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Joanna Riding and Alexander Hanson join the cast of Follies at the National Theatre

Hannah Waddingham with Alexander Hanson in A Little Night Music

Casting news

FURTHER casting has been announced for Dominic Cooke’s production of Follies, which returns to the National Theatre in February 2019 following its Olivier Award-winning run there last year.

Joining previously announced Janie Dee (Mack & Mabel, Blithe Spirit, Donkey’s Years, Calendar Girls, West End) and Peter Forbes (Follies, Our Country’s Good, National Theatre, Singin’ in the Rain, Mamma Mia!, West End) are Joanna Riding and Alexander Hanson.

Joanna Riding, who won Olivier Awards for her performances in Carousel and My Fair Lady at the National Theatre, was most recently seen in Romantics Anonymous in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Her other recent theatre credits include The Girls (Phoenix Theatre), Dick Whittington (Hackney Empire), The Pajama Game (Chichester Festival Theatre/Old Vic), An Ideal Husband (Manchester Royal Exchange) and Fear and Misery (Royal Court). Her screen work includes Into The Woods, Stella and Holby City.

Alexander Hanson’s theatre credits include Florian Zeller’s The Lie (Menier Chocolate Factory), Stephen Ward (Aldwych Theatre), A Little Night Music (pictured) (Chocolate Factory, Garrick Theatre and Broadway), Marguerite (Theatre Royal Haymarket), for which he was Olivier-nominated; The Sound of Music (London Palladium), We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre); Candide (National Theatre) and Sunset Boulevard (Adelphi Theatre).

New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.

Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical includes such classic songs as Broadway Baby, I’m Still Here and Losing My Mind.

Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier Awards, Stephen Sondheim’s previous work at the National Theatre includes A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.

Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, Follies is directed by Dominic Cooke (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and designed by Vicki Mortimer, with choreography by Bill Deamer, musical supervision by Nicholas Skilbeck, orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick and Josh Clayton, musical direction by Nigel Lilley, lighting by Paule Constable and sound by Paul Groothuis.

Follies runs for 2 hours 15 minutes without an interval, which is in keeping with the way in which Sondheim intended the piece to be performed.

Follies is currently booking from February 14 to March 26, 2019.