hope that this opportunity reflects a fundamental theme of the piece: a new generation asking questions of those who have trod the career path that lies ahead, holding a mirror up to the changing landscape of employment.”

Producer Ramin Sabi said, “We are so grateful to Arts Council England for supporting our endeavour to provide professional opportunities to young people who face so many challenges when entering the world of work. Their grant has helped us to include these actors on the same equal footing as the whole cast and creative team, in accordance with our company’s commitment to Equity’s Professionally Made Professionally Paid campaign.”

WORKING is the extraordinary genre-defining musical from Grammy and Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell) based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with the American workforce: Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do. The show has been adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso, the creators of Godspell and Rags, with additional contributions by Gordon Greenberg.

This highly original and universal portrait of the American workday is told from the perspective of those that the world so often overlooks – the schoolteacher, the housewife, the fireman and the waitress, amongst many – whose daily grind and aspirations reflect the truths of the people that make up a nation.  WORKING employs a range of musical styles and genres from contributing composers, including five-time Grammy Award-winner James Taylor and Pulitzer Prize-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, In The Heights), as well as Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers & Susan Birkenhead.

WORKING first opened on Broadway in 1978, under the direction of Stephen Schwartz, with a cast including Patti LuPone, Bob Gunton, Joe Mantegna, David Patrick Kelly and Rex Everhart. The show has since undergone several revisions, with additional songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda being introduced in 2009. WORKING was last performed off-Broadway in December 2012, under the direction of Gordon Greenberg (Holiday Inn, Guys and Dolls, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris).

WORKING will have Choreography by Fabian Aloise, Set Design by Jean Chan, Costume Design by Gabriella Slade, Lighting Design by Nic Farman and Sound Design by Tom Marshall, with Musical Supervision by Alex Parker, Musical Direction by Isaac McCullough and Casting by Will Burton CDG.

The new production at Southwark Playhouse is performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited.

WORKING is produced by Jack Maple, Ramin Sabi, Christopher Ketner, & D.E.M. Productions.


2 June – 8 July

Southwark Playhouse

77-85 Newington Causeway

London SE1 6BD

Performance Times:

Monday – Friday 7.30pm

Saturday 3.00pm & 7.30pm

N.B Tuesday 4 July – Additional matinee at 3pm

Tickets: £25 and £20 concessions (from £14 during previews)

Box Office:  020 7407 0234

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Twitter: @WorkingMusical

First Look: Production Images for the European Premiere of Stephen Schwartz’s WORKING

Rehearsal Photos for the European Premiere of Stephen Schwartz’s WORKING