After sold-out success in 2017, Dominic Cooke’s Olivier Award-winning production of Follies returns to the London stage, once again starring Janie Dee. Featuring a soaring Sondheim score, the musical follows a group of women reminiscing about their hey-days as Follies’ girls. With five-star reviews, this is another chance to see a fantastic revival of an essential musical.
Follies is the sensational story of a group of women reminiscing about their days as Follies’ girls. Set within a decaying Broadway theatre scheduled for demolition, the former performers of the theatre’s musical revue gather for a final reunion on the stage. Nostalgic for their past selves and unhappy with their present lives, the women think of the good old days of show business. Love, regret and aging are all featured themes in this definitive production of a stunning musical.
Dominic Cooke returns to direct the production. An Artistic Associate of the National Theatre and former Artistic Director of the Royal Court, he has numerous directing credits, including Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, By the Bog of Cats, The Hollow Crown and The Crucible. Further creatives include designer Vicki Mortimer, choreographer Bill Deamer, lighting designer Paule Constable and sound designer Paul Groothius.
Janie Dee, Peter Forbes and Tracie Bennett reprise their roles as Phyllis, Buddy and Carlotta. They are joined by Alexander Hanson and Joanna Riding as Ben and Sally, and are accompanied by a cast of 36 other performers and a 21-piece orchestra.
Cooke’s production of Follies received five-stars London’s leading publications, and is a timeless tale of unrequited love, maturing and the glossy nature of show business. Featuring songs such as “Losing My Mind” and “I’m Still Here”, the highly-anticipated revival of Follies plays at the National’s Olivier Theatre from 14 February 2019.