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A Funny Thing happened On The Way To The Forum

By Stephen Sondheim

Presented in its original version (in English) with French subtitles

Stephen Sondheim’s hilarious musical farce for the first time in Paris in its original version.

Stephen Sondheim –  “theater’s most revered and influential composer-lyricist of the last half of the 20th century” (New York Times) – was introduced to Paris by Jean-Luc Choplin with the triumphant productions of A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Passion, Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George…

For its grand reopening, the Lido2Paris will present Sondheim’s most successful work, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

Take a lazy and mischievous slave, add his masters, zany chases, an improbable love story, and numerous misunderstandings. It’s impossible not to laugh and hum the tunes of this musical vaudeville.

Music and lyrics : Stephen Sondheim

Libretto: Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart

Originally produced on Broadway by Harold S. Prince

Director: Cal McCrystal

Set Designer: Tim Hatley

Music Director/Arrangements: Gareth Valentine

Choreographer: Carrie-Anne Ingrouille

Costume Designer: takis

Lighting Designer: Giuseppe di Iorio

Sound Designer: Unisson Design

Additional orchestrations : Larry Blank

Poster Design: Catherine Meurisse

In accordance with Music Theatre International ( and Drama Paris (

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Burt Shevelove

Burt Shevelove, book co-author

Burt Shevelove (1915-82) was born in Newark, New Jersey, graduated from Brown University and received a Master’s degree in theater from Yale. While at Yale, he wrote lyrics for a musical version of Plautus’s Mostellaria and later became the resident director for the Yale Dramatic Association. After serving as an ambulance driver in World War II, he began a career as a writer, director and producer for radio and television, working with such stars as Judy Garland, Red Buttons, Jack Paar, Cyril Richard, Nancy Walker and Victor Borge; his work won him Emmy and Peabody Awards. His Broadway career began in 1948 with Small Wonder, a revue for which he wrote material, co-produced and directed. He also directed a revival of Kiss Me Kate (1956), Hallelujah Baby! (1968), No, No, Nanette (1971; he also wrote the book), The Frogs (1974; written with Stephen Sondheim and performed in and around the Yale University pool) and Happy New Year (1980; he also wrote the book). He co-wrote the film, The Wrong Box, with Larry Gelbart. Burt Shevelove died in 1982.

Larry Gelbart

Larry Gelbart, book co-author

Larry Gelbart (1928-2009), a Chicago-born writer and producer who achieved success for his work in radio, television, film and theater. He began his professional career in the late 1940s, before reaching the age of twenty, writing for such radio shows as “The Eddie Cantor Show,” “The Maxwell House Coffee Time with Danny Thomas,” “Duffy’s Tavern,” “Command Performance,” “Jack Carter,” “The Jack Paar Show,” “The Joan Davis Show” and “The Bob Hope Show.” By the early 1950s he had begun writing for television, including “The All-Star Revue,” “The Red Buttons Show,” “Honestly,” “Celeste, “The Patrice Munsel Show,” “Caesar’s Hour” and “The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom”; his television work in the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s included “The Danny Kaye Show,” “The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine,” and the long-running and hugely successful landmark series,”M*A*S*H.” Other TV credits during that period included “Barbra Streisand…and Other Musical Instruments,” “Roll Out!,” “Karen,” “AfterMASH,” and the award-winning HBO television film, Barbarians at the Gate. In addition to A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum, his work for the theater includes the plays Sly Fox (1976) and Mastergate (1989), and the musicals The Conquering Hero (1960), One, Two, Three, Four, Five (1988), and City of Angels (1989; winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Book of a Musical and Best Musical). His film work includes The Notorious Landlady, The Thrill of It All, The Wrong Box (co-written with Burt Shevelove), Not With My Wife, You Don’t, The Chastity Belt, A Fine Pair, Oh, God, Movie, Movie, Neighbors, Tootsie, and Blame It on Rio.

Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim, Music and Lyrics

Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021) wrote the music and lyrics for Saturday Night (1954), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962), Anyone Can Whistle (1964), Company (1970), Follies (1971), A Little Night Music (1973), The Frogs (1974), Pacific Overtures (1976), Sweeney Todd (1979), Merrily We Roll Along (1981), Sunday in the Park with George (1984), Into the Woods (1987), Assassins (1991), Passion (1994) and Road Show (2008), as well as lyrics for West Side Story (1957), Gypsy (1959) and Do I Hear a Waltz? (1965), and additional lyrics for Candide (1973). Anthologies of his work include Side by Side by Sondheim (1976), Marry Me a Little (1981), You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow (1983), Putting It Together (1993/99) and Sondheim on Sondheim (2010). He composed the scores of the films “Stavisky” (1974) and “Reds” (1981) and songs for “Dick Tracy” (1990) and the television production “Evening Primrose” (1966). His collected lyrics with attendant essays have been published in two volumes: “Finishing the Hat” (2010) and “Look, I Made A Hat” (2011). In 2010 Broadway’s Henry Miller’s Theatre was renamed The Stephen Sondheim Theatre in his honour; in 2019, London’s Queens Theatre was also renamed the Sondheim.

Rufus Hound in Lido 2 Paris
Rufus Hound in Lido 2 Paris

Rufus Hound, Pseudolus

Rufus Hound is an award winning actor, presenter and comedian.

Rufus’ extensive list of stage credits include the lead role of ‘Freddy’ in the original West End production of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”, ‘Francis Henshall’ in “One Man Two Guv’nors” at London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket, ‘Toad’ in “Wind In The Willows” at London’s Palladium and more recently ‘Sancho Panzo’ in “Don Quixote” at The Garrick, alongside David Threlfall.

