Reviews: What Are Critics Saying About Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends in London's West End? | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: What Are Critics Saying About Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends in London's West End?

Bernadette Peters, Lea Salonga, and more star in the Cameron Mackintosh-produced tribute revue.

Bradley Jaden and Bernadette Peters in Old Friends Danny Kaan

The limited West End run of Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends—Cameron Mackintosh's tribute concert to late musical theatre trailblazer Stephen Sondheim—celebrated opening night October 3 at the Gielgud Theatre, and the reviews are in. Performances continue through January 6, 2024.

Initially presented as a special concert in 2022 at London's Sondheim Theatre, the revue again stars three-time Tony honoree Bernadette Peters, one of the premiere Sondheim interpreters who starred in the original casts of the late composer's Sunday in the Park with George and Into the Woods, making her West End debut. Peters is joined by Tony winner Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon, Here Lies Love) as well as Christine Allado, Clare Burt (who recently replaced Haydn Gwynne), Janie Dee, Damian Humbley, Bradley Jaden, Bonnie Langford, Gavin Lee, Jason Pennycooke, Joanna Riding, Jeremy Secomb, Jac Yarrow, Marley Fenton, and Beatrice Penny-Touré with Harry Apps, Bella Brown, Richard Dempsey, and Monique Young.

Read the reviews below.

The Arts Desk (Helen Hawkins)

BroadwayWorld (Aliya Al-Hassan)

Evening Standard (Nick Curtis)

The Guardian (Claire Armitstead)

London Theatre (Matt Wolf)

The Stage (Sam Marlowe)*

The Telegraph (Marianka Swain)

Theatre Weekly (Greg Stewart)

The Times (Clive Davis)*

West End Best Friend (James Edge)

WhatsOnStage (Sarah Crompton)

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Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

Watch Highlights From Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends, Featuring Bernadette Peters, Michael Ball, Judi Dench, Clive Rowe

Directed by Matthew Bourne side by side with Julia McKenzie, the production also features choreography by Stephen Mear, conducting by Alfonso Casado Trigo, musical supervision by Stephen Brooker, musical arrangements by Stephen Metcalfe, set design by Matt Kinley, projection design by George Reeve, costume design by Jill Parker, lighting design by Warren Letton, and sound design by Mick Potter.


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