Starring: Patti LuPone, Rosalie Craig
Booking from: Wednesday, 26 September 2018
Booking until: Saturday, 22 December 2018
Wednesday, 26 September 2018
Saturday, 22 December 2018
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!
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- Year built: 1906