23 December, Thursday 19:00 Main stage

Company

by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth
translation by Lyubov Kostova
Duration
02 h 20 m (with interval)
Age restriction
Not suitable for persons under 12

Production team:

Production
Mihail Petrov
Set designer
Elena Ivanova
Costume designer
Elena Ivanova
Choreographer
Mariana Krancheva
assistant director
Georgi Dinev
Vocal pedagogue
Evgeni Gospodinov

Company

by Stephen Sondheim, George Furth

 

A coproduction of Ivan Vazov National Theatre and Plovdiv Opera House

 

Lyrics & Music by Stephen Sondheim

Based on George Furth’s book

Originally produced and directed on Broadway by Harold Prince

Original Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick

 

Creatives:

Director: Mihail Petrov

Conductor: Konstantin Dobroikov

Set & Costume Designer: Elena Ivanova

Choreography by Mariana Kruncheva

Assistant director: Georgi Dinev

Vocal coach: Evgeni Gospodinov

Multimedia by Theodor Kiriakov

 

Cast:

VICTOR IBRISHIMOV, PARASKEVA DZHUKELOVA, NIKOLAY DOGRAMADJIEV, GERGANA ZMIICHAROVA,

PAVEL IVANOV, BILYANA PETRINSKA, BORISLAV VEZHENOV, EVA DANAILOVA, STELIAN RADEV, VYARA TABAKOVA,

HRISTO CHESHMEDZHIEV, MARIANA PANOVA, VERA GIRGINOVA, ILIANA KODZHABASHEVA, LILIA ILIEVA

 

Stephen Sondheim, a brilliant reformer, composer, lyricist and dramatist, defined his Company as a ‘concept musical’. The original Broadway production ran for over 700 performances and won six Tony Awards in several categories.

The story unfolds in latter-day New York, revolving around Robert, a single man hesitant about what matters most: partying with friends or committing himself to someone for the rest of his life. The five married couples who are his best friends ask themselves the same questions, answering both unexpectedly and sincerely.

This is a project dealing with dreamers, adventurers and two directors with a permissible, but indispensable dose of folly“, director: Mihail Petrov said. „Life is like a variety show: the starting point, the scenic environment and the backdrop against which the events in our performance unfold. We are not judgemental of the characters for they are a product of their time. These are the realities of life we have created: replete with irresponsibility, frivolity, unceremoniousness. Still, all this is presented with a lot of humour, irony, self-mockery, hope and expectation for something better laying in store for us! In an open conventional form, by using all possible devices of music and drama, we achieve this effect, which I would define as a total theatre. We’ve got to spread our wings now and fly off! Safe flight, Company!

 

Assistant director: Olga Nedialkova, Iva Manolova

Photographer & Poster Designer: Lubomir Sergeev/Sergeev Studio

Photographer: Alexander Bogdan Thompson

 

Premieres on 12, 13 March 2021.

 

Unsuitable for 12s and under.

Running time: 2 hrs 20 m, with an intermission.

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