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!
It says much for the National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT) that they have amongst their young company the talent and resource to deliver what is unquestionably an impressive take on this most adult of musicals.
‘Waiter, have you got frog’s legs?’ ‘Yes, sir.’ ‘Well hop over the counter and fetch me a bacon sandwich …’ – is about the only old joke not shoehorned by Nathan Lane into his adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and Burt Shevelove’s musical The Frogs derived from an Aristophanes tale.
Ever wondered what would happen if Bernard Shaw and William Shakespeare had a showdown on who was the most superior writer? Well pay a visit to the Jermyn Street Theatre to see Stephen Sondheim’s quirky but entertaining musical to find out.