A Little Night Music

Musical written by Stephen Sondheim, with book by Hugh Wheeler, suggested by the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night. 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'.

1975: West End London Premiere - Adelphi Theatre

1989: 1st West End London Revival - Piccadilly Theatre

1995: London Revival - National Theatre

2009: 2nd West End London Revival - Garrick Theatre

2015: West End London Concert - Palace Theatre

Stephen Sondheim's West End credits include Company, 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, Follies, Saturday Night, West Side Story, Pacific Overtures and Side by Side by Sondheim.


West End London Premiere 1975 - Adelphi Theatre

Previewed 4 April 1975, Opened 15 April 1975, Closed 3 April 1976 at the Adelphi Theatre

The original cast featured Hermione Gingold as 'Madame Armfeldt', Jean Simmons as 'Desiree Armfeldt', Christine McKenna as 'Fredrika Armfeldt', Michael Harbour as 'Frid', Joss Ackland as 'Fredrik Egerman', Veronica Page as 'Anne Egerman', Terry Mitchell as 'Henrik Egerman', Diane Langton as 'Petra', David Kernan as 'Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm', and Maria Aitken as 'Countess Charlotte Malcolm', with John J. Moore as 'Mr Lindquist', Chris Melville as 'Mrs Nordstrom', Liz Robertson as 'Mrs Anderssen', David Bexon as 'Mr Erlanson', Jacquey Chappell as 'Mrs Segstrom', Peneloe Potter as 'Osa', and Christopher Beeching as 'Bertrand'.

Directed by Harold Prince with choreography by Patricia Birch, sets by Boris Aronson, costumes by Florence Klotz, lighting by Tharon Musser, and sound by David Collision.


1st West End London Revival 1989 - Piccadilly Theatre

Previewed 6 October 1989, Opened 10 October 1989, Closed 17 February 1990 at the Piccadilly Theatre

The cast featured Lila Kedrova as 'Madame Armfeldt', Dorothy Tutin as 'Desiree Armfeldt', Debra Beaumont as 'Fredrika Armfeldt', David Hitchen as 'Frid', Peter McEnery as 'Fredrik Egerman', Deborah Poplett as 'Anne Egerman', Alexander Hanson as 'Henrik Egerman', Sara Weymouth as 'Petra', Eric Flynn as 'Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm', Susan Hampshire as 'Countess Charlotte Malcolm', with Martin Nelson as 'Mr Lindquist', Dinah Harris as 'Mrs Nordstrom', Hilary Western as 'Mrs Anderssen', Michael Bulman as 'Mr Erlanson', Susan Flannery as 'Mrs Segstrom', Mandi Martin as 'Malla', and Susan Paule as 'Osa'.

Directed by Ian Judge with choreography by Anthony Van Laast, designs by Mark Thompson, lighting by Nick Chelton, and sound by Matthew Gale.

This production was originally seen at the Chichester Festival Theatre in West Sussex (previewed from 1 July 1989, opened on 2 August 1989, and closed on 30 September 1989, in repertory) when the cast featured Lila Kedrova as 'Madame Armfeldt', Dorothy Tutin as 'Desiree Armfeldt', Debra Beaumont as 'Fredrika Armfeldt', David Hitchen as 'Frid', Peter McEnery as 'Fredrik Egerman', Deborah Poplett as 'Anne Egerman', Alexander Hanson as 'Henrik Egerman', Sara Weymouth as 'Petra', Eric Flynn as 'Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm', Susan Hampshire as 'Countess Charlotte Malcolm', with Philip Guy-Bromley as 'Mr Lindquist', Dinah Harris as 'Mrs Nordstrom', Hilary Western as 'Mrs Anderssen', Michael Bulman as 'Mr Erlanson', Susan Flannery as 'Mrs Segstrom', Anna Healy as 'Malla', and Susan Gott as 'Osa'.


