Southwark Playhouse has announced that Nick Payne’s Constellations starring Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo and Oliver Johnstone and directed by Jonathan O’Boyle will be the next show to follow the current run of The Last Five Years and Philip Ridley’s The Poltergeist in its new socially distanced auditorium. The production will play for three weeks from 26 November to 19 December 2020 to a socially distanced audience of 110 (just under 50% of the usual capacity).
From December, The Little theatre space will stop becoming a bar and host a mini-season of three musical live streams: The Fabulist Fox Sister on 4 and 5 December, Public Domain on 11 and 12 December and Stay Awake, Jake on 18 and 19 December. All tickets for the livestreams are virtual and available internationally – there will be no live audience in the space.
This mini-season comes after the success of the Playhouse’s first livestream from The Little last month, Before After starring Rosalie Craig and Hadley Fraser, which was watched by over 3,000 people from 44 different countries across the world.
The current production at Southwark Playhouse is Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years, which runs until 14 November. It will be streamed for five performances from 26-29 November 2020 via stream.theatre. After The Last Five Years, the world premiere of Philip Ridley’s The Poltergeist plays from 20-21 November with a socially distanced audience and a simultaneous livestream.
26 November to 19 December 2020 (Press nights are 30 November, 1 December and 1 December)
Lockwood Henderson Productions presents Constellations, written by Nick Payne and directed by Jonathan O’Boyle (The Last Five Years, The View Upstairs). Lighting design is by Jamie Platt with sound design by Alexandra Faye Braithwaite, set and costume design by Lee Newby.
Premiering at the Royal Court in 2012, Constellations went on to receive critical acclaim in the West End and on Broadway. It returns to London this Christmas, starring Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo (Three Sisters – NT, Been So Long) and Oliver Johnstone (All My Sons – Old Vic, On Chesil Beach).
The Fabulist Fox Sister
Livestream on 4 and 5 December
Directed by Adam Lenson, with music by Luke Bateman and book and lyrics by Michael Conley The Fabulist Fox Sister is presented by ALP Musicals, performed by Conley, with musical direction by Tamara Saringer.
New York, 1892: Kate Fox, the woman who inadvertently invented séances is holding her last one. A final audience gathers in her apartment to watch as she conjures the ghosts of her two sisters to tell the story of their lives and the religion they accidentally began.
Loosely inspired by the loosely true story of Kate Fox, The Fabulist Fox Sister is ‘a silly, scathing and sardonic one-person musical inspired by our own era of approximate truth’.
Livestream on 11 and 12 December
Written and performed by Francesca Forristal and Jordan Paul Clarke, Public Domain takes words spoken and typed in the last year to build a unique portrait of the digital world that is every bit as mesmerising as it is terrifying. Presented by ALP Musicals, the piece is directed by Adam Lenson.
This high-adrenaline, electronic thrill ride is made entirely from the words of YouTube vloggers, Instagram influencers, Facebook’s tech giants, and everyday internet users. ‘It’s like Black Mirror but real, and set to music.’
Stay Awake, Jake
Livestream on 18 and 19 December
Tim Gilvin’s multi-award-winning one-act musical Stay Awake, Jake, directed by Grace Taylor, is a bold and innovative new musical that tells the story of one man’s journey across England’s deserted motorways in the middle of the night, as he drives from London to Carlisle to be reunited with his girlfriend Sofia. Musical direction is by Tamara Saringer and the show is presented by McGill Productions & Pearson Theatre Productions in association with The Grey Area Theatre Company.
The show won the S&S Award for best un-produced musical in 2014, and the VAULT Festival Origins Award for new writing in 2016. This new production features new songs, and new orchestrations for a four-piece band. Casting is to be announced.