National Theatre


14 Feb 2019 - 26 Mar 2019

£15.00 - £70.00

Pro reviewers rating
16 reviews

4.6 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

4.0 out of 5.0

Performers who played the fictional Weismann Follies on Broadway between the wars meet up again — 30 years after their last show.

Two of the former chorus girls — Sally and Phyllis — turn up with their husbands in tow, and revisit the ghosts of Follies past.

Sally, an unhappilly married housewife, believes she is in love with Ben, a wealthy politician and businessman, now wed to her former best friend Phyllis.

Songs include I’m Still Here, Don’t Look At Me, Beautiful Girls, In Buddy’s Eyes, Too Many Mornings, Could I Leave You? and Broadway Baby.

The Olivier-winning revival is back with Janie Dee and Peter Forbes to reprise their roles.  Other casting tbc.


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“Superb revival... gives this bleakly festive musical a poetic unity I didn’t realise it possessed... Staunton is unforgettable.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Imelda Staunton, Janie Dee and Philip Quast make this revival not just triumphant, but transcendent.”

Tim Bano (The Stage, Time Out)

“A frankly extraordinary cast... An elegiac, eloquent work... pierces both heart and brain in Cooke’s towering NT revival.”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“An outstanding revival — spectacular, sassy, sorrowful and ultimately deeply sad... Staunton is simply heartbreaking.”

Sarah Hemming (Financial Times)

“Sondheim’s 1971 masterpiece... Cooke’s version surpasses your wildest dreams for this show. It’s jaw-droppingly great.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“A superlative revival... The show “connects” at a powerful level – you understand what Sondheim is saying, why it matters.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Dedicated, focused performances... note-perfect... One of the great classics of the musical theatre is magnificently vindicated.”

David Nice (Arts Desk)

“Stupendous revival... Bennett’s rendition of I’m Still Here justifies on its own the price of a ticket... Still a sensation.”

Kate Kellaway (Observer)

“Shows what the theatre is capable of... The songs are hugely evocative... Dee is marvellous... Don’t miss.”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“A pretty bleak tale, sugared by some excellent performances from most of the cast.”

West End Whingers

“Eloquent about desire, fantasy, illusion and regret... Lucid, precisely choreographed and above all gorgeously performed.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Perceptive production... Four illuminating and dazzling central performances and a thoughtful approach... Truly terrific.”

Sarah Crompton (What's On Stage, Guardian)

“Brilliant and beguiling... It’s the cat’s pyjamas. ”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“Extravagant, spectacular production of a second-class musical... Dee’s nicely caustic... A lack of narrative drive... Spirited.”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

“It is all done brilliantly, as well as it could be, and yet does not quite move the heart... A grand entertaining evening.”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Lacks an emotional arc... Cooke’s production makes an excellent fist of its constituent parts... All sing splendidly.”

Michael Arditti (Express)

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