He appeared in “Utopia” (Soho Theatre) for Steve Marmion, “Neville’s Island” (Chichester Festival Theatre) for Angus Jackson, “The Wars Of The Roses” (Rose Theatre) for Trevor Nunn, “What The Butler Saw” for Nikolai Foster, “Present Laughter” (Chichester Festival Theatre) for Sean Foley, “Dusty” for Maria Friedman and “The Provoked Island” for Phillip Breen and The Royal Shakespeare Company.

Rufus originated the role of ‘Dad’ in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s original production of “Boy In The Dress”, which was met with critical acclaim.

On screen Rufus appeared as series regular ‘Kevlar’ in Dave’s hit comedy “Zapped” alongside Paul Kaye and James Buckley. He also took the series regular role of ‘Duncan Trench’ in Sky’s comedy “Trollied”. His credits include ‘Sam Swift’ in “Doctor Who” (BBC), “Cucumber” (Channel 4), “A Touch Of Cloth” (Sky) and as the eponymous hero in BBC’s “Hounded”.

His film credits include “Beautiful Devils”, “Scottish Mussel”, “Keith Lemon: The Movie”, “My Big Fat Gypsy Gangster” and the lead role of ‘Raif’ in the Nigel Cole directed “The Wedding Video”.

Rufus lends his vocal talents as the voice of ‘Borka’ in “Ronja The Robbers Daughter”, as ‘Gilbert’ in “Sadie Sparks” and as the title character of ‘Waffle’ in the BBC series “Waffle the Wonderdog”.

As a comedian, Rufus was a regular team member on “Celebrity Juice” (ITV) for seven series, and has appeared on a multitude of British comedy shows including “Countdown”, “Dave Gorman: Terms & Conditions”, “Never Mind The Buzzcocks”, “Would I Lie To You?”, “8 Out Of 10 Cats” and “You Have Been Watching” to name a very select few…

As a presenter, he’s welcomed viewers to “OutTake TV” on BBC1 (replacing Anne Robinson), “What Do Kids Know” for UKTV, “Top of the Pops”, “Glastonbury” and “The Brits: Backstage” to name a few!

Rufus continues to host the multi award winning radio show “My Teenage Diaries” which is now in its tenth series.


Andrew Pepper
Andrew Pepper

Andrew Pepper, Hysterium

Andrew Pepper is a stalwart of the UK cabaret scene. An artist in residency at London’s premiere cabaret venue The Crazy Coqs (Live at Zédel), he’ll be returning there with a brand new series of shows in February 2024.


As an actor, his theatre credits include the UK premiere of the Broadway smash How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Charles Guiteau in Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Assassins (Pleasance Theatre), the Scarecrow in Philip Pullman’s The Scarecrow and his Servant (Southwark Playhouse, world premiere), Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre), The Full Monty (English Theatre, Frankfurt), Romeo and Juliet (Chichester Festival Theatre), White Suit, Truth (the Helen Chadwick Group), Wonderful Town (Malta Philharmonic Orchestra), Dick Whittington, AladdinRobison Crusoe and Robin Hood (The Theatre Chipping Norton). 

Andrew is also a long-time associate of the children’s mentoring theatre charity, Scene & Heard.


Patrick Ryecart in Lido 2 Paris
Patrick Ryecart in Lido 2 Paris

Patrick Ryecart, Senex

Patrick Ryecart is a twice Olivier award nominated actor who has worked widely and internationally across all forms of  theatre, television and film. He came to notice in his first West End performance playing opposite Deborah Kerr in George Bernard Shaw’s Candida directed by Michael Blakemore when Bernard Levin in the Sunday Times critiqued that ” with a sensible agent he may become what Richard Burton might have been..”…. Sensible agents come and go but Patrick is pleased to say he still has a liver and only married his wife once.

Much other London theatre includes playing Jack Absolute in The Rivals at the National Theatre directed by Peter Wood, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ring round the Moon, See you Next Tuesday, High Society, The Importance of being Earnest, The Dover Road, Fairy Tales of New York, Untitled, A Letter of Resignation, Monogamy, and JP Donleavy’s adaptation of his own iconic novel The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B with Simon Callow and Billy Connolly, at the Duke of Yorks Theatre, which he also produced. He then recreated the role of Balthazar in the U.S. Other work as a producer includes James Dearden’s own stage adaptation of Fatal Attraction directed by Trevor Nunn at The Theatre Royal Haymarket, followed by a UK tour, and Just Like That ! , starring Jerome Flynn as Tommy Cooper at the Garrick Theatre which he then directed on tour with Clive Mantle in the main part. Much other theatre and touring include playing Lord Goring Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, Michael Frayn’s  Donkeys Years,  Columbo – Prescription Murder, Tunes of Glory, Private Lives,  Fairy Tales of New York (also U.S.) Shaw’s The Millionairess with Raquel Welch, A Christmas Carol, Me and My Girl, and Noel Cowards’ Present Laughter in Cape Town. His play “When Blair had Bush and Bunga” that he directed had a recent successful run at the Edinburgh Festival and is currently being developed for further production.  His first TV role was Romeo in Romeo and Juliet for the BBC. Much  tv work includes Silas Marner,The Rivals, Arms and The Man, Lily, My Son My Son, A Perfect Hero, Pericles, Trainer, The High Life, Goldeneye, Dr. Who, Midsomer Murders, two episodes of Poirot, The Mystery of Dr. Martinu directed by Ken Russell, and three seasons of The Crown as The Earl Marshal, the Duke of Norfolk. U.S. TV. includes Lace, Camille, Jenny’s War, Merlin and the Sword and Casanova. Films include A Bridge Too Far directed by Richard Attenborough, Prisoner of Honour directed by Ken Russell, Heart of Darkness directed by Nic Roeg, Tai Pan, Hotel Shanghai, Silver Dream Racer, The Contract, Mute, and the multi award winning The Kings Speech directed by Tom Hooper.                                       He lives alone in Oxfordshire with several grand children.

