Follies
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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.

Follies running time: 
2 hours 15 minutes
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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.

By:
Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman
Producer:
National Theatre
Director:
Dominic Cooke
Songs by:
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Lighting:
Paule Constable
Sound:
Paul Groothuis
Design:
Vicki Mortimer
Choreography:
Bill Deamer
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.
Other info:
Musical direction by Nigel Lilley

Olivier Theatre, National

Address:
South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
Nearest tube:
Waterloo
Seating Plan:

Follies Customer reviews

Our Follies Review

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... Read more

Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's 1971 Broadway masterwork Follies is a literally overwhelming experience. I cried from virtually the beginning to the haunting end of this evocative portrait of the end of an era for a once-fabled New York theatre, on the eve of being torn down to make way for an office building, as a final reunion is held on its crumbling stage for the chorus girls and... Read more

Latest Follies News & Features

Janie Dee interview - 'Follies is taking everything I've got'
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Ever since it was first announced that Stephen Sondheim’s Follies would run at the National Theatre, the hype and excitement from theatre fans across the capital has been exponential. One of the greatest musical songwriter’s best musicals, beloved by many, was to get the treatment it deserves: a huge staging in the Olivier with a cast to boot. 

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Production photos of Imelda Staunton in Follies released
Monday, September 4, 2017

Production pictures have been released showing Imelda Staunton, Janie Dee and cast in Follies at the National Theatre. Dominic Cooke directs Stephen Sondheim’s musical, which has a book by James Goldman. The story follows ‘the Follies girls’, who gather thirty years after their final performance together. It features the classic songs “Broadway Baby”, “I’m Still Here” and “Losing My Mind."             Click here to read 'How Stephen Sondheim revolutionised the musical' The full cast includes Philip Quast, Tracie Bennett, Peter Forbes, Di Botcher, Dawn Hope, Josephine Barstow and Liz Izen.

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A brief musical theatre history of the cast of Follies
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

As Dominic Cooke's hugely-anticipated production of the Stephen Sondheim musical begins previews, we take a brief look at the musical theatre careers of the three brilliant actresses who will play the Follies. Imelda Staunton

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Photos of Imelda Staunton and cast in rehearsals for Follies at the National Theatre
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Images have been released showing Imelda Staunton, Janie Dee and the cast of Follies at the National Theatre in rehearsals.  Dominic Cooke directed Stephen Sondheim’s musical, which has a book by James Goldman. The story follows ‘the Follies girls’, who gather thirty years after their final performance together. It features the classic songs “Broadway Baby”, “I’m Still Here” and “Losing My Mind." The full cast includes Philip Quast, Tracie Bennett, Peter Forbes, Di Botcher, Dawn Hope, Josephine Barstow and Liz Izen.

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Mark Shenton: How Stephen Sondheim revolutionised the musical
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Writers are sometimes loathe to describe their own artistic process, for fear of chasing the muse away. But Stephen Sondheim - whose reputation as the most influential Broadway composer of the second half of the last century is now unassailable - attempted just that, in his 1984 masterpiece Sunday in the Park with George, about the life of pointillist painter Georges Seurat and the process by which he came to paint his greatest work.

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Full cast announced for Follies at the National Theatre
Friday, June 9, 2017

Full casting has now been announced for the hotly-anticipated revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s Follies at the National Theatre. Directed by Dominic Cooke, the rarely performed musical masterpiece begins performances on 22nd August currently booking through 4th November 2017, with an official opening night of 6th September. Zizi Strallen joins the cast as young Phyllis with Leisha Mollyneaux as young Stella. Emily Langham joins them as young Carlotta.

Further cast and dates announced for National Theatre's production of Follies
Further cast and dates announced for National Theatre's production of Follies
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Further casting has today been announced for the National Theatre's revival of Follies, which runs at the Olivier Theatre from 22 August to 4 November 2017, with an official opening on 6 September. Featuring a book by James Goldman and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, this production will mark the first staging of the show at the National Theatre. Directed by Dominic Cooke, it will feature a cast of 37 and orchestra of 21.

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