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Previewed 28 March 2009, Opened 7 April 2009, Closed 25 July 2009 at the Garrick Theatre in London
A major revival of the Stephen Sondheim musical A Little Night Music in London directed by Trevor Nunn.
A Little Night Music, based on Ingmar Bergman's film Smiles of a Summer Night, is set in 19th century Sweden where affairs of the heart are uppermost in everyone's thoughts. Hailed as a witty and stylish celebration of romance, the story centres on the elegant actress Desiree Armfeldt and the spider's web of sensuality, intrigue and passion that surrounds her and features the classic song 'Send in the Clowns'.
The cast for A Little Night Music in London features Maureen Lipman, Jessie Buckley, Kaisa Hammarlund, Alexander Hanson, Kelly Price, Alistair Robins, Gabriel Vick and Hannah Waddingham. Directed by Trevor Nunn, this production transfers to London's West End following a critically acclaimed sell-out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory from November 2008 to March 2009. Stephen Sondheim's West End credits include Sunday in the Park with George, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Gypsy, Merrily We Roll Along, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Saturday Night, West Side Story, Pacific Overtures and Side by Side by Sondheim.
"Stephen Sondheim's sexy and sophisticated A Little Night Music, filled with barbed exchanges, bittersweet regret and delicious irony, gets the treatment it deserves in Trevor Nunn's intimate revival at the Menier Chocolate Factory... Hannah Waddingham's Desiree is as warm and desirable as you dream of; as her acid mother, Maureen Lipman drily recalls her 'liaisons', suggesting the grief that the dying Madame Armfeldt affects not to feel. A perfect production, not to be missed." The Mail on Sunday
"First staged in 1973, it was closely based on Ingmar Bergman's film Smiles of a Summer Night, which also inspired Woody Allen's A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy and was in turn based on one of Marivaux's 18th-century farces. Got that? In other words, it's very artificial, and very far removed from real life. If you can live with that, however, it has a lot of charm... Hannah Waddingham is a splendid presence as Desiree, and very funny at times, too... Maureen Lipman is especially enjoyable as old Madame Armfeldt." The Sunday Times
"With wounds still fresh from the failure of Gone with the Wind earlier this year, Trevor Nunn is back with a new production of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music. It is, comparatively, a low-key comeback staged in an intimate setting. Nevertheless, the Menier has an impressive record of transferring shows to the West End and this production looks set to continue that tradition. Nunn has assembled an impressive cast and there's not a weak link among them. It's not, admittedly, radical to revisit a Sondheim masterpiece, but Sir Trev does it very well." The Sunday Telegraph
A Little Night Music in London at the Garrick Theatre previewed from 28 March 2009, opened on 7 April 2009 and closed on 25 July 2009.