Photo preview: 27 The Rock Musical

You may have heard of “the 27 club” – a term referring to the belief that an unusual number of rock stars have died at the age of 27. Whether or not there’s any fact behind the belief, the superstition has inspired a new musical, 27, which is currently in previews at London’s Cockpit Theatre in Marylebone, with the press night on Monday (I’ll be in attendance – read the review in Musical Theatre Review from Tuesday).

With music, book and lyrics by Sam Cassidy, who co-directs with Arlene Phillips, the cast includes Cassidy’s brother Jack Donnelly (BBC1’s Atlantis), Cassie Compton (American PsychoWicked), Ryan Molloy (Jersey Boys) and Jodie Jacobs (Rock of Ages).

Orpheus is a would-be rock star turned icon whose experiences of fame and notoriety lead him on a journey of unstoppable self-destruction. Another name for the list. At the tender age of 27. Another star, extinguished…

The production photos below are by Nick Ross. 27 runs at the Cockpit Theatre until October 22. For more details, visit