Follies at the National Theatre – Philip Quast joins Imelda Staunton and Janie Dee


Imelda Staunton previously appeared in the 1996 NT production of Guys and Dolls. Picture: John Haynes

National Theatre artistic director Rufus Norris has confirmed details of next year’s much-anticipated production of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s Broadway musical Follies,

Starring the multi-award winning duo of Imelda Staunton and Janie Dee, the show will play the Olivier Theatre at a date which has yet to be confirmed.

Imelda Staunton plays Sally Durant Plummer, Janie Dee is Phyllis Rogers Stone and Philip Quast plays Benjamin Stone.

Directed by NT associate director Dominic Cooke, with choreography by Bill Deamer, the creative team will also include music supervisor Nicholas Skilbeck, music director Nigel Lilley, lighting designer Paule Constable, sound designer Paul Groothuis and associate choreographer Kylie Cruikshanks.

Follies debuted on Broadway in 1971 in a production directed by Harold Prince and Michael Bennett who also provided the choreography. The musical won seven of the 11 Tony awards it was nominated for and includes the standards ‘Broadway Baby’, ‘I’m Still Here’, ‘Too Many Mornings’, ‘Could I Leave You?’, and ‘Losing My Mind’.

Janie Dee starred in the 1992 National staging of Carousel. Picture: Clive Barda

Janie Dee starred in the 1992 National staging of Carousel. Picture: Clive Barda

The show debuted in the West End in 1987, and there have been a number of revival productions, including two on Broadway in 2001 and 2011 and one in the West End in 2002

The show will mark a return to the National for Staunton whose performance at the venue in The Beggar’s Opera in 1982 earned her Olivier Award nominations for Best Actress in a Musical and Most Promising Newcomer of the Year in Theatre. She has also appeared in two NT productions of Guys and Dolls (1982 and 1996).

Sondheim has played a part in Staunton winning three of her four Olivier Awards: Best Actress in a Musical for her roles as the Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods (1991), Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd (2013) and Momma Rose in Gypsy (2016).

Angela Thomas


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