Follies National Theatre

The National Theatre will produce a revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's 1971 musical Follies at the Olivier Theatre in late 2017. 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.

Imelda Staunton will star alongside Janie Dee and Philip Quast, with further casting to be announced.

About Follies:

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.

Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman
National Theatre
Dominic Cooke
Songs by:
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Paule Constable
Paul Groothuis
Vicki Mortimer
Bill Deamer
Cast list:
Imelda Staunton (Sally Durant Plummer), Janie Dee (Phyllis Stone) and Philip Quast (Benjamin Stone), Dame Josephine Barstow, Tracie Bennett, Zizi Strallen, Leisha Mollyneaux, Emily Langham, Peter Forbes, Di Botcher, Billy Boyle, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Emily Goodenough, Bruce Graham, Fred Haig, Aimee Hodnett, Dawn Hope, Liz Izen, Alison Langer, Emily Langham, Sarah Marie Maxwell, Kate Parr, Edwin Ray, Gary Raymond, Adam Rhys-Charles, Jordan Shaw, Barnaby Thompson, Christine Tucker and Alex Young.
Other info:
Musical direction by Nigel Lilley
Follies Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
Tuesday, 22 August, 2017
Opening date: 
Wednesday, 6 September, 2017
Available from: 
Tuesday, 22 August, 2017
Wednesday, 3 January, 2018
Booking to: 
Wednesday, 3 January, 2018

Olivier Theatre, National

South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
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Latest Follies News & Features

Imelda Staunton
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.

Stephen Sondheim
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.

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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