Grace Mouat and Jacob Fowler to star in premiere of new musical Before After

Grace Mouat and Jacob Fowler are to star in the UK premiere of new British musical Before After.

Stuart Matthew Price and Timothy Knapman’s show opens at Southwark Playhouse Borough (Little) on 9 February, with previews from 7 February, and runs until 2 March 2024.

The Grey Area present the production following a record-breaking live stream from Southwark Playhouse in 2020 and a UK workshop in the studio space at The Other Palace.

Grey Area’s Artistic Director, Georgie Rankcom, helms this musical love story about a couple given a second shot at happiness.

Ami meets Ben by a tree on a beautiful hillside. She recognises him instantly: they were once very much in love. But Ben doesn’t remember her at all. What went so terribly wrong in the past, and is there a chance that, in the present, these two lovers might just find their happy ever after, after all?

The production has musical direction by Ben McQuigg, movement direction by Tinovimbanashe Sibanda, set and costume design by Yimei Zhao, lighting design by Alex Musgrave and casting direction by Peter Noden. The Production stage manager is Waverley Moran with artwork by Jed Berry and photography by Danny Kaan.

Rankcom said: “Before After has a strong cult following across the globe – our rehearsed reading streamed during lockdown reached 44 countries, causing #BeforeAfterUK to trend on Twitter, and led to calls for a fully staged version to follow.

“A long running Japanese translation and a successful tour of the Netherlands have given the writers an opportunity to hone the piece over the last few years. We established The Grey Area to support the growth of new musicals, so I can’t wait to bring this show home to the UK in our new production.”

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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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