Sondheim’s Old Friends

A Celebration

In aid of the Stephen Sondheim Foundation

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The Company

  • Michael Ball
  • Helena Bonham Carter
  • Rob Brydon
  • Petula Clark
  • Rosalie Craig
  • Janie Dee
  • Judi Dench
  • Daniel Evans
  • Maria Friedman
  • Haydn Gwynne
  • Bonnie Langford
  • Damian Lewis
  • Julia McKenzie
  • Julian Ovenden
  • Bernadette Peters
  • Siân Phillips
  • Jon Robyns
  • Clive Rowe
  • Jenna Russell
  • Imelda Staunton
  • Charlie Stemp
  • Hannah Waddingham
  • Gary Wilmot
  • Michael D. Xavier
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Staging By

  • Matthew Bourne
  • Maria Friedman

Choreography By

  • Stephen Mear

Musical Director

  • Alfonso Casado Trigo

Musical Supervisor

  • Stephen Brooker

Musical Arrangements

  • Stephen Metcalfe

Set Design By

  • Matt Kinley

Projection Designs

  • George Reeve

Lighting By

  • Warren Letton

Sound By

  • Mick Potter

Produced By

  • Cameron Mackintosh

Co-Starring

  • Shan Ako
  • Christine Allado
  • Ashley Campbell
  • Anna-Jane Casey
  • Desmonda Cathabel
  • Aoife Dunne
  • Josefina Gabrielle
  • Louis Gaunt
  • Amy Griffiths
  • Rob Houchen
  • Holly-Anne Hull
  • Bradley Jaden
  • Ian McLarnon
  • Jeremy Secomb
  • Jordan Shaw
  • Matthew White


‘A glorious all-star memorial. If rules allowed I would give it 10 stars’

The Guardian

To celebrate the extraordinary legacy of Stephen Sondheim, his great friend Cameron Mackintosh invited many of the legendary composer and lyricist’s friends to appear in a magical, all-star Gala – for one night only – on 3 May 2022.

Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends – a Celebration was fittingly held at the Sondheim Theatre, rebuilt and renamed in his honour in 2019. Staged by Matthew Bourne and Maria Friedman, and with choreography by Stephen Mear, this sold-out, dazzling, once-in-a-lifetime event brought together a glittering array of Sondheim’s ‘old friends’, with all profits donated to the Stephen Sondheim Foundation.

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