Updated: Aug 17, 2020
An outdoor production of The Last Five Years will have a limited run at the Minack Theatre in Cornwall from September 14th to 19th it has been revealed.
The Jason Robert Brown musical was always going to be an obvious choice for a show in this new social distancing world. The musical is about a couple telling the story of their relationship from beginning to end over a five year period, from the end backwards for Cathy and beginning to end for Jamie. The pair only appear together in the middle of the story so the news of a new production seemed inevitable but definitely welcome.
The production will feature a six piece band. The cast will feature Waylon Jacobs from Hamilton and Memphis as Jamie, and Emma Kingston from In The BHeights and Evita as Cathy.
The show will be presented as part of a special socially distanced summer season at the stunning venue in Cornwall. It will be directed by Omar F Okai who said " "We need to start looking to the future of theatre and I am so happy to be directing and working with a brilliant team on creating a fresh new look at The Last Five Years and bringing it to the Minack Theatre. Live theatre will be back and this is the start."
Executive director of the Minack, Zoë Curnow, said: "I am delighted that David, Chris and Ben have secured the rights to bring The Last Five Years to the Minack in September. We were really keen to have a musical in our amended 2020 programme and really look forward to welcoming them all to the Cornish cliffs!"
Tickets are available via the Minack Theatre website at minack.com
I always love seeing different productions of this amazing show., from the incredible revival at the Southwark Playhouse just before everything closed down to the brilliant lockdown production so many of us enjoyed recently, this will make the third production of The Last Five Years in the UK this year - backed with the beautiful venue that is the Minack this really will be a theatre highlight of the coming months,