A Stephen Sondheim smash-hit, Follies is a classic tale of love, betrayal and regret – plus a lot of feathers and sequins thrown into the mix! In the 1920s and 30s, the Weismann Theatre was certainly rich with colourful Roaring 20s vim and vigour in the form of the Weismann Follies.
Beautiful and talented sequin-clad showgirls performed every evening to the delight of American Broadway socialites. Two couples find blissful love in tyrannous circumstances, and although unconventional, all seems good with the world. Fast-forward to 1971. The Weismann Theatre is due for demolition to make space for a parking lot, and the original Follies girls have gathered for a reunion-come-final send off for their beloved theatre. After over 30 years of no contact, how will the former Follies fare with meeting again? Whose doing what with their lives? Who’s made it in ‘the biz’? Will they be consumed by ghostly memories? Will old tensions come to a head? And — most importantly — have they still got what it takes for one more night of performing their former show?
Directed by Louisa Nelson-Chambers.
Sally Durrant Plummer – Fiona Murch ~ Buddy Plummer – Steve Bowen
Phyllis Rogers Stone – Angela Woodcock ~ Ben Stone – Duncan Fryer
Young Sally – Chloe Swan ~ Young Buddy – Max Chesters
Young Phyllis – Marion Woolley ~ Young Ben – Dylan Bryan
Carlotta Campion – Kathy Gibbs ~ Stella Deems – Heather Barnes
Max Deems – Michael Patrick ~ Hattie Walker – Joan Eade
Solange La Fitte – Dawn-Theresa O’Bryan ~ Emily Whitman – Margaret Jones
Theodore Whitman – Maurice Wilkins ~ Heidi Schiller – Barbara Gray
Dimitri Weismann – Colin Barnes ~ Roscoe – Matthew Meredith
DeeDee West – Angela Wright ~ Kevin – Mark Jefferies
Young Hattie – Rachel Croft Golding ~ Young Solange – Melody Lily Rose
Young Heidi – Monika Green ~ Margie – Victoria King
Ensemble – Gillian Davis, Monika Green, Peter Huxley, Mark Jefferies, Victoria King, Angela Patrick, Michael Patrick, Melody Lily Rose, Rebecca Sharp, Angela Wright
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Photography by Charlotte Maughan Jones.
Backstage & Rehearsal View
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