THE LEGENDARY BROADWAY MUSICAL AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE
Marianne Elliott directs Company, Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s musical comedy about life, love and marriage. Elliott & Harper Productions present this iconic musical with the lead role of “Bobby” re-imagined for the first time as a woman.
At Bobbi’s 35th birthday party all her friends are wondering why isn’t she married? Why can’t she find the right man? Why doesn’t she settle down and have a family? One thing is for certain; you will fall in love with Company. Featuring Stephen Sondheim’s iconic songs – The Ladies Who Lunch, Being Alive and Side by Side.
Starring Rosalie Craig as Bobbi and Tony and Olivier award-winner Patti LuPone as Joanne, this musical masterpiece opens in September 2018 at the Gielgud Theatre for a strictly limited season.
26 September 2018 – 22 December 2018
Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 6AR
Mon – Wed & Fri: 7.30pm | Thu & Sat: 2.30pm & 7.30pm
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Cast and Creative
Rosalie Craig’s theatre credits include Marianne Elliott’s production of The Light Princess at the National Theatre, for which she won the Evening Standard Award for Best Actress in a Musical and was nominated for an Olivier Award.
Other theatre credits include Polly Peachum in The Threepenny Opera (National Theatre), Rosalind in As You Like It (National Theatre), Alice in Wonder.land (Manchester International Festival), Gabby/Bobbi in City of Angels (Donmar Warehouse – Evening Standard Nomination),The Vote (Donmar Warehouse), Miss Julie/Clea in Miss Julie/Black Comedy (Chichester Festival Theatre), Lady Macduff in Macbeth (Manchester International Festival), Sweeney Todd (ENO), Sylvia in Finding Neverland (Leicester Curve), Table (National Theatre) Helen in London Road (National Theatre), Susan in Swallows and Amazons (Bristol Old Vic), and Giulietta in Aspects of Love (The Menier Chocolate Factory).
She recently appeared in Becoming at the Donmar Warehouse, which she co-wrote with Michelle Terry.
Rosalie’s television work includes Endeavour (ITV) Lovesick (BBC 3) Miranda (BBC Two), My Family and Other Animals (BBC One) and Casanova (BBC One).
Her feature film credits includes London Road.
Patti Lupone is currently starring on Broadway as cosmetics pioneer Helena Rubinstein in the new Scott Frankel-Michael Korie-Douglas Wright-Michael Grief musical War Paint (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for Best Actress in a Musical).
Her recent NY stage appearances include Douglas Carter Beane’s new play Shows For Days, directed by Jerry Zaks at Lincoln Center Theater, her debut with the New York City Ballet as Anna 1 in their new production of The Seven Deadly Sins, Joanne in the New York Philharmonic’s production of Company, David Mamet’s The Anarchist, and Lincoln Center Theater’s production of the musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, for which she was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Winner of the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Actress in a Musical and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Performance of the Season for her performance as Madame Rose in the most recent Broadway production of Gypsy, her other stage credits include appearances with the Los Angeles Opera in their new production of John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles and Weill-Brecht’s Mahagonny (debut), the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s opera To Hell and Back with San Francisco’s Baroque Philharmonia Orchestra, Mrs. Lovett in John Doyle’s production of Sweeney Todd (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations; Drama League Award for Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theatre), the title role in Marc Blitzstein’s Regina, a musical version of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes at the Kennedy Center, Fosca in a concert version of Passion, which was also broadcast on PBS’ Live From Lincoln Center, a multi-city tour of her theatrical concert Matters of the Heart, the City Center Encores! productions of Can-Can and Pal Joey, the NY Philharmonic’s productions of Candide and Sweeney Todd (NY Phil debut) and performances on Broadway in Michael Frayn’s Noises Off, David Mamet’s The Old Neighborhood, Terrence McNally’s Master Class and in her own concert Patti LuPone On Broadway.
Since 2000 she’s appeared regularly at the Ravinia Festival. First in its Sondheim series when she starred as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Desiree in A Little Night Music, Fosca in Passion, Cora Hooper in Anyone Can Whistle, Madame Rose in Gypsy and in two different roles in Sunday in the Park with George. Her subsequent appearances there include a reprise of her performance in Heggie’s To Hell and Back, a concert performance of Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins and starring in the title role in a concert production of Annie Get Your Gun.
