By Alex James Ellison and Tom Lees
FIVER is a musical by Alex James Ellison and Tom Lees which premiered in July 2019 at the Southwark Playhouse. The
sell out run received nominations for
numerous awards including Best New
Musical in the BroadwayWorld Awards
and the West End Wilma Awards and Best Off-West End Production in the WhatsOnStage Awards. Luke Bayer won the award from Best Performer in an Off-West End Show in the West End Wilma awards.
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Have you ever looked at a five pound note and wondered ‘Haven’t I seen you somewhere before…?’
FIVER, follows the story of a humble five pound note as it passes through the hands and pockets of people in London. Often unnoticed and obviously unaware, the fiver is present for significant moments in each person’s life – whether it be an appreciation of their skills as a street performer; the start or end of a relationship; or the simple realisation that they can afford a bed for the night.
This beautifully crafted series of musical vignettes explores the value of money, relationships between people, and the relationships between people and their money. Through carefully interwoven narrative threads, we learn the presumed value and worth of a fiver to different types of people, and are present at the key moment when the value of a fiver – given or received – can be dramatically altered by circumstance.
The diverse characters in FIVER are explored through a broad variety of musical styles as we follow our unusual hero through the ups and down of what is – to a fiver – just a normal day.
Book, Music, and Lyrics
Alex James Ellison
Alex James Ellison
★★★★★ ‘To put it simply – the production is fantastic. The music is brave and exciting and the songs are new, fresh and memorable.’ The Upcoming
★★★★★ ‘A musically lush score which is not only highly entertaining, but superbly detailed and sophisticated. Fiver really provides everything you could wish for in a new, British, contemporary, relevant musical.’ Rewrite This Story
★★★★★ ‘One would have to have a heart of stone not to be moved by this emotional rollercoaster.’ 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
★★★★ ‘Fiver is a hilarious, heartwarming and throughly enjoyable new musical that deserves a great future.’ LoveLondonLoveCulture
★★★★ ‘There is something rather wonderful about watching a high quality musical in a small venue.‘ The Spy in the Stalls
★★★★ ‘The beautifully written book almost out-Curtises Richard with its charming, whimsical vignettes.’ Musical Theatre Review
★★★★ ‘The vocals are impressive from start to finish with beautiful harmonies, tone and intonation from everyone.’ Pocket Size Theatre