Here's What The New Production Of Sondheim's Follies Looks Like

Imelda Staunton as Sally Durant Plummer in FOLLIES at the National Theatre (c) Johan Persson

New pictures have been released of the London production of Follies.

The National Theatre are staging Stephen Sondheim's legendary musical for the first time.

Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21 and the production is directed by Dominic Cooke.

FOLLIES at the National Theatre (c) Johan Persson
FOLLIES at the National Theatre (c) Johan Persson

 

1971, New York. There’s a party on the stage of the Weissman Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. Including such classic songs as Broadway Baby, I’m Still Here and Losing My Mind, 

Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards, Sondheim’s previous work at the NT includes A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.

FOLLIES at the National Theatre (c) Johan Persson
FOLLIES at the National Theatre (c) Johan Persson

 

The cast includes Julie Armstrong, Norma Atallah, Josephine Barstow, Jeremy Batt, Tracie Bennett, Di Botcher, Billy Boyle, Janie Dee, Anouska Eaton, Liz Ewing, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Peter Forbes, Emily Goodenough, Bruce Graham, Adrian Grove, Fred Haig, Aimee Hodnett , Dawn Hope, Liz Izen, Alison Langer, Emily Langham, Sarah-Marie Maxwell, Ian McLarnon, Leisha Mollyneaux, Gemma Page, Kate Parr, Philip Quast, Edwin Ray, Gary Raymond, Adam Rhys-Charles, Jordan Shaw, Imelda Staunton, Zizi Strallen, Barnaby Thompson, Christine Tucker, Michael Vinsen and Alex Young.

Geraldine Fitzgerald as Solange LaFitte and Sarah Marie Maxwell as Young Solange in FOLLIES at the National Theatre (c) Johan Persson
Geraldine Fitzgerald as Solange LaFitte and Sarah Marie Maxwell as Young Solange in FOLLIES at the National Theatre (c) Johan Persson

 

The original production of Follies premiered on Broadway in 1971, where it was nominated for eleven Tony Awards, and won seven. The show premiered in London in 1987, and has been revived around the world many times to great acclaim. This 2017 staging will be the first time the musical has been performed at the National Theatre. 

 

Here's the full gallery from the production:

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