Jason Robert Brown’s musical The Last Five Years is to transfer to the Vaudeville Theatre for a limited four week season from 23 September.
Molly Lynch and Oli Higginson are to reprise their critically acclaimed roles in Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years when it transfers to the Vaudeville Theatre London for four weeks from 23 September 2021.
The Last Five Years had its critically acclaimed run shortened at Southwark Playhouse by pandemic related theatre closures across the capital before a successful run streaming worldwide. Jonathan O’Boyle’s production will see the musical receive its first substantial West End run.
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, whilst Jamie, a literary prodigy, tells his story chronologically from the spark of their initial meeting. In the musical, the two characters meet only once, at their wedding, which falls in the middle of the show.
O’Boyle’s production is actor-musician driven with the two lead characters on stage throughout. They are accompanied by a four-piece band. The production at Southwark Playhouse was nominated for eight Offie Awards and won two for Best Director and Best Musical Production. Oli Higginson was nominated for a Stage Debut Award for his performance as Jamie.
The creative team, led by director Jonathan O’Boyle, includes choreographer Sam Spencer-Lane, set and costume designer Lee Newby, lighting designer Jamie Platt and sound designer Adam Fisher. Musical director is Leo Munby. Casting is by Jane Deitch.
The Last Five Years will play at the Vaudeville Theatre from 23 September until 13 October 2021.