Gielgud Theatre

35-37 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6AR GB

Company

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4.5/5 - based on 122 reviews
  • Starring: Patti LuPone, Rosalie Craig
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Performance Times
Mon - 19:30
Tue - 19:30
Wed - 19:30
Thu 14:30 19:30
Fri - 19:30
Sat 14:30 19:30
Sun - -
Starring:

Patti LuPone, Rosalie Craig

Company description

Last time it was here, Company won both Adrian Lester and Sam Mendes an Olivier Award each, for Best Actor in a Musical and Best Director respectively. Now it’s back, playing at the Gielgud Theatre after The Ferryman ends a highly successful run as the widely acclaimed play of 2017. From the winning partnership of Jez Butterworth and Mendes, we move to the equally exceptional team of Stephen Sondheim and Marianne Elliott. But these two come with some legendary back-up!

This is the first major revival of Company since it appeared on Broadway in 2006 and as a staged concert production in 2011, in which it starred such Broadway names as Neil Patrick Harris and Patti LuPone. Now it comes across the pond to London and LuPone is coming too! The two-time Tony Award-winning and Olivier Award-winning musical theatre star will reprise her role of Joanne in Elliott’s latest version and marks a long overdue return of LuPone to the West End. LuPone has played such musical theatre legends as Eva Perón in Evita (1980 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical); Rose in Gypsy (2008 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical); Fantine in Les Misérables (1985 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical, awarded in conjunction for The Cradle Will Rock);Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard; Mrs Sweeney in Sweeney Todd and Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes. That’s quite a back catalogue, guaranteed to conjure up queues down the length of the West End to get tickets!

Traditionally, Company tells the story of Bobby, a male singleton on his 35th birthday surrounded by his ten best friends (as five married couples) and three girlfriends, none of whom he can commit to. It seems as though Bobby is intrinsically afraid of commitment. However, in this version, history has been made – Elliott’s production is the first in which Sondheim has allowed to gender swap all of the roles except Joanne, which LuPone is playing. So, in this case, Bobby becomes Bobbi and will be played by Rosalie Craig. Craig is best known for her performance as the title character in The Light Princess, which won her an Evening Standard Theatre Award and an Olivier Award nomination in 2013.

All in all, this new production promises to be an unmissable event in the 2018 musical theatre calendar, playing from 28 September. A legendary lyricist and composer; a widely acclaimed director (Elliot’s most notable work includes War Horse and The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time); a Broadway icon and a gender swapped backstory. This production is guaranteed to sell fast, so get those tickets from our website now!

Company reviews

4.5 out of 5 based on 122 reviews

What to expect:

Acting
Music
Costumes
Story
Lighting

Recommended for:

Anyone (46%)
Families (47%)
Teenagers (52%)
Couples (82%)
Theatregoers (94%)
Latest customer reviews
Jeanette
Captivating from beginning to end!

A must see musical for "theatre goers". Good story line from beginning. Enjoyed the twist in this production. "Ladies who lunch" and "being alive" spectacular. Pity this was the last night. What a cast! What a show!

Reviewed on 03 April 2019 by , Newmilns, United Kingdom

Jeremy
Life

Great cast great wit and clever staging. A must see before it ends

Reviewed on 22 March 2019 by , Cape Town, South Africa

Hannah
Definitely worth seeing!

Reviewed on 21 March 2019 by , Chippenham, United Kingdom

Craig
Amazing direction and performances

Such creativity! Re-defining characters gender and sexual orientation was brilliantly done. EVERY performer was outstanding.

Reviewed on 20 March 2019 by , Toronto, Canada

Sigalit
Had a great time

Went with my daughter, who is getting married soon, we both enjoyed it very much. As far as content is concerned, maybe not something for the newly wed.. It's Sondheim music, so not your usual melodic musical. A lot of talented actors on stage. Had a great time, thoroughly enjoyable !!

Reviewed on 17 March 2019 by , Herzeliya, Israel

Jim
Eclectic story, great music, actors VERY believable

Humorous, engaging, relatable. Sometimes storyline got a little old but the stoned scene was great as was the sex scene (no talking allowed!). Loved the fluorescent bordered rooms as the set. Music and vocals first rate. Theatre is really charming in its layout with the ‘saloon’ and the hallways and staircases...but the seats themselves (not the view but the seats) are terribly (unusually) uncomfortable and fixing this should be a long range plan.

Reviewed on 10 March 2019 by , Rochester, United States Of America

Marc
Amazing show

Great show only caveat is start of second half loses the audience. Otherwise worthy of its standing ovation.

Reviewed on 09 March 2019 by , Budapest, Hungary

Sarah
Great show. Fab acting, singing and set!

