Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and recorded for presentation at the Tryon Theatre.
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.
Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards, Sondheim’s previous work includes A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.
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‘Imelda Staunton and Janie Dee are perfect leads for this huge, stunning Sondheim revival’
‘It’s a case of knockout after knockout. The hairs on the back of my neck were begging for mercy for they got barely a moment’s peace, what with the thrilling sound of the orchestra (under Nigel Lilley’s fantastic musical direction) and the tightly drilled choreography of Bill Deamer.’ - Independent
‘This production will be broadcast to cinemas ... I think you should go’ - Independent
‘A musical that perfectly fuses splendour and poetic sadness’ - Guardian
‘Follies is an elegiac, eloquent work about age and disappointment, about the agonising clash between the fires of youth and the pragmatism of late middle age. It is about illusion and reality, razzle-dazzle and darkness. And it pierces both heart and brain in Dominic Cooke’s towering revival.’ - Time Out
‘One listens in wonder. The score is so rich that no sooner has a certain number registered as a favorite, another comes along to supersede it.’ - New York Times