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Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production, the first staging of Follies at the National Theatre. Read More >

Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production, the first staging of Follies at the National Theatre.

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.

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 this venue, featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21. Follies is directed by Dominic Cooke (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom).

Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier Awards, Sondheim’s previous work at the National Theatre includes A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.

This production runs without an interval. This is true to the spirit of how Sondheim intended the piece to be performed.

Follies plays in the Olivier Theatre within the National Theatre, its largest venue.

We currently do not have any tickets for this show. For more information and tickets, please visit the show website.

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Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 22/08/2017

Opening Night: 06/09/2017

Closing Night: 03/01/2018

Running time: 2h10, no interval

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Cast & Creative


Sally Durant Plummer - Imelda Staunton

Phyllis Rogers Stone - Janie Dee

Benjamin Stone - Philip Quast

Buddy Plummer - Peter Forbes

Carlotta Campion - Tracie Bennett

Dimitri Weismann - Gary Raymond

Young Buddy - Fred Haig

Young Phyllis - Zizi Strallen

Young Sally - Alex Young

Young Ben - Adam Rhys-Charles

Heidi Schiller - Josephine Barstow

Cast - Julie Armstrong, Norma Atallah, Jeremy Batt, Di Botcher, Billy Boyle, Anouska Eaton, Liz Ewing, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Emily Goodenough, Bruce Graham, Adrian Grove, Aimee Hodnett, Dawn Hope, Liz Izen, Alison Langer, Emily Langham, Sarah-Marie Maxwell, Ian McLarnon, Leisha Mollyneaux, Gemma Page, Kate Parr, Edwin Ray, Jordan Shaw, Barnaby Thompson, Christine Tucker, Michael Vinsen



Director - Dominic Cooke

Designer - Vicki Mortimer

Choreographer - Bill Deamer

Lighting Designer - Paule Constable

Sound - Paul Groothuis

Lyrics By - Stephen Sondheim

Music By - Stephen Sondheim

Musical Supervisor - Nicholas Skilbeck

Orchestrations - Jonathan Tunick


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