First footage of the National Theatre’s Follies released ahead of Live November Cinema Broadcast

‘’A stupendous Sondheim revival’’

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The Guardian

 ‘’Razzmatazz, poignancy and cracking songs in this unmissable Sondheim revival’’

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The Daily Telegraph

‘’A smart, sexy package featuring a dizzying series of bravura, showstopping tunes and performances’’

The Hollywood Reporter

The first footage of the smash hit National Theatre production of classic Stephen Sondheim musical Follies has been released ahead of the National Theatre Live cinema broadcast on Thursday November 16th.

Set in 1971, New York, the production follows the reunion of a group of showgirls at the theatre where they used to perform which is about to be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.

Including such classic songs as Broadway BabyI’m Still Here and Losing My MindStephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre. The cast of 37 includes Olivier Award winning actresses Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter, Who’s Afraid Virginia Woolf, Sweeney Todd) Tracie Bennett (Hairspray, High Society), Janie Dee (Carousel, Hello Dolly)and triple Olivier award winning actor Philip Quast (Les Miserables, South Pacific) and Peter Forbes (Singin in the Rain, The James Plays) who are joined by an orchestra of 21. The production is directed by Dominic Cooke (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom).

Since launching in 2009, National Theatre Live broadcasts have been seen by an audience of over 7 million people at 2500 venues in 60 countries. The first season began in June 2009 with the acclaimed production of Phédre starring Oscar winner Helen Mirren. Recent broadcasts includeAngels in America with Andrew Garfield and Russell Tovey, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill, Rosentcrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead with Daniel Radcliffe,Hedda Gabler with Ruth Wilson and Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart in No Man’s Land, Sky Arts is the UK sponsor for National Theatre Live.