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 seatsSeating 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 informationPlaying 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.