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Company Group Shot by Darren Bell

Company Group Shot by Darren Bell

First look: first day of rehearsals for Company

Carly-Ann Clements

By Carly-Ann Clements First Published 6 August 2018, Last Updated 6 August 2018

From the moment it was announced, we’ve been counting down the days until Company opens in London. So any tidbit of information, any glimpse at the production is getting our temperatures rising. And today, new images from the first rehearsal have been released and we’re positively sweltering.

Marianne Elliott’s highly anticipated new production of George Furth and Stephen Sondheim’s Company has received a gender reversal. It stars Rosalie Craig as Bobbie, Patti LuPone as Joanne, Mel Giedroyc as Sarah, Jonathan Bailey as Jamie, and Richard Fleeshman as Andy, among other incredible actors.

See the moment the whole cast got together for the first time and started making the magic happen below.

Mel Giedroyc by Darren Bell

Alex Gaumond, Marianne Elliott and Rosalie Craig by Darren Bell

Ashley Campbell by Darren Bell

Mel Giedroyc and Jennifer Saayeng by Darren Bell

Richard Fleeshman and Alex Gaumond by Darren Bell

Mel Giedroyc, Rosalie Craig and Jennifer Saayeng by Darren Bell

Cast of Company by Darren Bell

Patti LuPone and Rosalie Craig by Darren Bell

Richard Fleeshman by Darren Bell

Jonathan Bailey and Marianne Elliott by Darren Bell

Patti LuPone and Marianne Elliott Photo by Darren Bell

Rosalie Craig and Marianne Elliott by Darren Bell

Company Group Shot by Darren Bell

Company is about Bobbie – a single woman who’s celebrating turning 35. At her birthday party, all of her friends are wondering why she can’t find the right man and is yet to settle down.

Marianne recently broke records by becoming the first woman to receive two Best Director Tony Awards. Her production of Angels In America received the Best Revival Of A Play awards at both the 2018 Olivier and Tony Awards.

Company writer Stephen Sondheim is widely regarded as one of the greatest composers and lyricists of all time. He has received an Academy Award, eight Tony Awards (the most of any composer – including a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre), eight Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, and his work has received six Olivier Awards, including the Society’s Special Award in 2011.

Company sees the long-awaited return of Patti Lupone to the West End. She is performing in London for the first time in 20 years.

This musical masterpiece opens in September 2018 at the Gielgud Theatre for a strictly limited season. 

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