Fantastic news at the end of last week came in the shape of the announcement that Stephen Fletcher and Helen Carter will be reprising their roles in The Last 5 Years.
A production from Fletcher’s own company Life in Theatre, the pair first performed the show at the Actors Studio last summer, to much critical acclaim (not least of all, erm, here).
This time it moves to a larger venue, the Epstein Theatre, for a three week run this June.
With musical direction by Nick Phillips, and written by Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning composer, Jason Robert Brown, The Last 5 Years is a one act musical about two New Yorkers who fall in and out of love over the course of five years together.
Cathy is a vivacious struggling actress, and Jamie a hotshot up-and-coming novelist. In this clever way of story-telling, Cathy’s story begins at the end of their relationship, and Jamie’s starts at the beginning.
Helen Carter said: “I’m so excited to be reuniting with Stephen and Nick on this brilliant show. Last year was amazing- in fact it was my favourite job! I’m so looking forward to getting into the new Epstein theatre too- I can’t wait to see the show in a bigger space and to hear what people think. I think this is a show that everyone will love, and it deserves to be seen by as many people as possible.”
Stephen Fletcher said: “Having reached a wider audience with Mam I’m ‘Ere over Christmas, it seemed right to build on the success of 2012 and bring The Last 5 Years back. It has always been my aim to present entertaining and affordable drama, and to introduce different and varied work to the city. Mam I’m ‘Ere! helped to establish us as a new and ambitious production company, proving (when we had to) that we can deliver the big showpiece productions as well as the smaller-scale studio shows. It seems right to give more people the chance to see this beautiful, funny and moving musical, and I think our audiences will really enjoy it.”
The Last 5 Years will be on at the Epstein from June 3 to 23 – and comes highly recommended. For tickets and information, call 0844 888 4411, visit www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk, or book in person at the theatre box office.