The Last Five Years at The Other Palace tickets
The Last Five Years at The Other Palace tickets

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Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown directed a new production of his Off-Broadway musical The Last Five Years at London’s St James Theatre. Having recently been adapted into a 2014 film starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan, The Last Five Years follows two New Yorkers who fall in and out of love. An emotionally powerful story that has been retold countless times across the world, the London premiere began performances in October 2016, starring Samantha Barks and Jonathan Bailey.

The Last Five Years is told in an entirely unique format, as the pair tell their stories in opposite directions; Cathy moves in reverse through their relationship whereas Jamie starts at the beginning. When aspiring author Jamie gets the book deal of his dreams and begins to stray away at parties and events, Cathy’s own dream career remains out of her grasp and she is left grappling with the remains of their relationship.

Samantha Barks is best-known for her role as Eponine in Les Miserables, both in the 25th Anniversary Concert and the 2012 blockbuster film. Barks shot to fame after appearing in BBC’s I’d Do Anything and has since starred in Amelie and City of Angels. Jonathan Bailey is well-known for his role in ITV’s Broadchurch, as well as American Psycho, Othello and South Downs in the West End.

Jason Robert Brown directed, with musical direction from Torquil Munro. Brown is a three-time Tony Award-winner, with credits including Songs for a New World, Parade and The Bridges of Madison County. Featuring memorable songs such as “Still Hurting”, “If I Didn’t Believe in You” and “See I’m Smiling”, The Last Five Years ran at London’s St James Theatre from November 2nd to November 26th 2016, with previews having began on October 28th 2016.

Best seats

Seating throughout the St James Theatre guarantees an excellent, unobstructed view of the stage. Sitting in the mid-centre allows for the perfect view, but for The Last Five Years you may want to sit closer due to the intimacy of the musical. Alternatively, sitting towards the rear of the theatre means that you will have good, clear views of the stage for a much lower price.

Important information

Playing at: The Other Palace, 12 Palace Street, London, SW1E 5JA

Performance dates: 01 Dec 2016 - 03 Dec 2016

Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes (without an interval)

Age restrictions: Not recommended for young children

Special notice: The Last Five Years is a legendary musical that rarely receives a London revival! Those who enjoy heartfelt musicals such as Rent will enjoy this.

Not suitable for children due to adult themes and language.

67 Reviews Add review

Amazing show. So simple and beautiful.

barbaragbaz 161, 48 reviews, 2 helpful votes

The show has wonderful music and the set was quite basic. I think this was done in order to give more emphasis to the emotional connection... More

RichardBayton 6"2, 106 reviews, 6 helpful votes

YankInLondon 5'5", 43 reviews, 1 helpful vote

simondowling 6"2, 136 reviews, 3 helpful votes

simondowling 6"2, 136 reviews, 3 helpful votes

lauradibg 159cm, 28 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Finally seeing the show in the flesh made me really happy. Gorgeous band and really thought the leads were good. Direction not so much... More

ollielintott 5"10, 62 reviews, 1 helpful vote

As I love the work of Jason Robert Brown, it's no surprise this show landed 5 stars for me. Although I thought the staging wasn't... More

musicalseats 162 cm, 156 reviews, 34 helpful votes

A very enjoyable production of a seldom seen musical 2-hander. Both Jonathan Bailey and Samantha Barks are well-matched and have strong... More

moley 5' 6'', 124 reviews, 5 helpful votes