Starring: Patti LuPone, Rosalie Craig
Booking until: Saturday, 30 March 2019
Saturday, 30 March 2019
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!
What to expect:Acting
based on 120 reviews
Great cast great wit and clever staging. A must see before it ends
Jeremy London Box Office customer
Definitely worth seeing!
Hannah London Box Office customer
Amazing direction and performances
Such creativity! Re-defining characters gender and sexual orientation was brilliantly done. EVERY performer was outstanding.
Craig London Box Office customer
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 !!
Sigalit London Box Office customer
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.
Jim London Box Office customer
Great show only caveat is start of second half loses the audience. Otherwise worthy of its standing ovation.
Marc London Box Office customer
Great show. Fab acting, singing and set!
Sarah London Box Office customer
Breathetaking and awesome
Mie London Box Office customer
A Must See!
Sebastian London Box Office customer
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!
Jonny London Box Office customer
I enjoyed it, but wasn't blown away.
James London Box Office customer
Left the theatre dancing and singing.
Maria London Box Office customer
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
Fay London Box Office customer
fun evening with a lot of laughs,witty text
An evening to relax, have fun and maybe learn something
Roberto London Box Office customer
Ann London Box Office customer
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!
Melissa London Box Office customer
An amazing evening of sublime musical theatre
Ruth London Box Office customer
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.
Mark London Box Office customer
Below-average music and singing voices. Forced jokes.
Bettina London Box Office customer
Excellent production hilarious storyline
Sophie London Box Office customer
revived and looking very fresh
Kenneth London Box Office customer
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.
Theresa London Box Office customer
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
Alexey London Box Office customer
A really good show and entertainment value. Brilliant
Jeffs London Box Office customer
Fantastic, stage sets amazing, energy of cast amazing. The theatre was full, the audience was alive with the show. Def must see.
Lyn London Box Office customer
Must see- brilliant.
you would never know this was written originally in the 70s. Contemporary, funny, moving and slick.
James London Box Office customer
One of my favourite musicals ever, completely reimagined with an outstanding cast and wonderful imagery. I could watch it again, and again,and....
Brian London Box Office customer
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.
Melodie London Box Office customer
Brilliant and entertaining!
Letizia London Box Office customer
Erika London Box Office customer
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
Pamela Jane London Box Office customer
Peep London Box Office customer
Must to see!
Bart London Box Office customer
Worth the trip over from the U.S.
Aaron London Box Office customer
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.
Nicola London Box Office customer
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.
Ron London Box Office customer
Brilliantly done - don’t miss it!
David London Box Office customer
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.
Nimrod London Box Office customer
choreograph, stage, acting, music all good!!
Jooyeon London Box Office customer
gerard London Box Office customer
An absolute triumph
What a great revival of “Company”! Very smart choices, staging is superb and the actors are absolutely sublime!
Loek London Box Office customer
It was great!
Neslihan London Box Office customer
Great story for those single in their 30s
Samuel London Box Office customer
This was a great show with an extraordinary staging. What of the 5 best I never seen.
CHANTAL London Box Office customer
Olivia London Box Office customer
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.
Ann London Box Office customer
Fergal London Box Office customer
Highly entertaining, laugh out loud funny!
Daniela London Box Office customer
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.
bruno London Box Office customer
Fernando London Box Office customer
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.
Norma London Box Office customer
Chiu Chun London Box Office customer
Worst show I’ve seen in the last 25 yrs
Jonathan London Box Office customer
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.
Dorothy London Box Office customer
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.
Stuart London Box Office customer
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!
Karen London Box Office customer
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.
Robert London Box Office customer
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.
Nancy London Box Office customer
An excellent show, as is the cast.
Patricia London Box Office customer
Original, contemporary twist of musical masterpiece
Natalie London Box Office customer
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.
Shevorne London Box Office customer
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.
Maureen London Box Office customer
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.
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Emma London Box Office customer
It’s classic Sondheim with a twist. A definitely must see!
Gerasimos London Box Office customer
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.
Russell London Box Office customer
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!
Lauren London Box Office customer
11 Feb 2019
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.
18 Oct 2018
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.
03 Oct 2018
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.
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