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Imelda Staunton and Janie Dee to star in Follies at the National Theatre in 2017

Imelda Staunton. Photo: Helga Esteb/ Shutterstock
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Imelda Staunton and Janie Dee are to star in a revival of Follies at the National Theatre, it has been confirmed.

The pair will star in a new production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical in 2017, directed by Dominic Cooke.

It will mark Staunton’s first performance at the National Theatre in more than 15 years, having last appeared in Life x 3 at the Lyttelton Theatre in 2001.

Announcing the news, NT director Rufus Norris said: “Musical theatre is hugely important and of course, like audiences all over the world I love Stephen’s work.”

He added: “Imelda’s performance in Guys and Dolls at the NT is the stuff of legend and I am delighted she is to take the lead in Follies under the direction of Dominic Cooke.”

The announcement was made two weeks before the theatre’s autumn press conference on October 11, and comes after details about Follies and Staunton and Dee’s involvement began circulating online.

“We will announce further information at our autumn press conference on October,” Norris added.

Follies has music and lyrics by Sondheim and a book by James Goldman.

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