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Southwark Playhouse - a new season in The Little

Twelfth Night

Season preview

As well as announcing its programme for The Large, Southwark Playhouse has also announced its productions for The Little in early 2019. They are:

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare. Directed by Anna Girvan and designed by Anna Reid, it runs from January 17 to February 9.

If music be the food of love, play on. Give me excess of it!

Orsino loves Olivia. Olivia loves Viola. Viola loves Orsino. Malvolio loves himself and Sir Toby loves a drink.

Whilst searching for her lost brother at a music festival in Illyria, Viola stumbles upon love instead. In the melting pot of the festival, anyone can be who they want to be – but in reality, no one is really sure who is who, or what secrets they might be hiding. When it all comes out, there’s going to be one hell of a hangover.

Casting will be announced in due course.

This production is part of Southwark Playhouse’s Shakespeare For Schools programme. The annual Shakespeare for Schools production is the most ambitious element of the venue’s Youth and Community Programme, reaching over 1500 young people every year in Southwark and Lambeth at special matinee performances.

The project aims to enable more young people to engage with Shakespeare and have the opportunity to see live theatre that is exciting, innovative and contemporary, when they might not otherwise have the chance to do so. For more information visit

Bodies by James Saunders. Directed by Tricia Thorns, it runs from February 13 to March 9.

Two’s Company return to Southwark Playhouse with the first production in 40 years of James Saunders’ mesmerising comedy.

Why do people fall in love? Or get married? Why do things fall apart? And what happens next? Bodies is a startling portrait of sexual and marital relations in the 1960’s and 70’s and delves into these questions with bitter humour. One of a string of successes written by James Saunders, this marks its
first staging since 1979.

Previous Two’s Company productions include A Day by the Sea, What The Women Did, The Cutting of the Cloth and The Fifth Column.

Stay Awake, Jake

Stay Awake, Jake. With music, lyrics and book by Tim Gilvin, it runs from March 13 to April 6.

This is a new one-man musical charting the journey of Jake, who is driving through the night from London to Carlisle. Over the course of this intimate and intriguing song cycle, audiences gradually discover why.

Stay Awake, Jake is a musical in close-up, boldly and beautifully telling the story of guilt, of change, of hope and what it means to be a man in the modern day. This production marks its first full-length London run after a short run at The Vaults in 2016. It won the 2014 S&S Award for New Musicals and the Origins Award for Best Original Work. It has previously been performed by Norman Bowman and Jamie Muscato. Casting and further creatives are to be announced.

Other People’s Money by Jerry Sterner. Directed Katharine Farmer, it runs from April 17 to May 11.

The Wire and Cable Company of New England is a sleepy family-run business – that is until Larry-the-Liquidator threatens to bring a little corporate pillage to the village.

With a jam-today approach to both doughnuts and investments, Larry is accustomed to grabbing life by the assets. But CEO Jorgy has a different approach. Will his small town ideas stack up against booming Wall Street? In this darkly funny 80’s play, it all comes down to whether ‘values’ have their price.

Since opening off-Broadway in 1989, Other People’s Money has won an Outer Critics’ Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play and was adapted into the 1991 Hollywood film starring Danny DeVito.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, based on the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. With book by Jethro Compton, lyrics by Jethro Compton and Darren Clark, and music by Darren Clark, it runs from May 15 to June 8.

This is the world premiere of a brand new Celtic musical based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story. 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.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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. And when war calls Benjamin across the seas, time is not their only enemy.

Director and writer Jethro Compton’s credits at Southwark Playhouse include The Bunker Trilogy and with Belt Up Theatre, The Boy James, Quasimodo and The Tartuffe. He is an associate artist of Hall for Cornwall and writer and director of White Fang and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (both Park Theatre).

Lyricist and composer Darren Clark’s credits at Southwark Playhouse include These Trees are Made of Blood. He is a winner of the MTI Stiles & Drewe Mentorship Award.

For more information or to buy tickets, call the box office on 020 7407 0234 or visit