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This show closed on September 29, 2018

About Unexpected Joy

“the perfect recipe for a great night’s entertainment”

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ - Musical Theatre Review

“A joyful thing indeed”

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ - Attitude

“Make sure to pay Unexpected Joy a visit”

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ - LondonTheatre1

“powerful, roof-raising vocals.”

British Theatre - ★ ★ ★ ★

“a compelling and joyful production”

BroadwayWorld - ★ ★ ★ ★

“moments of sheer joy”

The Reviews Hub - ★ ★ ★ ★


Production Photos by Pamela Raith

Joy, a baby boomer pop star, is visited by her daughter, Rachel and granddaughter Tamara. Rachel is married to a prominent televangelist, so Joy is reluctant to divulge that she’s planning to marry Lou, another singer who happens to be a woman. A week with all four together is bound to lead to tension, laughter, discoveries and happiness that really is unexpected. Let the sparks and music fly!

In a time when the awareness of diversity and acceptance in society is at an all-time high, it’s the perfect opportunity to examine differences within our own families. It’s easy sometimes to disregard strangers who believe and live differently than the way we do, but what happens when those differences occur within our own family units?

Book and Lyrics by Bill Russell (Side Show)

Music by Janet Hood (Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens)

Directed by Amy Anders Corcoran

Musical Direction by Gareth Bretherton

Produced by Aria Entertainment and Kierstead Productions

Run Time

1hr 40min (no interval)

Start Date

End Date

Southwark Playhouse

77-85 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6BD

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