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Fiver had it’s first full run between 3rd and 20th July 2019 at the Southwark Playhouse. The critically acclaimed production featured Alex James Ellison, Aoife Clesham, Hiba Elchikhe, Dan Buckley, and Luke Bayer who won ‘Best Performer in an Off West End Show’ at the 2019 West End Wilma Awards.

Fiver Southwark Playhouse

Book, Music, and Lyrics
Alex James Ellison
Tom Lees


Alex James Ellison
Tom Lees

Assistant Directors

Adam McDonnell

Paul Baker


Musical Director
Tom Lees

Set Design
Justin Williams 


Lighting Design
Alex Musgrave

Sound Design

Chris Tanton

Stage Manager

Jack Evans

Sound Operator/Crew

Alexander Grieve


★★★★★ ‘To put it simply – the production is fantastic. It is an engaging, hilarious and at times heartbreaking production, which is sure to have an excellent future on the stage.’ The Upcoming 

★★★★★ ‘Watching Fiver is like watching a rom-com, drama, thriller, romance unfurl live in front of your eyes. This pure delight of a musical is made all the more wonderful by its top notch cast. ’ Rewrite This Story 

★★★★★ ‘The whole cast shines in a surprisingly triumphant, glorious and hopeful story.’ LondonTheatre1 

★★★★ ‘Southwark Playhouse scores another bullseye with Alex James Ellison and Tom Lees' fanciful, deceptively sophisticated meditation on what happens to the humble five pound note as it is exchanged from hand to hand.’ WhatsOnStage 

★★★★ ‘Southwark Playhouse has made a name for itself in featuring new musicals and inventive revivals. It’s a venue that provides a platform for productions that are lesser-known, but have the potential to go further, and I suspect with Fiver, they have an uncontested hit on their hands.’ BroadwayWorld 

★★★★ ‘An absolutely astonishing score. The experience of watching this musical is one of pure uplifting wonderment.’ TheatreWeekly 

★★★★ ‘there are some wonderfully memorable scenes. Everything is handled with great warmth, reflecting the strength of the writing well.’ LoveLondonLoveCulture 

★★★★ ‘There is something rather wonderful about watching a high quality musical in a small venue.‘ The Spy in the Stalls 

★★★★ ‘ Ellison and Lees have crafted a delightful and at times touching tale that manages to conjure up a cast of characters that you do actually care about, thanks also to a very talented cast. ’ Musical Theatre Review 

★★★★ ‘The vocals are impressive from start to finish with beautiful harmonies, tone and intonation from everyone.’ Pocket Size Theatre

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