A graduate of the first class of the Drama Division of New York’s Juilliard School and a founding member of John Houseman’s The Acting Company in which she toured the country for four years, her subsequent New York credits include Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of An Anarchist, David Mamet’s The Water Engine, Edmond and The Woods and Israel Horovitz’ Stage Directions and performances in the musicals Pal Joey for City Center Encores!, Anything Goes (Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk Award), The Cradle Will Rock, Oliver!, Evita (Tony and Drama Desk Awards- Best Actress in a Musical), Working and The Robber Bridegroom. In London, she won the Olivier Award for her performances as Fantine in the original production of Les Miserables and in the Acting Company production of The Cradle Will Rock. She also created the role of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard, for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award, and recreated her Broadway performance of Maria Callas in Master Class.
Film: Cliffs of Freedom (upcoming), The Comedian, Union Square, Parker, City by the Sea, David Mamet’s Heist, State and Main; Just Looking, Summer of Sam, The 24 Hour Woman, Family Prayers, Driving Miss Daisy, Witness.
Television: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Penny Dreadful (Critics Choice nomination), Girls, American Horror Story: Coven, Law & Order: SVU, Glee, 30 Rock, PBS Great Performances The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Grammy Award for the broadcast’s recording), Ugly Betty, Will & Grace (as herself), PBS Great Performances’ Candide, Oz , the TNT film Monday Night Mayhem, PBS’ Evening At The Pops with John Williams and Yo Yo Ma, Falcone, Bonanno: A Godfather’s Story (Showtime); Frasier (1998 Emmy nomination); Law & Order, An Evening with Patti LuPone (PBS), the NBC movie Her Last Chance, Showtime’s ACE Award and Emmy nominated The Song Spinner (Daytime Emmy nomination, Best Actress), The Water Engine, L.B.J., AMC’s Remember WENN and ABC’s Life Goes On.
Recordings include: Far Away Places, Patti LuPone at Les Mouches, The Lady with the Torch, and many original cast recordings including, most recently: War Paint, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Gypsy, and Sweeney Todd (both the 2006 Broadway revival cast recording and 2000 live performance recording on NY Philharmonic’s Special Editions Label).
She is the author of the The New York Times bestseller Patti LuPone: A Memoir. www.pattilupone.net.
Mel’s theatre credits include Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (Rose Theatre Kingston) Luce (Southwark Playhouse), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Playhouse), Eurobeat (Novello) and New Boy (Trafalgar Studios).
Television credits include The Sound of Music Live, Miranda, Sadie J, Sorry I’ve Got No Head, Blessed and The Vicar of Dibley.
Presenting work includes Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour, Letterbox, The Great British Bake Off, Let It Shine, Horrible Histories, Eurovision Song Contest 2015, Relatively Clever, The Gift, Mel and Sue, Now You See It, Collectaholics, Late Lunch and Light Lunch.
Radio credits include The 4 O’Clock Show, Count Arthur Strong Series and The Mel & Sue Thing.
Mel has also appeared in many comedy television shows including Would I Lie To You?, Big Fat Quiz of The Year, 8 Out of Ten Cats and Richard Ayaode’s Travel Man.
Marianne Elliott is Artistic Director of Elliott & Harper Productions. Marianne was an Associate Director at the National Theatre for 10 years where, most recently, she directed Tony Kushner’s Angels in America. It will transfer to Broadway in March 2018.
Her work for the NT includes the multi-award-winning War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. War Horse, co-directed with Tom Morris, transferred to the West End and Broadway, and has toured the UK and Ireland, had two tours of North America, plus runs in Canada, Toronto, Berlin and China. War Horse’s many awards include the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play. Marianne’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time transferred from the NT to the West End and Broadway, as well as touring the UK and Ireland and North America, winning Marianne an Olivier and Tony Award for Best Director and the South Bank Show Arts Award.
