By Mark Shenton
03 Jun 2014
Presented by Aria Entertainment in association with Guy James and Knockhardy Productions, it will be directed by Hannah Chissick with musical direction by David Randall. The show, conceived and developed by Craig Lucas and Norman Rene, was last seen in London at the Bridewell Theatre in 1997.
According to press materials, the show "pieces together a selection of songs by Sondheim to tell a charming and bittersweet tale of love, loneliness and survival as a modern singleton. Two single strangers, left alone in their studio apartments on a Saturday night, pass their time with sweetly secret, unshared fantasies, never knowing that they’re just a floor away from each other and the end of their lonely dreams." It is told entirely through songs written early in Sondheim’s career or previously intended for his musicals, including A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Company, Follies and A Little Night Music.
The show was co-created by Craig Lucas, who met Sondheim whilst performing in the ensemble of the original Broadway production of Sweeney Todd. In discussions at rehearsals and parties, Sondheim mentioned to Lucas the large number of songs he had written that hadn’t been performed or published. Lucas requested permission to use these songs, and with his collaborator Norman René, pieced them together to create a narrative between a young man and woman. Marry Me a Little premiered Off Off-Broadway in 1980.
To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 264 2140, or visit www.stjamestheatre.co.uk.