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National Theatre's Follies will return next year

Dominic Cooke confirmed the show’s return today

Follies at the National Theatre
Follies at the National Theatre
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Director Dominic Cooke confirmed that the National Theatre production of Stephen Sondheim's Follies will return next year.

Speaking at the Critics' Circle Awards in London, Cooke said: "We are going to bring Follies back. We think it'll be around this time next year but we aren't sure. We don't know who's going to be cast, everything is up for grabs. It'll be at the National, and the hope is that it'll go somewhere afterwards but at the moment we're focussing on the Olivier.

"It gives us the chance to go back and rework things, and rediscover things, and creatively that's a real privilege."

Follies opened at the National in September 2017, and closed at the start of 2018. The original production featured a cast of 37 including Imelda Staunton, Janie Dee, Tracie Bennett, Zizi Strallen, Philip Quast, Adam Rhys-Charles, Peter Forbes.

It was widely heralded by critics and audiences alike, and was broadcast to cinemas internationally and in the UK.

The musical is set in a crumbling theatre where a reunion of old Follies girls reflect on their lives and their performing heydays.

Read our review of Follies.