Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's 1971 Broadway musical yields new emotions, textures and terrors with each repeated viewing or production. Nostalgia, as the old saying goes, isn't what it used to be. But Follies is a show about the perils of living in the past that comes alive in the present, and reminds us - like Samuel Beckett's great work of existential terror Waiting for Godot or Chekhov's Uncle Vanya - that we have to simply face the cold light of reality and carry on. Yes, the show is...
The National Theatre produced a revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's 1971 musical Follies at the Olivier Theatre in late 2017, and it will return to the theatre in February 2019. Set on the crumbling stage of a Broadway theatre the musical brings together past performers from the Weismann's Follies as they reunite for one final time before the venue's destruction. The show primarily focuses on two couples, Buddy and Sally Durant Plummer and Benjamin and Phyllis Rogers Stone and their own memories, challenges and roads they didn't take.
Janie Dee and Peter Forbes will return to the production in 2019.
New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann 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.
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Cast and creative
By: Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman
Songs by: Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Director: Dominic Cooke
Producer: National Theatre
Cast list: Julie Armstrong, Lindsay Atherton, Josephine Barstow, Rosanna Bates, Jeremy Batt, Tracie Bennett, Billy Boyle, Kaye Brown, Janie Dee, Anouska Eaton, Liz Ewing, Vanessa Fisher, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Peter Forbes, Bruce Graham, Adrian Grove, Alexander Hanson, Alyn Hawke, Harry Hepple, Aimee Hodnett, Dawn Hope, Liz Izen, Jasmine Kerr, Alison Langer, Felicity Lott, Sarah-Marie Maxwell, Ian McIntosh, Ian McLarnon, Claire Moore, Tom Partridge, Gary Raymond, Michael Remick, Rohan Richards, Joanna Riding, Lisa Ritchie, Myra Sands, Gemma Sutton, Monica Swayne, Christine Tucker and Liam Wrate.
Design: Vicki Mortimer
Lighting: Paule Constable
Choreography: Bill Deamer
Sound: Paul Groothuis
Other info: Musical direction by Nigel Lilley