Cast announced for Afterglow at Southwark Playhouse

Midnight Theatricals has revealed the cast for the London staging of S. Asher Gelman’s internationally acclaimed play Afterglow.

Following successful runs in New York, Madrid, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, and Mexico City, as well as previous sell-outs at Southwark Playhouse and Waterloo East Theatre in 2019, the play returns to London at the Southwark Playhouse Borough on 12 January 2024, under the direction of its creator, S. Asher Gelman.

The cast features Peter McPherson, known for his role as Gareth in Hollyoaks and his performances in Sweet Charity at Manchester Royal Exchange and Goodbye Norma Jean at Park Theatre. He will be playing the role of Josh.

James Nicholson, with stage credits in Les Miserables at the West End and Cinderella at Nottingham Playhouse, joins as Darius.

Victor Hugo, recognised for his film roles in Gemini Man and Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, completes the trio as Alex.

Paddy Cavendish, with stage experience in Swimming at The White Bear and Labyrinth and Ilyad at The Almeida, will understudy each role.

Afterglow offers a raw, humorous, and sensual look into the complexities of polyamory, commitment, and contemporary love. The story revolves around Josh and Alex, a married couple in an open relationship, who experience a deep and transformative connection when they invite Darius into their bed for one night. As the trio navigates through their emotions, their relationships and futures are profoundly impacted, compelling them to confront their understandings of love, loyalty, and trust.

The production brings back the original and record-breaking creative team, including set designer Ann Beyersdorfer, lighting designer Jamie Roderick, and sound designer Alex Mackyol. Joining the team for this staging are costume designer Justin Nardella, intimacy director Lee Crowley, and casting director Anne Vosser.

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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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