Stephen Sondheim on Follies - Live at the National this August

15 Aug
Posted in: Theatre News
Author: Staff
Sondheim chats Follies...

We reckon it's going to be one of the biggest shows of the season, but the National Theatre's run of FOLLIES has just become even more exciting! On Tuesday 22 August, the man himself, Stephen Sondheim will chat to Jeremy Sams about the legendary musical, chocked full of StageFaves from Imelda Staunton to Janie Dee. It's in the Dorfman so tickets are extremely limited, but you can enter a ballot to win the chance to get them...sign us up right now!

Ahead of the NT’s dazzling new production of FOLLIES, multi-award-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim talks to Jeremy Sams about his legendary musical. Sondheim’s work includes Follies, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods and West Side Story.

Enter the ballot to win the opportunity to purchase tickets for ‘Stephen Sondheim on Follies’ on Tuesday 22 August, 6pm Dorfman Theatre (45mins)

Ballot opens: 12noon Tuesday 15 August - Ballot closes: 12noon Wednesday 16 August. Winners will be notified via email.

Further Follies Talks and Events include:

Janie Dee and Philip Quast – Olivier Theatre Thursday 14 September, 3pm

The Future of Musical Theatre – Cottesloe Room, Friday 15 September, 6pm

Dominic Cooke – Olivier Theatre, Wednesday 18 October, 6pm

The Works of Stephen Sondheim – Cottesloe Room, Friday 3 and Friday 24 November, 10.30am

Creating Costume for Follies – Cottesloe Room, Wednesday 15 November, 6pm

History of the Ziegfeld Follies – Cottesloe Room, Friday 24 November, 6pm

Staging Sondheim’s Follies – Olivier Theatre, Tuesday 28 November

Josephine Barstow and Tracie Bennett – Monday 18 December, 3pm

Designing Follies with Vicki Mortimer – Tuesday 12 December, 5.30pm


Book by James Goldman, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Directed by Dominic Cooke

Opens in Olivier Theatre on 22 August, Press Night 6 September, last performance 3 January with good ticket availability from November 2017 – January 2018

NT Live Broadcast: Thursday 16 November

"1971, New York. There’s a party on the stage of the Weissman 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 NT. 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, the production 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."

The cast includes Julie Armstrong, Norma Atallah, Josephine Barstow, Jeremy Batt, Tracie Bennett, Di Botcher, Billy Boyle, Janie Dee, Anouska Eaton, Liz Ewing, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Peter Forbes, Emily Goodenough, Bruce Graham, Adrian Grove, Fred Haig, Aimee Hodnett , Dawn Hope, Liz Izen, Alison Langer, Emily Langham, Sarah-Marie Maxwell, Ian McLarnon, Leisha Mollyneaux, Gemma Page, Kate Parr, Philip Quast, Edwin Ray, Gary Raymond, Adam Rhys-Charles, Jordan Shaw, Imelda Staunton, Zizi Strallen, Barnaby Thompson, Christine Tucker, Michael Vinsen and Alex Young.

Follies is designed by Vicki Mortimer, with choreography by Bill Deamer, musical supervision by Nicholas Skilbeck, orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, additional orchestrations by Josh Clayton, musical director Nigel Lilley, lighting design by Paule Constable and sound designer by Paul Groothuis.