The Last Five Years

The Last Five Years

3.8 (4) · Musicals

The ups and downs and back-and-forths of young love, this musical has it all.


Jason Robert Brown’s award-winning musical returns to London’s West End for the first time in over ten years, after two sensational sell-out seasons at Southwark Playhouse, and an internationally streamed performance watched by audiences worldwide.

This emotionally powerful and poignant story of two New Yorkers who fall in and out of love over the course of five years, is underscored by a beautifully bittersweet score, featuring ‘I’m Still Hurting’, ‘Goodbye Until Tomorrow’ and ‘I Can Do Better Than That’.

Full of romance, wit and vivid storytelling, Jamie shares his story from the spark of their relationship’s giddy beginning, whilst Cathy’s side is told in reverse, from the end of their turbulent partnership. The two characters cross paths just once, as their stories collide during the middle of the show.

Jonathan O’Boyle’s bold new production sees the actor-musicians playing the piano, ukulele and guitar live throughout the show, adding an additional musical narrative to the story and a unique magic to Brown’s exquisite songs.

Critic reviews


· The Stage

Pure joy and should be seen by everyone

· West End Wilma

Intimate portrait of joy and sorrow

· Musical Theatre Review

Exquisite production

· Broadway World

A fresh and vibrant reimagining

· Theatre Weekly

Bittersweet musical treat gets West End upgrade

· The Arts Desk

The story of a relationship, told in an ingenious way

· The Telegraph

JRB would certainly approve

· London Box Office

Blistering performances scuppered by weak songs

· Londonist

It’s a musical about divorce... where’s the dramatic tension?

· Evening Standard

An impressive double act can’t mask a disconnected musical

· The Times


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Date & time

Show ended
Fri 17 Sep - Sun 17 Oct 2021,
3pm & 8pm
Runtime: 1 hr 30 mins


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Photo by Helen Maybanks
Photo by Helen Maybanks
Photo by Helen Maybanks
Photo by Helen Maybanks
Photo by Helen Maybanks
Photo by Helen Maybanks
Photo by Helen Maybanks
Photo by Helen Maybanks
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