After a critically-acclaimed run at Southwark Playhouse and a successful worldwide stream via stream.theatre, Jonathan O’Boyle’s production of Jason Robert Brown’s award-winning musical The Last Five Years will play a limited season at the Vaudeville Theatre, running from 17 September to 13 October 2021.
Molly Lynch and Oli Higginson will once again play Cathy and Jamie, the roles they originally created for the Southwark Playhouse production. The latter 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 as Jamie. This will be the first time the musical will have had a significant run of length in the West End.
O’Boyle’s new actor-musician production has the actors on stage at all times and playing the piano to add a new narrative dimension to the story, accompanied by a four-piece band. He said of the West End transfer: “I’m delighted that our production of The Last Five Years is transferring into the West End later this year to the gorgeous Vaudeville Theatre. Seeing the production grow, and the brilliant actors go from strength to strength, was a total joy during 2020. The fact that we now get to share it with a wider audience this autumn is tremendously exciting.”
Brown’s cult classic musical 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.
O’Boyle is joined in the creative team by 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.
Producer Katy Lipson said of the production:
“I could never have dreamed of having the opportunity to bring this show into London’s West End this year after our off-West End and digital outings last year. It will be our company’s West End musical debut and I am incredibly proud that it is with this production.”
The Last Five Years is produced at the Vaudeville Theatre by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment, Edward Prophet and People Entertainment Group, with Dan Looney, Adam Paulden and Jason Haigh-Ellery for DLAP GROUP.