Friday, February 19

Sondheim Season at Donmar Warehouse

To mark Stephen Sondheim's 80th birthday in March, the Donmar Warehouse will present a season of the composer's work alongside the already announced production of "Passion” which  reunites director Jamie Lloyd with Argentinean actress Elena Roger playing Fosca. Sondheim said: "There is no venue, or team of artists, that I would rather have produce the piece."

Lloyd has spoken with Sondheim and Lapine and that the most obvious change will  be  to re-orchestrate the score for the Donmar’s space.There will be a cast of 15 and the hunt is currently on to find an actor who can play Giorgio who is the soldier Fosca is obsessed with.

On 16th September Sondheim at the Donmar will feature  Michael Grandage and Sam Mendes in conversation about staging Sondheim at the Donmar.

Other events will include "In Conversation"  with Sondheim  which will be a 50 minute event on October 11th before a Passion performance,  plus concert performances of previous Donmar productions "Company" on 31st October  and "Merrily We Roll Along" on 7th November.

The "In Conversation" comes recommended by me as I heard him talking by Jeremy Sams at a National Theatre platform many years ago and he is a really entertaining and fascinating man to listen to.

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