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Casting announced for the world premiere of new musical The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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CASTING has been announced for the world premiere of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. A brand new Celtic musical based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story, it runs at Southwark Playhouse from May 15 to June 8, 2019.

The line up includes Matthew Burns, Rosalind Ford, Joey Hickman, Philippa Hogg and James Marlowe.

Discover a sleepy fishing harbour at the end of the First World War – home to a most curious story of one man, and the timeless tale of a love that defies all odds.

Born in unusual circumstances, Benjamin Button is an old man, not at the end of his life, but at the beginning. Trapped in a body where he doesn’t belong, locked away from the world and branded a monster, Benjamin dreams of freedom and adventure. And more than anything, he dreams of love.

Just as he gives up hope, resigning himself to a life of solitude, a miracle occurs – a local girl, by the name of Elowen Keene. But, as we all know, time and tide wait for no man, and as the decades pass, their lives begin to move in reverse. When war calls Benjamin across the seas, time is not their only enemy.

Matthew Burns’ theatre credits include: The Wind In The Willows, Treasure Island (New Vic Theatre); Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth (Oddsocks Shakespeare Company); The Scarecrow’s Wedding (Leicester Square Theatre); Aladdin (Stafford Gatehouse); The Jungle Book (Sixteenfeet); Faction (Damn Cheek); Buddy Holly & The Cricketers (National Tour); Henry V, Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet (Pendley Shakespeare Company); and Blue Stockings, The Cherry Orchard, Sense & Sensibility (ALRA). He has also appeared on screen in Born On This Day, Money and Absent.

Rosalind Ford’s credits include: Just So (The Barn Theatre); Metta’s Little Mermaid (UK tour); Oranges & Elephants (Hoxton Hall); Mother Courage and her Children (Southwark Playhouse); These Trees Are Made Of Blood (Arcola Theatre); Rent (Churchill Theatre, Edinburgh); and The Drowsy Chaperone (Edinburgh Festival Fringe).

Joey Hickman’s acting credits include: Snow White (NIE & Cambridge Junction); We’re Going On A Bearhunt (Lyric Theatre, West End); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Watermill Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Stephen Joseph Theatre); Cinderella: A Fairytale (Tobacco Factory/Travelling Light); Made In Dagenham (Queens Theatre/New Wolsey Theatre), Oliver! (Watermill Theatre); Romeo & Juliet and The School for Scandal (Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory); The BFG (Birmingham Rep); and The Snow Spider (Io Theatre Company).

Hickman is also a musical director, composer and arranger. Credits include: Snow White (NIE/Cambridge Junction); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Watermill Theatre); Reasons To Be Cheerful (Graeae Theatre); The Comedy About A Bank Robbery (Mischief Theatre); Three Minute Heroes (Belgrade Theatre); The Threepenny Opera (Graeae Theatre/UK Tour); and Our House (New Wolsey Theatre/UK Tour).

Philippa Hogg’s theatre credits include The Scarlet Pimpernel (The Egg, Theatre Royal Bath), Wood (Vault Festival), Alice’s Adventures Underground and The Vaudevillains (Les Enfants Terribles), The Leftovers (Curve Leicester/National Tour), The Scarecrow’s Wedding (Leicester Square Theatre), Little Robin Redbreast (Salisbury Playhouse), The Games We Played (Theatre 503) and Rift Zone, Romeo & Juliet and Vertigo (Night Light Theatre).

A founding member of Tucked In Productions, James Marlowe’s theatre credits include: Touch (Soho Theatre), Prime Time (Royal Court), The Play That Goes Wrong (West End/Australia Tour), A Hero of Our Time (Arcola), Waiting for Waiting for Godot (St James Theatre), Peter Pan Goes Wrong (UK Tour), Blue Man Group (NYC, Boston, US Tour) and Macbeth (Mercury Theatre). His previous work for Jethro Compton Ltd includes The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (Park Theatre) and The Bunker Trilogy (Southwark Playhouse, Edinburgh and Australia).

Presented by Jethro Compton Productions, in association with Hall for Cornwall, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is written by Jethro Compton (book and lyrics) and Darren Clark (music and lyrics) and is directed by Jethro Compton. Movement direction is by Chi-San Howard, stage and lighting design by Schönlatern, costume design by Cecilia Trono, sound design by Juan Coolio and puppetry design by In The Bellows. The associate director is Ellie Gauge.

Tickets: Previews (May 15 and 16) – all tickets £14. From May 17: £22, £18 concessions. To book, call 020 7407 0234 or visit

Times: Monday to Saturdays at 8pm; Tuesday and Saturday matinees at 3.30pm.

Read more about The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Little’s new season.