★★★★★ “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.
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.