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A musical concert starring theatre legends? We'll drink to that!
Production shot of Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends in London, with Lea Salonga and  Bernadette Peters.
Production shot of Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends in London, with Bradley Jaden and Bernadette Peters.
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Production shot of Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends in London, with Lea Salonga and Jeremy Secomb.
Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends Tickets

About Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends

Everything’s coming up Sondheim! See this award-winning concert return to the West End for a limited time only. Book Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends tickets on TodayTix.

Old Friends celebrates the life and work of legendary musical theatre composer Stephen Sondheim. Originally performed as a one-night-only gala performance in 2022, the overwhelmingly popular demand led to the show selling out within just a couple of hours. Experience this joyful tribute to Sondheim once more as the concert returns for only 16 weeks at the Gielgud Theatre.

Expect to hear songs from Sondheim’s most iconic shows, including Company and Sweeney Todd. Tony Award-winners Bernadette Peters and Lea Salonga will lead the concert alongside a company of the West End’s top talents. Peters made her London stage debut in the original Old Friends gala evening last year, whilst Salonga will be returning to the West End for the first time in 27 years.

Old Friends is produced by Cameron Mackintosh and will be directed by Matthew Bourne and Julia McKenzie. The creative team includes choreographer Stephen Mear, musical supervisor Stephen Brooker, set designer Matt Kinley, projection designer George Reeve, costume designer Jill Parker, lighting designer Warren Letton, and sound designer Mick Potter, with musical arrangements by Stephen Metcalfe.

Prepare to rediscover many of the most beloved Sondheim songs. You won’t want to miss the return of Old Friends, so book your tickets for Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends on TodayTix.

Run time

2 hours and 30 minutes (incl. interval)

Start date

September 16th, 2023

End date

January 6th, 2024

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Age

Everyone, regardless of age, must have their own ticket to enter the theatre. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by and sat next to a ticketholder who is at least 18 years old. Children under the age of 3 will not be admitted.

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Reviews

Audiences Say
Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Enchanting, Absorbing
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GreatAvi
P e r f e c t i o n, Masterpieces of musical theater, Bernadette peters & lea salonga!
100 / 100
Jillbaila
Semi staged, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful
87 / 100
Jason 3075
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Ambitious, Absorbing
100 / 100
Ilvin Nieves
Epic, Indulgent, Great singing, Enchanting, Delightful
100 / 100
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Production note
Latecomers may not be admitted until a suitable break in the performance. You may not bring in food or drink. The producers cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artist at any performance due to illness or events beyond their control.

Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends cast and creative team

Songs by: Stephen Sondheim
Director: Matthew Bourne and Julia McKenzie
Choreography: Stephen Mear
Producer: Cameron Mackintosh
Cast list: Bernadette Peters, Lea Salonga, Christine Allado, Clare Burt, Janie Dee, Damian Humbley, Bradley Jaden, Bonnie Langford, Gavin Lee, Jason Pennycooke, Joanna Riding, Jeremy Secomb, Jac Yarrow, Marley Fenton and Beatrice Penny-Touré, Harry Apps, Bella Brown, Richard Dempsey, Monique Young
Design: Matt Kinley
Costumes: Jill Parker
Lighting: Warren Letton
Sound: Mick Potter
Other info: Conducting by Alfonso Casado Trigo, music supervision and arrangements by Stephen Brooker, projection design by George Reeve

Venue

Gielgud Theatre

35-37 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, United Kingdom, W1D 6AR

Directions

Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Shaftesbury Avenue) 12, 14, 19, 38; (Regent Street) 6, 13, 15, 23, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453
Night bus numbers: (Shaftesbury Avenue) 14, N19, N38; (Regent Street) 6, 12, 23, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453, N3, N13, N15, N109, N18, N136
Car park: Brewer Street (3mins)
Directions from tube: (3mins) Take Shaftesbury Avenue along the side where the famous illuminated signs are. The theatre will be on your left about 100 metres along.

More information about Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends

Stephen Sondheim was born in New York City in 1930 and mentored by the renowned lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II, who recognised his exceptional talent at a young age. Under Hammerstein’s guidance, Sondheim honed his craft and became one of history's most celebrated musical theatre composers.

Sondheim’s distinguished career saw him create eighteen musicals spanning across five decades. His work earned him eight Tony Awards, eight Grammy Awards, five Olivier Awards, and one Academy Award. His work on Sunday in the Park With George saw him awarded with the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1993.

What to watch for

  • In 2019, the Queen's Theatre was renamed the Sondheim Theatre after a multimillion-pound restoration. Stephen Sondheim became the first living artist to have a theatre named in his honour on Shaftesbury Avenue.
  • Bernadette Peters has been a frequent collaborator of Sondheim’s. Over the years, she has created roles in Sunday in the Park With George and Into the Woods and starring in productions of Gypsy, A Little Night Music, and Follies.
  • In Lin-Manuel Miranda's film Tick, Tick... Boom, actor Bradley Whitford portrays Sondheim. The actual voice of Sondheim makes a cameo appearance through a voice message he leaves for Jonathan Larson (Andrew Garfield) towards the end of the movie.

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