Follies at National Theatre - Olivier tickets
Follies at National Theatre - Olivier tickets

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After most recently appearing on stage in the five-star revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Imelda Staunton is leads the cast in a revival of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Follies. Directed by Dominic Cooke, Follies was last seen in London in 2002 at the Royal Festival Hall. Closing the Olivier Theatre’s 2017 season, the show is Staunton’s first return to musicals since her acclaimed performance in Gypsy.

Set during a reunion in a crumbling Broadway theatre, past Weismann Follies girls meet before the venue is collapsed forever. Following two unhappy couples, Buddy and Sally and Benjamin and Phyllis, Follies is a heart-wrenching musical that sees old friends forced to confront a lifetime of bad decisions. Looking back at ghosts of their younger selves, the duos begin to question where exactly they went wrong. Featuring songs such as “Losing My Mind”, “Could I Leave You” and “Live, Laugh, Love”, Follies has been revived multiple times over the years.

Olivier award-winning actresses Imelda Staunton and Janie Dee star as Sally Durrant Plummer and Phyllis Rogers Stone respectively. Staunton is best-known for her numerous theatre credits including Gypsy, Guys and Dolls, Good People and Sweeney Todd, as well as screen credits such as Harry Potter and Vera Drake. Janie Dee last appeared on the West End in Broadway comedy Hand to God and has multiple credits including Blithe Spirit and Mack & Mabel.

Additional star-studded casting includes Philip Quast as Ben Stone, Peter Forbes as Buddy Plummer, Zizi Strallen as Young Phyllis, Alex Young as Young Sally and Tracie Bennett as Carlotta Campion, alongside Julie Armstrong, Norma Atallah, Josephine Barstow, Di Botcher, Billy Boyle, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Bruce Graham, Adrian Grove, Fred Haig, Dawn Hioe, Liz Izen, Gemma Page, Gary Raymond and Adam Rhys-Charles.

Ensemble members include Jeremy Batt, Anouska Eaton, Liz Ewing, Emily Goodenough, Aimee Hodnett, Alison Langer, Emily Langham, Sarah-Marie Maxwell, Ian McLarnon, Leisha Mollyneaux, Kate Parr, Edwin Ray, Jordan Shaw, Barnaby Thompson, Christine Tucker and Michael Vinsen.

Dominic Cooke directs Sondheim’s Follies, which features design by Vicki Mortimer, choreography by Bill Deamer, lighting design by Paule Constable and sound design by Paul Groothuis, with musical supervision by Nicholas Skilbeck, orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, additional orchestrations by Josh Clayton and musical direction by Nigel Lilley.

Originally opening on Broadway in 1971 directed by Harold Prince and Michael Bennett, Follies was nominated for eleven Tony Awards, swiping seven. Follies premiered in the West End in 1987, starring Diana Rigg. Now, the musical wows audiences at London’s Olivier Theatre with a stellar cast.

Recommended for

Sondheim fans have the opportunity to see a five-star revival of the production on one of London’s biggest stages, starring a host of West End legends. This is simply not to be missed!

Age Recommendations: No under 5's

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes (without an interval)
Opened: 22 Aug 2017
Press night: 06 Sep 2017
Booking from: 22 Aug 2017
Booking until: 03 Jan 2018

Location and map

National Theatre - Olivier
National Theatre, Upper Ground
London, SE1 9PX

74 Reviews Add review

This is real, old-time razzmatazz! The story revolves around a reunion party, 30 years after the final performance of the Weismann... More

u2fancat 5'6'', 69 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I had the privilege of seeing Stephen Sondheim's 'Follies', starring Imelda Staunton, Janie Dee, Philip Quast, Peter Forbes, and Tracie... More

gdeacon95 6'1, 90 reviews, 7 helpful votes

Awesome! The direction is flawless... I’ve seen the show a few times but it’s the first time I really got it. The set is based on the... More

mikesimpson 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

NT + Cooke's production of Follies was fantastic. The production value all-around was very high value with incredible, detailed set... More

tessrobs 152cm, 21 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Excellent revival of Sondheim's gorgeous musical Follies, splendidly directed and performed by a top-notch cast. Imelda Staunton, Philip... More

sondheimkid 170, 171 reviews, 25 helpful votes

I'd never seen 'Follies' before and was so pleased I finally got around to seeing it. Imelda Staunton and Janie Dee in particular... More

joc78 5"4, 352 reviews, 5 helpful votes

Follies was one of the most brilliant shows I have seen, and I have seen a lot! World class theatre and a credit to the massive team... More

colinpinfold 6' 2, 13 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Follies is an emotional powerhouse of a show and is certainly the best Sondheim production I’ve seen. Also weirdly nice to see something... More

doonakebab 5'10", 165 reviews, 3 helpful votes

One of the best musicals i have ever seen. Everything about it was stunning and completely captivating. It's a long show with no interval... More

bryonyjameson 5"7, 85 reviews, 2 helpful votes