About the show
Don’t miss Stephen Sondheim’s iconic musical Follies at National Theatre.
Dominic Cooke, previously the Artistic Director of the Royal Court, brings Stephen Sondheim’s musical masterpiece Follies to the Southbank.
Follies, with a story by James Goldman, is set in 1971 in New York. Three former performers meet to reminisce about their time on stage. Thirty years have passed since they last took a curtain call together and the famous Weismann Theatre is about to be demolished.
Based on the real-life Ziegfeld Follies, Sondheim’s much-loved musical is an enticing blend of show-stopping tunes and a deliciously melancholy look back at the past.
The inimitable Imelda Staunton leads the cast as Sally Durant Plummer. In 2016, Staunton won the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in Sondheim’s other classic, Gypsy. She won the same award in 2013 for her performance in Sweeney Todd. More recently, she wowed the critics with her appearance in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf at Harold Pinter Theatre. Alex Young plays the younger Sally.
fellow Olivier Award winners Tracie Bennett (Carlotta Campion) and Janie Dee (Phyllis Rogers Stone) make up the trio of former Follies girls. Emily Langham and Ziz Strallen play their younger counterparts. The six performers lead an impressive 37-strong cast which is also backed by a full orchestra.
Cooke’s production is the first time this Sondheim musical has been performed at the National Theatre. It follows on from previous productions of the composer’s A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Sunday In The Park With George.
Follies features hit musical theatre songs Broadway Baby, I’m Still Here and Losing My Mind.
NT Live will screen Follies to UK and international cinemas on 16 November.
Follies runs from 22 August to 3 January 2018 at the National Theatre.