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Gala The­atre

Stephen Sond­heim’s leg­endary mu­si­cal is be­ing staged for the first time at the Na­tional The­atre and broad­cast live from there to the Durham the­atre. Set in New York in 1971, the ac­tion re­volves around a the­atre party held to re­call the good old days be­fore the build­ing is de­mol­ished. Tra­cie Ben­nett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the “Fol­lies girls” who last per­formed there 30 years ago and meet up again to en­joy a few drinks and songs. This new pro­duc­tion, fea­tur­ing a cast of 37 and a 21-strong orches­tra, can be seen on Thurs­day. Re­mem­ber, the Lu­miere fes­ti­val starts in the city that night so leave lots of time to make its 7pm start. See

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