The Last 5 Years
by Jason Robert Brown, 20-23 October 2011

The Last 5 Years is a touching two-person show that follows a man and a woman
through the arc of their failed five year relationship. Jamie, the man and a writer, moves forward in time from initial infatuation through love, supporting Cathy’s nascent career, their marriage, his personal career success, temptation, infidelity, then his ending the relationship. Cathy, the woman and an actress, moves backwards in time through pain, suspicion and jealousy, feelings of inadequacy due to her failure to realize her career, happiness in a new-found marriage, desire to be her own person, and a very promising beginning of a relationship. Their time-lines only overlap (and immediately diverge) at the “I do” of their marriage.

The musical is through-written in a pop/broadway style, with full, gorgeous orchestration (piano, upright bass, 2 cellos, guitar, violin). It is a showcase piece for both the man and woman, demanding strong acting and powerful vocals. This show is well-loved in musical theatre because the songs are memorable, powerful, engaging, challenging and fun for the audience and the cast. The theme is universal and the scenes are dramatic without being overwrought. The show is great theatre.

Cast Welcome


Cast and Band Rehearsal




Abigail Williams
Alice Charlton
Anthony Hagan
William Hazell

Performance Schedule

The team behind The Last 5 Years have announced which actors will be playing Jamie and Cathy for each performance at the Rag Factory. The show is double-cast, and each actor will perform twice with one partner, and once with the other:

  Jamie Cathy
Thursday 20 October, 8pm Anthony Hagan Alice Charlton
Friday 21 October, 8pm (Gala) William Hazell Abigail Williams
Saturday 22 October, 3pm Anthony Hagan Abigail Williams
Saturday 22 October, 8pm William Hazell Alice Charlton
Sunday 23 October, 2pm William Hazell Alice Charlton
Sunday 23 October, 6pm Anthony Hagan Abigail Williams

If you want to see how all the different combinations work out, then you'll have to book four tickets! Available now from the box office.

Director: Michael Smith
Musical Director: Ben Nicholls
Producer: Craig Topp
Designer: Jo Donnelly
Lighting Designer: Steve King
Costume Designer: Anthony Hagan & Skyla Loureda

Production Consultant: Fran Rafferty
Production Consultant: Kaytie Lee
Stage Manager: Valentine Monot
Marketing: Sharon Burrell
Set Dressing: Joanne Thompson
Bar Manager: Deborah Lean

The Last 5 Years, book, music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown (Parade)
The Rag Factory
16-18 Heneage Street
Off Brick Lane
London, E1 5LJ

20-23 October 2011 at 8pm (Sunday 23 October at 6pm), matinee at 3pm (Saturday 22 October) and 2pm (Sunday 23 October)

Tickets: £15 (concessions £12.50) unless otherwise stated

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Gala Night, Friday 21 October at 8pm
Tickets £20 (concessions £15). Ticket includes free drink and a show programme.

Charity Performance, Sunday 23 at 2pm
50% of proceeds donated to Half Moon Young People’s Theatre, Sedos Charity of the Year.
Concession: Sedos members, children, students with valid identification, registered disabled and registered unemployed unless otherwise stated, for example Gala Nights. Cash only on the door.

Ticket Collection
Tickets will be available for you to collect from the Box Office on the night of the performance. They will not be posted out to you. Seats at the The Rag Factory are unreserved. Latecomers will only be admitted at the discretion of Sedos. Any audience members arriving more than 15 minutes late will not be admitted until the interval.

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