Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends in West End cast, tickets, running time – all you need to know!

Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends arrives in London’s West End this autumn.

An all star cast will celebrate the life and work of legendary musical theatre composer Stephen Sondheim who sadly passed away in 2021.

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

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Tickets are currently on sale from £30. The show has a running time of 2 hours and 30 minutes including a 20 minute interval.

The standard performance schedule is Monday – Saturday at 7:30PM with 2:30PM matinees on Wednesday and Saturday. There are extra shows over the Christmas and New Year period.

Who’s on the cast?

The line up will feature a host of Broadway Legends and West End stars.

Those confirmed to appear across the run include Bernadette Peters, Lea Salonga, 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.

They will be joined by The Sondheim Orchestra, conducted by Alfonso Casado Trigo.

Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends is directed by Matthew Bourne and Julia McKenzie with choreography by Stephen Mear, , 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.

Stephen Sondheim, a legendary figure in the world of musical theatre, is renowned for his groundbreaking contributions as a composer and lyricist.

His intricate and innovative approach to storytelling has left an indelible mark on the genre, with iconic works like Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods and Company. Sondheim’s masterful blend of complex characters, thought-provoking themes, and intricate melodies has earned him numerous awards and a lasting legacy as a visionary artist.

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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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