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Final casting announced for Cops at Southwark Playhouse

Roger Alborough

Casting news

FINAL casting has been announced for the UK premiere of Cops. Written by American writer Tony Tortora and directed by Andy Jordan, it runs at Southwark Playhouse from Wednesday, January 15 to Saturday, February 1, 2020.

Cops is a new play inspired by real-life events in the often brutal and corrupt world of 1950’s Chicago policing and mob violence.

Chicago. 1957. Four cops, different ages, classes and races, mired in duplicity and mutual suspicion, have to grab a gangster turned state witness before the Mob do.

Outside their office the world is changing. The Civil Rights movement. Race riots. Mass consumerism. Rock ‘n’ Roll. Elvis has arrived! Sex is everywhere…

As much comedy as it is drama, with wonderfully written characters, razor-sharp, witty banter, authentic spiky dialogue, and explosive scenes of emotional power and soul-baring poignancy, Cops examines masculinity and racism whilst offering a touching message about how love conquers all and blood being thicker than water.

The cast includes:

Roger Alborough (pictured) who was Andy Capp in Andy Capp the Musical at the Finborough Theatre and The Professor in The Lesson at The Hope Theatre.

Jack Flammiger who is a recent BA (Hons) RADA graduate, and is making his professional debut in Cops.

Daniel Francis who had the lead role in The Brothers Size and Blackta at The Young Vic and Off The Endz at the Royal Court.

And James Sobol Kelly who was in The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable, Faust and The Masque of the Red Death all produced by Punchdrunk/National Theatre. He also played Shylock in The Merchant of Venice and Gloucester in King Lear for Guildford Shakespeare Company.

Produced by Andy Jordan Productions Ltd and Pluto Productions Ltd, Cops has set and costume design by Anthony Lamble and lighting design by Chris Corner. Composer and sound designer is Simon Slater.

Cops is suitable for ages 15+.

Tickets: £22, £18 concessions. All previews £14. To book, call the box office on 020 7407 0234 or visit

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

Read more about Spring 2020 at Southwark Playhouse. Also at Southwark Playhouse: Potted Panto, starring Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner (until January 11, 2020).