* Cinemas with audio described and subtitled performances.
Release date: 24 October 2013
Running time: 160 mins
Director: Maria Friedman
Starring: Mark Umbers, Jenna Russell, Damian Humbley
Maria Friedman's hugely acclaimed production of the Sondheim musical classic, captured live at the Harold Pinter Theatre.
Franklin Shepard (Mark Umbers) was once a feted composer of Broadway musicals. But now he's left that life behind to forge a new career as a producer of vulgar Hollywood films. He's also abandoned his old friends, including writer Mary Flynn (Jenna Russell) and former artistic collaborator Charley Kringas (Damian Humbley). At a party to celebrate the premiere of his latest film, Franklin reflects on the compromises that have led to his wealth and status. Stephen Sondheim's 1981 musical is a powerful exploration of youthful idealism and middle-aged disillusion. It also features some of his most beautiful songs, including 'Good Thing Going', 'Not a Day Goes By' and 'Old Friends'. Triple Olivier Award-winner Maria Friedman made her thrilling directorial debut with this perfectly cast and universally acclaimed revival, which was recorded live at the Harold Pinter Theatre earlier this year.
Screenwriter: Stephen Sondheim
You should see it because: Originally a flop on Broadway, this is now revered as one of Sondheim's greatest achievements, with some of his most moving songs.
See it if you liked: Into the Woods, Company, West Side Story