A musical homage

Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends

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What's Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends about?

Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends, a unique event produced by Cameron Mackintosh, is a show that plays homage to Stephen Sondheim. The American composer died in November 2021, age 91.

Stephen Sondheim was undoubtedly one of the greatest American composters. Trained by Oscar Hammerstein II (Oklahoma!, The King and I, Show Boat, South Pacific, The Sound of Music), Sondheim found success writing the lyrics for West Side Story in 1957.

Recognised by his peers for his talents as a librettist, he established himself as a genius composer in the early 1960s with A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Gypsy. He went on to compose musicals that became world famous: Sweeney Todd, Company and Into the Woods.

Why should you see Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends?

Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends is an opportunity to hear the greatest songs written by Stephen Sondheim. The extracts from Sweeney Todd, Company, Into the Woods and lots of others will allow you to understand the incredible longevity of this artist and his influence on musicals.

Sondheim's masterpieces will be performed by a five-star cast and we already know this will include Bernadette Peters and Lea Salonga.

Frequently asked questions

Tickets for Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends start at £115 per seat, depending on the performance date and seats chosen.

Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends is playing at Gielgud Theatre. The address is: Shaftesbury Avenue, W1V 8AR London.

Based on the information we have at the moment, Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends will run until 06/01/2024. There's always a possibility that the production will extend their run.

Lots of musicals are family shows designed to appeal to children! However, please be aware that the theatre have set a minimum age of 3 to see Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends.

To get cheap tickets for Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends in London, you can visit the TKTS London last-minute box office for on the day tickets. However, as Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends is one of the most popular shows, it's very likely that TKTS may not have any seats available for this show.

If you want to see a specific show or if you have limited flexiblity in terms of dates, or want to secure a good seat, we recommend booking your tickets online ahead of time. By booking in advance, you'll end up with much better seats and see your favourite shows on a date that suits you.

Depending on the theatre, you'll be offered several ways to get your tickets during payment:

  • Collect my tickets at the theatre. Please come to the box office counters at the theatre 30 minutes before the performance begins with the booking confirmation email. You'll be asked to show ID or the bank card of the person who booked the tickets.
  • Send me my tickets by email. Go directly to the entrance 20 minutes before the start of the performance with your PDF tickets (printed or displayed on mobile).

Every theatre has been renovated recently with evey seat giving you a good view of the stage. However, the further you are from the stage, the further you are from the magic. The seats marked by a half-coloured circle indicate less good visibility (these seats are often at the back and so you can't see the whole set). We recommend avoiding them when selecting your seats.

We accept most bank cards via our secure payment system (Visa, Mastercard, American Express).

Ticket prices are set by theatres and productions. Even though the majority of musicals are suitable for children, there is no preferential child ticket.

Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded unless in the event of force majeure (the performance is cancelled or interrupted). If this is the case, the theatre or event organiser will contact you to begin the refund process.

An advertised actor can be replaced by another actor without any prior warning. Unfortunately, this is not a valid reason for requesting a refund.

Taking photos and videos is generally prohibited in theatres.