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Exclusive: Watch Sharon D Clarke and the cast of The Life

The musical opens at Southwark Playhouse this week

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As they prepare for press night, we popped into Southwark Playhouse to get a glimpse of The Life.

Michael Blakemore directs the musical about '80s New York and the pimps and prostitutes of Times Square before it was cleaned up.

The cast features Sharon D Clarke alongside Cornell S John, John Addison, Lawrence Carmichael, Jo Servi, David Albury, Jalisa Andrews, Matthew Caputo, Omari Douglas, Aisha Jawando, Thomas-Lee Kidd, Charlotte Reavey, Lucinda Shaw, Johnathan Tweedie, T'Shan Williams and Joanna Woodward.

First performed Off-Broadway in 1990, the musical has a book by David Newman, Ira Gasman and Cy Coleman, with music by Coleman and lyrics by Gasman.

The Life runs at Southwark Playhouse until 29 April.