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book by James Goldman
music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

From 12 February 2019
Running Time: 2 hours 15 mins no interval


After a sold-out run, Follies, winner of the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, returns in 2019.

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.

Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical includes such classic songs as Broadway Baby, I’m Still Here and Losing My Mind.

Featuring a cast of 40 and an orchestra of 21, Follies 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.

This production runs without an interval. This is true to the spirit of how Sondheim intended the piece to be performed.

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Supported by the Follies production syndicate


Talks and events

A Short History of Stephen Sondheim's Work Tue 26 February, 6pm
Developing Musical Theatre in partnership with the Genesis Foundation Thu 7 March, 6pm
Making Follies: Wigs, Hair and Make-Up Thu 14 March, 6pm
Follies Actors in Conversation Fri 15 March, 3pm
The Making of Follies Tue 19 March, 10am
Making Follies: Costumes and Headdresses Mon 25 March, 6pm
Designing Follies with Vicki Mortimer Fri 29 March, 5pm

5 star rating

Dominic Cooke's production surpasses your wildest dreams for this show

5 star rating

Unmissable. Razzmatazz, poignancy and cracking songs

Daily Telegraph
5 star rating

Spectacular. Outstanding

Financial Times
5 star rating

Dominic Cooke's triumphantly unsentimental but compassionate production produces tears, cackles and goosebumps, sometimes all together.

The Sunday Times
4 star rating

A gorgeous Sondheim revival

Evening Standard
5 star rating

Shows what the theatre is capable of. Don't miss.

Daily Express
5 star rating

Not just triumphant, but transcendent.

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