On Reflection: The Cast of Follies in Cabaret


Janie Dee, who played Phyllis in the National Theatre’s stunning revival of Follies, keeps the musical-theatre magic alive with her On Reflection cabaret. In this intimate hour-long cabaret in the Underbelly spiegeltent on the South Bank, she invites her Follies co-stars to perform a song that resonates with a deeply personal story from their past.

The conceit is no doubt inspired by Stephen Sondheim’s Follies toe-tapper "Who’s That Woman" – aka "The Mirror Number". And where better to host such a reflective revival than in a spiegeltent, or "mirror tent" in Dutch?

The line-up and set changes each night, apparently, but turns have been promised from the likes of Alex Hanson (Follies’ Ben), Jo Riding (Sally), Alison Langer (Young Heidi) and Aimee Hodnett (Young Sandra).

For my show, the second in the run of four nights, I was treated to Janie with Gemma Sutton (Young Sally), Ian McLarnon (TV Interviewer/ cover Buddy/Roscoe), Christine Tucker (Young Phyllis), Adrian Grove (Sam Deems/cover Ben), Sarah-Marie Maxwell (Young Solange/cover Young Phyllis), Alyn Hawke (Cameraman/cover Young Buddy), Dawn Hope (Stella) and Geraldine Fitzgerald (Solange).