New Production of Follies to Play Royal Festival Hall This Summer

News   New Production of Follies to Play Royal Festival Hall This Summer

Stephen Sondheim's classic musical Follies will have a five-week outing to the Royal Festival Hall this summer. Co-produced by the Royal Festival Hall and Raymond Gubbay, directed by Paul Kerryson, designed by Paul Farnsworth and with musical direction by Julian Kelly, Follies will preview on Aug. 3 and open on Aug. 6, running until Aug. 31.

The plans follow a 2001 production of Follies on Broadway. The Roundabout Theatre Company staging—the first Broadway revival of the show since the original—was directed by Matthew Warchus, who emphasized the book over the score and acting over singing. The approach was not terribly well received. Blythe Danner, Gregory Harrison, Treat Williams and Judith Ivey starred as the four central leads, two unhappily married couples who ruminate about the past and present when they attend a reunion party commemorating the Ziegfeld Follies type revues in which the two women once appeared.

Originally directed on Broadway by Harold Prince in 1971, Follies includes such classic songs "Broadway Baby," "I'm Still Here," "Buddy's Blues" and "Losing My Mind."

Follies was given a sumptuous London production some 15 years ago, with Diana Rigg, Millicent Martin and Daniel Massey.

Follies will play Mondays to Saturdays at 7.30 PM, with Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2:30 PM. There will be no performance on Monday, Aug. 26.

Royal Festival Hall box office: 020 7960 4242.