Ghosts of past selves walk the boards in Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical, Follies, returning to London in 2019 following an acclaimed, sold-out run at the National Theatre early this year.
Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, the show includes the classic songs ‘Broadway Baby’, ‘I’m Still Here’ and ‘Losing My Mind’. Performed by a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, Follies is directed by Dominic Cooke (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) and tells the story of the singers and dancers who made up Weismann’s Follies as they gather for one final party before their beloved Broadway theatre meets the bulldozer.
This is a unique opportunity for those of you who missed it the first time around to experience the pure brilliance of Sondheim’s Follies. Book now for this musical theatre gem.
New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to share few drinks, a few songs and a few lies about themselves. They’re old now, and as they recreate some of their old routines, the rose tint of their reminiscences darkens… And tomorrow the iconic building in which they share their memories of a time long gone will also crumble away to dust.
This production runs without an interval.
2 hours 15 minutes
Tue, 26 March 2019
Book by James Goldman
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Director Dominic Cooke
Designer Vicki Mortimer
Choreographer Bill Deamer
Music Supervisor Nicholas Skilbeck
Orchestrations Jonathan Tunick
Orchestrations Josh Clayton
Music Director Nigel Lilley
Lighting Designer Paule Constable
Sound Designer Paul Groothuis
Imelda Staunton (Sally Durant Plummer), Janie Dee (Phyllis Stone) and Philip Quast (Benjamin Stone), Dame Josephine Barstow, Tracie Bennett, Zizi Strallen, Leisha Mollyneaux, Emily Langham, Peter Forbes, Di Botcher, Billy Boyle, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Emily Goodenough, Bruce Graham, Fred Haig, Aimee Hodnett, Dawn Hope, Liz Izen, Alison Langer, Emily Langham, Sarah Marie Maxwell, Kate Parr, Edwin Ray, Gary Raymond, Adam Rhys-Charles, Jordan Shaw, Barnaby Thompson, Christine Tucker and Alex Young.
Other info: Musical direction by Nigel Lilley.
Follies Critics & Reviews
***** Dominic Cooke's production surpasses your wildest dreams for this show Independent
***** Unmissable. Razzmatazz, poignancy and cracking songs Daily Telegraph
***** Spectacular. Outstanding Financial Times
***** Dominic Cooke's triumphantly unsentimental but compassionate production produces tears, cackles and goosebumps, sometimes all together. The Sunday Times
**** A gorgeous Sondheim revival Evening Standard
***** Shows what the theatre is capable of. Don't miss. Daily Express
***** Not just triumphant, but transcendent. The Stage
Bars: 6 licensed bars. Access information: No steps to the Olivier Stalls and Circle bars (spacious, moveable seats) from the lifts. Soft drinks may be brought to disabled customers in the auditorium. Chair lift down a flight of steps to the Circle café from level 3 - contact a member of staff for assistance. The menu is available in large print.
Limited mobility: Please ask to be seated in an aisle seat in the centre Stalls when you book.
Access description: Main entrance reached from Upper Ground via Theatre Avenue to Theatre Square and a drop off point approx. 40m from main entrance. Lifts up to the Olivier Theatre to right of information desk (to both Stalls and Circle levels) or staircases further in on each side (49 steps to Stalls, further 44 to Circle). Olivier Box office on level 2. No steps to the back of the Stalls, 10 steps up to raised sections. Centre Stalls auditorium has gradual shallow steps with a handrail on aisles 2 and 4. Lift to row G of Circle and 18 steps down to the front. Power assisted doors and ramps to terraces from Level 2.
Sound Amplification: Infra-red system with headsets or neck loops. Collect headsets/loops from box offices. Induction loops at service counters.
Guide Dogs: Guide dogs are not currently allowed in the auditorium, however staff are happy to dog sit. Dogs will be looked after in the cloakroom. Groups should contact the theatre manager’s office on 020 7452 3281.
Disabled Access: Lift to the Olivier Stalls. 3 spaces for wheelchair users in row R. A companion can sit next to the left-hand space in row R, or in the row. Transfer seating is available to aisle seats - wheelchairs stored at back of auditorium.
Toilets: Women’s and men’s at Stalls and Circle levels.
Disabled Toilets: Adapted WC on the left side of the Stalls corridor.
Telephone: There is a public cash telephone at Circle bar level