About the showTony Award-winning Broadway superstar Patti LuPone returns to the West End after 25 years, to star alongside Rosalie Craig in a reimaged version of Stephen Sondheim’s musical comedy Company. Playing a strictly limited season at the Gielgud Theatre, the production is produced by newly formed theatre company Elliot & Harper Productions.
Last seen in London in 1995 at the Donmar Warehouse in a production directed by Sam Mendes, this marks the first West End return of the acclaimed musical. Originally premiering on Broadway in 1970, Company went on to win six Tony Awards at the 1971 ceremony, including Best Musical and Best Score.
With music and lyrics by Sondheim (Follies, Into the Woods) and a book by George Furth, Company is the jovial musical about life, love and the highs and lows of marriage. Following Bobbie, which has been gender-swapped for this production, the show takes place on her 35th birthday as she receives visits from her friends and family, all of whom wonder why she hasn’t found a man yet.
As the evening draws on, Bobbie and her friends present a variety of scenarios about married life. Featuring an acclaimed score, the musical includes well-known numbers such as “Another Hundred People”, “Getting Married Today”, “The Ladies Who Lunch” and “Being Alive”.
Olivier Award-nominated actress Rosalie Craig (The Light Princess, City of Angels) stars as Bobbie, opposite Broadway legend Patti LuPone as Joanne. Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning LuPone has extensive credits to her name, including Les Misérables, Gypsy, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and her most recent stint in Broadway’s War Paint.
Further star casting in the gender-swapped production includes Mel Giedroyc as Sarah, Jonathan Bailey as Jamie, George Blagden as PJ, Ashley Campbell as Peter, Richard Fleeshman as Andy, Alex Gaumond as Paul, Richard Henders as David, Ben Lewis as Larry, Daisy Maywood as Susan, Jennifer Saayeng as Jenny, Matthew Seadon-Young as Theo and Gavin Spokes as Harry, as well as Michael Colbourne, Francesca Ellis, Ewan Gillies, Grant Neal and Jaimie Pruden.
Directed by Marianne Elliot (War Horse, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time), Company is presented by Elliot & Harper Productions, Elliot’s new theatrical venture alongside producer Chris Harper. Other announced productions include Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle.
Company is the acclaimed, life-affirming musical comedy that plays a strictly limited season at London’s Gielgud Theatre, from September 26th to December 22nd 2018.
Who Should See It?Fans of Patti LuPone now have the chance to see her in the West End, in a Broadway classic! Musical Theatre fans simply cannot miss out.
Company is not recommended for children.