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Casting announced for The Last Five Years at Southwark Playhouse

Molly Lynch

Casting news

MOLLY Lynch and Oli Higginson will star in Jason Robert Brown’s Drama Desk Award-winning musical, The Last Five Years. A new production directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, it runs at Southwark Playhouse from Friday, February 28 to Saturday, March 28, 2020.

Molly Lynch will play Cathy. Her previous shows at Southwark Playhouse include the role of Anne Brontë in Wasted. Her theatre credits elsewhere include ensemble/understudy Clara in The Light in the Piazza (Royal Festival Hall and LA Opera), Just So (The Barn Theatre, Cirencester), Sunset Boulevard (UK tour), Carousel and Sweeney Todd (English National Opera), Fiddler on the Roof (Grange Park Opera/BBC Proms) and Sacred Heart (Latitude Festival).

Lynch has been a soloist with the RTE Concert Orchestra and Oxford Philharmonic and co-devised her own one-woman show Rodgers & Hammerstein (& Me Too) at The Bread and Roses Theatre, London. She trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (MA Music Theatre).

Oli Higginson will play Jamie. His theatre credits include Julius Caesar (Sam Wanamaker Festival at Shakespeare’s Globe), Napoleon Blown Apart (Arcola Theatre), The Assassination of Marcus Garvey (Theatre503), and Maggie and Ted (White Bear Theatre). He trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Oli Higginson

The Last Five Years is an emotionally powerful and intimate show 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 tells her story in reverse, from the end of their turbulent relationship, whilst Jamie tells his story chronologically from the spark of their initial meeting. The two characters meet only once, at their wedding in the middle of the show.

Now, this iconic musical returns to London, in a bold new production with the actors onstage at all times and playing the piano to add a new narrative dimension to the story, accompanied by a full four piece band led by George Dyer.

The Last Five Years has choreography by Sam Spencer-Lane, set and costume design by Lee Newby, lighting design by Jamie Platt, sound design by Adam Fisher and musical direction and orchestrations by George Dyer. Casting is by Jane Deitch.

Tickets: £27.50, £22 concessions. All previews £16. To book, call the box office on 020 7407 0234 or visit

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Tuesday and Saturday matinees at 3pm.

Read more about Spring 2020 at Southwark Playhouse.