Join us for Brush Up Your Sondheim, our biennial Weekend Summer School which promises an extraordinary range of activities that will help you to develop your understanding of Mr Sondheim’s work

Meet like-minded people who share your passion for Sondheim.

Gain greater knowledge and understanding of the great man’s work as you hear how various practitioners of Sondheim’s work – from several areas including performers, directors and educators – seek to understand, interpret and communicate his genius.

Also to add to the excitement, this year Stephen Sondheim will be conducting a Q and A session via a live video link from New York in real time.
Our Proposed Programme of Events (NB: still to be finalised and possibly subject to change )


9.30  Registration and coffee

10.00  Keynote speech – Timothy Sheader, Artistic Director Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

10.45  Workshop – Mary Hammond, Sondheim Professor of Musical Theatre Vocal Studies, Royal Academy of Music. With students from RAM and other drama schools

11.30  Break

11.45  Workshop – Mary Hammond continued

12.30  Actors Panel discussion – led by Danielle Tarento, Producer (Titanic, Mack and Mabel, Dogfight) includes Ben Stott ( Jack, Into The Woods 2011) , Rebecca Caine ( Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables) and Alex Young ( Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year 2010; I Can’t Sing; High Society tour)
More to be confirmed still

1.15  Lunch (to include Ladies Who Lunch* presentation by Rebecca Caine, Alex Young, Emily Carewe-Jeffries and Katy Secombe)
(“Ladies Who Lunch” will be appearing at The Pheasantry on Tuesday 29 July)

2.00  Alex Parker (Musical Director of Putting It Together, Stephen Ward)

2.45  Dr Dominic McHugh, University of Sheffield – lecture on Climb High, Sondheim’s unproduced student work from 1951 with some live musical illustrations.

3.30  Break

3.45  EXCLUSIVE Stephen Sondheim Q&A, LIVE from New York

4.30  End

9.30  Coffee

10.00  Practical Activity –  Michael Strassen (Director, Billy 2014 and Off West End Best Production, Assassins 2012)

1.00  Lunch

1.45  Practical activity – Michael Strassen continues

4.00  Plenary

4.30  End

Please note that there will be an alternative series of activities for those that do not wish to take part in the practical session – details are still to be confirmed. Look out for more details of some EXCLUSIVE input from Disney regarding their film of Into The Woods, due for release in December 2014 – plus more names to be added soon!

Ticket Prices:

Non Member
Weekend    £75
Saturday or Sunday   £40

In addition there is a Special Offer for Non Members of an all inclusive price for the weekend of £77.50 which include a years membership (normally £22) as well – representing a potential saving of 20% off your subscription*

Weekend    £20
Saturday or Sunday  £10

Weekend   £60
Saturday or Sunday   £35

Tickets are now on sale only at Event Brite –

For aficionados of Stephen Sondheim this Study Weekend offers an extraordinary opportunity to meet fellow Sondheim lovers; to learn and understand more about Stephen Sondheim – and perhaps most thrilling of all – the opportunity to put questions to the great man himself.
* Subscription Benefits:

• Quarterly colour magazine

• 20% Discount off ALL Digital Theatre purchases

• Opportunity to attend Society visits to Sondheim productions – often with significant price reductions and exclusive Q and A

• Discounted rates and priority booking for Society events such as the Sondheim Society Performer of the Year and Brush Up Your Sondheim

• Reduced price ticket offers with preferred partners – for instance we have had reduced price deals with the London Festival of Cabaret; St James Theatre in 2014  – with more to come