Fiver - a new musical

Thursday 7 March 2019

Musicals - Off-West End - Shows

Daniel Buckley, Hiba Elchikhe and Kayleigh McKnight are to star in the new British musical - FIVER - due to premiere at Southwark Playhouse this summer.
Fiver at Southwark Playhouse

Image courtesy Southwark Playhouse

Following the story of a humble £5 note as it passes through the hands and pockets of different people in London, Fiver is a new musical by Alex James Ellison and Tom Lees.

Having had an outing in a workshop production at Crazy Coqs in 2017, the musical is now set to get its world premiere at Southwark Playhouse from Wednesday 3 July to Saturday 20 July, 2019.

Initial cast for Fiver, a new musical coming to Southwark Playhouse

(From left) Daniel Buckley, Hiba Elchikhe, Kayleigh McKnight

Daniel Buckley (Ferris in Eugenius!), Hiba Elchikhe (Princess Jasmine, Disney's Aladdin) and Kayleigh McKnight (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical) are the first cast announced to star in the show.

Further casting and full creative team are due to follow in the near future.

Messrs Ellison and Lees said ...

"Since Crazy Coqs we have expanded the show, both in terms of length and complexity.

Fiver now runs 40 minutes longer and we are massively excited to see the changes we have made come to life on stage."

About the authors

Alex James Ellison is a singer/songwriter trained at the Brit School and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

In 2016 he supported Samantha Barks on her UK tour and won Pride's Got Talent, performing to 20,000 people on the main stage in Trafalgar Square.

His theatre credits include Apartment 40C (St James Theatre/ London Theatre Workshop), The Secret Garden (The Barn Theatre, Cirencester) and Best of Friends (Landor Theatre).

His music is available on iTunes and Spotify.

Tom Lees has been MD for several productions at London Theatre Workshop, including Ordinary Days (which he was nominated for a BroadwayWorld award for Best Musical Direction) and the Sondheim revue, Just Another Love Story.

He was MD for his own award-winning musical Apartment 40C.

He has worked extensively with Britain's Got Talent winners Collabro for whom he has provided numerous arrangements.


A new musical by Alex James Ellison and Tom Lees, follows the story of a humble five pound note as it passes through the hands and pockets of people in London.

Often unnoticed and obviously unaware, the fiver is present for significant moments in each person's life - whether it be an appreciation of their skills as a street performer; the start or end of a relationship; or the simple realisation that they can afford a bed for the night.

This beautifully crafted series of musical vignettes explores the value of money, relationships between people, and the relationships between people and their money.

Through carefully interwoven narrative threads, we learn the presumed value and worth of a fiver to different types of people, and are present at the key moment when the value of a fiver - given or received - can be dramatically altered by circumstance.

The diverse characters in Fiver are explored through a broad variety of musical styles as we follow our unusual hero through the ups and down of what is - to a fiver - just a normal day.


Daniel Buckley

Hiba Elchikhe

Kayleigh McKnight


Author: Alex James Ellison, Tom Lees
Composer: Alex James Ellison, Tom Lees
Lyricist: Alex James Ellison, Tom Lees
Set designer: Justin Williams
Musical direction: Tom Lees
Production: Alex James Ellison, Tom Lees


Southwark Playhouse - The Little
77-85 Newington Causeway


From: Wednesday 3 July 2019

Closes: Saturday 20 July 2019


Previews: 3 and 4 July all seats £14.00

Standard: £22

Concessions: £18

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