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Early on in this tribute to the old-fashioned Broadway revue, a character exclaims: "It's the cat's pyjamas." And so it is.
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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.
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.
Opening night: 22 August 2017
Booking through until: 3 January 2019
Set in New York, 1971, the old Weismann Theatre is having one final hurrah before turning into an office block. The Olivier Theatre at the National Theatre, on London's Southbank, is home to this celebration, offering us a peek into the past as the infamo more »
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