Love story to open Loft Theatre season

By IH Wednesday 05 September 2012 Updated: 05/09 11:05

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MUSICAL love story The Last Five Years opens the new season at Leamington's Loft Theatre.

Written by Jason Robert Brown, who used his own failed marriage as inspiration, the story explores a five-year relationship between Jamie Willerstein, a rising novelist, and Cathy Hyatt, a struggling actress.

In a novel twist on the standard musical theatre format, the show tells Cathy’s story in reverse chronological order - starting just after the end of the marriage - and Jamie’s in chronological order -starting just after the couple meet for the first time.

The only time both characters actually 'meet' on stage is at their wedding which takes place in the middle of the show.

To aid storytelling, the ‘timeline’ is represented on stage by a series of light bulbs that illuminate with each time shift, shining an alternating spotlight on Jamie and Cathy’s very different reactions to their failed relationship. Nathan Dowling as Jamie follows up his performance as Tom Collins in last December’s production of Rent, while Joanne Richards takes on the role of Cathy.

The show, which draws on musical styles ranging from rock to classical, is directed by Christopher Mead, with musical direction by Matt Flint.

Mr Mead said: "Directing this production has reminded me of why I first fell in love with this passionate, witty, hugely entertaining show over a decade ago. I even feel slightly jealous of those members of the audience who will be seeing this remarkable piece of musical theatre for the first time."

The Last Five Years can be seen at The Loft Theatre from Saturday (September 8) to Saturday September 15, with a performance each evening at 8pm (except Sunday).

Tickets can be booked online at or by calling 0844 493 4938 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. The box office will also be open from 6.45pm to 8.30pm from Monday to Friday September 3 to 7, and on each performance evening.

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