National Theatre · 14 FEB - 11 MAY

New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre.

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14 February 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Return of Dominic Cooke’s much admired revival of Sondheim’s glorious show, an aching musical tribute to lost innocence and tarnished dreams. A lot of the original cast including Tracie Bennett and Janie Dee return, and this has got one of Sondheim’s most pungent scores. Losing my Mind and In Buddy’s Eyes are just heart-breaking.”
“This Sondheim epic is one of the hot tickets at the moment. This production was a massive hit for the National Theatre back in 2017 when it won the Olivier for Best Musical Revival. Amazingly there are still tickets left so if you haven’t caught it yet it’s a must-see for musical lovers.”


Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.

Including such classic songs as Broadway Baby, I’m Still Here and Losing My Mind, Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre.

Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom).

Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier Awards, Sondheim’s previous work at the NT includes A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.

Critic reviews

Joanna Riding gives an extraordinarily powerful performance in Sondheim's musical of nostalgia, regret and yearning

The Stage

This Sondheim revival is a perfect show

The Telegraph

Elegant Sondheim classic returns to dazzle anew

Evening Standard

It is a masterful realisation of a wise and truthful show


It’s an oddly formless story in parts, but who cares? It’s glitzy, glamorous and over the top but with enough pathos and wit to make it satisfying


Dominic Cooke’s production combines rousing musical numbers with an expertly conjured atmosphere

Financial Times

Follies returns to the National for an encore, and it’s as dazzling as it was before

Time Out

Date & time

Show ended
Thu 14 Feb - Sat 11 May, 2pm & 7.30pm


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