Southwark Playhouse announces #SouthwarkStayhouse – a new, free online streaming service

Southwark Stayhouse is a brand new online streaming service where we’ll be sharing shows and exclusive video content until our doors are able to open again on Newington Causeway. All shows are free, so you can watch them whenever you want.

We’re launching with Wasted, a new rock musical we did about the Brontë siblings in 2018 (★★★★ “A fantastically witty, mischievous and camp musical.” The Guardian). It’s directed by Adam Lenson with music by Christopher Ash and book and lyrics by Carl Miller. We’ve also got our riotously fun take on Twelfth Night, set at a music festival (Ilyria, obv) which we did in 2019, directed by Anna Girvan as part of our Shakespeare for Schools programme. And we’ve got one from the vaults (literally). Bound by Jesse Briton (★★★★★ “One of the most accomplished pieces of debut playwriting that I’ve seen in a long time.” Evening Standard) which premiered in our old Vault space at London Bridge and went on to be nominated for an Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright is available to watch too. Alongside these three full-length shows we’ll be releasing more content fortnightly plus any projects that our pals are doing like Philip Ridley’s The Beast Will Rise monologues – from the world premiere of The Beast of Blue Yonder which was due to open at the beginning of April.

Happy watching, stay safe, and we’ll see you soon.

Lots of love,

Southwark Playhouse

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Music by Christopher Ash. Books and lyrics by Carl Miller. Directed by Adam Lenson.
Cast: Siobhan Athwal, Natasha Barnes, Matthew Jacobs Morgan, Molly Lynch.

The world premiere of new British musical Wasted ran in The Large during September/October 2018.

Through the lens of a rock documentary, Wasted gives an access-all-areas account of the struggles, heartbreaks and triumphs of the three Brontë sisters Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and their brother Branwell. Brought up in a remote, poverty-stricken town in Yorkshire, without money or opportunity, they fought ill-health, unrequited love and family feuds to write some of the most celebrated literature including Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.

Never afraid to rebel against expectations, the lives behind the pages expose a struggling, squabbling, ferociously driven, drug-fuelled crash and burn trajectory from obscurity to celebrity and ultimately to their untimely deaths. Coupled with a rock score from Christopher Ash (Showstoppers – Oliver Award winner for Best Entertainment), book and lyrics by Carl Miller (Emil and the Detectives, National Theatre), directed by Adam Lenson (The Rink, Superhero), the Brontës ask – was it all wasted? This is the Brontës as you’ve never seen them before.

★★★★ ‘A fantastically witty, mischievous and camp musical. Wasted manages to be a lot of fun and gives the Brontë legend a mischievous new spin.’ The Guardian
★★★★ ‘Inspired. It’s delightful to see the formal boundaries of the genre given such a joyously energetic workout and heralds rich creative times to come.’ Evening Standard
★★★★ ‘This grittily exhilarating show is essential viewing if you’re interested in the future of the British musical.’ WhatsOnStage

by William Shakespeare. Directed by Anna Girvan.
Cast: Becky Barry, Aruhan Galieva, Sapphire Joy, Caroline Parker, Liv Spencer, Luke Wilson.

Twelfth Night ran in The Little in January 2019 and was part of our annual Shakespeare for Schools initiative, the most ambitious element of our Youth and Community Programme, reaching over 1500 young people every year in Southwark and Lambeth. 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.

Whilst searching for her lost twin brother in Illyria, Viola stumbles upon something entirely unexpected – love. But in Illyria, love’s true course is never going to run smoothly.

No one is quite what they claim to be in this strange place – male/female, lover/fighter, happy/sad, fool/priest – which leads to all sorts of complications.

Shakespeare’s classic comedy of love and identity is given a rollicking makeover with a festival vibe and live music on stage. Grab your wristbands now before they all get snapped up!

Directed by RSC Creative Fellow Anna Girvan (Associate Director, Leopoldstadt and People Places and Things) and designed by Anna Reid (The CardinalDear Brutus) this production is suitable for everyone aged 10 and above.

Written and directed by Jesse Briton.
Cast: Thomas Bennett, James Crocker, Joe Darke, Alan Devally, Daniel Foxsmith, John McKeever.

Bound ran in our old Vault space underneath London Bridge in 2011. It follows the fortunes of six trawlermen from Devon as they embark on one final voyage. Compelled by the threat of bankruptcy, fishing trawler ‘The Violet’ is forced out into treacherous weather. Competing against the overpowering force of nature, the tribulations of life with the opposite sex and each other’s egos, will they lose more than a way of life?

★★★★★ “One of the most accomplished pieces of debut playwriting that I’ve seen in a long time. Briton directs his own work to perfection. A canny film producer could do worse than look into the rights. It’s that good.” Evening Standard

★★★★★ “The wistful, note-perfect singing of old sea shanties… a compelling and moving piece of theatre” WhatsOnStage

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