★★★★★ ‘…authentic emotional depth… thrillingly well performed by a cast led by Glenn Carter’s Floyd’
★★★★ ‘A grim tale produces a gem of a musical… A huge plus is the Playhouse’s mustily atmospheric railway-arch space… a 14-strong ensemble and eight-strong band who bring a zest to every vignette and song… At a time when insensitive media intrusion is under scrutiny as never before, Floyd Collins burns with peculiarly haunting relevance’
★★★★ Critics’ Choice
‘It’s still only February, but we’ll be lucky if we see a better production of a better musical all year in London’
Mark Shenton, The Stage
‘Could there possibly be a better environment in which to revive a little known masterpiece of musical theatre… beautifully directed… nothing they could do at the NT’s Cottesloe Theatre could come within spitting distance of the atmosphere created in the vaults of Southwark Playhouse… get yourselves down to Southwark – Floyd Collins will, I fear, always be a collectors item and you’ve only six weeks to catch this revival’
Edward Seckerson, The Independent
‘Adam Guettel’s terrific underground musical Floyd Collins is back – in the ideal venue…the enterprising Southwark Playhouse has given it a magnificent production…’
Derek’s Bond new production is quite beautiful’
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Kentucky, 1925. Cave explorer Floyd Collins, dreams of finding fame and fortune underground. When a cave-in leaves him trapped 55 feet below the earth’s surface, the media circus above ground makes his personal tragedy a national sensation.
Tina Landau and Adam Guettel’s award-winning musical is an examination of the media’s reaction to the events in the cave, the various attempts to rescue Floyd and a moving insight into a family’s suffering.
Glenn Carter (Jesus Christ Superstar, Jersey Boys), Robyn North (The Phantom of the Opera) and Ryan Sampson (Doctor Who, The Kitchen Sink) lead a thirteen strong cast in this production, the first revival of the show in the UK for over ten years.
Playwrights Horizons Inc., New York City, produced, FLOYD COLLINS Off-Broadway in 1996 Presented by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LIMITED on behalf of R & H THEATRICALS of New York.
Tuesday, 13 March
Live Transatlantic Post-Show Discussion with Roger Brucker, chaired by Director Derek Bond
Roger W. Brucker is the co-author of Trapped! The Story of the Floyd Collins. He has written four nonfiction books and one historical novel about cave exploration. He has been exploring Mammoth Cave, the world’s longest cave, for more than 55 years. He is a co-founder and past president of the Cave Research Foundation. More information is available at www.rogerbrucker.com
Click here to read an interview with Glenn Carter and Robyn North, from Exeunt