We should celebrate the fact that within the space of a year London has played host to stagings of not one but two Sondheim masterpieces that have all but redefined them in theatrical terms: Company and Follies.
Five decades into his storied career, Andrew Lloyd Webber dominated the Melbourne musical theatre scene in 2018.
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Nominations for the Olivier Awards 2018 are announced today. The shortlists are dominated by Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton and Jez Butterworth’s latest play The Ferryman. Headlines include: New American musical Hamilton becomes the most nominated production in Oliviers history with 13 nominations The Ferryman, currently running in the West End before transferring to Broadway, is the most nominated new play with 8 …
The massive space of the Olivier Theatre houses a staging rich in period detail. Even the air itself seems to have a tinge of sepia tone.
This year I saw 105 shows so picking my top 10 was pretty tricky!
Of course, Follies is much more than a spectacle. It is simultaneously a nostalgic tribute to the showgirl era and, a show written to consign it to history.
The National Theatre brings Stephen Sondheim’s classic Broadway musical to its stage for the first time, directed by Dominic Cooke. Here’s Love London Love Culture’s round up of the reviews so far.
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.
We should never be afraid to attack sacred cows. And when sacred cows are also cash cows, we should never be afraid to kick them in their milky udders
What do you need to know about Dominic Cooke’s revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies at the National Theatre? It’s a great big, sumptuous, stellar hit.
Using the original book with just a smattering of small changes, this is musical theatre close to its most luxurious, and a bittersweetly life-affirming thrill to watch.
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!
With the National’s highly anticipated production of Follies about to start previews, I thought I’d listen to about a hundred different versions of perhaps its most famous song – Losing My Mind – and try and decide on a top ten.
Full casting has been announced for the National Theatre’s forthcoming revival of Stephen Sondheim’s 1971 Broadway musical FOLLIES, which opens in the Olivier in September.
“It’s an honour just to be nominated…” Come award season, these words are often heard but you do have to wonder what it feels like to be the only member of a four person ensemble that isn’t up for an Olivier Award.
There are few theatrical pleasures greater than witnessing the formidable Imelda Staunton graft fresh insights onto a well-known role: it can be almost as exhausting to watch as to do since you can’t look away.
Imelda Staunton stars in this revival of Edward Albee’s play. But what have critics been saying about it?
The shared vacuum of George and Martha’s lives is filled by bitter sniping, infidelity and alcohol, the pain of their desperate mutual neediness broken one night by a drunken and impromptu invitation to Nick and Honey, a much young married couple, newly employed on the college’s staff.