Premiere 5 March 2010.
Musical. In The Last Five Years we meet the actress Cathy and the author Jamie and get to follow their five-year relationship from two different perspectives.
Musical with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown.
Watch a clip from the performance.
It is an ingenious portrayal that shows us how Cathy looks back on the years shortly after the marriage had come to an end, while Jamie begins his reflection at the time of the amorous delirium of the first date. Not until the middle of the story, when Jamie proposes, do the two meet.
Hope, dreams and disappointments are portrayed through the alternately sung songs and bit by bit it is revealed how both careers and feelings have fallen out of step for the young couple. With both humour and gravity this musical unerringly describes a modern day relationship.
Watch pictures from the performance.
Tony award winner Jason Robert Brown is both composer and scriptwriter of The Last Five Years. This intimate musical with two singers and a small ensemble of musicians had its premiere in Chicago in 2001 and has since then been produced in some ten countries around the world. Brown is one of the most successful composers of the new Broadway generation and has been called the smartest and most sophisticated songwriter since Stephen Sondheim.
Meet Hanna Hedlund and Christopher Wollter and watch samples from the rehearsal.
Hanna Hedlund and Christopher Wollter.
Hanna Hedlund (Cathy) is a ‘Jack of all trades’ of the stage with a great amount of both theatre and singing experience. Among other things she has participated in the Swedish round of the Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions, and been nominated for the Guldmask award (Gold Mask – Swedish commercial theatre’s equivalent of the Oscar Statuette) for her stage performances in both farce and musicals. Last spring she won the TV-programme Körslaget (Battle of Choirs) and is at the moment the presenter of the programme Singing Bee Celeb on Swedish TV3.
Christopher Wollter (Jamie) has not only played the male lead role in Miss Saigon at the Göteborg Opera, but also leading parts in West Side Story and Les Misérables. His engagements have included working with the Stockholm City Theatre, the Royal Dramatic Theatre, and Malmö Opera. He has most recently sung Freddy in My Fair Lady at the Oscar Theatre in Stockholm alongside Tommy Körberg and Helen Sjöholm.
Rikard Berqvist, director and translator.
Rikard Bergqvist is a playwright, director and actor, trained at Teaterhögskolan in Malmö. He has worked at Malmö Stadsteater, Skånska Teatern, Riksteatern, Stockholms Stadsteater, Pistolteatern, Göteborgs Stadsteater and Norrbottensteatern. Rikard has played Birdy in his own dramatisation of Wharton’s novel and he wrote the musical Råttfångaren (The Rat-catcher) that was performed at Dramaten.
For The Göteborg Opera Rikard Bergqvist has written and directed the musical theatre plays Zvea – sånger från ett svunnet sekel (songs from times gone by) and Kråksång – ett litet lystet lustspel om livslögner och längtan (Crow’s song – a little lusty laughable lark about lifelong lies and longing). He was also responsible for the adaptation, translation and direction of the musicals Stop the World I want to get off (2004) and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (2006) which were both very successful. In the season 2007/2008 he directed My Fair Lady on the Main Stage and wrote and directed the rock musical Grymt! (Wicked) on the Skövde stage and the Small stage.