Three time Olivier Award winner Maria Friedman made her thrilling directorial debut at the Menier Chocolate Factory, re-minting this unmissable Sondheim classic with humour, warmth and heartfelt beauty.

Together with Sonia Friedman,  Neal Street transferred the Menier’s acclaimed production  to the West End for a 12 week limited season at the Harold Pinter Theatre in Summer 2013. It went on to be nominated for seven Olivier Awards 2014, winning Best Musical Revival and Best Sound Design and was filmed for Digital Theatre and screened in 1,000 cinemas worldwide. 

Winner of 2 Olivier Awards & an Evening Standard Award for Best Musical

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Set over three decades in the entertainment business, Merrily We Roll Along charts the turbulent relationship between three friends, Franklin, Mary and Charley. Starting in 1980 and travelling backwards in time, this powerful, moving story features among Sondheim’s most beautiful songs: “Good Thing Going”, “Not a Day Goes By” and “Old Friends”. An emotionally charged musical journey exploring how the choices we make in life can change everything and everyone we love.

Key Creatives & Cast

Key Creatives:
Based on the play by George S. Kaufman & Moss Hart
Book by George Furth
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Maria Friedman
Designed by Soutra Gilmour
Choreographed by Tim Jackson
Lighting by David Hersey
Sound by Gareth Owen
Hair and Wigs by Richard Mawbey
Music Supervision & Direction by Catherine Jayes
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Dance Arrangements by Jason Carr

Matthew Barrow
Martin Callaghan
Clare Foster
Josefina Gabrielle
Damian Humbley
Julie Jupp
Glyn Kerslake
Amanda Minihan
Kirk Patterson
Amy Ellen Richardson
Ashley Robinson
Jenna Russell
Robbie Scrotcher
Zizi Strallen
Mark Umbers
Joseph West
Joanna Woodward


Menier Chocolate Factory, London. 28th November, 2012 - 9th March, 2013

Harold Pinter Theatre, West End. 23rd April - 27th July, 2013


“A thrilling evening of musical theatre”

The Guardian

“A seamless revival by Maria Friedman”

The Times

“Maria Friedman’s glorious revival, rightly transferred to the West End.”

Daily Telegraph