Further Follies casting announced for NT's 37-strong company

06 Apr
Posted in: Theatre News
Author: Staff
Follies opens at the National in September

The National Theatre is assembling a cast of 37 (accompanied by an orchestra of 21) for Dominic Cooke's major revival of Stephen Sondheim's FOLLIES. In addition to Philip Quast, Imelda Staunton, Janie Dee and Tracie Bennett, many more #StageFaves have now been confirmed...

Dates and further casting have now been confirmed for FOLLIES, which is currently booking in rep at the National Theatre's Olivier Theatre from 22 August to 4 November 2017, with a press night on 6 September, with additional performances to be announced

1971, New York. 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, with a book by James Goldman and music and lyrics by Sondheim, is staged for the first time at the NT.

Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent FOLLIES in this dazzling new production, with Philip Quast as Dee's husband Benjamin Stone. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom).

The cast also includes: Josephine Barstow, Di Botcher, Billy Boyle, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Peter Forbes, Emily Goodenough, Bruce Graham, Fred Haig, Aimee Hodnett, Dawn Hope, Liz Izen, Alison Langer, Emily Langham, Sarah Marie Maxwell, Kate Parr, Edwin Ray, Gary Raymond, Adam Rhys-Charles, Jordan Shaw, Imelda Staunton, Barnaby Thompson, Christine Tucker and Alex Young.

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

This new production has design by Vicki Mortimer, choreography by Bill Deamer, musical supervisor Nicholas Skilbeck, orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, musical director Nigel Lilley, lighting design by Paule Constable and sound designer by Paul Groothuis.