Full cast for Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends concert in West End announced

Full casting has been revealed for the upcoming Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends concert in London’s West End this autumn.

Following a one-off gala show last May in aid of the Sondheim Foundation, the life and work of the famed composer will continue to be celebrated by an all star cast.

Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends will run at the Gielgud Theatre from 21 September 2023 – 6 January 2024. Tickets are on sale now here.

The line up will feature Broadway Legends Bernadette Peters and Lea Salonga alongside West End stars Christine Allado, Janie Dee, Bonnie Langford, Joanna Riding, Jeremy Secomb, Jac Yarrow, Marley Fenton, Beatrice Penny-Touré, Clare Burt, Damian Humbley, Bradley Jaden, Gavin Lee and Jason Pennycooke.

The company will be completed by Harry Apps, Bella Brown and Monique Young.

Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends is directed by Matthew Bourne, side by side with Julia McKenzie, with choreography by Stephen Mear, conducted by Alfonso Casado Trigo, musical supervision is by Stephen Brooker, musical arrangements by Stephen Metcalfe, set design by Matt Kinley, projection design by George Reeve, costume design by Jill Parker, lighting design by Warren Letton and sound design by Mick Potter.

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Cameron Mackintosh, who devised and produced the concert, said: “I’m delighted to be welcoming so many old friends from my past productions, most of whom have stopped the show as well as some brilliant new ones, to star in Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends at the Gielgud Theatre this autumn.

“To have gathered so many West End stars, as well as two legendary Broadway performers together for a new show such as this is rare outside a gala. Only the sublime talents of Sondheim could make this happen.”

He added: “Featuring 39 of the greatest songs ever written for the musical theatre, performed by an incredible cast, staged by the incomparable Matthew Bourne, side-by-side with Julia McKenzie and choreographer Stephen Mear, audiences are in for a musical evening they will never forget in one great big Broadway show.”

For further information and tickets, visit sondheimoldfriends.com

Meanwhile, the original concert is currently available to watch online via BBC iPlayer.

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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