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Follies

book by James Goldman
music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

From 12 February 2019
Running Time: 2 hours 15 mins no interval

Follies

After a sold-out run, Follies, winner of the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, returns 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.

Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical includes such classic songs as Broadway Baby, I’m Still Here and Losing My Mind.

Featuring a cast of 40 and an orchestra of 21, Follies is 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.

Please note: this production contains strobe lighting.

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

The role of Heidi Schiller will be played by Felicity Lott from 12 February until mid-April, and by Josephine Barstow from mid-April until the end of the run.

 

Talks and events

A Short History of Stephen Sondheim's Work Tue 26 February, 6pm
16 - 21: How to direct musicals Tue 5 March, 5pm
Developing Musical Theatre in partnership with the Genesis Foundation Thu 7 March, 6pm
Making Follies: Wigs, Hair and Make-Up Thu 14 March, 6pm
Follies Actors in Conversation Fri 15 March, 3pm
The Making of Follies Tue 19 March, 10am
Making Follies: Costumes and Headdresses Mon 25 March, 6pm
Designing Follies with Vicki Mortimer Fri 29 March, 5pm
Ted Chapin: Creating Follies on Broadway in 1971, Thu 9 May, 6pm

5 star rating

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

Independent
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
4 star rating

A gorgeous Sondheim revival

Evening Standard
5 star rating

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

Daily Express
5 star rating

Not just triumphant, but transcendent.

The Stage

Public booking for new performances opens on Friday 15 February, 8.30am - Members get access to tickets in advance

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Follies | Inside the Sitzprobe

The Follies company and the Follies orchestra rehearse together for the first time

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Follies | Vicki Mortimer On Costume

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Follies Afternoon Tea

A twist on classic Afternoon Tea, inspired by our production of Follies.

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Follies | Cast Recording

The 2018 Follies Cast Recording is now available for digital downloads and streaming. CD pre-orders will be available soon.

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Follies Cast recording
Follies gift range

Cast

Christine Donovan / US Phyllis Rogers Stone/Solange LaFitte/Carlotta Campion
Julie Armstrong
Young Carlotta
Lindsay Atherton
Heidi Schiller (from 6 May)
Josephine Barstow
Young Emily
Rosanna Bates
Young Theodore
Jeremy Batt
Tracie Bennett
Carlotta Campion
Tracie Bennett
Theodore Whitman
Billy Boyle
Meredith Lane / US Stella Deems
Kaye Brown
Janie Dee
Phyllis Rogers Stone
Janie Dee
Young Deedee / US Young Heidi
Anouska Eaton
Weismann's PA / US Hattie Walker/Emily Whitman/Sandra Crane/Deedee West/Christine Donovan
Liz Ewing
Young Stella
Vanessa Fisher
Geraldine Fitzgerald
Solange LaFitte
Geraldine Fitzgerald
Sandra Crane / US Heidi Schiller
Caroline Fitzgerald
Buddy Plummer
Peter Forbes
Roscoe
Bruce Graham
Sam Deems / US Benjamin Stone
Adrian Grove
Benjamin Stone
Alexander Hanson
Cameraman / US Young Buddy
Alyn Hawke
Young Buddy
Harry Hepple
Aimee Hodnett
Young Sandra / US Young Sally
Aimee Hodnett
Dawn Hope
Stella Deems
Dawn Hope
Deedee West / US Sally Durant Plummer
Liz Izen
Young Meredith / US Young Stella
Jasmine Kerr
Young Heidi
Alison Langer
Heidi Schiller (until 8 April)
Felicity Lott
Young Solange / US Young Phyllis
Sarah-Marie Maxwell
Young Ben
Ian McIntosh
TV Interviewer / US Buddy Plummer/Roscoe
Ian McLarnon
Hattie Walker
Claire Moore
Ensemble / US Young Ben
Tom Partridge
Dimitri Weismann
Gary Raymond
Ensemble / US Dimitri Weismann/Theodore Whitman/Sam Deems
Michael Remick
Sally Durrant Plummer
Joanna Riding
Young Hattie
Lisa Ritchie
Emily Whitman
Myra Sands
Young Sally
Gemma Sutton
Young Christine / US Show Girls
Monica Swayne
Young Phyllis
Christine Tucker
Young Roscoe / US Chorus Boys
Liam Wrate

Production team

Musicians

Conductor
 

Nigel Lilley

 

Piano/ Celeste
 

Jennifer Whyte

 

Drums, Percussion
 

Matt French

 

Double Bass
 

Beth Symmons

 

 

 

Violin (Leader)
 

Brian Wright

Violin
 

Tina Jacobs Lim

Violin
 

Jackie Hartley

Violin
 

Glesni Roberts

Viola
 

Rachel Robson

Cello
 

Desmond Neysmith

Woodwind 1 - Alto Sax, 1st Flute,
Piccolo, Alto Flute, Clarinet

Mike Davis

Woodwind 2 - Alto Sax, Flute,
1st Clarinet, Eb Clarinet

Jennie Chilton

Woodwind 3 - Tenor Sax, Oboe,
Cor Anglais, Clarinet

Simon Carr

Woodwind 4 - Baritone Sax, Bassoon,
Clarinet, Bass Clarinet

Alice Lee

Trumpet 1
 

Owain Harries

Trumpet 2
 

Sebastian Philpott

Trumpet 3
 

Dave Hopkin

Trombone 1
 

Barney Philpott

Trombone 2, Bass Trombone
 

Philip Judge

French Horn
 

Ruth O'Reilly

Harp
 

Camilla Pay

 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

Photography by Marcus Palmqvis

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