'Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends' announces full cast

This production won Best Theatre Event at the 2023 WhatsOnStage Awards and it will now play for four months only from this September at the Gielgud Theatre.

Bea Maynard
Bea Maynard

Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends have announced the full all-star cast that include some of the biggest names in musical theatre.

Haydn Gwynne, Damian Humbley, Bradley Jaden, Gavin Lee, and Jason Pennycooke join the already announced Broadway legends Bernadette Peters and Lea Salonga.

They will perform alongside Christine Allado, Janie Dee, Bonnie Langford, Joanna Riding, Jeremy Secomb, Jac Yarrow, Marley Fenton, Beatrice Penny-Touré, Harry Apps, Bella Brown and Monique Young.

Cameron Mackintosh produced this production that celebrates the life and work of American composer Stephen Sondheim.

"To have gathered so many West End stars, as well as two legendary Broadway performers together for a new show such as this is rare outside a gala.' Mackintosh said in a statement, "Featuring 39 of the greatest songs ever written for the musical theatre, performed by an incredible cast, audiences are in for a musical evening they will never forget in one great big Broadway show.”

Mackintosh joins a creative team led by director Matthew Bourne and Julia McKenzie. It also includes chorerographer Stephen Mear, musical supervisor Stephen Brooker, set designer Matt Kinley, projection designer George Reeve, costume designer Jill Parker, lighting designer Warren Letton, sound designer by Mick Potter, with musical arrangements by Stephen Metcalfe.

The Sondheim Orchestra, conducted by Alfonso Casado Trigo, also feature in this production that will run from 16 September 2023 to 6 January 2024 at the Gielgud Theatre.

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Photo credit: Haydn Gwynne, Damian Humbley, Gavin Lee, and Jason Pennycooke. (Photos courtesy of production)

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