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Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends Tickets

Gielgud Theatre

Bernadette Peters, Lea Salonga and an all-star musical theatre cast lead a West End tribute concert in memory of Stephen Sondheim.

Celebrate a Legend with Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends Tickets

Celebrate the towering legacy of Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim in the West End, as Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends transfers to the Gielgud Theatre. With an all-star cast led by Bernadette Peters and Lea Salonga presenting an evening of iconic songs, Old Friends is in London for 16 weeks.

About Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends

Stephen Sondheim’s works read like a list of the greatest musicals ever produced: penny dreadful melodrama Sweeney Todd; whimsical, dark fairytale retelling Into the Woods; and enduringly popular comedy Company are just three of his shows that audiences return to again and again. In this celebratory concert, some of our best stage performers gather to pay tribute with performances from Sondheim’s dazzling back catalogue.

This warm celebration of Sondheim’s life and work won the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Theatre Event in 2023, and when its concert performances at the Sondheim Theatre were announced in 2022 they sold out within hours. Demand was so high in fact that the Prince Edward Theatre was also opened for tickets, with a live stream of the event projected onto the stage for even more eager theatre fans to enjoy.

Now it is back in London for a full season, and you have the chance to see this unforgettable love letter to one of the most influential musical impresarios of all time.

Songs in Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends

The full list of songs to be performed in Old Friends is to be confirmed, but audiences can expect some of the very best examples of Sondheim’s emotionally resonant, smart and often darkly funny lyrics and compositions. From “Getting Married Today” and “Being Alive” in Company, to A Little Night Music’s “Send In The Clowns” and Sweeney Todd’s “Johanna”, this is the true definition of classic after classic. You might even hear some gems from lesser-performed musicals too.

Who is in the Stephen Sondheim Old Friends Concert?

The cast of Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends includes Bernadette Peters in her British stage debut and Lea Salonga, who is back in the West End for the first time since Les Misérables 27 years ago. They are joined by a host of singers and actors including Christine Allado, Janie Dee, Bonnie Langford, Jeremy Secomb, Beatrice Penny-Touré, Joanna Riding and Jac Yarrow.

Book Tickets for Stephen Sondheim Old Friends Today

Bursting with songs that you’ll know and love, don’t miss Stephen Sondheim Old Friends to enjoy a big-hearted evening of celebration and unforgettable music.

Sorry this show closed 06 January 2024, we recommend these similar productions.

Performance dates:
05 Jan 2024 - 06 Jan 2024
Running time:
2 hours and 30 minutes including an interval.
Age recommendation:
No age recommendation has been set. Under 4s not permitted.

Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends Reviews

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I'm not generally one who prefers reviews, as I'd rather see the full scale show. BUT, that said, this was done SO well that it felt like we'd literally been to see full scale productions of each and every show that was profiled in this wonderful rev Read more

Performance date: 22 December 2023
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A wonderful and touching tribute to Stephen Sondheim with A-listed talents! Really enjoyed the show. Of course this is more of a concert style layout. Definitely worth watching while it's still on so don't miss out!

Performance date: 25 November 2023
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A joyous occasion to share, it did feel like the whole theatre was there to celebrate Stephen Sondheim and his beautiful music, with all performers at the top of their game. Leah Salonga and Bernadette Peters on the same bill - who could ask for anyt Read more

Performance date: 03 January 2024
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