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Southwark Playhouse announces productions for early 2019

Aspects of Love

Season preview

SOUTHWARK Playhouse has announced its productions for early 2019 and they include Twelfth Night; Bodies; Stay Awake, Jake; Other People’s Money and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in The Little and Aspects of Love; All in a Row and The Rubenstein Kiss in The Large.

The season opens in THE LARGE with the transfer of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Aspects of Love from the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester. Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle (Hair and Pippin), it will run from January 7 to February 9.

Aspects of Love, which premiered at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 1989, has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Don Black and Charles Hart and is based on the novel by David Garnett.

Set in France in 1947, it features the iconic songs Love Changes Everything, Seeing Is Believing and First Man You Remember.

While English student Alex Dillingham is travelling through France before his call up, he falls in love with the alluring actress Rose Vibert. Rose joins Alex at his uncle’s villa. As the pair embark on a passionate affair, the unexpected arrival of Uncle George changes their lives forever.

From the cobbled streets of Paris to the mountains of the Pyrenees, Aspects of Love is a heart-breaking love story spanning twenty years.

This new, intimately reimagined production will star most of those who appeared in the production at the Hope Mill Theatre, including Kelly Price as Rose Vibert, Felix Mosse as Alex Dillingham, Jerome Pradon as George Dillingham, Minal Patel as Marcel Richard and Eleanor Walsh as Jenny Dillingham. Also in the cast will be Julia J Nagle, Jason Kajdi and Jack Churms. Further casting will be announced in due course.

Aspects of Love is followed by All in a Row, which will run from February 14 to March 9.

Laurence likes pizza. Laurence is about to go to school. Laurence thinks it’s okay to wee on mummy’s pillow.

Tamora and Martin have big hopes and dreams. But when your child is autistic, non-verbal, low-functioning and occasionally violent, ambitions can quickly become a pipe dream.

In a household brimming with love, resentment and realisations, meet Tam, Martin and Laurence’s carer Gary as they struggle to care for their beloved boy. On the night before social services finally intervene, who is the victim here? Who was the traitor? And who do you blame when you can no longer cope?

A world premiere of a startling new play by Alex Oates and directed by Dominic Shaw, the team behind the triple Off West End Award nominated Silk Road, All in a Row is a kitchen sink comedy-drama filled with heart… and French Fancies.

Casting is still to be announced.

The Rubenstein Kiss

Also announced for The Large is the first London revival of James Phillips’ multi award-winning play The Rubenstein Kiss. Directed by Joe Harmston, it will run from March 14 to April 13.

The Rubenstein Kiss is the story of the Rubensteins, a deeply devoted Jewish couple whose Communist idealism leads to their world being torn apart by suspicion and treachery, which then echoes through the generations.

Phillips’ explosive and affecting drama, inspired by the haunting true story of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, who were executed in 1953 for allegedly providing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union, is the study of conspiracy, betrayal and guilt.

Casting and further creatives will be announced in due course.

To read about Southwark Playhouse’s #FuturePlayhouse plans for the latter part of 2019 – which includes moving to two venues in Elephant and Castle and London Bridge – check out the web page and watch the film here.