Follies at the National Theatre

National Theatre - Olivier Theatre, Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PX

Imelda Staunton and Janie Dee will star in a new production of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies at the National Theatre in 2017.

Directed by Dominic Cooke, the much loved musical has a book by James Goldman and music and lyrics by Sondheim and includes such memorable songs as I’m Still Here, Don’t Look At Me, Beautiful Girls, In Buddy’s Eyes, Too Many Mornings, Could I Leave You? and Broadway Baby.

Follies tells of a reunion of performers who played the fictional Weismann Follies on Broadway between the wars, and who meet up again — 30 years after their last show.

It focuses on two of the former chorus girls — Sally and Phyllis — who turn up with their husbands in tow, and revisit the ghosts of Follies past.

Follies will run from 22 August 2017 until 3 January 2018 at the National Theatre.


The Follies’ story is set around a reunion of the past performers of the “Weissman’s Follies” and focuses on two couples who are attending the reunion, Buddy and Sally, and Benjamin and Phyllis, as well as some of the original “Follie’s girls”. The former performers are reuniting on the stage of the now-decrepit theater that was once their professional home, the night before it is turned into a parking lot.

Phyllis and Sally, who were best friends in their Follies days, have married Ben and Buddy, respectively. The once-close foursome has fallen out of touch. As these aging starlets reminisce, they end up hashing out old affairs, remembering who loved (and loves) whom, and reliving the roads they did and didn’t take.


Imelda Staunton (Gypsy, Sweeny Todd) and Janie Dee (Hand To God) will lead the cast.

Julie Armstrong, Norma Atallah, Josephine Barstow, Jeremy Batt, Billy Boyle, Julie Armstrong, Norma Atallah, Josephine Barstow, Jeremy Batt, Di Botcher, Billy Boyle, Bruce Graham, Adrian Grove, Fred Haig, Aimee Hodnett, Dawn Hope, Liz Izen, Alison Langer, Emily Langham, Sarah-Marie Maxwell, Ian McLarnon, Leisha Mollyneaux, Gemma Page, Kate Parr, Philip Quast, Edwin Ray, Gary Raymond, Adam Rhys-Charles, Jordan Shaw, Zizi Strallen, Barnaby Thompson, Christine Tucker, Michael Vinsen, Alex Young


Follies has a book by James Goldman and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Dominic Cooke will direct.