We are picking up backstage chatter that Dame Emma Thompson may be heading back to the West End at some point soon.
And she may be sending in the clowns as the project could be Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical A Little Night Music, with Emma giving her Desiree Armfeldt.
If, when and where are still unknown so this is spurious at best. Having said that, Dame Emma does love to perform on stage, and it wasn’t that many years ago (2015) that she trod the boards at the Coliseum with Bryn Terfel in the Lincoln Center’s production of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, giving her Mrs Lovett.
However, despite it being 27 years ago, memories are still strong for Dame Judi Dench’s turn as Desiree in ALNM at the National Theatre, where she managed to scoop two Olivier Awards that season (the other was for Rdney Ackland’s Absolute Hell).
A Little Night Music has music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler. The show was inspired by the 1955 Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night, and it includes the hugely popular song “Send In the Clowns”. Its original Broadway production was in 1973, and a 1977 movie version was directed by Harold Prince and starred Elizabeth Taylor, Len Cariou, Lesley-Anne Down, and Diana Rigg starring.
Emma Thompson also has other West End projects on the go as is rumoured to be writing a musical stage adaptation of movie Nanny McPhee, which she wrote the screenplay for and starred in.
Her other theatre credits include a fabulous, famous run in the revival of Me and My Girl at the Adelphi Theatre in 1985 playing Sally, alongside Robert Lindsay and directed by Mike Ockrent.