The genre-twisting Broadway musical Working, co-written by Stephen Schwartz, will receive its long-awaited European premiere at the Southwark Playhouse next year.
Directed by Luke Sheppard (In The Heights), the new production of the ground-breaking show will play a limited season at the Southwark Playhouse from 2 June 2017 until 8 July with a press night on 7 June.
One of the first musicals from Schwartz, the composer of the multi-award winning Wicked, the show employs a range of musical styles and genres from a number of leading composers including five-time Grammy Award winner James Taylor and the creator of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with the American workforce Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do, the show debuted on Broadway in 1978 with Schwartz directing a cast that included Patti LuPone, Bob Gunton and Joe Mantegna.
Working at the Southwark Playhouse will be produced by up-and-coming theatre producers Jack Maple, Ramin Sabi and D.E.M. Productions.
Commenting on the production, Schwartz said: “I am delighted that such a talented and distinguished theatre company will be presenting Working in London. I look forward to collaborating with them to ensure that the show is both entertaining and relevant to the contemporary British audience.”
Choreography for the new production will be by Fabian Aloise (choreographer of the upcoming UK national tour of Our House) and casting will be by Will Burton CDG.