The seven Tony-award-winning musical, first performed in 1971, captures a particular moment in theatre history – when the mainstay Broadway revue shows that dominated entertainment in the interwar years reached the very end of their reign. Stephen Sondheim's songbook is stuffed with modern classics, including 'Broadway Baby', 'I'm Still Here' and 'Who's That Woman'.
Inspired by the real life Ziegfield Follies, and drawing on the same all-singing, all-dancing backdrop as beloved musicals Gypsy and Funny Girl, the show follows two former chorus girls, reuniting years after their days treading the boards.
As part of the rich tradition of shows about the theatre, Follies also breaks new territory, bringing a darker, more modern perspective to the gloss of performance. Undercutting the rosy glow of nostalgia is a ghoulish uneasiness, with ghostly presences and a tangle of neuroses.
As an Olivier-winning performance in Gypsy underlined, Imelda Staunton is surely the First Lady of the West End – with the kind of presence that turns a show into a big event. She will play former chorus girl Sally Durant Plummer alongside multi-award-winning stage star Janie Dee as her friend, Phyllis Rogers Stone.
Booking opens 5 May 2017 8.30am
|What||Follies, National Theatre|
South Bank, London, SE1 9PX | MAP
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
22 Aug 17 – 04 Nov 17, Performance times vary, further performances TBA
|Price||£15 - £65|
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