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Sondheim’s Company returns to London with Patti Lupone

Stephen Sondheim's legendary musical Company returns to the West End next year with a unique twist.

Award-winning director Marianne Elliott – whose production company Elliott & Harper is about to begin performances of it’s first West End show, Simon Stephens’ Hesienberg: The Uncertainty Principle next week – will direct Company when it comes to London’s Gielgud Theatre from 26 September 2018.

In the new production, the lead role of Robert has been re-imagined as woman, turning Bobby into Bobbi; she’ll be played by West End superstar Rosalie Craig, who previously worked with Elliott on her production of the Tori Amos musical, The Light Princess.

Joining her will be Broadway legend Patti Lupone in the role of Joanne, Bobbi’s older, acerbic and acid-tongued friend – meaning she’ll perform the iconic Sondheim songs The Little Things We Do Together and The Ladies Who Lunch.

Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of Bobbi, who turns 35 still unmarried, much to the upset and chagrin of her married friends. Why can’t she find the right man? Why she hasn’t settled down to have a family? The multi-award winning musical comedy about life, love and marriage includes classic songs by Sondheim like You Could Drive A Person CrazyNot Getting Married TodaySide by Side and Being Alive.

Of the new London revival Marianne Elliott said: “I feel so lucky to be directing this wonderful musical. I’ve loved it for years. I really want to make this production contemporary, to explore what it feels like to be a 35-year-old, sexually confident woman, managing friendships and searching for love.

“Stephen Sondheim and I have talked a great deal about how this new interpretation might best be executed and I can’t wait to share it with audiences. I also get to work with the beautiful and talented Rosalie Craig, as well as a hero of mine, Patti LuPone.”

LuPone, who is currently starring in War Paint on Broadway, added: “I saw [Marianne Elliott’s] War Horse in New York and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in London. I came out of both productions blown away by Ms Elliott’s vision. So naturally I am thrilled beyond words that she wants me to be a part of Company.

“I’m a lucky girl. Marianne, Steve, London. I thought I’d sworn off musicals, but working with Marianne was an opportunity I couldn’t resist.”

You can get tickets for Company in our presale from 15:00 on Sunday 24 September. Check the West End Guide for the latest info, links and ticketing options.

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