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Tristan Bernays' Old Fools receives its world premiere at Southwark Playhouse

Old Fools

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

OLD FOOLS, Tristan Bernays’ first play in London since the success of Boudica at The Globe, will receive its world premiere at Southwark Playhouse (The Little), where it runs from March 15 (preview March 14) to April 7, 2018.

Old Fools is the story of Tom and Viv, their love and the life they’ve shared together – from first spark to dying light. But not necessarily in that order.

Old Fools is a surprising and touching tale about a couple, one of whom is suffering from Alzheimer’s, and their enduring efforts to hold their relationship together through the years.

Produced by To The Moon and Making Productions, Old Fools is directed by Sharon Burrell, with movement direction by Lucie Pankhurst. Casting and further creatives will be announced in due course.

Tristan Bernays’ 1950s musical Teddy also premiered at Southwark Playhouse and won Best New Musical at the Off West End Awards 2016. His work has also been performed at Soho Theatre, the Bush Theatre, National Theatre Studio and Roundhouse.

His-one man show The Bread and The Beer received rave reviews at Edinburgh Festival 2013. He adapted Frankenstein for The Watermill Theatre, and it transferred to Wiltons’ Music Hall. An actor as well as a writer, he performed in his own new play Testament at VAULT Festival 2017, where it won the Show Of The Week, and there are plans to transfer the show in 2018.

Tickets: Previews £12, Full £20, Concessions £16. Book online at

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

Running time: 70 minutes (no interval).

Also at Southwark Playhouse: Mother Courage and Her Children, starring Josie Lawrence (until December 9) and J. M. Barrie’s rarely performed Dear Brutus (November 29 to December 30, 2017).