Patch of Blue and 3 hearts canvas in association with Southwark Playhouse and Verse Unbound present

Cassie and the Lights

by Alex Howarth
3 - 20 APR 2024

Ticket Prices:
£21 Standard / £14 Concessions / Preview £16 / Pioneers' Preview (3 Apr) £10

Critically-acclaimed Cassie and the Lights makes its London premiere after sell-out runs in Edinburgh and New York. With a stunning live soundtrack and “blazing performances” (The Stage), this show is truly “unmissable” (The Reviews Hub).

Can kids be parents? When Cassie’s mother disappears, the teenager wants to care for her sisters on her own. Is she the right person to be a parent now, or should she let foster parents adopt her sisters and create a new family?

Based on real-life events and interviews with children in care this play starring Alex Brain, Helen Chong and Emily McGlynn celebrates the resilience of teenagers and features the voices of Bethany Antonia (House of the Dragon), John Thomson (Men Behaving Badly), Louisa Harland (Derry Girls), Wendi Peters (Coronation Street) and Oli Higginson (The Last Five YearsBridgerton).

Cassie and the Lights is a tender and playful examination of what makes a family and what holds it together, and has received over 40 ★★★★ and ★★★★★ reviews.

★★★★ “Hugely moving …a thoughtful, warm, moving hour that will leave you wanting to call whoever you think of as family” The Guardian

★★★★ “Devastatingly good” The Stage

★★★★★ The Reviews Hub | ★★★★★ Theatre Weekly | ★★★★★ Broadway World | ★★★★★ All That Dazzles | ★★★★★ Theatre And Tonic | ★★★★★ Creative Reviews UK | ★★★★★ My Borderline Life | ★★★★★ Adventures in Theatreland | ★★★★★ Stage Whispers | ★★★★★ Lost in Theatreland | ★★★★★ Radelaide | ★★★★ The Arts Desk | ★★★★ New York Stage Review | ★★★★ Lyn Gardner

Post Show Q&A – Thursday 18th April

Director of Policy, Campaigns & Communications at Become Charity Clare Bracey joins writer/director Alex Howarth to discuss the experience of Children in Care and Care Leavers.

Clare’s role at Become Charity is to ensure that the voices of children and young people are heard by decision-makers and the public.

Free with a ticket to that day’s performance


Theatre: The Little

Mon – Sat: 8pm

Tue & Sat: 3.30pm

Running Time: 70 mins

No interval and no re-entry.

We strongly advise that you arrive early and take your seats in advance of the start time as there is a no latecomers policy.

This production contains strong language, adult themes, and themes of loss. Recommended for ages 12+.


The Company

Bethany Antonia
Bethany Antonia
Alex Brain
Alex Brain
Helen Chong
Louisa Harland
Oli Higginson
Oli Higginson
Emily McGlynn
Emily McGlynn
Wendi Peters
Wendi Peters
John Thomson
John Thomson
Martha Walker
Martha Walker

Alex Howarth
Ruth Badila
Imogen Mason
Ellie Mason
Rachel Sampley
original lighting and video design
Will Monks


PHOTOGRAPHY BY claire bilyard

Book Tickets

Cassie and the Lights

at Venue: Borough SE1

Every day at 10am we’ll release a strictly limited allocation of 10 tickets per performance at a discounted rate of £10 for that days show/s only. Once they’re gone, they’re gone!

How to Claim: Log in or create an account, and in Other Preferences check the “Unlock Cassie and the Lights Rush Tickets” box. Then come right back here and grab your tickets – enjoy the show!

Group Booking

Southwark Playhouse has a group booking rate of one free ticket in every 10 booked at the same time, and this discount may be combined with applicable concessions (i.e. student rate) where available. These can be booked by contacting the box office either by phoning us at 020 7407 0234, or filling in the below form.

Tickets may be reserved for two weeks without payment, and we can send an invoice which can be settled via a card payment, bank transfer, or cheque.

Once an enquiry form has been submitted the box office team will be in touch to confirm and invoice within 1-2 working days. If you have any questions please contact

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Southwark Playhouse Borough
77-85 Newington Causeway
London SE1 6BD

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Tuesday 1.30pm to 11pm
Wednesday 5.30pm to 11pm
Thursday 5.30pm to 11pm
Friday 5.30pm to 11pm
Saturday 1.30pm to 11pm
Sundays 5pm to 11pm if we have a show on.


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