Hadley Fraser and Rosalie Craig

Rosalie Craig and Hadley Fraser to star in livestream of Before After

The real-life couple will perform a staged reading at Southwark Playhouse.

Rosalie Craig and Hadley Fraser, most recently seen starring together in City of Angels in the West End, are confirmed to star in a livestream of the musical Before After, to be filmed at the Southwark Playhouse. There will be three performances, on 25 and 26 September.

"Early booker" tickets for the stream will be sold at £10, increasing to £15 from 21 September.

The new musical, a love story written by Matthew Price and Timothy Knapman, was workshopped in 2016 at the St James Theatre, producing a subsequent studio album recording. The live stream performances will be directed by Matthew Rankcom, with Musical Direction by Charlie Ingles.

In Before After, a couple meet on a hillside - while she remembers him and the love story of their past, he doesn't seem to know her at all. With confusion about their past, the two lovers might still find a happily ever after in their future.

Rosalie Craig is perhaps best known to West End audiences from the 2018 revival of Company, where she was the first woman to play the role of Bobbie (formerly Bobby). Her numerous other credits include City of Angels, The Ferryman, The Light Princess and Sweeney Todd at the ENO.

Hadley Fraser recently starred in Young Frankenstein in the West End. His other most notable credits include City of Angels, The Winter's Tale and Harlequinade for Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company and The Pirate Queen on Broadway. He also starred in the 25th anniversary concerts of both The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables.  

Matthew Rankcom, the show's director, said in a statement: "There is such uncertainty for our industry at the moment, so we're trying to explore how theatre can adapt to become more accessible and viable in the current climate. By streaming this rehearsed reading in real time, we hope to re-capture some of the magic of live theatre and allow our actors and their audience to forge a new kind of connection."

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