At the National Theatre, Marianne also directed Husbands & Sons (a co-production with the Royal Exchange Theatre), Rules for Living, The Light Princess Port, Season’s Greetings, Women Beware Women, All’s Well That Ends Well, Mrs Affleck, Harper Regan, Saint Joan (Olivier Award for Best Revival, South Bank Show Award), Thérèse Raquin and Pillars of the Community (Evening Standard Best Director Award) for the NT. She was an Associate Director at the Royal Court, where her productions include Stoning Mary, Notes on Falling Leaves, The Sugar Syndrome and Local. Previously she was an Artistic Director of the Royal Exchange Theatre where she directed Port, Design for Living, Les Blancs, As You Like It, A Woman of No Importance, Nude with Violin, Fast Food, Martin Yesterday, Deep Blue Sea, Mad for It, Poor Superman and I Have Been Here Before. Other theatre includes Sweet Bird of Youth at the Old Vic, Much Ado About Nothing for the RSC and The Little Foxes at the Donmar Warehouse.
Bunny has worked for the RSC, Young Vic, Donmar Warehouse, Old Vic, Royal Court, Birmingham Rep, Manchester Royal Exchange, Bristol Old Vic, Edinburgh Lyceum, Glasgow Tron, the Royal Albert Hall as well as many fringe venues and site-specific work.
Bunny has a long association with the National Theatre, designing and devising shows in each of its theatre spaces and in the NT Studio. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time began life at the NT and subsequently transferred to the West End, winning seven Olivier Awards including Best Design. It then opened on Broadway, winning her a Tony Award, and is currently on an international tour. She designed People Places and Things at the NT, which transferred to the Wyndham’s Theatre and will open shortly in NY. Other recent work there includes The Red Barn directed by Robert Icke.
Many of her productions have been filmed for NT Live or by the BBC and she was Production Designer on Swansong starring John Gielgud, which was nominated for an Oscar as Best Short Film.
She has won three Olivier Awards, an Evening Standard Award and a Critics’ Circle Award for various shows at the NT.
She designed the all-women Shakespeare Trilogy at the Donmar Warehouse directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Julius Caesar and Henry IV transferred to NY and the productions were hailed as ‘One of the most important theatrical events of the year.’ The Tempest completed the Trilogy and all three were performed at the Donmar at King’s Cross in a new theatre space and bar which she designed. A film of the production of Julius Caesar premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival.
Opera work includes: Medea (ENO) and Tosca (Houston Grand Opera). Whilst in Houston she collaborated with André Previn, designing the world premiere of his opera Brief Encounter.
Other work includes: Ink by James Graham at the Almeida and Duke of York’s.
Ian’s most recent designs include Fatherland (MIF), Junkyard (Headlong), Common, Angels in America, Husbands & Sons, Evening at the Talk House, The Red Lion, Rules for Living, A Taste of Honey, Emil and the Detectives, Port, This House and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Olivier Award) – all for the NT. Other recent shows: Before I Leave (NTW), Love’s Sacrifice (RSC), The Nether (Duke of York’s), The River (Broadway), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Broadway and UK tour), The Machine (Manchester International Festival), Elegy, Roots and The Weir (Donmar Warehouse), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and To Kill a Mockingbird (Regent’s Park Open Air), Uncle Vanya and Before the Party (Almeida), Hangmen and The River (Royal Court). Ian has been with the Autograph design team since 2009, and before that was Head of Sound at the Royal Court, where he designed the sound for over 50 productions.
Joel Fram is an international music supervisor, conductor, arranger, and producer who has worked extensively in London’s West End and on Broadway, as well as overseeing numerous productions in Europe, Japan, and Australia.
Broadway conducting credits include Wicked, Scandalous, Sweet Smell of Success, The Music Man, James Joyce’s The Dead, Jumpers, and Cats. West End productions include the London premiere of Wicked (starring Idina Menzel) and Forbidden Broadway at the Vaudeville Theatre. Joel also music directed and conducted the world premiere of two Andrew Lippa musicals, john & jen and The Little Princess. He made his Lincoln Center debut conducting I Am Harvey Milk, featuring the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and starring Kristin Chenoweth.
Arrangement credits include vocal arrangements for the Broadway production of Scandalous and musical arrangements, original music, and digitally sampled remixes for the ballet Pictures from an Exhibition at both the Sadler’s Wells and Young Vic theatres in London, in collaboration with the director Daniel Kramer.
