Cable Street

Cable Street

Southwark Playhouse Elephant

  • Opens: Friday, 6 September 2024 -
    Booking until: Thursday, 10 October 2024
Cable Street description

The brilliant five-star musical Cable Street returns to town for a new run in autumn 2024, whisking audiences back to a critical event that took place in October 1936 in the heart of London’s East End. As it turns out, the story is just as relevant today. Pure genius.

The Polish Jew Sammy, Irish Catholic Mairead and Lancastrian Ron couldn’t be more different. But when Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists start to march on East London the trio joins a three hundred thousand-strong group of workers, Jewish people, left wingers and others, all from completely different backgrounds, to unite against the fascists’ hatred.

As the people raise their voices against Moseley and his gang, the lives of those in the area are changed forever. A fantastic contemporary score underlines this electrifying reimagining of one of London’s most significant days. The show delivers a celebration of the power of community, a rallying call to action, and a history lesson none of us should forget.

An inspiring event from 1936 brought to vivid life

While the parallels with the UK today might be disturbing, there’s also warmth and humour in this timeless story, which remains as powerful as ever.

Written by composer and lyricist Tim Gilvin and playwright Alex Kanefsky, the musical’s first run at the Southwark Playhouse Borough sold out, given a glowing five star review. Called ‘an absolute belter’, it is fast gaining traction as a classy production with all the makings of a musical theatre classic.

The creative team includes director Adam Lenson, associate director Jamie Buller, choreographer Jevan-Howard Jones, musical supervisor Tamara Saringer, and orchestrator and arranger Tim Gilvin. Set design comes from Yoav Segal, costume design from Lu Herbert, and lighting design from Sam Waddington. Dramaturg is by Olivia Mace, the casting director is Sarah Leung, and the producers are Dylan Schlosberg’s 10 to 4 Productions and Neil Marcus.

Playing at Southwark Playhouse Elephant

Dante Place, 80 Newington Butts, London, SE11 4FL GB (venue info)

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