Patti LuPone to join Rosalie Craig in gender-swapped production of Company

Patti LuPone. Photo: Axel Dupeux
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Patti LuPone will star in a West End revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Company.

Marianne Elliott will direct the musical, which will be put on at the Gielgud Theatre by her new company Elliott and Harper Productions.

The lead role of Bobby in the musical will be reimagined as a woman for the first time, played by Rosalie Craig.

Company, which has a book by George Furth and music and lyrics by Sondheim, will run from September 26, 2018, and is booking until December 22.

Set design is by Bunny Christie and musical direction is by Joel Fram. Further casting will be announced.

Elliott said: “I feel so lucky to be directing this wonderful musical.

“I’ve loved it for years. I really want to make this production contemporary, to explore what it feels like to be a 35-year-old sexually confident woman managing friendships and searching for love.

“Stephen Sondheim and I have talked a great deal about how this new interpretation might best be executed and I can’t wait to share it with audiences. I also get to work with the beautiful and talented Rosalie Craig, as well as a hero of mine, Patti LuPone.”

LuPone added: “I saw War Horse in New York and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in London.

“I came out of both productions blown away by Elliott’s vision. So naturally I am thrilled beyond words that she wants me to be a part of Company.”

She added: “I’m a lucky girl. Marianne, Steve, London. I thought I’d sworn off musicals, but working with Marianne was an opportunity I couldn’t resist.”

Company is produced by Elliott and Harper Productions, Catherine Schreiber, Grove Entertainment, Jujamcyn Theaters, LD Entertainment, David Mirvish, Aged in Wood Productions/Ricardo Hornos, Bob Boyett/Tom Miller, Bruno Wang Productions/Salman Al-Rashid, Across the Pond Theatricals/ Trio Theatricals and Ramin Sabi/Christopher Ketner.