Southwark Playhouse 2019 season – shows announced

  • Transfer of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Aspects of Love from the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester, directed by Jonathan O’Boyle
  • Twelfth Night, the annual Shakespeare for Schools production, directed by Anna Girvan
  • The first London revival since 1979 of Bodies by James Saunders, directed by Tricia Thorns
  • The world premiere of All in a Row, a new play about autism, by Alex Oates
  • New one-man musical Stay Awake, Jake in its first full-length run
  • The first London revival of The Rubenstein Kiss by James Phillips, directed by Joe Harmston
  • Revival of American play Other People’s Money by Jerry Sterner, directed by Katharine Farmer
  • World premiere of new musical The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, written and directed by Jethro Compton with music and lyrics by Darren Clark

Aria Entertainment and Hope Mill Theatre present

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Lyrics by Don Black and Charles Hart. Based on the novel by David Garnett.
Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle. Musical direction by Richard Bates. Choreography by Sam Spencer-Lane. Design by Jason Denvir. Lighting Design by Aaron J Dootson. Sound Design by James Nicholson. Casting by Jane Deitch.
7 January 2019 – 9 February 2019
Press night: Friday, 11 January 2019 at 7.30pm (The Large)
Following an acclaimed season at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester this summer, Aspects of Love, transfers to Southwark Playhouse at the beginning of 2019. It premiered at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 1989, has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Don Black and Charles Hart and is based on the novel by David Garnett. The musical is set in France in 1947 and features the iconic songs Love Changes Everything, Seeing Is Believing and First Man You Remember. While English student Alex Dillingham is travelling through France before his call up, he falls in love with the alluring actress Rose Vibert. Rose joins Alex at his uncle’s villa. As the pair embark on a passionate affair, the unexpected arrival of Uncle George changes their lives forever. From the cobbled streets of Paris to the mountains of the Pyrenees, Aspects of Love is a heart-breaking love story spanning twenty years.

Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle (Hair and Pippin) this new, intimately reimagined production will star most of those who appeared in the production at the Hope Mill Theatre, including Kelly Price as Rose Vibert, Felix Mosse as Alex Dillingham, Jerome Pradon as George Dillingham, Minal Patel as Marcel Richard and Eleanor Walsh as Jenny Dillingham. Also in the cast will be Julia J Nagle, Jason Kajdi and Jack Churms. Further casting is to be announced.

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Southwark Playhouse presents
By William Shakespeare. Directed by Anna Girvan. Designed by Anna Reid.

17 January 2019 – 9 February 2019
Press night: Friday, 18 January 2019 at 8pm (The Little)
‘If music be the food of love, play on. Give me excess of it!’

Orsino loves Olivia. Olivia loves Viola. Viola loves Orsino. Malvolio loves himself and Sir Toby loves a drink.

Whilst searching for her lost brother at a music festival in Illyria, Viola stumbles upon love instead.

In the melting pot of the festival, anyone can be who they want to be – but in reality, no one is really sure who is who, or what secrets they might be hiding

When it all comes out, there’s going to be one hell of a hangover.
Casting is to be announced.

This production is part of our Shakespeare For Schools programme. Our annual Shakespeare for Schools production is the most ambitious element of our Youth and Community Programme, reaching over 1500 young people every year in Southwark and Lambeth at special matinee performances.

The project aims to enable more young people to engage with Shakespeare and have the opportunity to see live theatre that is exciting, innovative and contemporary, when they might not otherwise have the chance to do so. For more information:

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Two’s Company and Karl Sydow in association with Master Media present
By James Saunders. Directed by Tricia Thorns.

13 February 2019 – 9 March 2019
Press night: Friday, 15 February 2019 at 8pm (The Little)
Two’s Company return to Southwark Playhouse with the first production in 40 years of James Saunders’ mesmerising comedy.

Why do people fall in love? Or get married? Why do things fall apart? And what happens next? Bodies is a startling portrait of sexual and marital relations in the 1960’s and 70’s and delves into these questions with bitter humour. One of a string of successes written by James Saunders, this marks its first staging since 1979.

Previous Two’s Company productions include A Day by the Sea, What The Women Did, The Cutting of the Cloth and The Fifth Column.

‘Bodies is a play which, when we have laughed at its wit, been held in the grip of its drama and revelled in the colours and layers of its language, still raises echo after echo in our minds and hearts.’ Bernard Levin, Sunday Times

Casting is to be announced.

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