David Rintoul
David Rintoul

David Rintoul, Erronius

David Rintoul


A phenomenally experienced actor, David has worked consistently for 50 years.

After eight years with the influential Joint Stock Company he has played leading parts with all the major British companies including The National Theatre, including The Baron de Charlus in Harold Pinter’s adaptation of Proust’s “A La Recherche…” and the RSC. Most recently played Ghost and Player King in Robert Icke’s production of Hamlet in New York

TV incudes Michael Adeane in The Crown (SAG Ensemble award), Aerys II in Game of Thrones and four series as Doctor Finlay.

Films include The Protege, The Ghost Writer, Unrelated, The Iron Lady and My Week With Marilyn.

David has voiced many video games and cartoons, including several characters in Peppa Pig and has recorded over 300 audio books.

Martyn Ellis, Marcus Lycus
Martyn Ellis, Marcus Lycus

Martyn Ellis, Marcus Lycus

Martyn has been a professional actor for over forty years, having worked extensively on screen and in West End plays and musicals. Martyn won the Whatsonstage Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, when he played Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Michael Grandage’s acclaimed production of Guys and Dolls at the Piccadilly Theatre. He also created the role of Harry Dangle in the original production of the smash hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors at the National Theatre, the Adelphi Theatre in the West End and the Music Box Theatre on Broadway.


Theatre includes: Toby Belch in Twelfth Night (Young Vic), Jimmy in Sing Your Heart Out for The Lads (Chichester Festival) Alfred P. Doolittle in My Fair Lady (Sheffield Crucible, Teatro San Carlo, Naples, Teatro Massimo, Palermo) The Wizard in Wicked (Apollo Victoria), Pumbaa in The Lion King (Lyceum, Original London Cast), Thenardier in Les Misérables (Palace Theatre), Man 2 in 39 Steps (Criterion), Paul McCartney in Lennon (Astoria) and Hermann Preysing in Grand Hotel (Donmar).


Recent TV and film includes: The Playlist (Netflix), Doctors (BBC), Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? (ITV), The Witcher (Netflix), The Liaison (Apple TV), Christmas Eve (Netflix), Harley and the Davidsons (Amazon) Jonathan Strange (BBC), It’s A Sin (Channel 4), The Accident (Channel 4), A Confession (ITV), Catch 22 (Paramount-Directed by George Clooney), Decline and Fall (BBC), Father Brown (BBC), The Smoke (Sky), Agent Cody Banks 2 (MGM), A Christmas Carol (Hallmark) and over fifty episodes as Friar Tuck in The New Adventures of Robin Hood (Warner Bros).

John Owen Jones By Wolf Marloh
John Owen Jones By Wolf Marloh

John Owen-Jones, Miles Gloriosus

John Owen-Jones is a record-breaking West End and Broadway actor and singer best known for his performances as “Jean Valjean” in Les Misérables and as “The Phantom” in The Phantom of the Opera. John remains the youngest actor in West End history to have played Jean Valjean in Les Misérables (a role he also played twice on Broadway) and has performed as the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera nearly 2000 times.

He made his West End debut at the Palace Theatre in 1995 when he first joined the cast of Les Misérables and has been closely associated with the show ever since, appearing in every London theatre in which the show has played, including the show’s original London home, the Barbican Theatre in 2010. In an online poll, John was voted the “Best Ever Valjean” and “Best Ever Performer in Les Misérables” by fans of the show and has appeared in special finales for the Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera 25th anniversary performances at the O2 and Royal Albert Hall — both of which were screened to millions of people in cinemas worldwide. His re-interpretation of the character on the re-imagined version of the show in 2010 on the Les Misérables 25th Anniversary International Tour (which included a brief run at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris) earned him a Manchester Evening News Award for Best Actor in a Musical and a WhatsOnStage Award Best Actor in a Musical nomination. John can be heard singing the role of Jean Valjean on the 2010 Les Misérables Live! Album and in 2019 he returned to play “Jean Valjean” in the Les Misérables All Star Concert at the Gielgud Theatre London.

John was named one of the Top 10 musical theatre actors in Britain by The Stage newspaper and in a poll of BBC Radio Wales listeners to find the “Greatest Living Welsh Voice”, he came third – beating legendary Welsh singers Bryn Terfel, Shirley Bassey and Tom Jones. This led to John realising a lifelong dream when he sang the Wales and England national anthems on the pitch for the Wales v England Six Nations Rugby game.

In 2022, John created leading roles in three brand new musicals: “Uncle Jack” in a concept musical recording of Kisses on a Postcard by Terrence and Dominic Frisby; “Lorenzo” in a fully staged concert version of new Australian musical Mimma at Cadogan Hall London; and “Phil Hollinghurst”, in Great British Bake Off – The Musical by Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary at Cheltenham Everyman Theatre, which earned him another WhatsOnStage Award Best Actor in a Musical nomination. In early 2023, the production transferred to the Noel Coward Theatre in London’s West End for a limited run and released an official cast recording. In the summer of 2023 John returned to Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre to appear as “Deputy Eduard Dindon” in a critically acclaimed revival of La Cage Aux Folles.

