A new trailer for the West End production of Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends has been released.
Devised and produced by Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Old Friends is a celebration of the legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, and was originally staged as a one-off tribute concert. The show returns to London’s West End for a limited 16-week run at the Gielgud Theatre, playing from 16 September 2023 to 6 January 2024.
Leading the cast are Broadway stars Bernadette Peters (Sunday in the Park with George, Into The Woods) and Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon), alongside West End favourites Janie Dee (Follies), Joanna Riding (Follies), ), Jeremy Secomb (Sweeney Todd), Haydn Gwynne (The Windsors, The Great British Bake off Musical), Bonnie Langford (Anything Goes and Bradley Jaden (Wicked, Les Miserables).
Also appearing in the stellar line up are: Damian Humbley (Merrily We Roll Along, The Great British Bake off Musical), Gavin Lee (Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast), Jason Pennycooke (Hamilton, La Cage Aux Folles) Christine Allado (Hamilton), Beatrice Penny-Touré (The Phantom of the Opera) and Jac Yarrow (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat).
The company will also include Harry Apps, Bella Brown and Monique Young, completing a cast that is truly the best of the West End and Broadway.
The show is directed by Matthew Bourne, side by side with Julia McKenzie, with choreography by Stephen Mear. Alfonso Casado Trigo will conduct with musical supervision by Stephen Brooker, musical arrangements by Stephen Metcalfe, set design by Matt Kinley, projection design by George Reeve, costume design by Jill Parker, lighting design by Warren Letton and sound design by Mick Potter.