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.
Purchase the playtext from our Bookshop
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