Elsewhere, John has performed extensively in theatre in the West End, around the UK and overseas in shows such as Sweeney Todd for the English National Opera, Showboat at the Royal Albert Hall, A Little Night Music at the National Theatre, The Pirates of Penzance and Much Ado About Nothing at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, The Phantom of the Opera at Orb Theatre, Tokyo and appeared in the world premiere of brand-new musical Tiger Bay (in a role written especially for him) at Cape Town Opera.

He has appeared as an actor on television in shows such as Scott and Bailey, The Bill and Toast of Tinseltown and has appeared as himself many times on television and radio in shows such as This Morning, The Royal Variety Show, The National Lottery Big Night of Musicals and has guested many times on Friday Night is Music Night on BBC Radio 2. He is an accomplished concert performer, playing many solo headline shows around the UK and abroad and has appeared in concert globally in legendary venues such as The Royal Albert Hall in London, Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Tokyo, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Sydney Opera House and New York’s Carnegie Hall. In 2022, he completed his first ever UK solo concert tour culminating with a sellout show in the West End at Her Majesty’s Theatre. He has appeared twice at the BBC Proms in the Park concerts, twice on The Royal Variety Show, toured the UK in concert with Katherine Jenkins and has been a special guest in concert with Collabro, Michael Ball, Alfie Boe and Bryn Terfel. He has performed leading roles in staged concert versions of The Hired Man, Sweeney Todd, South Pacific, and new musical The Clockmaker’s Daughter. He has also worked as a director, radio presenter and voiceover artist.

John hosts a popular theatrical comedy podcast with fellow performer Alistair Brammer called “The Last Show on Earth” which asks celebrity guests that all important question – if you only had one day left to live what show would you like to see? – with new episodes released monthly.

John runs his own record label JOJ Music and has released seven solo albums which he also produced. ‘Hallelujah’ EP (2006) ‘John Owen-Jones’ (2009), ‘Unmasked’ (2011) ‘Rise’ (2015) ‘Bring Him Home’ – a compilation album (2017) ‘Spotlight’ – featuring The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (2019), and ‘The Christmas Album’ (2021).


Photo Valerie Gabail
Photo Valerie Gabail

Valérie Gabail, Domina

French soprano Valérie Gabail’s career began at the age of 15 with vocal jazz and musical

theatre, before turning to baroque music, of which she has become an acknowledged

specialist. First noticed by Marc Minkowski, she then performed with ensembles such as il

Seminario Musicale, Les Paladins, Les Arts Florissants, Amarillis, the Ricercar Consort, Les

Talens Lyriques, the Ensemble Mattheus, but also the Orchestre National de France, the

Philharmonique de Radio France, in various and later repertoires which led her to work with conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Michel Plasson, John Nelson, Ludovic Morlot, Kazushi Ono or Esa Pekka Salonen.


In 2006, she was nominated for a Victoire de la Musique award in the category “Lyric

Revelation of the Year” and became an artistic collaborator with the Montalvo-Hervieu dance

company on George Gerschwin’s opera Porgy & Bess.


Since then, she has confirmed and

multiplied her forays into new repertoires, both transgender and experimental. Her partners

include the Finnish video artist Marita Liulia, the composer Kaija Saariaho, the Welsh singer

and composer John Greaves (with whom she recorded the album Life Size), the rock guitarist

Olivier Mellano for the album La chair des Anges (Naïve), a valuable collaboration that she

repeated for a second opus with Naïve, in a world premiere at the TransMusicales in Rennes.


In 2012, she played the title role in the video-rock opera POP-PEA at the Théâtre du Châtelet,

alongside Benjamin Biolay, for whom she recorded several tracks from his two albums



In 2016, she moved to London and obtained a Master of Fine Arts in Voice Pedagogy at the

prestigious Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. There, she explored vocal and body

techniques for acting (Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais) alongside renowned pedagogues

such as Kristin Linklater (Freeing the Natural Voice), Barbara Houseman (Finding your Voice)

or Anne-Marie Speed (Estill Model).


In 2019, she founded her voice coaching company The Professional Voice Trainer, receiving actors, singers, business professionals or political figures in her studio. In 2023, she was appointed professor of vocal technique at the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles.


Her recent collaborations include concerts with les Talens Lyriques, Musical Theatre concerts

at the Châtelet theatre in Paris, and jazz and improvisation programs with the French pianist and composer Edouard Ferlet.

Josh Stclair Photo
Josh Stclair Photo

Josh St Clair, Hero

Theatre: Gino Bartali in Glory Ride (Charing Cross Theatre); Pabbie in Frozen The Musical (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); Young Ben in Follies (American Legation, Tangier); Peter Kingsley in City of Angels (Garrick Theatre); Kinky Boots (Original UK tour); School Of Rock (New London Theatre); Wicked (UK and International tour); Soloist in Shakespeare Live! From the RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company); Snow White (Manchester Opera House)


Television: Shakespeare Live! From the RSC (BBC and UK Cinema); Olivier Awards (ITV)


Other: Hey Old Friends (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); Friday Night is Music Night (Royal Albert Hall)



Neima Naouri
Neima Naouri

Neima Naouri, Philia

At the age of 16, Neima begins taking piano lessons, and at 15, she joins the CRR de Saint-Maur in musical theater, where she earns her diploma in musical studies. In the same year, she features on Leonard Desarthe’s album, with the song ‘Mad After You’ being nominated at the Productions Music Awards. She records for the album ‘Symphonie pour la vie,’ the proceeds of which are donated to hospitals, and participates in the show ‘Symphonissime’ alongside Yvan Cassard. After obtaining a Master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London, she makes her debut on the London stage at the National Theatre in the musical ‘Hex.

