Marianne Elliott's Gender-Reversed Company, Featuring a Female ‘Bobbie,’ Pushes Back London Bow

London News   Marianne Elliott's Gender-Reversed Company, Featuring a Female ‘Bobbie,’ Pushes Back London Bow The new take on Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s musical was expected to premiere in the 2016–2017 season.
Rosalie Craig
Rosalie Craig Matt Writtle

Tony and Olivier Award winner Marianne Elliott’s upcoming production of Company, which would replace the central character of Bobby with a female Bobbie, is now expected to premiere in the fall of 2018.

Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim

When initially announced, the staging was to be a part of Elliott Harper Productions’ inaugural season, which begins October 3 with the U.K. premiere of Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle.

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The decision follows the announcement of the Broadway transfer of Elliott’s National Theatre staging of Angels in America, which will play the Neil Simon Theatre beginning in February 2018.

Details regarding official dates for the musical will be announced shortly.

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Elliott has cast Rosalie Craig in the role of Bobbie. Sondheim himself has given his blessing to the decision after attending a workshop that tested the concept. Additional alterations included renaming flight attendant April to Andy, and retitling “Have I Got a Girl for You” to “Have I Got a Guy for You.”

Meanwhile, the National Theatre's production of Sondheim and James Goldman's Follies, starring Imelda Staunton and Janie Dee, celebrated its official opening night at the London venue September 6.

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