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The award-winning musical The Rink skated into Southwark Playhouse for a strictly limited season from May - June 2018, for its first London revival in almost 30 years.

With an irresistible score by the legendary Tony and Olivier Award-Winning John Kander and Fred Ebb (Chicago; Cabaret) and exhilarating book by Tony Award-winning Terrence McNally (Ragtime; Kiss of the Spiderwoman), The Rink originally premiered on Broadway in 1984 starring Chita Rivera and Liza Minelli.

The Rink is set in a Coney Island of the mind, on the ragged fringe of the New York show-biz world. Anna is about to sell her roller rink. It is to be demolished and with it Anna's sour memories of her husband and daughter. The estranged daughter, Angel, returns after a long absence, hoping to save the rink and patch things up with her mother. Through a series of flashbacks and revelations, the Rink itself becomes an extra arena in which mother and daughter examine their past, present and future.

Heartfelt, tender and bursting with show-stopping songs, including Coloured Lights and Don’t “Ah Ma” Me, The Rink is directed by Adam Lenson (Songs For a New World; Superhero) and choreographed by Fabian Aloise (Working; Our House, UK Tour)


★★★★ WhatsOnStage

★★★★★ Londonist

★★★★★Jonathan Baz

★★★★★ West End Wilma

★★★★★ Theatre Weekly

★★★★★ Sincerely Amy

★★★★★ Theatre-News

★★★★ The Upcoming

★★★★ London Theatre

★★★★ The Stage

★★★★ Evening Standard

★★★★ London Theatre 1

★★★★★ Musical Theatre Review

★★★★ Broadway World

★★★★ Sunday Express

★★★★ The Spy in the Stalls

★★★★ Mail on Sunday

★★★★ Daily Mail

★★★★★"A not-to-be-missed, brilliant production of an underrated masterpiece" Musical Theatre Review


★★★★"A big, bursting powerhouse of a revival" The Stage


★★★★  "it raises the roof" Theatre Weekly


★★★★★"A masterclass in acting, directing and design... musical theatre at its best”West End Wilma


★★★★★  “The Rink at the Southwark Playhouse is theatrical brilliance" Rewrite This Story


★★★★★"The Rink is joyous, uplifting, reflective and pulls on all your heart strings. This exquisite production is a masterclass in musical theatre that will make you laugh, cry and everything in-between" Sincerely Amy


★★★★★ “this piece is musical theatre at its finest” Pocketsize Theatre


★★★★"this summer’s must-see musical" The Upcoming

"Get your skates on, you're in for a treat” Time Out

“Caroline O'Connor gives a powerhouse performance” Sunday Express


"Gemma Sutton's powerful voice goes a long way' The Stag


Caroline O'Connor

Stewart Clarke

Elander Moore

Ben Redfern

Gemma Sutton

Ross Dawes

Michael Lin

Jason Winter

Amelia Ioannou & Millie Samuels Lee



Terrance McNally



John Kander


Fred Ebb

Production Manager

Gareth Edwards

Stage Manager

Catherine Cooper

Assistant Stage Manager

Beth Lewis

Assistant Choreographer

Jason Winter

Skate Captain

Ross Dawes

Casting Director

Jacob Sparrow

Wig Designer

Richard Mawbey


For DEM Productions

General Manager &
Production Accounting

Ceri Lothian & Ramin Sabi

Production Assistant

Abbii Clark


Adam Lenson


Jack Maple,

Brian Zeilinger


Fabian Aloise

Set Designer

Bec Chippendale

Costume Designer

Libby Todd 

Musical Director

Joe Bunker

Lighting Designer

Matt Daw

Sound Designer

Mike Thacker
for Orbital Sound

Assosciate Director

Franny Anne Rafferty

Assistant Director

Jo Kirkland


Greg Arrowsmith

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