Follies, Pleasance SecondSpace, Islington

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Between the world wars, a group of women performed in a Ziegfeld-style follies revue in a New York theatre. Now, several decades later, with the theatre on the brink of demolition, they reunite to recall former glories, past loves, to relive the follies of youth and, in some cases, to doom themselves to repeating them.

I’ll be honest, 2nd Company’s production of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s Follies is my first. While I was aware of several of the songs (like all such musicals, you pass your eye down the list in the programme and recognise the titles of some, then realise you know more when you hear them performed) and knew the basic plot, I therefore can’t really comment on how much better (or worse) director Ray Rackham’s interpretation varies from others’.

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Follies, Pleasance SecondSpace, Islington3Scott Matthewman2011-07-27 12:42:33Between the world wars, a group of women performed in a Ziegfeld-style follies revue in a New York theatre. Now, several decades later, with the theat…