The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Southwark Playhouse · 15 MAY - 08 JUN

The world premiere of this brand new musical is based on the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald

“If you’d like to see a great new British musical, you should definitely check this out. It’s an adaption of the F Scott Fitzgerald short story (previously made into a film with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett) in which a lonely man with a rare medical condition ages backwards. But his life of isolation is interrupted by an unlikely love story. Critics are full of praise for this beautiful show so get in to see it while you still can!”

Overview

Discover a sleepy fishing harbour at the end of the First World War – home to a most curious story of one man, and the timeless tale of a love that defies all odds.

Born in the most unusual circumstances, Benjamin Button is an old man, not at the end of his life, but at the beginning. Trapped in a body where he doesn’t belong, locked away from the world and branded a monster, Benjamin dreams of freedom and adventure. And more than anything, he dreams of love. But just as he gives up hope, resigning himself to a life of solitude, a miracle occurs – a local girl, by the name of Elowen Keene.

But, as we all know, time and tide wait for no man, and as the decades pass, their lives begin to move in reverse. And when war calls Benjamin across the seas, time is not their only enemy.

From Jethro Compton, associate artist of Hall for Cornwall, writer and director.

Critic reviews

This is the kind of all-too-rare night that reminds you why you fell in love with theatre in the first place.

WhatsOnStage

F Scott Fitzgerald’s mind-blowing conceit gets a marvellous makeover

The Telegraph

It's a musical that presents impeccable balance in all its elements and incredible chemistry among the performers

Broadway World

New cornish-set folk musical based on F Scott Fitzgerald’s short story sounds timeless

The Stage

I urge you to catch this treasure of a show

Musical Theatre Review

A crack cast of five young actor-musicians deliver a lively and virtuosic performance. It left me unmoved, though

The Times

A stunning cast sing, play and even puppeteer as the life-lived-backwards tale is relocated to Cornwall in ingenious style

The Guardian

In this little room, ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ is something very special indeed

Time Out

Confident, triumphant and an utter pleasure to behold

A Younger Theatre

Date & time

Show ended
Wed 15 May - Sat 8 Jun, 3.30pm & 8pm
Runtime: 2 hrs

Venue

Southwark Playhouse
77-85 Newington Causeway SE1 6BD London, UK · Get Directions
4.7
out of 5 stars
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