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National Youth Music Theatre presents

Merrily We Roll Along

Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by George Furth
Based on the original play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
24 - 26 August 2023

Ticket Prices:
£35 | £28 Concessions

Stephen Sondheim’s semi-autobiographical musical turns back the clock on friendship and the high price of success.

Based on the 1934 play of the same name by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, the authors of the landmark Company reunited to turn the traditional showbiz musical on its head in this thrilling and compelling Broadway fable about friendship, compromise and the high price of success.

Sondheim and George Furth expertly blend the excitement and energy of a backstage musical with a poignant and emotional contemporary story about the importance of staying true to one’s ideals.

Merrily We Roll Along begins in the present and moves backwards, tracing the lives of wealthy, jaded composer, Franklin Shepard, and his two estranged friends through each milestone of their personal and professional lives (good and bad). 

The show ends with a touch of rueful irony, as the three best friends at the start of their careers face a bright future: young, talented and enthusiastic about the worlds waiting to be conquered.

Merrily We Roll Along is a show that crackles with the wit, humour and intensity that embody the spirit of New York City. 

With a brilliant “Broadway-style” score and that deep insight one expects from any Sondheim endeavour, Merrily We Roll Along is a spirited and moving cautionary tale for anyone who has ever pursued a dream.

The production is supported by The Stephen Sondheim Society.

Originally Directed on Broadway by Harold Prince
Originally produced on Broadway by Lord Grade, Martin Starger, Robert Fryer and Harold Prince in association with Ruth Mitchell and Howard Haines

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with
Music Theatre International: www.mtishows.co.uk

Details

Venue: Elephant SE11

Theatre: Main Space

Thu – Sat: 7.45pm

Sat: 2.30pm

Running Time: 160 minutes, including a 20 minute interval.

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.

The Company

Katherine Hare
DIRECTOR
Leigh Thompson
MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Julia Cave
CHOREOGRAPHER
Libby Todd
SET & COSTUME DESIGNER
Aaron Dootson
LIGHTING DESIGNER
Tom Marshall
SOUND DESIGNER
Jeremy Walker
PRODUCER FOR NATIONAL YOUTH MUSIC THEATRE

Book Tickets

Merrily We Roll Along

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 boxoffice@southwarkplayhouse.co.uk.

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How to find us

Southwark Playhouse Elephant
1 Dante Place
London SE11 4RX

Closest Tube Station:
Elephant & Castle (Northern Line & Bakerloo Line)
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Tuesday 1pm to 11pm
Wednesday 5.30pm to 11pm
Thursday 5.30pm to 11pm
Friday 5.30pm to 11pm
Saturday 1pm to 11pm
Sundays 5pm to 11pm if we have a show on.

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