REVIEW: Merrily We Roll Along – Harold Pinter Theatre, London
This Sondheim classic marks triple Olivier Award-winner Maria Friedman’s directorial debut and this production from the acclaimed Menier Chocolate Factory, follows on the heels of its other successful West End transfers: Sunday in the Park with George; La Cage aux Folles and Sweet Charity:
“This emotionally charged show, charts the disintegration of a once unbreakable friendship, winding back in time, exploring how the choices made in life can change everything and everyone.”
This show has garnered more 5 star reviews than any other show in West End history and with a cast and source material of such impeccable quality it’s no surprise. Punctuated with Sondheim’s clever and unusually catchy songs this is a winner from start to finish.
Mark Umbers, Jenna Russell and Damian Humbley and the supporting players ooze quality. This is the perfect example of a perfectly cast show. On a simplistic set, beautifully lit by David Hersey they play out this touching and resonant story to perfection.
There is little more to say except see this if you can, a show of rare class and quality.