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Loft Theatre, Leamington, preview: Company

Company, Loft Theatre, Leamington, Dec 1-11.

by Barbara Goulden You don't have to travel to New York to see the latest revival of Stephen Sondheim's multi-award winning musical, Company. That's because the ambitious Loft Theatre is planning to open the show, and personally, I can't wait. I also can't afford to go to Broadway so the Loft's home in Victoria Colonnade on the edge of the River Leam is fine by me. Not even sure how this amateur cast has the energy after last month's elaborate staging of Anne Boleyn. No doubt lots of new faces and great singers have signed up to take on the famous tongue-twisting Sondheim lyrics. Company is full of sardonic humour, sadness and reflection as the main character, Bobby, blows out the candles on his 35th birthday, surrounded by friends who all love him but can't help wondering why he still isn't married. Loft director James Suckling says: "Company takes a contemporary look at marriage and relationships, the pros and cons of being single or together, the need for give and take and the notion of compromise. "Through Robert we see into the lives of five married couples finding their own ways of negotiating love and marriage." The 51-year-old show - which has been performed all over the world and won no fewer than six Tony awards - features some wonderful Sondheim songs, bitter-sweet and thought provoking. Tickets from: https://lofttheatrecompany.com/

Pictures from Richard Smith Photography.