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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.

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:
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

Olivier Theatre, National

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

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Our Follies Review

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 in Follies
Further casting announced for Follies’ return at the National Theatre
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Further casting has been announced for the return of Dominic Cooke’s superlative revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies, which returns to the National Theatre after its triumphant run last year. From Valentine’s Day next year, the production, which won the Olivier Award for Best Revival earlier this year, returns to the Olivier stage featuring two of its original cast: Peter Forbes and Janie Dee (who picked up an Olivier Award nomination for her performance).

National Theatre
National Theatre announces new season including UK premiere of Hadestown
Friday, April 20, 2018

A season has been announced at the National Theatre, and it includes the UK premiere of the musical Hadestown, and the return of its award-winning production of Follies. With music, lyrics and a book by musician Anaïs Mitchell, Hadestown is about a loved-up couple: a songwriter called Orpheus and his muse Eurydice. Eurydice is tempted into the industrial underworld of Hadestown, and Orpheus is sent on a quest to save her. The production, which has been developed with Rachel Chavkin, will run in the Olivier from 2nd November to 26th January, and will then transfer to Broadway.

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. 

Follies
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.

Cast of Follies
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

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.

Follies
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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