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.
Supported by the Follies production syndicate
Talks and events
Janie Dee and Philip Quast Thu 14 Sep, 3pm
The future of musical theatre Fri 15 Sep, 6pm
On Screen: All About Eve Mon 18 Sep, 5pm
On Screen: Show Business, The Road to Broadway Mon 16 Oct, 5.30pm
Dominic Cooke Wed 18 Oct, 6pm, Olivier
The works of Stephen Sondheim Fri 3 Nov, 10.30am
Creating Costume for Follies Wed 15 Nov, 6pm
History of the Ziegfeld Follies Fri 24 Nov, 6pm,
Staging Sondheim’s Follies Tue 28 Nov, 10.30am
Josephine Barstow and Tracie Bennett Mon 18 Dec, 3pm
Designing Follies with Vicki Mortimer Tue 12 Dec, 5.30pm