Bittersweet musical at Baxter

Zoë McLaughlin as Cathy Hiatt in The Last Five Years. Picture: Andrew Gorman

One-act comedy-drama The Last Five Years will be staged from Thursday March 19 to Saturday April 4 at the Baxter Theatre.

The musical, originally written by Jason Robert Brown, tells the story of the short-lived marriage between Cathy Hiatt, a struggling actress, and Jamie Wellerstein, an up-and-coming novelist on the brink of getting his big break.

Cathy tells their story backwards from the end of their relationship to first meeting, while Jamie proceeds chronologically. They meet only once, in the middle of the show.

Featured in the role of Jamie is Fleur Du Cap nominee David Ralph Viviers in his musical debut. Making her professional debut as Cathy is Fleur Du Cap nominee Zoë McLaughlin.

At the helm of the creative team is award-winning director Paul Griffiths with musical direction by Jaco Griessel. The cast will be accompanied on stage by an ensemble of six musicians.

The Last Five Years will be running at the Golden Arrow Studio from Tuesdays to Saturdays with matinees on Saturdays March 28 and April 4.

A preview performance will be given on Wednesday March 18. Tickets for the preview cost R100 and the standard ticket price is R220.

Book through Webtickets or call the Baxter Box Office on 067 070 6855.