Elliot Harper Productions – the new theatre company formed by Tony- and Olivier-Award-winning theatre director Marianne Elliott and theatre producer Chris Harper – has announced that they will be bringing Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Company to London’s West End, as part of a new season of shows starting next August.
Elliot, who won acclaim for her productions of War Horse and Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, will direct, and – intriguingly – the role of Bobby will become Bobbie and be played by Rosalie Craig. “If it’s a 35-year-old woman, and set now, then 35-year-old women are starting to think about settling down,” said Elliot in an interview with Baz Bamigboye. “They are thinking about the body clock and they think: Should they be with someone permanent?”
Craig reacted by tweeting “I couldn’t be more thrilled and excited!!!”
Sondheim approved the gender switch after Elliot and her team – including a pregnant Craig – filmed a workshop and sent him a copy of the video. “He loved Rosalie and felt it really worked with a woman,” Elliot said. “He watched it with friends and they loved it, too.”