Design Sans Titre
Design Sans Titre

Dan March, Protean ( Cover Pseudolus)

Dan is an actor, comedian and writer.

His recent theatre credits include ‘Anton’ in “Belvedere” (Old Red Lion), Neil Simon’s “California Suite” & Ayckbourn’s “Season’s Greetings” (Claire Evans Productions), “A Night in Provence” (Mill at Sonning) and “In a Box” (Arcola Theatre).

In addition to ten years performing at the Edinburgh Fringe, just before lockdown he starred Off Broadway, New York with his sketch group, The Real MacGuffins, in their hit sell out show “Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain” (Theatre 59E59).

Dan’s TV credits include: “Miranda” (BBC1), “Pramface” (BBC3), two series of multi BAFTA winning “So Awkward” (Channel X Prods) and “The Royal Bodyguard” (BBC1) with Sir David Jason. He has also been in “EastEnders”, “Casualty”, “Doctors” and more recently “Back” (C4/Big Talk), “Innocent” (ITV1) and “This England” (Sky) with Sir Kenneth Branagh.

He was in “Johnny English Strikes Back” with Rowan Atkinson, and is the lead role of ‘Noah’, a stalker, in the British feature “My One and Only” which is currently on the festival circuit …

He has appeared in dozens of commercials including McDonalds, Weetabix, Direct Line and you may have seen a lot of him in a recent Purplebricks advert – for which he can only apologise.

In 2023, Dan has just had his first feature film script optioned – co-written with comedian Alan Francis – and is looking forward to working with the producer and directors.

David Benson
David Benson

David Benson, Protean (Cover Erronieus + Senex)

David began his career with the avant-garde Grassmarket Theatre Project in 1990, in Edinburgh. Glad, a play about homeless men from Edinburgh’s streets featured a cast of homeless actors and played Centre Pompidou in 1992. From 1996 David began creating his own solo plays. His first Think No Evil of Us: My Life With Kenneth Williams, won awards and after a tour of the UK played in London’s West End. David has worked many times with Forum director Cal McCrystal, notably the 2010 National Theatre smash-hit One Man, Two Guvnors. He played Noel Coward in the BBC hit Goodnight Sweetheart and was ‘Liberace’ in Blade Runner 2049 (dir. Denis Villeneuve).

For more on David’s acting and teaching work see

Portrait Joseph Claus
Portrait Joseph Claus

Joseph Claus, Protean (Cover Marcus + Miles


Training: Royal Academy of Music (PGDip in Musical Theatre) and Bristol University (BA (Hons) in Music)


Credits include: Soloist at Sondheim’s 80th Birthday Prom, which was broadcast live on BBC TV and Radio; for 3 years with the West End Company of Phantom of the Opera (including both 25th and 30th anniversary galas), at Wembley Arena for the premiere of Love Beyond, at The Other Palace in London in new musical Broken Wings and in the Wizard of Oz at the newly refurbished Leeds Playhouse. Most recently, Joseph was delighted to be a part of the London company of My Fair Lady at the London Coliseum, followed by a UK and Ireland tour.

Other credits include: Performing on some of the world’s largest cruise liners with various vocal groups and appearing on the concept albums for new musicals Vanara and Broken Wings.

As well as performing, Joseph works extensively as a Vocal Coach, Arranger and MD. In 2023, Joseph was awarded Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) for his contribution to the music profession.

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Joseph McDonnell, Protean (Cover Hero)

Training: RADA

Theatre credits include: Joly/ Cover Marius in Les Misérables (UK and European Tour); Enoch Snow Jr. in Carousel (UK & Ireland Tour); Josh in Sheltered (Edinburgh Festival Fringe)

Credits whilst training: Edgar in King Lear, Arnold Rubek in When We Dead Awaken, Sandra Breezeblock Park

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Polina Kapona, Panacea (Cover Philia)

Training: ArtsEd London, graduate, 2023

Credits whilst training include: Agent Dollar in ‘Catch Me If You Can’ (ArtsEd); Kristine Urich in ‘A Chorus Line’(ArtsEd)

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Natasha Leaver, Geminae


Natasha Leaver is an artist and actor who has been performing on the West End stage since 2017. Theatre credits include: Seth Rudetsky’s ‘Disaster: A 70s Disaster Movie Musical’ at the Charing Cross Theatre, Florence Ballard in ‘Motown: The Musical’ West End, Dance Captain and ensemble in ‘The Beggar’s Opera’ International tour, Fermina in ‘Man of La Mancha’ at the London Coliseum and The Bullet/ cover Angelica Schuyler in ‘Hamilton: An American Musical’. She has also danced for international, Afrobeats artist ‘WizKid’ at the O2 Arena.

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Autumn Draper, Geminae

Training: Bird College Theatre credits include: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (London Palladium/UK Tour); Hairspray (Royal Caribbean); The Glenn Miller Story (London Coliseum); The Grand Old Dame of York (York Theatre Royal) Television credits include: The One Show (BBC) Autumn is excited to be performing here at the Lido De Paris, and would like to thank her family, friends and agent for their continued support! Collec&ve

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Harriet Watson, Vibrata

Harriet played alternate Jane Seymour, Catherine Parr and dance captain in the original UK Tour of SIX The Musical. By the end of the contract she had played all 6 queens, appeared on Children In Need, West End Live and recently made her West End Debut.