Reviewed on 05 March 2019 by , Pinner, United Kingdom

Mie
Breathetaking and awesome

Reviewed on 04 March 2019 by , Ballerup, Denmark

Sebastian
A Must See!

Reviewed on 04 March 2019 by , Muenster, Germany

Jonny
How knew that musical could be thought provoking?!

Classic Sondheim music with quick, witty lyrics. The subject matter of being single, or in a relationship, how marriage do or do not function, makes it a very unusual musical. It worked very well with the main character’s gender being switched, making it feel contemporary and relavent, not dated and from the 1970s. All the Actors were excellent, and the two main female leads exceptional. Wonderful staging and light, and a strong orchestra made for a fantastic all round production. No wonder the theatre was full at the matinee and the Sean has been extended!

Reviewed on 03 March 2019 by , Newark, Notts., United Kingdom

James
I enjoyed it, but wasn't blown away.

Reviewed on 28 February 2019 by , Bath, United Kingdom

Maria
Incredible

Left the theatre dancing and singing.

Reviewed on 25 February 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Fay
Ok

Well acted and funny in parts with an interesting storyline. Alot of music wasn’t to our tastes - and they seemed to have to sing almost every part which gets a bit jarring especially if the songs are on one note seeminglu

Reviewed on 24 February 2019 by , West Wickham, United Kingdom

Roberto
fun evening with a lot of laughs,witty text

An evening to relax, have fun and maybe learn something

Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by , Amsterdam, Netherlands

Ann
Fast-moving,wonderfully entertaining.

Reviewed on 18 February 2019 by , Scarsdale, United States Of America

Melissa
Improves On A Classic

Fantastic cast, creative staging, and I’ll say it - the revised book is better than the original. See it before it goes to Broadway. Then, see it again on Broadway!

Reviewed on 16 February 2019 by , Waltham, United States Of America

Ruth
An amazing evening of sublime musical theatre

Reviewed on 16 February 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Mark
Not what you expect, in a great way

Trust me. Just go for Jamie’s version of “Don’t Tell Paul (I’m Not Getting Married Today) alone, if the idea of Ms Lu Pone coverage of “Here’s To The Ladies Who Lunch” isn’t enough to buy your ticket.

Reviewed on 15 February 2019 by , Tulsa, United States Of America

Bettina
Disappointing

Below-average music and singing voices. Forced jokes.

Reviewed on 09 February 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Sophie
Excellent production hilarious storyline

Reviewed on 09 February 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Kenneth
revived and looking very fresh

Reviewed on 08 February 2019 by , Croydon, United Kingdom

Theresa
Disappointed

Show was cancelled after 45 minutes!!!!! Extremely disappointing. I have been going to the theatre for many years and this has never happened to me before.

Reviewed on 07 February 2019 by , Glasgow, United Kingdom

Alexey
Left me feeling a little unnnerved in a good way

I turned 35 recently. So the show felt timely. It leaves you without answers, but it does get you to think. O

Reviewed on 28 January 2019 by , Moscow, Russian Federation

Jeffs

A really good show and entertainment value. Brilliant

Reviewed on 28 January 2019 by , Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Lyn

Fantastic, stage sets amazing, energy of cast amazing. The theatre was full, the audience was alive with the show. Def must see.

Reviewed on 25 January 2019 by , Bexleyheath, United Kingdom

James
Must see- brilliant.

you would never know this was written originally in the 70s. Contemporary, funny, moving and slick.

Reviewed on 22 January 2019 by , Manchester, United Kingdom

Brian
Stunning

One of my favourite musicals ever, completely reimagined with an outstanding cast and wonderful imagery. I could watch it again, and again,and....

Reviewed on 22 January 2019 by , Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Melodie
Vibrant uplifting philisophical fun

Sondheim in all it's glory successfuly updated for a modern audience. Fab cast, music, set. Go and have yourself an uplifting & magical night out.

Reviewed on 20 January 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Letizia
Brilliant and entertaining!

Reviewed on 19 January 2019 by , Bologna, Italy

Erika
Must see

Reviewed on 16 January 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Pamela Jane
Review

This show was fantastic it was funny and the parts well played my daughter of 19 wanted to watch it and it didn’t disappoint we had a great view

Reviewed on 06 January 2019 by , St Helens, United Kingdom

Peep
great play

Reviewed on 01 January 2019 by , Tallinn, Estonia

Bart
Must to see!

Reviewed on 01 January 2019 by , Leicester, United Kingdom

Aaron
Worth the trip over from the U.S.

Reviewed on 29 December 2018 by , Lansdale, United States Of America

Nicola
Not my kind of music

If you like big dramatic musicals like phantom, miss Saigon, this isn't one of those. It's punchy, jazz hands stuff and there really isn't much story. I'm sure it was well done and the actors accomplished but just not my cup of tea. I personally found the songs annoying, sorry.

