The Last Five Years’ West End transfer adds more dates

Last Updated on 28 June 2021 by Showcall Editorial Team

The revival of Jason Robert Brown’s musical, The Last Five Years, has extended its West End run

The Last Five Years
Oli Higginson and Molly Lynch in The Last Five Years at Southwark Playhouse. Photo: Pamela Raith

The West End transfer of the acclaimed revival of Jason Robert Brown’s musical, The Last Five Years, has added more dates.

With previews starting on 17 September 2021, it will now run until 17 October instead of 13 October.

The production began life at Southwark Playhouse last year and was also broadcast internationally via

Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, it sees Molly Lynch and Oli Higginson reprise their roles as Cathy and Jamie. They are accompanied by a four-piece band as well as playing the piano themselves.

The production was nominated for eight Offie Awards and won two for best director and best musical production. Higginson was nominated for a Stage Debut Award for his performance.

The Last Five Years is an emotionally powerful and intimate story about two New Yorkers who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. The musical’s unconventional structure unfolds as Cathy, a struggling actor, tells her story in reverse, from the end of their turbulent relationship, while Jamie, a literary prodigy, tells his story chronologically from the spark of their initial meeting.

The creative team also includes choreographer Sam Spencer-Lane, set and costume designer Lee Newby, lighting designer Jamie Platt and sound designer Adam Fisher. The musical director is Leo Munby and casting is by Jane Deitch.

The original show was first seen in 2001 and ran Off-Broadway in 2002. It was turned into a film in 2014 starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.


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