Our friend Rex Bunnett over at Overtures.org.uk has published a fascinating feature on the background to the Stephen Sondheim compilation show Side By Side By Sondheim – the vehicle that effectively launched or at least popularised Sondheim in the UK, and a show that remains a lasting memory for all those who were lucky enough to see it. Packed with original poster art and photographs, the article tracks the conception and development of the production, which starred David Kernan, Julia McKenzie and Millicent Martin. You can find the article here.
While you’re there, I’d recommend you spend some time perusing the Overtures site. The Bunnett-Muir Musical Theatre Archive Trust, as it’s more formally known, is a fascinating destination for anyone interested in the history of musical theatre. The basis of the Trust is a massive archive – one of the largest theatre collections in the world – and there’s plenty of news, posters, artworks, interviews, and so on, for fans of Sondheim and the wider musical-theatre world.