COMPANY Tickets

Gielgud Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6AR
Important Info
COMPANY Child Policy

All persons under the age of 16 must be accompanied by and sat next to the accompanying adult.


COMPANY Important Information

Real cigarettes are smoked in this production.
There will be an auditorium blackout of approximately 10 seconds at the beginning and end of each Act for COMPANY.

As an advisory to adults who might bring young people. All persons under the age of 16 must be accompanied by and sat next to the accompanying adult. They may not sit on their own within the auditorium. If children do have separate seats you could be refused entry. All persons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket.
Performance Timings
Monday - 19:30
Tuesday - 19:30
Wednesday - 19:30
Thursday 14:30 19:30
Friday - 19:30
Saturday 14:30 19:30
Sunday - -
Show Info

Book COMPANY Tickets

roadway legend Patti LuPone returns to London in a new gender-reversed production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's 1970 musical Company. The musical opened in London's West End at the Gielgud Theatre, produced by Elliott Harper Productions, a new production company set up by director Marianne Elliott and theatre producer Chris Harper.

Rosalie Craig stars in the central role of 'Bobbie' in this gender-reversed production that has been blessed by Sondheim - the first production to be allowed to change the gender of the characters. Patti LuPone will play Joanne.

Patti LuPone has played some of musical theatre's greatest characters, including Fantine in Les Miserables in London and Eva Peron in Evita on Broadway. She has also starred as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard, and in Sondheim's musicals Gypsy and Sweeney Todd. She most recently starred in War Paint on Broadway, which closed in November 2017.

Rosalie Craig is known for her work in musical theatre including the world premiere of Tori Amos's musical The Light Princess at the National Theatre in 2013, for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award. Other credits include City of Angels (Donmar Warehouse), Finding Neverland (Leicester Curve), Ragtime (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre) and London Road at the National Theatre.

The original production opened on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre on 26 April 1970, where it went on to run for 705 performances and was nominated for a record-setting fourteen Tony Awards, winning six, including Best Musical. The original West End production of Company opened on 18 January 1972, at Her Majesty's Theatre, where it went on to run for 344 performances and reuniting the original cast including Larry Kert, Elaine Stritch, Joy Franz, and Donna McKechnie.

Company has since been revived numerous times in London and New York and is one of Sondheim's most frequently performed musicals. A London revival was mounted at the Donmar Warehouse in 1995 directed by Sam Mendes which later transferred to the Albery Theatre (Noel Coward) for a limited run in 1996. Adrian Lester starred in the lead role of Bobby.

Frequently billed as 'the first concept musical' Company follows Bobby a single man unable to commit fully to a steady relationship or marriage. The show begins on his 35th birthday where we see his interactions with his best friends, five married couples and three girlfriends. The musical explores his relationships through a series of short vignettes, breaking the traditional mould of a book musical. The show was successful as it represented adult themes and reflected back the lives of New Yorkers in a way that hadn't previously been seen in commercial musical theatre.

There have been frequent attempts to stage gender-reversed and queer productions of Company, but this new production is the first to have been officially licensed by Sondheim, who has agreed to changes in the text. It offers a modern, newer perspective on love and marriage, rather than the 1970s style that is usually attempted.

Director Marianne Elliott is perhaps best known for her work at the National Theatre on productions such as War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, both of which have enjoyed international success. Her final production as an Associate Director at the National was the much-anticipated revival of Angels in America.

Company tickets are available now.


COMPANY Synopsis 

It’s Bobbi’s 35th birthday. She’s single and it seems that her coupled-up friends think they know what’s best for her. Why isn’t she married? Why can’t she find the right man? Why doesn't she settle down and have a family?

Ironically, the relationships of “those good and crazy people” are in various forms of disarray. Opening a window into her friends’ messy, yet hilarious, lives, Company comments on the true nature of relationships in all their peculiar forms.

Can Bobbi learn from her friends, or will their troubles cement her decision to remain single?


COMPANY Child Policy

All persons under the age of 16 must be accompanied by and sat next to the accompanying adult.


COMPANY Important Information

Real cigarettes are smoked in this production.
There will be an auditorium blackout of approximately 10 seconds at the beginning and end of each Act for COMPANY.

As an advisory to adults who might bring young people. All persons under the age of 16 must be accompanied by and sat next to the accompanying adult. They may not sit on their own within the auditorium. If children do have separate seats you could be refused entry. All persons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

Important information

Running time
2 hours and 35 minutes
Booking Until
Sat, 30 March 2019
Cast

COMPANY Cast

Patti LuPone
as Joanne
until 22 Dec 2018


Rosalie Craig
as Bobbi
until 22 Dec 2018


By
Book by George Furth, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

Producer
Elliott Harper Productions

Director
Marianne Elliott

Songs by
Stephen Sondheim


Cast List

Rosalie Craig as Bobbie, Patti LuPone as Joanne, Mel Giedroyc as Sarah, Jonathan Bailey as Jamie, George Blagden as PJ, Ashley Campbell as Peter, Richard Fleeshman as Andy, Alex Gaumond as Paul, Richard Henders as David, Ben Lewis as Larry, Daisy Maywood as Susan, Jennifer Saayeng as Jenny, Matthew Seadon-Young as Theo and Gavin Spokes as Harry, Michael Colbourne, Francesca Ellis, Ewan Gillies, Grant Neal and Jaimie Pruden.
Reviews

COMPANY Critics & Reviews

*****
"Gender-switched Sondheim proves a sublime down-the-rabbit-hole cocktail of entertainment"
Telegraph


****
"The ensemble of friends....is terrific - funny and slightly sinister in the smug way they batten on her"
Independent


****
"Sex - switch Sondheim proves a heavenly fling"
The Guardian


*****
'A sublime cocktail of an entertainment you'd be mad to miss.
Astonishing. Sensational. Theatrical magic.'
Daily Telegraph


*****
'This is a game-changer'
The i


*****
'Now hop to it and besiege the box office!'
The Sunday Times
Venue Info

Gielgud Theatre

Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6AR

VIEW SEATING PLAN


Access description: One 10cm step up into the foyer, through swing doors. Box Office on the right. There is a sofa in the foyer. Handrails on both sides of staircases. All steps are highlighted. Dress Circle up 3 steps (2 steep steps between rows). Ramp available to give level access to front of Dress Circle. 20 steps down to the Stalls and 30 up to the Upper Circle from an entrance on Shaftesbury Avenue to the right of the main foyer entrance. The upper circle also has two steep steps between each row.

Sound Amplification: Sennheiser infra-red system with 15 headsets + 2 which attach tp haring aides – collect your headsets from the cloakroom: name and address required. The best reception is in the front area of all levels of the auditorium. Induction loop at the Box Office.

Guide Dogs: Guide dogs are permitted inside the auditorium. Alternatively, staff are happy to dog-sit for 2 guide dogs per performance.

Disabled Access: Entrance to the auditorium is through the third side EXIT door on Rupert Street. Ask a member of staff to open this for you. One 12cm step up to the front of the Dress Circle. Venue suitable for scooters. B5 + B30 are wheelchair spaces. Companions to be seated in B6 + B29. Seats on the end of row B also act as transfer seats.

Toilets: 16 steps up to the women's and men's from the foyer. There are toilets situated on all levels of the auditorium.

Disabled Toilets: Adapted toilet in foyer near the bar

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