A Little Night Music – which marks director Trevor Nunn’s first return to the London stage since his critically-derided adaptation of Gone With the Wind, as well as his Sondheim debut – opened at the Menier Chocolate Factory last night (3 December 2008, previews from 22 November), where its limited season continues until 8 March 2009.

Inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s 1955 Swedish film and written largely in waltz time, A Little Night Music concerns the tangled romantic lives of several couples in Sweden at the turn of the 20th century. The score includes the Grammy Award-winning ballad “Send in the Clowns”.

The cast features I’d Do Anything contestant Jessie Buckley, alongside Hannah Waddingham, Maureen Lipman, Alexander Hanson, John Addison, Florence Andrews, Laura Armstrong, Lynden Edwards, Jeremy Finch, Holly Hallam, Charlotte Page, Nicola Sloane and Kelly Price Alistair Robins, Gabriel Vick, Kaisa Hammarlund, Grace Link and Andy Morton.

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For 1st Night Photos, our Whatsonstage.com photographer Dan Wooller was at the Menier Chocolate Factory where the company partied with guests including Imogen Stubbs, Celia Imrie, Samantha Bond and Jenna Russell, who last year won an Olivier for her role in the hugely successful Menier production of Sondheim's Sunday in the Park With George.

A Little Night Music is designed by David Farley, who won a hat trick of awards for the Chocolate Factory’s biggest hit to date: Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George which, after spending Christmas 2005 at the 150-seat Southwark venue, transferred to the West End, won five Oliviers and transferred for a Broadway run earlier this year. It’s choreographed by Lynne Page, with musical supervision by Caroline Humphris, orchestrations by Jason Carr and lighting by Hartley T A Kemp.

- by Theo Bosanquet