FOLLIES

John Cooper Studio Theatre, 41 Monkgate, York

The year: 1971.

 

The place: the remnants of the iconic theatre that was once home to the famous Weismann Follies.

The occasion: a first and last reunion of the people who worked, loved and lived there in its glory days between the wars – the night before the building is set for demolition.

And you have an invitation to join the party!

 

Set against a backdrop of bittersweet nostalgia, the Follies showgirls of a bygone era drink, laugh, "lie about themselves a little" and perform the show-stopping numbers that once made them famous.

Stephen Sondheim's stunning musical focuses on two married couples – and we have three fantastic performers making their Pick Me Up debuts: Tracey Rea as Sally, Glynn Mills as her husband Buddy, and David Radford as Ben, husband of Phyllis, played by Pick Me Up regular Susannah Baines, whose roles have included  Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Rose in Gypsy, and the Witch in Into The Woods.

The four central characters met when Sally and Phyllis were gorgeous Weismann showgirls back in the day – and the boys were their double dates, always "waiting for the girls upstairs".

Sally married Buddy, but was in love with Ben, who married Phyllis ... and the reunion throws them right back into their complicated love quadrangle!

Director Robert Readman has assembled a terrific supporting cast to play all the wonderful veterans of the Follies and the ghosts of their younger selves.

Pick Me Up Theatre have won rave reviews for previous productions of Stephen Sondheim’s shows – Into The Woods at the Grand Opera House in 2014 and a summer season in 2016 featuring Assassins and Sweeney Todd.

 

Audiences who attended the Sondheim summer season at 41 Monkgate will know the effect these pieces make when you’re up close and personal with the performers!

So Dimitri Weismann invites you to join Pick Me Up for the Follies reunion – and enjoy some of Sondheim's most memorable songs including Losing My Mind, I'm Still Here and Broadway Baby.

6 - 14 July 2018

Book by

James Goldman

Music and lyrics by

Stephen Sondheim

Directed by

Robert Readman

Musical director

Barbara Chan

Piano

Sam Johnson

Lighting and sound

Adam Moore

CAST

CREATIVES

Sally Durant Plummer

Tracey Rea

 

Young Sally

Emma Louise Dickinson

 

Phyllis Rogers Stone

Susannah Baines

 

Young Phyllis

Gemma Louise Keane

Benjamin Stone

David Radford

 

Young Ben

Sam Hird

 

Buddy Plummer

Glynn Mills

 

Young Buddy

Adam Price

Carlotta Campion

Sandy Nicholson

 

Stella Deems

Juliet Waters

 

Max Deems

Bill Laverick

 

Hattie Walker

Beryl Nairn

 

Young Hattie

Flo Poskitt

 

Solange LaFitte

Sonia Skelton

 

Young Solange

Alex Mather

 

Emily Whitman

Maggie Smales

 

Young Emily

Emily Chattle

 

Theodore Whitman

Noel Stabler

 

Young Theodore

Robert Fisher

 

Heidi Schiller

Ruth Russell

Young Heidi

Kirsty Hughes

 

Dimitri Weismann

Mark Hird

 

“Sally”

Iona Kaye

 

“Margie”

Amelia Cook

Weismann's Assistant

David Todd

 

Kevin

Finn East