Reviewed on 29 December 2018 by , Stroud, United Kingdom

Ron
Brilliant casting

Some wonderful moments, and the principals are all terrific but as a theatrical experience overall it wasn't totally satisfying. It labours one idea at the expense of drawing rounded characters.

Reviewed on 28 December 2018 by , Ascot, United Kingdom

David
Brilliantly done - don’t miss it!

Reviewed on 23 December 2018 by , Brooklyn, United States Of America

Nimrod
A must if you enjoy analysing relationships and enjoy theatre and music.

We really enjoyed the show. But Bobby’s character came out as being too weak. The show stepped into life at the Wedding breakfast. Many of the character were so much more powerful than Bobby, this of course may have been in character. There is a lot of content and very funny parts. We really enjoyed it.

Reviewed on 22 December 2018 by , London, United Kingdom

Jooyeon
choreograph, stage, acting, music all good!!

Reviewed on 17 December 2018 by , London, United Kingdom

gerard
Impressive

Reviewed on 16 December 2018 by , Rotterdam, Netherlands

Loek
An absolute triumph

What a great revival of “Company”! Very smart choices, staging is superb and the actors are absolutely sublime!

Reviewed on 13 December 2018 by , Amsterdam, Netherlands

Neslihan
It was great!

Reviewed on 22 November 2018 by , London, United Kingdom

Samuel
Great story for those single in their 30s

Reviewed on 19 November 2018 by , London, United Kingdom

CHANTAL

This was a great show with an extraordinary staging. What of the 5 best I never seen.

Reviewed on 12 November 2018 by , Gland, Switzerland

Olivia
Wonderful night

Reviewed on 10 November 2018 by , London, United Kingdom

Ann
Revamped Company!

Finding out that Company was going to be re-vamped for 21st century with gender changing, etc., I admit to being a little sceptical as I am a huge Sondheim fan. But on learning that the great man himself had not only sanctioned but re-written various parts, I thought that it was a 'must-see', and I am so glad I did as it is so RIGHT for our times. Casting was first rate, acting, staging (simple and clever), directing, and choreography was mind-boggling, particularly the setting of 'Side by Side by Side' with the tables and chairs! All credit to the orchestra and conductor as well who were excellent. I came away on a high and I have not stopped talking about it since to anyone who will listen. I intend to come up to see it again very soon.

Reviewed on 10 November 2018 by , Devizes, United Kingdom

Fergal
Loved it

Reviewed on 09 November 2018 by , Guildford, United Kingdom

Daniela
Highly entertaining, laugh out loud funny!

Reviewed on 07 November 2018 by , Surbiton, United Kingdom

bruno
iso of company - or not

great stage props settings opened up for showcasing discrete moments as well as wide displays - of human behavior, peculiarities, individuality, overlaps, longings and what not. musical support from atop the stage was phantastically orchestrated in combination with great singers and performances. a must see for companyons.

Reviewed on 05 November 2018 by , Vienna, Austria

Fernando
Great show!

Reviewed on 04 November 2018 by , Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Norma
Felt like an in joke that we weren’t party to.

Felt like an in-joke that we weren’t party to. Disappointed as the reviews were spectacular however the story line and songs were distinctly average.

Reviewed on 04 November 2018 by , Dronfield Woodhouse, United Kingdom

Chiu Chun
Modern

Reviewed on 02 November 2018 by , Leeds, United Kingdom

Jonathan
Awful

Worst show I’ve seen in the last 25 yrs

Reviewed on 31 October 2018 by , Pinegowrie, South Africa

Dorothy
A MUST SEE SHOW

I liked this show I’m planning to attend again in a week and pay for a seat closer to the stage.

Reviewed on 31 October 2018 by , Larned, United States Of America

Stuart
Excellent updated revival of Sondheim classic with stellar performance and great sets

Excellent updated revival of Sondheim Classic with stellar performances from all involved with the benefit of Bunny Christie's imaginative and original set design. Cannot recommend enough particuarly to those who prefer a more sophisticated musical.

Reviewed on 30 October 2018 by , London, United Kingdom

Karen
Very creatively done! Great support for women!

I thought changing genders was great! The scene re the gay couple was the funniest I’ve seen in a long time! And the actor was magnificent. Of course one of the main reasons I attended was to see and HEAR Patti Lupone, she is one of a kind and absolutely terrific! I came from the USA (Maine) to see this show ..for the concept and for Patti!

Reviewed on 29 October 2018 by , Carmel, United States

Robert
Luv’d the show!

‘Company’ was lively, funny and entertaining from beginning to end. Come prepared to reflect on your own past and present relationships, your youthful hopes and dreams. We would see it again in an instant if we were in London again.