Before this, she could be seen performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Early Birds, playing Pauline Quirke. The show was written by writing duo Marks & Gran. She was also a regular in children’s theatre playing in London venues and theatres in Rome.

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Jessica Sutton, Tintinabula


Laine Theatre Arts


Prince Charming in Cinderella (Palace Theatre, Newark) Ensemble in Robin Hood (White

Rock Theatre, Hastings).


Better Man (Feature Film), Mapp and Lucia (BBC), Brighton (Feature Film).

Jessica is thrilled to be making her professional debut in A Funny Thing Happened on the

way to the Forum after recently graduating from Laine Theatre Arts with a First Class BA

Hons Degree in Musical Theatre.

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Senayt, Gymnasia

“Senayt grew up in Tigray, Ethiopia where she trained with the renowned Mongolian contortionist, Tsende Shoo, from the age of 11. Her career flourished from a young age, travelling to China with ‘Queens of Africa’, Dubai with ‘Mother Africa Circus, and various other circus shows in Spain, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belarus and Germany. Senayt then toured Australia, USA and the UK with ‘Circus 1903’ and has continued to work with Cirque Du Soleil performing at venues such as The Sydney Opera House, Madison Square Gardens, The London Palladium, Marina Bay Sands (Singapore), The Pantages Theatre (Hollywood, USA), The Paris Casino (Las Vegas) and The Royal Festival Hall.


Since moving to the UK Senayt has performed in the 40th Anniversary Summer Spectacular at the historic Hippodrome Circus in Great Yarmouth, featured in Cosi Fan Tutté at the London Coliseum with the English National Opera and appeared on BBC 3’s sitcom ‘Jerk’ as well as performing in multiple cabarets across the region.

Senayt has also appeared on America’s Got Talent (NBC), The Late Show with Steven Colbert (CBS) , The Royal Variety Performance (BBC) and Blue Peter (BBC)”

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Michael Afemaré, Courtesan

Training: The Urdang Academy.Theatre include: Moulin Rouge! The Musical (Piccadilly Theatre) Understudy Prince Charming in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella (Gillian Lynne Theatre – World Premier Cast), Understudy Price Harry in Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs (Manchester Opera House), Onstage Swing in Flashdance (Korean Tour), Assistant Dance Captain/Swing in Dreamgirls (Savoy Theatre), Swing in Dreamgirls (Original London Cast), Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs (Hull New Theatre).Workshops include: “Sam” in Summer in The City, ALW’s Cinderella, Back to the Future.Television includes: Britain’s Got Talent, Gameshow the Musical, Zeus on The Loose, The Brit Awards, Strictly Come Dancing Live Show, Face of The Year (Slovakia).Other Work Includes: Queen Elizabeth (Cunard Cruises), Ainsley Harriot body double in BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show commercial, Videos for Katy B & MNEK’s “Freak Like Me”, Paper Aeroplane’s “Guessing Game”, Olivia Cipriani’s “Limitless” and David Jordan’s “Sun Goes Down”, Carol Anthony’s Tour.

Peter Houston
Peter Houston

PeterPeter Houston, Dance Captain + Swing

Phil Winstons Theatre Works.

Theatre Includes: Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre), Hamilton (Victoria Palace Theatre), Matilda (Cambridge Theatre), Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Rock Follies (Chichester Festival Theatre), The All Male Mikado & An Evening of Dirty Dancing (UK Tour), Legally Blonde (Kilworth House), We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre), A Chorus Line & Peter Pan (Lowry Theatre), Cinderella (Wolverhampton Grand)

Film Includes: Lead role in First Time Loser, Matilda

Television includes: Maskface in Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Knucles, A League of Their Own, The Olivier Awards, Blue Peter, Britains Got Talent & The Royal Variety Performance.

Instagram – peter_houston

Shakeel K Headshot
Shakeel K Headshot

Shakeel Kimotho, Swing

La Cage Aux Folles, (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre)  Cats (International Tour); Elegies For Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (The Grad Fest); Queeroes (MTFEST, Turbine); Dick Whittington (Norwich Theatre Royal); Hair (Associated Studios); Pippin (Urdang Academy); 80’s Flashback (Can You Dance? Super Convention); Snow White (Imagine Theatre); Lord of The Flies (New Adventures).

Cal Mccrystal in Lido 2 Paris
Cal Mccrystal in Lido 2 Paris

Cal McCrystal DIRECTOR

Cal was born in Belfast. Working for many years as an actor, he trained as an actor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and École Philippe Gaulier. 


Directing theatre credits include the West End production of Mother Goose starring Sir Ian McKellen, Drama At Inish at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, One Man, Two Guvnors at the National Theatre/West End/Broadway, Don Quixote at the Royal Shakespeare Company Stratford-upon-Avon/West End, ¡Vamos Cuba! for Sadlers Wells and Office Party at The Barbican Centre. He regularly directs in British Repertory and has created countless international touring shows for companies such as Spymonkey, Peepolykus, and The Mighty Boosh.  


Opera: includes Haydn’s Il Mondo Della Luna for English Touring Opera, Rossini’s Le Comte Ory for Garsington Opera. Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe and HMS Pinafore for English National Opera. 


