Friday, July 30

Latest news on Sondheim's Passion at Donmar

Elena Roger, David Thaxton and Scarlett Strallen start rehearsals next month for the Sondheim-Lapine musical  Passion which opens at the Donmar Warehouse on 10th September.

The director Jamie Lloyd has worked closely  with Sondheim and Lapine on making this  central trio of characters the heart of the show. Roger and Strallen are the only women in the production with the soldiers also playing  all the other roles, including the female ones.

Apparently Sondheim has cut some of the score, trimmed and changed lyrics, while Lapine has reshaped the book. Passion is notable for being the only other show ( apart from Sweeney Todd)  that Stephen Sondheim himself conceived.

The piece will not have an interval and  be 10-15 minutes shorter than the original 1996 London production which was directed by Jeremy Sams and starred Maria Friedman and Michael Ball.

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