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ATG Productions, GBA, Gavin Kalin Productions, Eilene Davidson Productions, and
Jethro Compton Productions present

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Book & Lyrics by Jethro Compton
Music & Lyrics by Darren Clark
22 May - 1 July 2023

Ticket Prices:
£28 | £22.50 concessions | All previews £16
Pioneers' Preview (22 May) £7.50

Benjamin Button Main Artwork

★★★★★ “An unqualified triumph.” WhatsOnStage
★★★★★ “A true musical highlight of 2023, see it while you can” All that Dazzles
★★★★★ “This is one not to be missed.” The Upcoming
★★★★★ “I defy you to not fall under its spell.” Musical Theatre Review
★★★★★ “arguably the most mesmerising production in London” Rewrite this Story
★★★★★ “there is nothing out there that is quite like this show.” Broadway Baby
★★★★★ “This utterly beautiful, achingly emotional new musical” The Daily Express
★★★★ “A strange case indeed, this musical, but one that is a surprise and a delight.” Evening Standard
★★★★ “skilfully performed” The Sunday Times
★★★★ “With soaring voices, live violin, cello, guitar, accordion and trumpet, it sounds gorgeous.” The Stage
★★★★ “A rollicking ensemble of actor-musicians” i Newspaper
★★★★ “Heartwarming, folking and masterfully performed, Jethro Compton and Darren Clark’s musical take deserves a long life on stage” Culture Whisper
★★★★ “The most enchantingly beautiful show you’ll see this year.” Lost in Theatreland

Discover a sleepy fishing harbour on the north coast of Cornwall, home to a most curious story.

Born in rather unusual circumstances, Benjamin Button is an old man, not at the end of his life, but at the beginning. Locked away from the world and branded a monster, Benjamin dreams of the chance to live a little life. More than anything, he dreams of love. With no hope of finding it, Benjamin resigns himself to a life of solitude, until, one day, a miracle occurs – the local barmaid, Elowen Keene. But as the years come and go, time and tide threaten to tear the two apart. 

Experience this extraordinary, inspirational, and timeless tale of a love that defies all odds. Set to a thunderous, foot-stomping folk score, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button reminds us, no matter how much time we have, to make every second count.

Based on the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and the Damned, The Great Gatsby and Tender is the Night.

From Jethro Compton, writer and director of White Fang (★★★★ The Times) and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (★★★★ The Telegraph), and Darren Clark, winner of the MTI Stiles & Drewe Mentorship Award, composer and lyricist of These Trees Are Made of Blood, Day of the Living, and The Wicker Husband (★★★★★ WhatsOnStage).

This new production at Southwark Playhouse Elephant opens in May 2023.

Details

Venue: Elephant SE11

Theatre: Main Space

Mon – Sat: 7.45pm

Thu & Sat: 2.30pm

Running Time: 2 hrs 45 mins including interval.

This show contains themes of death/suicide, naked flame, haze, and loud noises.

Recommended Age Guidance 10+. Younger children are welcome to attend with a parent or guardian.

The Company

Matthew Burns Headshot
Matthew Burns
CAST
Jonathan Charles
CAST
Oonagh Cox
CAST
Anna Fordham
CAST
Philippa Hogg
CAST
Damien James Headshot
Damien James
CAST
Ann Marcuson Headshot
Ann Marcuson
CAST
Molly Osborne
CAST
Jamie Parker Headshot
Jamie Parker
CAST
Jack Quarton
Jack Quarton
CAST
Benedict Salter
Benedict Salter
CAST
Tonny Shim Headshot
Tonny Shim
CAST

Jethro Compton
DIRECTOR & STAGE DESIGNER
Chi-San Howard
CHOREOGRAPHER & MOVEMENT DIRECTOR
Mark Aspinall &
Darren Clark
MUSICAL SUPERVISORS
Darren Clark
ORCHESTRATOR & ARRANGER
Mark Aspinall
MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Anna Kelsey
COSTUME & ASSOCIATE STAGE DESIGNER
Luke Swaffield
SOUND DESIGNER
Pol Hodge
CORNISH TRANSLATOR
Ginny Schiller CDG
CASTING DIRECTOR
Lucy Rees
DEPUTY STAGE MANAGER
Olivia Hilton-Foster
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER
Amy Wallace
ASSISTANT TO JETHRO COMPTON
Meadhbh Lyons
ASSISTANT CHOREOGRAPHER
Zoe Spurr
LIGHTING DESIGNER

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.

Submit a Group Booking Enquiry

How to find us

Southwark Playhouse Elephant
1 Dante Place
London SE11 4RX

Closest Tube Station:
Elephant & Castle (Northern Line & Bakerloo Line)
Take the Shopping Centre exit.

Click link below for directions:
https://w3w.co/ripe.award.upset

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Opening Hours

Monday 5.30pm to 11pm
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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It’s been a difficult few years and things don’t seem to be letting up anytime soon. 

Southwark Playhouse is a registered charity that delivers a year-round programme of entertaining and enriching work yet receives no regular funding.

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