Janie Dee, Philip Quast, Imelda Staunton, and Peter Forbes star in Follies, directed by Dominic Cooke at the National Theatre.
Janie Dee, Philip Quast, Imelda Staunton, and Peter Forbes star in Follies, directed by Dominic Cooke at the National Theatre.
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The National Theatre has released the first photo of their cast for Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's Follies. Performances are set to begin August 22, and, as previously announced, the production will be broadcast live November 16.

Leading the cast is Imelda Staunton (the Harry Potter films), Tracie Bennett (Hairspray), Janie Dee (Carousel), Peter Forbes (Mamma Mia!), and Philip Quast (Sunday in the Park With George). The full cast will feature 37 players accompanied by a 21-member orchestra. Dominic Cooke directs.

Follies is set around a group of ex-performers, with two couples — Buddy and Sally Durant Plummer, and Benjamin and Phyllis Rogers Stone — at the center of the plot. They reunite on the stage of the now-decrepit theater that was once their professional home the night before it is turned into a parking lot.