British musical Lift will return to London in Summer 2022

British musical Lift will be revived in London this summer.

Gartland Productions has announced a brand new production which will run at the Southwark Playhouse from 13 May to 25 June 2022.

Dean Johnson (Godspell, BKLYN, Dogfight) directs with Musical Direction and new arrangements by Sam Young (White Christmas, The Man in the Ceiling).

Also on the creative team are Annie Southall (The Jungle Book, The Boyfriend) as choreographer, Andrew Exeter (High Fidelity, Hair in Concert, Jon + Jen) as production designer, Natalia Alvarez as associate designer by Natalia Alvarez and casting by Pearson Casting.

Casting for the new production is to be announced.

Developed by Perfect Pitch, LIFT is set in a London underground lift, in one man’s imagination, on its way to the surface during one minute. In the 54 seconds of the lift’s passage, we are taken on a much longer journey that reveals the people behind the masks they wear, the secrets they dare not speak, and the unrealised connections between them.

Dean Johnson, Director of LIFT said: “LIFT has been one of those shows that has grown in popularity since the concept album and original production 10 years ago, while the performers involved in that process came to define a generation of British talent.

“A story about individuals lost in the vast ecosystem of London, in many ways it was ahead of its time and reflects the city today just as effectively as it did a decade ago. We are really excited to revisit the piece and unlock that potential in a fully realised revival with a modern retelling and a cast that represents the next generation of diverse talent in the UK.”

Lift, which has music and lyrics by Craig Adams and book by Ian Watson, first ran at Soho Theatre in 2013, starring Cynthia Erivo, Julie Atherton and George Maguire.

Lift runs at Southwark Playhouse, London from 13 May – 18 June 2022 with tickets available from

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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