Thursday 18 October 2018
A brand new musical opening late September (Sondheim)
Broadway legend Patti LuPone will return to London in a new gender-reversed production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's 1970 musical Company. The musical opens in London's West End at the Gielgud Theatre, produced by Elliott Harper Productions, a new production company set up by director Marianne Elliott and theatre producer Chris Harper.
Rosalie Craig will star in the central role of 'Bobbie' in this gender reversed production that has been blessed by Sondheim - the first production to be allowed to change the gender of the characters. Patti LuPone will play Joanne.
Patti LuPone has played some of musical theatre's greatest characters, including Fantine in Les Miserables in London and Eva Peron in Evita on Broadway. She has also starred as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard, and in Sondheim's musicals Gypsy and Sweeney Todd. She most recently starred in War Paint on Broadway, which will close at the end of the year.
Rosalie Craig is known for her work in musical theatre including the world premiere of Tori Amos's musical The Light Princess at the National Theatre in 2013, for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award. Other credits include City of Angels (Donmar Warehouse), Finding Neverland (Leicester Curve), Ragtime (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre) and London Road at the National Theatre.
Frequently billed as 'the first concept musical' Company follows Bobby a single man unable to commit fully to a steady relationship or marriage. The show begins on his 35th birthday where we see his interactions with his best friends, five married couples and three girlfriends. The musical explores his relationships through a series of short vignettes, breaking the traditional mould of a book musical. The show was successful as it represented adult themes and reflected back the lives of New Yorkers in a way that hadn't previously been seen in commercial musical theatre.
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Top Price Theatre Ticket
Cost: £99pp (this will increase to £109 after 1 May 2018)
Balance Due: 9 August 2018