Performances will begin at the Gielgud Theatre on the 21st September.

(c)Matt Crockett

Cameron Mackintosh has announced that Clare Burt will join the company of Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends at the Gielgud Theatre when performances begin later this month. The news follows last weeks announcement that Haydn Gwynne had to withdraw from the production owing to sudden personal circumstances.

Clare Burt’s work in theatre includes: Flowers for Mrs Harris (Chichester Festival Theatre/Sheffield Crucible – Winner of the 2016 UK Theatre Award for her performance in the title role) London Road, The Miracle, DNA and Babygirl, Coram Boy and Sunday in the Park with George (National Theatre).

Talking about the news, Cameron Mackintosh said today “I am so thrilled that another wonderfully talented Old Friend, Clare Burt, who started out with me in the early years of both Cats and Les Miserables and is now a much-loved leading stage and screen actress, has literally stepped off a plane in order to step in for Haydn Gwynne who, sadly, had to suddenly withdraw last week. Our Old Friends cast is now complete and this sensational all-star ensemble is raring to strut their extraordinary stuff from Thursday 21st September at the Gielgud Theatre”.

Clare Burt joins the previously announced Bernadette Peters , Lea Salonga, Christine Allado, Janie Dee, Damian Humbley, Bradley Jaden, Bonnie Langford, Gavin Lee, Jason Pennycooke, Joanna Riding, Jeremy Secomb, Jac Yarrow, Marley Fenton and Beatrice Penny-Touré. The company also includes Harry Apps, Bella Brown, Richard Dempsey and Monique Young.

The show celebrates the life and work of the great Stephen Sondheim and won Best Theatre Event at the 2023 WhatsOnStage Awards. It returns to the stage following popular demand.

Devised and Produced by Cameron Mackintosh, Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends has Direction and Musical staging by Matthew Bourne, side by side with Julia McKenzie, with choreography by Stephen Mear, conducted by Alfonso Casado Trigo, musical supervision is by Stephen Brooker, musical arrangements by Stephen Metcalfe, set design by Matt Kinley, projection design by George Reeve, costume design by Jill Parker, lighting design by Warren Letton and sound design by Mick Potter.

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