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Follies 2017

book by James Goldman
music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

22 August 2017 to 3 January 2018
Running Time: 2 hours 15 mins no interval

Follies 2017

Find out about the return of Follies to the Olivier stage in 2019

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’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre.

Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom).

Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier Awards, Sondheim’s previous work at the NT includes A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.

This production runs without an interval. This is true to the spirit of how Sondheim intended the piece to be performed.

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Supported by the Follies production syndicate


5 star rating

Dominic Cooke's production surpasses your wildest dreams for this show

5 star rating

Imelda Staunton is unforgettable in Sondheim’s showbiz stunner

5 star rating

A stunning revival. An extraordinary cast

Time Out
5 star rating

Unmissable. Razzmatazz, poignancy and cracking songs

Daily Telegraph
5 star rating

Spectacular. Outstanding

Financial Times
5 star rating

Dominic Cooke's triumphantly unsentimental but compassionate production produces tears, cackles and goosebumps, sometimes all together.

The Sunday Times
5 star rating

Imelda Staunton leads an evening of star turns in this tremendous revival

4 star rating

A gorgeous Sondheim revival

Evening Standard
5 star rating

Not just triumphant, but transcendent

The Stage
5 star rating

Shows what the theatre is capable of. Don't miss.

Daily Express

Follies | Trailer

New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre.

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Production team

Follies | Photo shoot behind the scenes

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Follies | Favourite Sondheim Songs

We set the cast an impossible task: choosing their favourite Sondheim number.

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Follies | An Introduction

What is Stephen Sondheim's classic musical about?

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Follies rehearsal gallery

Follies gift range

Unique gifts inspired by the production. Available for a limited time.

Explore the range in our online bookshop

Follies gift range

Access Performances

Captioned performances

Wednesday 18 October at 7.30pm
Saturday 28 October at 2pm
Thursday 2 November at 7.30pm

Audio-described performances

Friday 3 November at 7.30pm,
Saturday 4 November at 2pm with a Touch Tour at 12 noon
Saturday 16 December at 2pm with a Touch Tour at 12 noon


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Photography by Marcus Palmqvis

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