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Daniel Buckley, Hiba Elchikhe and Kayleigh McKnight to star in new British musical Fiver

Daniel Buckley, Hiba Elchikhe and Kayleigh McKnight

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FIVER, a new British musical by Alex James Ellison and Tom Lees, will receive its world premiere at Southwark Playhouse from Wednesday, July 3 to Saturday, July 20, 2019.

Have you ever looked at a £5 note and wondered “Haven’t I seen you somewhere before?”

Fiver follows the story of a humble £5 note as it passes through the hands and pockets of different people in London.

Often unnoticed and obviously unaware, the fiver is present for significant moments in each person’s life – from an appreciation of their skills as a street performer, the start or end of relationships to the simple realisation that they can afford a bed for the night.

The cast will include Daniel Buckley (Ferris in Eugenius!), Hiba Elchikhe (Princess Jasmine, Disney’s Aladdin) and Kayleigh McKnight (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical), with further casting to be announced in due course.

Fiver will have musical direction by Tom Lees and set design by Justin Williams. Further creatives will also be announced at a later date.

Alex James Ellison (Writer/Producer) is a singer/songwriter who 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 (Writer/Musical Director/Producer) has been MD for several productions at London Theatre Workshop, including Ordinary Days (for which he was nominated for a BroadwayWorld Award for Best Musical Direction) and the Sondheim revue, Just Another Love Story. He was also 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 workshop of Fiver ran at Crazy Coqs in 2017.

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.”

Tickets: £22, £18 concessions. Previews: (July 3 and 4) all seats £14. To book, call the box office on 020 7407 0234 or visit

Times: Monday to Saturday at 8pm; Tuesday and Saturday matinees at 3.30pm.

Also at Southwark Playhouse: the world premiere of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (May 15 to June 8) and Ain’t Misbehavin’, which celebrates legendary jazz musician Fats Waller and his music (April 19 to June 1, 2019).