National Theatre Live - Follies





Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.

New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will 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.

Tracie BennettJanie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies girls in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (The Comedy of Errors).

Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards, Sondheim’s previous work includes A Little Night MusicSweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.

2 hrs, 35 min

Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times, Observer, Time Out, Independent, Financial Times, Mail on Sunday, Metro
‘Imelda Staunton is unforgettable in Sondheim’s showbiz stunner.’

Guest Speakers:

Jon Bailey, Conductor, Composer and Teacher 
Guest Speaker for November 16th show


Jon holds degrees in music from Northwestern, UC Berkeley, and a doctorate from Stanford University. He was dean and professor of music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music prior to teaching in the Yale School of Music where he conducted the Yale Concert Choir, the New Haven Chorale and taught courses in the history of music. Currently Jon is professor emeritus at Pomona College in Claremont, California where for 10 years he was chair of the Music Department and conducted the College’s choral ensembles. He currently teaches two courses each year in such subjects as musical theater, and the history of music -- including a focus on Sondheim. A recipient of two Fulbright research grants, he has traveled and studied in Europe and Australia. Jon has performed as a conductor and composer in Myerson Symphony Center, Dallas, Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall and Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, Tchaikovsky Hall, Moscow and the Glinka Kappella in St. Petersburg.  


Bonnie Weiss, M.A. , Theatre Educator and Writer
Guest Speaker for December 2nd show


A seasoned theatre educator, college instructor and writer, Bonnie has taught “The Genius of Sondheim” at S.F. State, U.C. Berkeley and Santa Clara University. She has also produced six sold-out birthday cabaret tributes to Sondheim and has interviewed him in his home. Bonnie has written feature stories for The Sondheim Review, Theaterweek and Stage Directions Magazine. She has also produced and hosted her own radio show, Front Row Center, been a theatre and film critic on KQED, KALW & KEST radio, and served as West Coast theatre reviewer for TheaterWeek & Boz magazines. Her popular presentations on the great composers and legendary performers of Broadway have been offered through numerous schools and programs throughout California.

Show Times
Thu, Nov 16 7:30pm     Buy Tickets
Sat, Nov 25 1:00pm     Buy Tickets
Thu, Nov 30 7:30pm     Buy Tickets
Sat, Dec 2 1:00pm     Buy Tickets
Reserved Seating $30
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