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Follies at the National Theatre (Photo: Johan Persson)

Follies at the National Theatre (Photo: Johan Persson)

National Theatre reveals full Follies casting

Robin Johnson

By Robin Johnson Published 7 December 2018

As if one round of critical and audience acclaim weren’t enough – not to mention 10 Olivier Award nominations (with 2 wins including Best Musical Revival) – the National Theatre are bringing back their 2017 production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical masterpiece Follies. And today, they’ve revealed full casting for the show.

Joining the returning Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee (both Olivier nominated for their roles) and Peter Forbes are Alexander Hanson and Joanna Riding as Ben and Sally, parts originally played by Philip Quast and Imelda Staunton respectively.

The full company of 40 also includes Julie Armstrong (Christine Donovan), Lindsay Atherton (Young Carlotta), Josephine Barstow (Heidi Schiller from mid-April until the end of the run), Rosanna Bates (Young Emily), Jeremy Batt (Young Theodore), Billy Boyle (Theodore Whitman), Kaye Brown (Ensemble),  Anouska Eaton (Young Deedee), Liz Ewing (Ensemble), Vanessa Fisher (Young Stella), Caroline Fitzgerald (Sandra Crane), Geraldine Fitzgerald (Solange LaFitte), Bruce Graham (Roscoe), Adrian Grove (Sam Deems), Alyn Hawke (Ensemble), Harry Hepple (Young Buddy), Aimee Hodnett (Young Sandra), Dawn Hope (Stella Deems), Liz Izen (Deedee West), Jasmine Kerr (Ensemble), Alison Langer (Young Heidi), Felicity Lott (Heidi Schiller from 22 February until mid-April), Sarah-Marie Maxwell (Young Solange), Ian McIntosh (Young Ben), Ian McLarnon (Ensemble), Claire Moore (Hattie Walker), Tom Partridge (Ensemble), Gary Raymond (Dimitri Weismann), Michael Remick (Ensemble), Rohan Richards (Kevin), Lisa Ritchie (Young Hattie), Myra Sands (Emily Whitman), Gemma Sutton (Young Sally), Monica Swayne (Young Christine), Christine Tucker (Young Phyllis) and Liam Wrate (Chorus/Swing).

Follies includes classic songs such as Broadway Baby, I’m Still Here and Losing My Mind. With a huge cast of talented performers, an orchestra of 21, and spectacular visuals, the revival is a treat – once again – not to be missed.

Performances begin 12 February 2019, with tickets available on the National Theatre website.


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