Two years on from a workshop at Live at Zédel, Alex James Ellison and Tom Lees’ new British musical Fiver is having its world premiere at Southwark Playhouse in July 2019 and the cast so far – Daniel Buckley, Hiba Elchikhe and Kayleigh McKnight – has plenty of West End credentials. So if you have ever looked at a £5 note and wondered ‘Haven’t I seen you somewhere before?’, this is the show for you!
Daniel Buckley (Ferris in Eugenius!), Hiba Elchikhe (Princess Jasmine, Disney’s Aladdin) and Kayleigh McKnight (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical) are the first cast members to be announced for the show which will run at Southwark Playhouse from 3 July to 20 July 2019 (press night is 5 July).
Fiver follows the story of a humble £5 note as it passes through the hands and pockets of different people in London. Often unnoticed and obviously unaware, the fiver is present for significant moments in each person’s life – from an appreciation of their skills as a street performer, the start or end of relationships, to the simple realisation that they can afford a bed for the night.
Alex James Ellison and Tom Lees said:
“Since Crazy Coqs we have expanded the show, both in terms of length and complexity. Fiver now runs 40 minutes longer and we are massively excited to see the changes we have made come to life on stage.”
Alex James Ellison (writer/producer) is a singer/songwriter trained at the Brit School and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. In 2016 he supported Samantha Barks on her UK tour and won Pride’s Got Talent, performing to 20,000 people on the main stage in Trafalgar Square. His theatre credits include Apartment 40C (St James Theatre/London Theatre Workshop), The Secret Garden (The Barn Theatre, Cirencester) and Best of Friends (Landor Theatre).
Tom Lees (writer/musical director/producer) has been MD for several productions at London Theatre Workshop, including Ordinary Days and the Sondheim revue Just Another Love Story. He was MD for his own award-winning musical Apartment 40C. He has worked extensively with Britain’s Got Talent winners Collabro for whom he has provided numerous arrangements.