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FOLLIES

Opens 22 Aug 2017

One of the finest musicals of the 20th century

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Highly anticipated revival!

Hot on the heels of the announcement that she will star in Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Imelda Staunton will be starring in the iconic Follies at the National Theatre in Autumn 2017. Directed by Dominic Cooke, Staunton will play Sally, alongside Janie Dee as Phyllis.

What is follies about?

A celebration of the glamor and glitz in the showgirl era, Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's definitive Follies is the tale of the last surviving ex-members of the famed Weismann Follies, who come together one last time for a reunion that both delving into their past, and examining their uneasy lives.

Featuring what many consider to be the best songs in Sondheim's canon including "Losing My Mind," "I'm Still Here," and "Broadway Baby," the story takes us back to 1971, where theatrical impresario Dimitri Weissmann hosts a reunion get-together of his ex-Follies showgirls at his dilapidated old theater. Amid the reminiscing, all is not well between the faded stars; the main focus of the musical is on two middle-aged couples, Buddy and Sally Durant Plummer and Benjamin and Phyllis Rogers Stone as their tumultuous respective marriages and infidelities force them all to confront some unpleasant truths about their lives, paving the way to an uncertain future.

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Dates

Opening night: 22 August 2017

Booking through until: 3 January 2019

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