Southwark Playhouse has announced its new 2019 season, running from January to June, one of the final programmes in its current home before it moves into two custom-built facilities for its long-term future.
The new season comprises three headline musical productions, including a world premiere adaptation, one world premiere play, three major play revivals and a young people’s Shakespeare. Production highlights are:
- The transfer of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Aspects of Love from the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester, directed by Jonathan O’Boyle. This follows this year’s Hope Mill transfer of O’Boyle’s revival of Pippin to Southwark. Running 7 January to 9 February in The Large.
- Twelfth Night, the annual Shakespeare for Schools production, directed by Anna Girvan. Running 17 January to 9 February in The Little.
- The first London revival since 1979 of Bodies by James Saunders, directed by Tricia Thorns. Running 13 February to 9 March in The Little.
- The world premiere of All in a Row, a new play about autism, written by Alex Oates and directed by Dominic Shaw. Running 14 February to 9 March in The Large.
- New one-man musical Stay Awake, Jake in its first full-length run after 2016 success at The Vaults. It has music, lyrics and book by Tim Gilvin. Running 13 March to 6 April 2019 in The Little.
- The first London revival of James Phillips’ award-winning 2005 Soviet spies drama The Rubenstein Kiss, directed by Joe Harmston. Running 14 March to 13 April in The Large.
- A revival of Jerry Sterner’s 1989 Off-Broadway play Other People’s Money, made into the 1991 Hollywood film starring Danny DeVito. Directed by Katharine Farmer. Running 17 April to 11 May in The Little.
- The world premiere of new musical The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, written and directed by Jethro Compton with music and lyrics by Darren Clark. Based on the short story by F Scott Fitzgerald, which was also made into a Hollywood film in 2008 starring Brad Pitt. Running 15 May to 8 June.