Production images for the National Theatre’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies have been released ahead of the production’s opening night on the 6th September.
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.
Featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Follies is brought back to life in this new production directed by Dominic Cooke.
This is the first time the musical has been staged at the National Theatre and features a cast of 31 and an orchestra of 21 to bring Sondheim’s musical back to life again.
As well as Imelda Staunton, Janie Dee and Tracie Bennett the cast also includes: Julie Armstrong, Norma Atallah, Josephine Barstow, Jeremy Batt, Di Botcher, Billy Boyle, 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, Zizi Strallen, Barnaby Thompson, Christine Tucker, Michael Vinsen and Alex Young.
The creative team for the production includes designs 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.
Follies first appeared on Broadway in 1971 where it was nominated for eleven Tony Awards, and won seven. The show premiered in London in 1987, and has been revived around the world many times to great acclaim.
Follies continues to play at the National Theatre until the 3rd January 2018. For more information visit: https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/follies