Buxton International Festival

A Little Night Music

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A Buxton Opera House and Buxton International Festival production, with the Festival Orchestra

Stephen Sondheim (b.1930)

Open your heart to A Little Night Music. In this bittersweet tale of romantic possibility, Stephen Sondheim brings his trademark wit and talent to intertwine opera with musical comedy.

Taking place during a scandalous weekend in the Scandinavian countryside, A Little Night Music explores the tangled web of affairs between a group of frustrated lovers. After years of travelling, glamorous actress Desiree Armfeldt is reunited with her old flame, Fredrik Egerman, whose recent marriage to a young bride still remains unconsummated. Hoping to win Fredrik back, Desiree invites the couple to her mother’s secluded country estate. But when her married lover, Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm arrives unexpectedly with his wife, all plans are overturned. As the night unfolds, old passions are rekindled and fresh feelings catch all of the characters by surprise.

Inspired by the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night, A Little Night Music has enjoyed many West End and Broadway revivals since its original production in 1973. It features one of Sondheim’s most memorable scores including the poignant Send in the Clowns and the haunting Night Waltz.

Directed by Paul Kerryson, winner of Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre at the 2014 UK Theatre Awards and Chief Executive of Buxton Opera House. Paul has directed many other musicals by Stephen Sondheim including Follies, Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, Pacific Overtures and Into the Woods.

Thanks to members of the A Little Night Music Syndicate for their support.

A Little Night Music
Original orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Suggested by a Film by Ingmar Bergman
Originally Produced and Directed on Broadway by Harold Prince
Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited

Supported by The Foyle Foundation

Wyn Davies Conductor
Paul Kerryson Director
Phil Daniels Designer
Charles Cusick Smith Designer
Ben Pickersgill Lighting Designer
Ben Harrison Sound Designer
David Needham Choreographer


Janie Dee Desiree
David Leonard Fredrik
Gabrielle Drake Madame Armfeldt
Sarah Ingram Countess Charlotte Magnum
Daniella Sicari Anne Egerman
Tim Walton Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm
Matthew McKinney Henrik Egerman
Molly Lynch Petra
Julia Mariko Smith Fredrika Armfeldt


Joseph Doody Mr Erlandson
Rachel Speirs Mrs Nordstrom
Sarah Prestwidge Mrs Anderssen
Olivia Tringham Mrs Segstrom
Emyr Lloyd Jones Mr Lindquist/Frid


“ This is musical theatre of the highest order - inventively tuneful, poignant and constantly witty. ”

British Theatre Guide

“In Kerryson’s fluent production it is the darker side of the piece that registers most strongly – though the balancing blend of luxury and elegance is amply conveyed via Phil R Daniels’ sets and Charles Cusick Smith’s period costumes.”

★ ★ ★ ★ The Stage
  • Duration: 2hr 55mins (includes interval)
  • Price: £25-£65