Circus: Varekai and Zumanity for Cirque du Soleil, Palazzo Zirkus in Berlin, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Vienna, Pasion Sin Puñales at Teatro Circa Price in Madrid, Ohlala for Circus Knie, OPM and The Atomic Saloon Show in Las Vegas and The Hook at Caesar’s Palace in Atlantic City Cal has been director at Giffords Circus since 2012. 


Film: Comedy Consultant work includes The Dictator, The Worlds End, Cats, Man Up, The Nice Guys, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Dora and The Lost City Of Gold, Wonka and Paddington 1 and 2 (in which he also appears as Sir Geoffrey Wilcott) and Red, White and Royal Blue. 


TV: Cirque du Soleil’s Solstrom, MTV Europe Video Awards, Comedy Cuts, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and Inside Number 9. 

Tim Hatley in Lido 2 Paris
Tim Hatley in Lido 2 Paris

Tim Hatley DESIGNER - Scenic & Costume

Double nominations at the 2012 Olivier Awards – Best Set Design for Back to the Future and Life of Pi. (Winner)


Tim has designed extensively for The National Theatre, West End and Broadway, and is the winner of 2 Tony Awards, 3 Olivier Awards, & 4 Drama Desk Awards, including the 2012 Olivier Award for Best Set Design for Life of Pi.


Recent theatre credits include: Life of Pi (West End); Back to the Future (West End & UK Tour); Dreamgirls (West End & UK Tour); Traves8es (Menier/West End/ Broadway); Ghosts (Almeida Theatre/West End/Brooklyn Academy of Music); Little Eyolf (Almeida Theatre); Temple (Donmar Warehouse); Enemy of the People, Pyjama Game (Chichester Fes>val Theatre); The Slaves of Solitude & Drawing The Line (Hampstead Theatre); Mr. Foote’s Other Leg (Hampstead Theatre/West End), The Bodyguard (West End/International Tours); Shrek (West End/ Broadway/UK Tour/US Tour); Spamalot (West End/ Broadway/ US Tour/Las Vegas); Singin’ in the Rain, My Fair Lady (Chatelet Paris) and Carmen & Don Quixote (The Royal Ballet).


Film credits include Production Design for: Closer, Notes on a Scandal and Stage Beauty 

Gareth Valentine in Lido 2 Paris
Gareth Valentine in Lido 2 Paris


Valentine began a career in 1981 working alongside composers such as Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd, Into The Woods), Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin), John Kander (Cabaret, Chicago, Kiss Of The Spiderwoman), Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber (Love Never Dies, Cats, Aspects Of Love) and Maury Yeston (Nine, Titanic.) 


He has conducted the following West End musicals (all of which won Olivier Awards for Best Musical or Best Musical Revival): 42nd STREET (Drury Lane), KISS ME KATE (Victoria Palace), MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG (Donmar), COMPANY (Donmar), CHICAGO (Adelphi), CITY OF ANGELS (Donmar). 


He has most recently conducted MY FAIR LADY at The London Coliseum and is the UK Music Supervisor of it’s subsequent UK Tour. 


Orchestras include: BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra de Chamber de Paris, Pasdeloup Orchestra, Welsh National Opera Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Rome Opera House Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra. 


He has conducted for many international artistes including: Barbara Cook, Eartha Kitt, Betty Buckley, Elaine Paige, Liza Minelli, Christopher Reeves, Dame Judi Dench, Sir Bryn Terfel, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chita Rivera, Jerry Lewis, Sir Elton John, Marin Maisie, Sir Roger Moore, Sir Ian McKellen, Clarke Peters, Victoria Wood, Joel Grey and Wayne Sleep. 


Gareth’s REQUIEM has been performed at Southwark Cathedral, in Warwick, Boulder, Colorado, Helsinki and Paris as well as recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London. 


He was commissioned by The Old Vic to compose a new score for Aladdin starring Sir Ian McKellen as Twankey. 


He composed the ballet Strictly Gershwin for English National Ballet which played the Royal Albert Hall and a sellout UK tour with seasons in Tulsa and Queensland, USA. This was revived in Europe in 2022. 


He was recently described in The Stage as “one of the West End’s most sough- after musical directors.” 

Carrie-Anne Ingrouille in Lido 2 Paris
Carrie-Anne Ingrouille in Lido 2 Paris

Carrie-Anne Ingrouille CHOREOGRAPHY

Carrie-Anne Ingrouille is currently represented in the West End and on Broadway with her critically acclaimed choreography in the global phenomenon SIX – The Musical playing at the Vaudeville Theatre, London and the Lena Horne Theatre, New York, as well as touring in the U.S., U.K. & internationally.


For her work on SIX – The Musical, Carrie has received Tony, Drama Desk, Olivier, WhatsOnStage, Offie and The Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award nominations for Best Choreography.


Notable Choreography and Movement Direction credits include: Rock Follies (Chichester Festival Theatre), Village Idiot (Theatre Royal Stratford East, Nottingham Playhouse & Ramps on the Moon), The Good Person of Szechwan (Sheffield Crucible, Lyric Hammersmith & ETT), Monsoon Wedding – The Musical (St.Ann’s Warehouse, New York), Antigone (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), Our Generation (National Theatre & Chichester Festival Theatre), Wonderful Town (Opera Holland Park), This is My Family (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Catherine Tate Show Live (U.K. Tour), Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense (Duke of York’s Theatre), The Suicide (National Theatre), The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (Royal Opera House, The Roundhouse).


Carrie is the U.K. Associate Choreographer for Hamilton, West End.

