Winner: Best Musical Production - Off West End Awards

Long-listed: Floyd Collins - Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical - Evening Standard Awards

Nominated: Ryan Sampson - The People's Favourite Male Performance - Off West End Awards

Nominated: Jane Webster - Best Female - Off West End Awards

The Vaults, Southwark Playhouse  -  22 February 2012 - 31 March 2012


Vlach Ashton

Mensah Bediako

Kit Benjamin

Glenn Carter

Gareth Chart

Morgan Deare

Dayle Hodge

Robyn North

Roddy Peters

Donovan Preston

Jonathan Redfern

Ryan Sampson

Jane Webster

★★★★★ 'We'll be lucky to see a better musical all year in London.' Sunday Express

★★★★ 'Burns with peculiarly haunting relevance.' The Telegraph

'It's hard to imagine a better cast than this one.' The Observer

Kentucky, 1925. Floyd Collins, soon to be acclaimed as the ‘greatest caver ever known’, dreams of finding fame and fortune underground. When a cave-in leaves him trapped 55 feet below the earth’s surface, the media circus above ground makes a very personal tragedy a national sensation.

Tina Landau and Adam Guettel’s award-winning musical has been described as ‘dazzling’ (Stephen Sondheim) and ‘a giant leap forward for musical theatre’ (The Independent). A blistering account of the events that occur when a personal disaster becomes public news, this ground-breaking musical is an examination of the media’s reaction to the events in the cave, the various attempts to rescue Floyd and a moving insight into his family’s suffering.

Floyd Collins was the recipient of the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical (1996), an Obie for Best Score and seven Drama Desk nominations including Best Direction, Best Book and Best Musical. This production, specially conceived for the cavernous depths of Southwark Playhouse’s Vault space, marks its first London revival in over ten years.

Creative Team

Director – Derek Bond

Designer – James Perkins

Lighting Designer – Sally Ferguson

Musical Director – Tim Jackson

Choreographer – Richard Jones

Sound Designer – Robert Donnelly-Jackson                                                                                                                                  

Casting Director – Josh Seymour


Associate Director – Simon Pittman

Costume Supervisor – Zlatica Halkova


PR - Susie Safavi

Graphic Designer - Rebecca Pitt

Production Photographer - Robert Workman


Producer - Peter Huntley

in association with Tim Johanson Productions and Southwark Playhouse


Presented by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LIMITED on behalf of R & H THEATRICALS of New York


Playwrights Horizons Inc., New York City, produced FLOYD COLLINS Off-Broadway in 1996


Floyd Collins was commissioned by the American Music Theater Festival, Philadelphia, which produced its world premiere