As a producer, in 2002 Joel created the award-winning “New Voices” concert series at New York’s Symphony Space, which premieres over fifty new songs each year and features the work of both up-and-coming theatre writers as well as new songs by established composers. For Stephen Sondheim’s 75th birthday, he co-produced and curated the 12-hour marathon concert “Wall to Wall Stephen Sondheim” working closely with Sondheim and other major artists, including Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, Neil Patrick Harris, Angela Lansbury, Michael Cerveris, and Elaine Stritch. Recently, he has also produced and curated “Wall to Wall Cabaret,” “Frank Sinatra at 100” and “Wall to Wall Stephen Schwartz.”
As a major proponent of new writing for the musical theatre, Joel currently oversees the Musical Theatre Writing Workshop at the National Theatre and is a Creative Producer at the Universal Music UK Theatre Division.
Liam is a multi-award winning choreographer and director whose work has included creating productions for the National Theatre, The Globe, RSC, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Nottingham Playhouse, The Lyric Hammersmith, Birmingham Rep, Southampton’s Nuffield Theatre, Northampton Theatre Royal, Tamasha Theatre Company (with whom he received a Herald Angel Award for Outstanding Choreographic Achievement), The Royal Court, Headlong Theatre Co, Manchester Royal Exchange, Chichester Festival Theatre, Contact Theatre, Frantic Assembly, and six productions at the Library Theatre, Manchester. He is a core collaborator at Regents Park Open Air Theatre and has worked on ten productions there over ten seasons, including co-directing and choreographing Sondheim’s Into The Woods, which was awarded an Olivier award for Best Musical Revival and was remounted at the Delacorte Theatre in New York’s Central Park.
Opera direction includes Opera Holland Park, a special commission from the Royal Opera House and 6 productions for English Touring Opera, including his acclaimed production of Britten’s Paul Bunyan, which was awarded an Olivier award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera.
He has created many award winning contemporary dance commissions, choreographed for Musical Theatre on the West End and Broadway; and in 2016 was granted the honour of creating original choreography for the acclaimed production of West Side Story for the Salzburg Festival.
In the commercial sector his work includes choreographing numerous TV advertising campaigns, including creating the staging for the worldwide 2012 London Olympic campaign for Coca Cola. Film work includes creating all the musical staging and choreography for the film version of the musical Les Misérables – winner of 3 Oscars, 4 BAFTAS and 3 Golden Globes – including Best Motion Picture.
Stephen Sondheim wrote the music and lyrics for Saturday Night (1954), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962), Anyone Can Whistle (1964), Company (1970), A Little Night Music (1973), The Frogs (1974), Pacific Overtures (1976), Sweeney Todd (1979), Merrily We Roll Along (1981), Sunday in the Park With George (1984), Into the Woods (1987), Assassins (1991), Passion (1994) and Road Show (2008), as well as lyrics for West Side Story (1957), Gypsy (1959), Do I Hear a Waltz? (1965) and additional lyrics for Candide (1973), Side by Side by Sondheim (1976), Marry Me a Little (1981), You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow (1983), Putting it Together (1993/99), Moving On (2001) and Sondheim on Sondheim (2010) are anthologies of his work as composer and lyricist. For films, he composed the scores of Stavisky (1974), co-composed Reds (1981) and wrote songs for Dick Tracy (1990). He also wrote songs for the TV production Evening Primrose (1966), co-authored the film The Last of Sheila (1973) and the play Getting Away With Murder (1996) and provided incidental music for the plays The Girls of Summer (1956), Invitation to a March (1961), Twigs (1971) and The Enclave (1973).
Stephen Sondheim is on the Council of the Dramatists Guild, the national association of playwrights, composers and lyricists, having served as its President from 1973 to 1981, in which year he founded Young Playwrights Inc to develop and promote the work of American playwrights aged 18 years and younger. His collected lyrics with attendant essays have been published in two volumes: Finishing the Hat (2010) and Look, I Made A Hat (2011). In 2010 the Broadway theatre formerly known as Henry Miller’s Theatre was renamed in his honour.
George Furth’s collaborations with Stephen Sondheim include the musicals Company and Merrily We Roll Along and the drama Getting Away with Murder.
Furth’s plays include Twigs, The Supporting Cast and Precious Sons. He also wrote the book for the Kander and Ebb musical, The Act.