London Revival 1995 - Olivier Theatre at the National Theatre

Previewed 18 September 1995, Opened 26 September 1995, Closed 31 August 1996 at the National Theatre's Olivier Theatre

The original cast featured Sian Phillips as 'Madame Armfeldt', Judi Dench as 'Desiree Armfeldt', Claire Cox as 'Frederika Armfeldt', Paul Kynman as 'Frid', Laurence Guittard as 'Frederik Egerman', Joanna Riding as 'Anne Egerman', Brendan O'Hea as 'Henrik Egerman', Issy van Randwyck as 'Petra', Lambert Wilson as 'Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm', Patricia Hodge as 'Countess Charlotte Malcolm', with Stephen Hanley as 'Mr Lindquist', Ernestina Quarcoo as 'Mrs Nordstrom', Di Botcher as 'Mrs Anderssen', John Owen-Jones as 'Mr Erlanson', Morag McLaren as 'Mrs Segstrom', Kate Dyson as 'Malla', Louise Breckon-Richards as 'Osa', Tim Godwin as 'Bertrand', Joe Maddison, Sylvia Griffin and Thierry Harcourt.

Directed by Sean Mathias with choreography by Wayne McGregor, sets by Stephen Brimson Lewis, costumes by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting by Mark Henderson, and sound by Paul Groothuis.


2nd West End London Revival 2009 - Garrick Theatre

Previewed 22 November 2008, Opened 3 December 2008, Closed 8 March 2009 at the Menier Chocolate Factory
Previewed 28 March 2009, Opened 7 April 2009, Closed 25 July 2009 at the Garrick Theatre

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.

The cast at the Menier Chocolate Factory featured Maureen Lipman as 'Madame Armfeldt', Hannah Waddingham as 'Desiree Armfeldt', Holly Hallam and Grace Link as 'Fredrika Armfeldt', Jeremy Finch as 'Frid', Alexander Hanson as 'Fredrik Egerman', Jessie Buckley as 'Anne Egerman', Gabriel Vick as 'Henrik Egerman', Kaisa Hammarlund as 'Petra', Alistair Robins as 'Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm', Kelly Price as 'Countess Charlotte Malcolm', with Lynden Edwards as 'Mr Lindquist', Charlotte Page as 'Mrs Nordstrom', Laura Armstrong as 'Mrs Anderssen', John Addison as 'Mr Erlanson', and Nicola Sloane as 'Mrs Segstrom'.

The cast at the West End's Garrick Theatre featured Maureen Lipman as 'Madame Armfeldt', Hannah Waddingham as 'Desiree Armfeldt', Holly Hallam and Grace Link as 'Fredrika Armfeldt', Andy Morton as 'Frid', Alexander Hanson as 'Fredrik Egerman', Jessie Buckley as 'Anne Egerman', Gabriel Vick as 'Henrik Egerman', Kaisa Hammarlund as 'Petra', Alistair Robins as 'Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm', Kelly Price as 'Countess Charlotte Malcolm', with Lynden Edwards as 'Mr Lindquist', Charlotte Page as 'Mrs Nordstrom', Laura Armstrong as 'Mrs Anderssen', John Addison as 'Mr Erlanson', and Nicola Sloane as 'Mrs Segstrom'.

Directed by Trevor Nunn with choreography by Lynne Page, designs by David Farley, lighting by Hartley T A Kemp, and sound by Gareth Owen.

"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.


West End London Concert - Palace Theatre

Sunday 26 January 2015 at the Palace Theatre

The cast featured Anne Reid as 'Madame Armfeldt', Janie Dee as 'Desiree Armfeldt', Bibi Jay as Fredrika Armfeldt, Joe Vetch as 'Frid', David Birrell as 'Fredrik Egerman', Anna O'Byrne as 'Anne Egerman', Fra Fee as 'Henrik Engerman', Laura Pitt-Pulford as 'Petra', Jamie Parker as 'Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm', Joanna Riding as 'Countess Charlotte Malcolm', Scott Garnham as 'Mr Linquist', Laura Tebbutt as 'Mrs Nordstrom', Emma Harrold as 'Mrs Anderssen', Nadim Naaman as 'Mr Erlanson', Jenna Boyd as 'Mrs Segstrom'.

Directed by Alastair Knights, with choreography by Andrew Wright.

A semi-staged concert performance, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the 1975 West End Premiere.