Sondheim’s Company returns this year with Patti LuPone

Stephen Sondheim's legendary Company is returning to the West End with Rosalie Craig, Patti LuPone and Mel Giedroyc

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Award-winning director Marianne Elliott will direct Company when it comes to London’s Gielgud Theatre from this September.

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.

Also joining the cast is comedian, presenter and actress Mel Giedroyc. The three stars joined director Elliott at a special launch event this week.

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.”

We also caught up with Elliott as part of our Women in Theatre campaign last month. You can read our interview with the award-winning director here.

LuPone 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.”

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