It’s been 30 years since a fully staged production of Follies has been seen on a London stage so there’s been a huge buzz surrounding the current production at the National Theatre, which boasts a stellar cast.
It’s been a while since the National Theatre last revived a great song and dance extravaganza and a Sondheim one at that. But with Dominic Cooke’s production of Follies, the NT’s reputation as one of the nation’s finest creators of musical theatre is restored.
Not a harsh word can be uttered about any of the big Sondheim numbers, or against the stellar cast – especially the women. Imelda Staunton, Janie Dee, Tracie Bennett, Josephine Barstow – be still my beating heart!
Alex Waldmann is a veteran of the RSC and of Shakespeare productions in general so it was fascinating to get his insight – he’s also the founder of theatre company SEARED, whose premiere of Michael McLean’s Years of Sunlight opens this week at London’s Theatre503.