Linda Cropper (Offspring) stars alongside Nicholas Bell (North By Northwest), Johnny Carr (What Rhymes with Cars and Girls) and Stephen Phillips (Winners & Losers) in the world premiere of Aidan Fennessy’s The Architect, a suspenseful and heartfelt rumination on what makes life worth living, opening on Friday 2 November at Southbank Theatre.

Peter Houghton (The Odd Couple) directs this surprisingly humorous story about the frayed relationships we are forced to reckon with and the ties that bind us when confronted with the end of life.

Hiring a temporary carer requires some serious vetting. When Helen’s partner John heads off on a brief overseas trip she takes in a dubious young drifter and jack-of-all-trades to look after her through her illness. With a winning smile and incorrigible zest for life, he could be just the medicine she needs – if it wasn’t for the titanic secret he’s hiding. As an unexpected bond forms between them, tables begin to turn and Helen faces choices that are both intimate and monumental

September 27 – October 31