Gielgud Theatre

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Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends

Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends Tickets

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  • Booking until: Saturday, 6 January 2024
  • Running time: 2 hours and 30 minutes (incl. interval)
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Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends – “a glorious all-star memorial service”

Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends is on at the Gielgud Theatre from 16th September 2023 to 6th January 2024. The original one-night performance in May 2022 sold out more or less instantly, leaving thousands of fans disappointed. Now it’s back for a longer run, delighting lovers of the legendary Sondheim, who died in late 2021 during the show’s development. Grab tickets while you can for this extraordinary event.

The show celebrates the life and work of Sondheim, winning Best Theatre Event at the 2023 WhatsOnStage Awards. This is one of the most widely discussed theatrical events of the year with a glittering cast to match.

The cast comprises Haydn Gwynne, Damian Humbley, Bradley Jaden, Gavin Lee and Jason Pennycooke, along with the Broadway Legends Bernadette Peters and Lea Salonga. You’ll see Christine Allado, Janie Dee, Bonnie Langford, Joanna Riding, Jeremy Secomb, Jac Yarrow, Marley Fenton and Beatrice Penny-Touré on stage in a large company that also includes Harry Apps, Bella Brown and Monique Young.

The cast alone is the best the West End and Broadway can deliver, and the entire package is both devised and produced by Cameron Mackintosh himself, another West End legend. This really is a Great Big Broadway Show, brought to crackling life by the Sondheim Orchestra.

What's the plot of Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends?

The idea for Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends surfaced during the covid years. Lockdown saw Sondheim suggest a follow-up to the pair’s revue productions Side by Side by Sondheim and Putting It Together. Sadly Sondheim died before completing the task in November 2021, aged 91.

A one-night performance took place in May 2022 at the Sondheim Theatre, staged by Matthew Bourne and Maria Friedman and accompanied by a 26 piece orchestra conducted by Alfonso Casado Trigo. The line-up was awesome, and the show was shown simultaneously on a live screen at the Prince Edward Theatre. Later, it was broadcast on BBC Two.

Theatre tickets for Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends deliver you to an event showcasing a vast theatre talent whose skill and dedication touched every aspect of the industry. This is a glorious memorial service where every tune from the songs showcased is a eulogy.

Who is Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends for?

There isn’t an age restriction for the show so far.

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  • Booking until:

    Saturday, 6 January 2024

  • Running time:

    2 hours and 30 minutes (incl. interval)

  • Age restrictions

    Everyone, regardless of age, must have their own ticket to enter the theatre. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by and sat next to a ticketholder who is at least 18 years old. Children under the age of 3 will not be admitted.

  • Important Information

    Latecomers may not be admitted until a suitable break in the performance. You may not bring in food or drink. The producers cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artist at any performance due to illness or events beyond their control.

Performance Times
Mon - 19:30
Tue - 19:30
Wed 14:30 19:30
Thu - 19:30
Fri - 19:30
Sat 14:30 19:30
Sun - -

Next Performances for Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends at the Gielgud Theatre

today30th Nov 2023 7:30pm
tomorrow 1st Dec 2023 7:30pm
Saturday 2nd Dec 2023 2:30pm
Saturday 2nd Dec 2023 7:30pm
Monday 4th Dec 2023 7:30pm
Tuesday 5th Dec 2023 7:30pm

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Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends reviews

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Latest customer reviews
Out of this world what can I say from the start to the finish

What can I say from the start to finish I was engrossed and full of excitement. X thank you

Reviewed on 26 November 2023 by , Alford, United Kingdom

Best show I've ever seen.

Loved this show. Was so good and funny.

Reviewed on 24 November 2023 by , London, United Kingdom

One of the best musicals I've seen in all my theatre experiences

It was a lovely memorial, tribute and love letter to Stephen Sondheim...from his peers...and all the songs were his and performed by THE BEST company. It was a delight from beginning to end...

Reviewed on 08 November 2023 by , San Francisco, United States Of America

A musical experience not to be missed

A fabulous night of Sondheim music sung by amazing singers, their voices were powerful and made a few people sound like a full choir. They had humour, excellent interpretation of the songs and a tribute to Sondheim. Our seats were very good, near the back of the stalls, any part of the stage obscured by the dress circle overhang was compensated by the TV screens at the side of our seats. Would really recommend.

Reviewed on 03 November 2023 by , Nottingham, United Kingdom

A must see for anyone who appreciates Sondheim

One of the best shows I have ever seen All of the performances were incredible whether as solos or ensembles. Orchestra were wonderful So many amazing performances from a stellar cast we found it difficult to choose a favourite. It definitely deserved the 5 star reviews given by the critics. My hands are still numb from clapping! A wonderful tribute to Stephen Sondheim

Reviewed on 20 October 2023 by , Uckfield, United Kingdom

Something rather special

The briefest selection of some of Stephen Sondheims best loved musicals, performed by a glittering cast. Joyous, poinant, happy...What a rollercoaster of emotions. Do see before it ends 6January.

Reviewed on 18 October 2023 by , London, United Kingdom

Best I can do

Not the best a long way behind guys and dolls

Reviewed on 18 October 2023 by , Portumna, Ireland

The most entertaining show I’ve ever seen.

This show was unbelievable. At the end, I wanted to stay in my seat for the next show. I was almost tempted to hide in the building. Such wonderful comic timing from everyone. No one disappointed. Bernadette Peters was just…Wow! Grab a ticket if you can.

Reviewed on 15 October 2023 by , Kirton Lindsey, United Kingdom

Fabulous and Heartfelt

What struck me most was the great love the performers had for Sondheim. this was excellence born of tribute.

Reviewed on 13 October 2023 by , Woodacre, United States Of America

Uplifting Show

A fast paced trip through some fantastic Sondhiem songs (specifically any show produced by Cameron Macintosh). Well worth an evening out.

Reviewed on 05 October 2023 by , Doynton, United Kingdom


A magical musical with incredible talent all around. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Reviewed on 21 September 2023 by , Alexandria, United States Of America

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Full Casting Announced For STEPHEN SONDHEIM’S OLD FRIENDS Following on from last year's award-winning sell-out concert of the same name, full casting has been announced for STEPHEN SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS. The 16-week celebration at the Gielgud Theatre opens on 16 September 2023.