Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends - A Celebration

A tribute concert celebrating Sondheim will be staged at the Sondheim Theatre on Tuesday 3rd May.

Cameron Mackintosh has announced that STEPHEN SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS will feature a glittering line-up that includes Judi Dench, Petula Clark, Michael Ball, Hannah Waddingam, Adrian Lester, Damian Lewis, Elaine Paige, Clive Rowe and two Society patrons, Julia McKenzie and Bernadette Peters.

The tribute will be directed by Society patron Maria Friedman and Matthew Bourne, and feature a 26-piece orchestra led by MD Alfonso Casado Trigo. Stephen Mear will choreograph the gala and Cameron himself will produce.

All profits from the evening will go to the Stephen Sondheim Foundation, which the legendary composer and lyricist established under his Will to receive future income from his copyrights and intellectual property. The proceeds to be used principally for the support of playwrights, composers and lyricists in the early stages of their careers to assist in the development and advancement of their work, as well as for sustaining other aspects of the musical theatre craft and arts education.