London Road
Book and lyrics by Alecky Blythe; Music and lyrics by Adam Cork
27 July-6 August 2016

A new production of an inspiring 5-star hit that's part musical, part documentary

In 2006 the everyday life of the town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women.

The residents of London Road had struggled for years with the soliciting and kerb-crawling on their street. When Steve Wright, the occupant of number 79, was arrested, charged and then convicted of the murders, the community grappled with the media frenzy and what it meant to be at the epicentre of this tragedy.

Playwright Alecky Blythe recorded extensive interviews with the residents of London Road and turned them into an intelligent, startling and raw piece of theatre. Tony Award winner Adam Cork's score uses the melodic and rhythmic speech patterns captured on those recordings to create this extraordinary work.

London Road is an experimental and challenging musical documentary which reveals the ways in which even the darkest experiences can inspire a community.

London Road was originally performed at the National Theatre in 2011, winning the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical. A feature film of the production was made in 2015 starring Olivia Colman and Tom Hardy and including many of original cast.

"This miraculously innovative show finds a new way of representing reality [and] opens up rich possibilities for musical theatre." Guardian

"An astonishing document about a beleaguered yet resilient community... a startling, magically original success." Evening Standard

"The most genuinely interesting and innovative new musical I've seen for ages."


London Road - 2016


**** "A real triumph for Sedos,"
"An outstanding performance of an extraordinary musical," InfoBarrel
"Visually enthralling," London Theatre Reviews
"I’m fast running out of superlatives when discussing the ongoing virtuosity of Sedos.... A sublime piece of theatre," Sardines Magazine
"A very stylish and smart production of an intriguing gem of a musical... [Sedos] creates something that is touching, funny, uncomfortable and thought-provoking," My Entertainment World

Message from playwright Alecky Blythe:

“I've been off line pretty much since Friday night so not had a chance to say how brilliant I thought the show was. It was a joy to see how you had brought it to life and found new beauty in an old flower. So many congratulations to all of you. I do hope you have a great week and continue to wow audiences with your expertise. Thank you.”

Here’s Alecky, plus original National Theatre London cast members Nick Holder and Michael Schaeffer, with the Sedos cast of London Road.


Julie - Christa Engelbrecht
Terry - Mark Macey
June - Lydia King
Ron - Stephen Beeny
Rosemary - Charlotte Price
Tim - Tom Brennan
Jan - Abigail Francis
Gordon - Mark Londesborough
Helen - Kate Gledhill
Dodge - Andrew Macpherson
Carol - Deborah Lean
Alfie: Matt Wright
Chris Eakin - Peter Shimmin
Sarah - Chloe Higham-Smith
Vicky - Hannah Parkes
Hayley - Heather Broderick

Director: Matt Gould
Movement and assistant director: Gayle Bryans
Musical director: Jordan Clarke
Producer: Steven King
Assistant producer: Hannah Hurley
Costumes: Wayne Burke

Sound designer - Adrian Jeakins
Lighting designer - Oliver Levett
Stage manager - Andrew Laidlaw

London Road
Book and lyrics by Alecky Blythe
Music and lyrics by Adam Cork

Bridewell Theatre
Bride Lane Fleet Street
London, EC4Y 8EQ

27 July-6 August 2016, evenings at 7.30pm Saturday matinees at 2.30pm

No performance on Sunday 31 July or Monday 1 August

Tickets: £16 (concessions £13.50) unless otherwise stated, see below for special performances.

A limited number of Premium Tickets are available for £18 (£15.50). Premium Tickets guarantee you a seat in the best rows in the house. Note they are unreserved within the premium block.

Buy 10 tickets online and get a 10% discount.

All tickets bought on the door must be paid for in cash - we cannot take card payments on the door.

This show contains adult themes and language.

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Gala Night, Saturday 30 July and Friday 5 August
Tickets £20 (concessions £17.50). Ticket includes a free glass of fizz, a show programme and a late bar. Premium tickets are available for £22 (concessions £19.50).

Concessions: Sedos members, children, senior citizens, students with valid identification, registered disabled and registered unemployed unless otherwise stated, for example Gala Nights.

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 Bridewell Theatre 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.

Please note: Tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable.

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An amateur production by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

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