Jason Robert Brown to direct his The Last Five Years at St James Theatre

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Jonathan Bailey and Samantha Barks will appear in The Last Five Years at the St James Theatre

Multi-award winning Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown will direct a new London production of his acclaimed musical The Last Five Years at the St James Theatre in October.

Stage and screen rising stars Samantha Barks and Jonathan Bailey will star in the production which will play the London venue from Friday 28 October until Saturday 26 November.

Currently in the middle of a nationwide tour to promote her self-titled debut album, Barks first found fame as a finalist on the BBC TV talent show I’d Do Anything. Now best known internationally for her acclaimed stage and big screen appearances as Eponine in Les Misérables, the singer/actress has also starred in popular touring productions of Oliver! and Cabaret.

Bailey has attracted attention for his small screen appearances in Broadchurch, Leonardo and Doctor Who. His theatre credits include American Psycho at the Almeida Theatre and Othello at the National Samantha Barks - ALJ Shoot.jpg smallTheatre, while his big screen credits include Testament of Youth and the upcoming The Mercy with Colin Firth.

Jason Robert Brown, a three-time Tony Award-winning composer-lyricist has written scores for a number of major Broadway musicals including Honeymoon in Vegas, The Bridges of Madison County and 13. His song cycle Songs For a New World played the St James Theatre last year while the composer previously directed the West End premiere of 13 in 2012.

The Last Five Years received its London premiere at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2006. An intimate tale focusing on a tempestuous love affair between an actress and a novelist, the musical premiered Off-Broadway in 2002. A major film adaptation featuring the star of the hit Pitch Perfect movies, Anna Kendrick and Broadway star Jeremy Jordan (Newsies, Rock of Ages) was released in 2014.

The production features musical direction by Torquil Munro and casting is by Pippa Ailion. It is produced by Hilary and Stuart Williams in association with Paul Taylor-Mills.

Angela Thomas

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