Working

Southwark Playhouse - June / July 2017

From the book by Studs Terkel
Adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso
With additional contributions by Gordon Greenberg
Songs by Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers & Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz and James Taylor

photo by Darren Bell / Rebecca Pitt

"Sheppard’s staging, with compact, punchy choreography by Fabian Aloise, has terrific verve and the performances are superb... the production is impeccable — and above all, it works."
Sam Marlowe, The Times

"Director Luke Sheppard has assembled an impressive ensemble of new and established talent.... Southwark Playhouse has built a reputation for high quality imports of unsung American musicals, and 'Working' is no exception." 
Theo Bosanquet - Time Out

"The show is a rare and evocative fringe pleasure" 
Mark Shenton, London Theatre

"This production has a clear focus, thanks to the direction of Luke Sheppard, and all of the material has been pieced together perfectly, like a musical theatre jigsaw puzzle. The atmosphere and energy it generates is infectious, raising valid points whilst entertaining its audience."
Debbie Gilpin, Broadway World

"Luke Sheppard keeps things fizzing along through a brisk 90-minutes... the entire show is full of energy and never less than engaging."
Sarah Crompton, Whats On Stage

"Working could seem so unlikely a musical that maybe it has no right to work, yet somehow it does beautifully."
Stephen Bates, Reviews Hub

"Working is powerful, relevant and not on for long enough. Everyone should take the chance to see it while it’s around, and with this cast".
Jim Compton-Hall, The Upcoming

"It is, like director Luke Sheppard’s other smash hit, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights, a dazzling ensemble piece with standout performances from the entire cast, sizzling choreography and a knockout list of musical numbers.... a remarkably fine achievement... A five-star original, beautifully constructed, superbly conceived, wonderfully played and finely directed tribute to millions of ordinary people...It’s unmissable."
Anne Cox - Stage Review