Reviewed on 24 October 2018 by , West Vancouver, Canada

Nancy
Fabulous production

I saw 5 shows in London and this was the best production. The gender changes work really well and make the show much more contemporary. The cast is fabulous - Rosalie Craig is fantastic as Bobbie and I loved her red dress. I found the other costumes less effective. The set is incredible - really creative and serves the story so well. Other productions I have seen of this show had a static set. This set was much more interesting as was the conceit of placing the action in Bobbie's head. A really wonderful production. I am so glad I saw it.

Reviewed on 22 October 2018 by , East Haddam, United States Of America

Patricia

An excellent show, as is the cast.

Reviewed on 20 October 2018 by , Folkestone, United Kingdom

Natalie
Original, contemporary twist of musical masterpiece

Reviewed on 16 October 2018 by , Carshalton, United Kingdom

Shevorne
Fantastic spin on modern day life

Great show. The storyline was very modern and a comedy spin on modern day life. Moving staging was impressive and the orchestra were amazing.

Reviewed on 12 October 2018 by , Dudley, United Kingdom

Maureen
A Star is Born

The show was fabulous—every performer was excellent & the show is structured so that each performer get a @ least one song in which s/he shines. We came to see Patti LePone, who did not disappoint—wow. But the performance of last-minute substitute Jenny Saayeng, especially at the finale brought the audience to tears & then to its feet for a well-earned ovation. A great evening of theatre.

Reviewed on 10 October 2018 by , Bala Cynwyd, Pa, United States Of America

Giacomo
Well acted but not good lyrics

The acting is marvelous and great singing but too many ups and downs. They lost my attention quite e few times. Some of the song are too long with the same 5 lines repeted over and over and no relevant action on the stage making the whole part super boring.

Reviewed on 06 October 2018 by , London, United Kingdom

Sara
Broadway Classic

Reviewed on 04 October 2018 by , London, United Kingdom

Emma
Absolutely brilliant

Reviewed on 02 October 2018 by , London, United Kingdom

Gerasimos
It’s classic Sondheim with a twist. A definitely must see!

Reviewed on 30 September 2018 by , Athens, Greece

Russell
Intelligently witty, yet thought provoking.

Sondheim is like Marmite, you either love him or loathe him. But this production, updated for the modern audience is a sensual delight and should make even the hardest of Sondheim sceptics rethink. The storyline moves smoothly and slickly with this cast and with the brilliance of the set design. The singing is wonderful and all members of the cast are vocally equal to the complexity of Sondheims rhythms and lyrical dexterity. It was over too soon for me.

Reviewed on 28 September 2018 by , London, United Kingdom

Lauren
Brilliant production!

This is a clever and insightful reworking of Sondheim’s Company. Wonderful cast with brilliant performances led by Rosalie Craig and Patti Lupone. Excellent acting, staging and direction, wonderful singing and playing in a flawless production. Don’t miss this one!

Reviewed on 28 September 2018 by , Cairns, Australia

11 Feb
2019
Tim Winter

Second Look: COMPANY at the Gielgud Theatre

by Tim Winter | Monday, February 11 2019, 08:55

Walking along West End's Shaftesbury Avenue, it's easy to get blinded by the number of four and five star reviews on the billboards outside the theatres for all the shows. Can they ALL be that good?

Rosalie Craig, Richard Henders and Jennifer Saayeng in Company at the Gielgud Theatre Rosalie Craig, Richard Henders and Jennifer Saayeng in Company at the Gielgud Theatre.

Second Look: COMPANY at the Gielgud Theatre
18 Oct
2018
Phil Willmott

Review: COMPANY at the Gielgud Theatre

by Phil Willmott | Thursday, October 18 2018, 12:21

As we predicted the modernised version of Sondheim’s 1970s musical COMPANY has enjoyed a triumphant opening night and a raft of five star reviews approving of the radical step of changing the central character (usually Bobby) to a female one (now Bobbie).

Gavin Spokes (Harry), Rosalie Craig (Bobbie), and Mel Giedroyc (Sarah) in COMPANY Gavin Spokes (Harry), Rosalie Craig (Bobbie), and Mel Giedroyc (Sarah) in COMPANY.

Review: COMPANY at the Gielgud Theatre
03 Oct
2018
Stuart King

Preview Report: COMPANY at the Gielgud Theatre

by Stuart King | Wednesday, October 3 2018, 09:10

The team behind Elliott Harper Productions have enjoyed a wave of successful shows in recent years, which is all set to continue with this much-anticipated reworking of Stephen Sondheim’s 1970 musical COMPANY, at the Gielgud Theatre.

Company - Gielgud Theatre

Preview Report: COMPANY at the Gielgud Theatre