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Company

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Winner of Best Director and Best Musical Performance for Rosalie Craig at the 2018 Evening Standard Awards!

Broadway royalty Patti LuPone will make a triumphant return to the West End stage in 2018 starring as Joanne in this eagerly awaited gender-swapped version of the Sondheim masterpiece. Last fully staged in London in 1995, this brand new production will also feature Rosalie Craig as 'Bobbi', the woman whose 35th birthday party becomes the central theme of the show.

First seen in 1970, Company was like no other Broadway musical of the time, innovating the usual plot lines with a fresh series of vignettes that connect the intersecting lives and relationships of the characters. Songs such as 'Ladies Who Lunch', 'Getting Married Today' and 'Company' showcase Sondheim at his most sublime and manipulative.

What's the story?

Bobbi, traditionally Robert up till now, is celebrating her 35th birthday in the company of her friends, all of whom are either married or engaged. Through a series of visits with the couples we learn that the well-liked Bobbi has trouble with commitment as evidenced in her numerous affairs, but still hopes to find the right person for her. As each group has its say on Bobbi's singledom and marriage prospects (and state of their own), Company begins to question the old adage that the grass is greener on the other side.

For over thirty years Patti LuPone has thrilled audiences with a mixture of her stunning pipes and ever present sass. A true queen of the theatre, she has won two Tony and Grammy Awards for her achievements. Do not miss what is sure to be a fantastic chance to see her in her element.

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Dates

Opening night: 17 October 2018

Audience

As an advisory to adults who might bring young people. All persons under the age of 16 must be accompanied by and sat next to the accompanying adult. They may not sit on their own within the auditorium. If children do have separate seats you could be refused entry. All persons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

Run time

Two hours and 20 minutes including an interval

Cast and Creative

Cast

Patti LuPone as Joanne
Rosalie Craig as Bobbi 
Mel Giedroyc as Sarah
Richard Fleeshman as Andy
George Blagden as PJ
Matthew Seadon-Young as Theo
Gavin Spokes as Harry
Jonathan Bailey as Jamie
Alex Gaumond as Paul
Richard Henders and Jennifer Saayeng as David and Jenny
Ashley Campbell as Peter
Ben Lewis as Larry
Daisy Maywood as Susan

Creative

Directed by Marianne Elliot
Originally produced and directed by Harold Prince
Choreographed by Liam Steel 
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by George Furth 

Awards

Evening Standard Awards, 2018
Best Director for Marianne Elliot
Best Musical Performance for Rosalie Craig

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What we thought

PROFOUND refreshing Brilliant

It's profoundly refreshing to see Company not just as the famous score and witty one liners, but for it to place itself slap bang in the middle of 2018's debate, whilst still excelling at all the elements one needs for a truly brilliant musical.

In a production that could be dubbed an 'Instagrammer's dream' Company explodes back onto the stage! This time though it's a magical gender-swapped revamp of the classic Sondheim musical.

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Abigail Slocombe

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