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Broadway 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. 

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Patti LuPone
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.

Gielgud Theatre

Address:
35-37 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6AR
Nearest tube:
Piccadilly Circus
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Company, first premiered on Broadway in 1970, was always a bold, brilliant musical: a series of brief vignettes (by George Furth) and dazzling songs (by Stephen Sondheim) about the challenges of dating and marriage and the fears of being trapped. The songs and scenes flow in and out of each other in an impressionistic haze as a man, about to celebrate his 35th birthday, confronts his deep-... Read more

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Company casting
Complete cast announced for Company in the West End
Thursday, July 12, 2018

The full cast joining Patti LuPone, Mel Giedroyc and Rosalie Craig in the upcoming West End production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company at the Gielgud Theatre has been announced. The central role in Marianne Elliott’s production has been gender-swapped and will now be played by a woman (Craig). The three characters that were originally Bobby’s girlfriends will also be gender-switched, with Richard Fleeshman playing Andy (formerly April), George Blagden playing PJ (formerly Marta) and Matthew Seadon-Young playing Theo (formerly Kathy).

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Further casting announced for Company in the West End
Friday, June 29, 2018

The cast joining Patti LuPone, Mel Giedroyc and Rosalie Craig in the upcoming West End production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company at the Gielgud Theatre has been announced. Marianne Elliot’s production is unique in that it is the first that the writer has allowed the central role to be gender-swapped and played by a woman (Craig). The three characters that were originally Bobby’s girlfriends will now also be gender-switched.

Mel Giedroyc to join Patti LuPone and Rosalie Craig in Company
Friday, February 2, 2018

Former Great British Bake Off presenter Mel Giedroyc will join Patti LuPone and Rosalie Craig in Stephen Sondheim’s Company, which opens later this year. Giedroyc will play Sarah, the wife of Harry who, together, are one of the five married couples who are friends with the musical’s central character, Bobbi – who will be portrayed as a woman for the first time, and played by Rosalie Craig. The previously announced Patti LuPone plays Joanne, another of Bobbi’s married friends. Company will play at the Gielgud Theatre from 26th September, and tickets are on sale now.

Patti LuPone
Company to star Patti LuPone in London from September 2018
Friday, September 22, 2017

Company, directed by Marianne Elliott, is to star Broadway legend when it runs at the Gielgud Theatre in September next year. Stephen Sondheim’s musical follows single man Bobby who is unable to hold down a steady relationship, and sees his interactions with his best friends (five married couples and three girlfriends) on his 35th birthday.j This production will see the roles gender-swapped (the first production allowed to do this by Sondheim), and will star Broadway legend Patti LuPone and Rosalie Craig.

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