National Theatre Live: Follies

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Tuesday, 27 March, 7:00pm – FINAL
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Sensational!! First showing sold out!! Great reactions from all!
Including such classic songs as Broadway Baby, I’m Still Here and Losing My Mind, Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre.


Unmissable. Razzmatazz, poignancy and cracking songs.
Daily Telegraph

Imelda Staunton is unforgettable in Sondheim’s showbiz stunner.

New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.

The National Theatre revival is the first fully staged major London production of Follies to present the original Broadway version of the show. Sondheim and Goldman revised large parts of the show’s script and score for its 1987 London premiere, toning down the underlying bleakness of the Broadway original, and offering a more hopeful finale for its central characters.

Every major subsequent revival has incorporated its own set of changes and formats for various moments within the script and score. This theatrical experiment is often a welcomed treat for theatre fans—no two Follies are alike.

What is rare, however, is to attend a major staging that uses Goldman’s original script from the 1971 Broadway original. Some of Sally’s most devastating and shattering lines, which occur moments before the final blackout, have not been heard since Dorothy Collins spoke them 40 years ago.

UK 2017, 159 min, rated M (sexual references)
Live performance stage drama
Directed by Dominic Cooke
Starring Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee, Imelda Staunton, Philip Quast & Gary Raymond

National Theatre Live is an initiative operated by the Royal National Theatre in London, which broadcasts live via satellite, performances of their productions to movie theaters, cinemas and arts centres on the world. We are very lucky at Arthur’s to be able to offer this sensational bit of culture, art and entertainment to you.

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