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Wasted, a brand new musical about the Brontës comes to Southwark Playhouse


Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

WASTED, a new rock musical about the Brontës, runs at Southwark Playhouse from September 6 to October 6, 2018, during the 5-year bicentenary celebrations of the birth of the Brontë siblings (Charlotte was celebrated in 2016, Branwell was in 2017, Emily is in 2018 and Anne will be in 2020).

I am not an angel, and I will not be one till I die: I will be myself. Charlotte Brontë

Through the lens of a rock documentary, Wasted gives an access-all-areas account of the struggles, heartbreaks and triumphs of the three Brontë sisters – Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and their brother Branwell.

Brought up in a remote, poverty-stricken town in Yorkshire, without money or opportunity, they fought ill health, unrequited love and family feuds to write some of the most celebrated literature including Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.

Never afraid to rebel against expectations, the lives behind the pages expose a struggling, squabbling, ferociously driven, drug-fuelled crash and burn trajectory from obscurity to celebrity and ultimately to their untimely deaths.

With a rock score from Christopher Ash (Showstoppers – Oliver Award winner for Best Entertainment) and book and lyrics by Carl Miller (Emil and the Detectives, National Theatre), the Brontës ask – was it all wasted?

Adam Lenson (Superhero) directs.

Early performances of Wasted were developed at BEAM and showcased at Theatre Royal Stratford East’s Musical Theatre Workshop. It also played four ‘work in progress’ performances at West Yorkshire Playhouse as part of their Brontë Season in autumn 2016. This production is the world premiere of the full show.

Casting and further creatives will be announced in due course.

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

Also at Southwark Playhouse: Dilated Theatre Company’s production of For King and Country (June 28 to July 21, 2018).