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Southwark Playhouse, London
Southwark Playhouse, London
Our Review 4 / 5

Working is the extraordinary genre-defining musical from Grammy and Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell) based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with the American workforce: Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do.

This highly original and universal portrait of the American workday is told from the perspective of those that the world so often overlooks – the schoolteacher, the housewife, the fireman and the waitress amongst many – whose daily grind and aspirations reflect the truths of the people that make up a nation. Working employs a range of musical styles and genres from contributing composers, including five-time Grammy Award-winner James Taylor and Pulitzer Prize-winner Lin Manuel Miranda.


Previews from |
2nd June 2017
Opening date |
7th June 2017
Booking from |
5th August 2021
Available until |
8th July 2017
Closes |
8th July 2017
From the book by Studs Terkel, adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso
Jack Maple, Ramin Sabi & D.E.M. Productions.
Luke Sheppard
Songs by:
Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers & Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz and James Taylor
Nic Farman
Tom Marshall
Jean Chan
Fabian Aloise
Gabriella Slade
Cast list:
Gillian Bevan, Dean Chisnall, Krysten Cummings, Siubhan Harrison, Peter Polycarpou and Liam Tamne

Southwark Playhouse Venue Information

Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6BD
Nearest tube:
Elephant & Castle, Borough

Customer reviews

Our Review of Working


Working is an impressionistic hybrid of a musical: a bit like a verbatim documentary crossed with a musical revue, in which monologues and scenes are patched together to tell multiple stories about the real working lives of an extensive canvas of characters. Read more

Latest Working News & Features

The European Premiere of Stephen Schwartz’s Working
Photos of the European Premiere of Stephen Schwartz’s Working
Tuesday, 06 June, 2017
Production photos have been released for the European premiere of Working, which began performances at the Southwark Playhouse on 2 June and is scheduled to run through to 8 July 2017. An official opening is set for tomorrow, 7 June. Described as a "genre-defining musical", Working was created by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with the American workforce, 'Working: People Talk...
Interview with Working director Luke Sheppard and cast members Peter Polycarpou and Liam Tamne
Thursday, 18 May, 2017
The names Stephen Schwartz, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rogers and James Taylor certainly mean something to fans of musical theatre and beyond, and whilst many of us are familiar with their individual works their collective collaboration is perhaps less well known. A new production of their 1977 musical Working is preparing to open in London at the Southwark Playhouse, offering musical fans a rare opportunity to see this deeply relevant and curious 'genre-defining' show. “It...
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