Takis in Lido 2 paris
Takis in Lido 2 paris


takis is a leading creative designer whose visionary work can be seen on the global stage in a diverse body of work spanning theatre, opera, ballet, circus and fashion. He regularly collaborates with the world’s leading opera houses, theatres and producers including the National Theatre, Old Vic, Royal Opera House, English National Opera, The Globe and Cameron Mackintosh. 


takis’ current and recent theatre and musical designs include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre); the first non-replica production of Moulin Rouge the Musical (Scandinavia); Flashdance & Jersey Boys (Oslo); Five Guys Named Moe (West End); In the Heights (West End) and the Swedish premiere of Wicked. 


takis’ current opera works include La Traviata (Oslo Opera House), Don Giovanni (Finnish National Opera), Madama Butterfly (Opera Lambardia), Andrea Chenier (St Gallen) Le Comte Ory (Garsington), HMS Pinafore (ENO) and Phaedra (Royal Opera House).  


Atomic Saloon and OPM (Las Vegas); The Hook (Antlantic City); Les Enfants Du Paradis, ¡CARPA!, for Giffords Circus are some of his designs for circus.  


takis’ work has been exhibited at museums globally including the Design Museums (London & Helsinki), the V&A (London) and the Bucharest Modern Art Museum. 


Commercial work includes the world’s first drive through immersive car launch for Toyota and Centrepoint’s 50th Anniversary Gala. 


takis’ work has been nominated for over twenty major awards including the Laurence Olivier Awards, International Opera Awards and What’s On Stage Awards.  


takis holds a PhD from Aalto University, Helsinki, where he developed the concept of the META-SUIT: an interchangeable costume where the form and design adjust in order to perform different expressions of masculinity in everyday life.  


More information: 




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Giuseppe di Iorio in lido 2 paris
Giuseppe di Iorio in lido 2 paris

Giuseppe di Iorio LIGHT CREATION

Nato a Napoli, studia alla Guildhall School of Music and Drama di Londra. Recentemente firma le luci di Forza del destino (Verdi festival, Parma)  Otello (Oscarburg Operan, Norvegia) Elisir d’amore open air (Aslico Como Lake) Edipo re (Festival di Siracusa), Ballo in maschera ( Verdi festival, Parma Copenhagen Opera ) La Figlia del reggimento (Oscarburg Operan, Norvegia) Traviata e Trovatore (Teatro alla Verdura Palermo) Farnace ( la Fenice Venezia) Ernani in streaming ( teatro Massimo Palermo) Zaide ( Opera di Roma e Aslico) Parsifal, (teatro Massimo, Palermo) Ermione ( S.Carlo, Napoli), Don Giovanni Così fan tutte e Le nozze di Figaro (Opera di Roma), Die Tote Stadt ( Teatro alla scala) Semiramide ( ROF XL ) Carmen e Zauberflöte Sferisterio di Macerata, Edipo a Colono Teatro greco di Siracusa, Epidauro, La bohème al Comunale di Bologna , (premio Abbiati 2018), Raymonda (Balletto Reale Danese), Stiffelio al Festival Verdi di Parma (premio Abbiati 2017), Ipermnestra Glyndebourne Festival, My Fair lady e Singing in the rain (Chicago, Châtelet di Parigi e Mariinskij), Tetralogia, Tristan und Isolde e Anna Bolena (São Carlos di Lisbona), Nozze , Idomeneo (Göteborg Opera, Opera della Lituania), Fidelio e Falstaff (Bucarest), Morgen und Abend (ROH, Staatsoper Berlin). 

Firma produzioni site specific per la Birmingham Opera: Lady macbeth of Mzensk, Wake, Dido and Aeneas, The Ice Break, Kovanisgate, Mittwock aus Licht, Life is a dream, Otello, Idomeneo. 

Inoltre Tristan und Isolde (Megaron, Atene), Macbeth (Maggio Fiorentino), Guerra e Pace, L’affare Makropulos e Boris Godunov (Mariinskij), Curro Vargas (Teatro de la Zarzuela, Madrid) Premios Líricos Teatro Campoamor 2014, Die Zauberflöte (Bol’šoj), Das Rheingold (premio Abbiati 2013), Die Walküre, Sigfrido, Il crepuscolo ed dei e Anna Bolena (Massimo di Palermo), Mosè in Egitto e Guglielmo Tell (ROF Pesaro) 

Unisson Design in lido 2 paris
Unisson Design in lido 2 paris

Unisson Design SOUND DESIGN

Unisson Design c’est l’alliance des forces. À commencer par celle de deux « sound designers », Cyril Auclair et Léonard Françon qui s’appuient sur un réseau d’excellence au sein des acteurs du monde de la sonorisation.  


Fort d’une expérience solide, acquise et éprouvée depuis de nombreuses années au contact de productions nationales et internationales, ainsi que d’une connaissance accrue du terrain, Unisson Design agit dans le secteur de la sonorisation, redéfinit la place du son amplifié au cœur du spectacle vivant, au service du propos artistique, en renfort de la production scénique.  


Récemment Unisson Design s’est illustré sur les créations suivantes : Peau d’Âne, Funny Girl (Théâtre Marigny), le Vol du Boli, 42nd Street (Théâtre du Châtelet) ou encore, avec Bartabas, à la Seine Musicale pour Le Sacre de Stravinsky et Le Requiem de Mozart. 

David grindrod in lido 2 paris
David grindrod in lido 2 paris


Theatre includes: Sinatra, Back to the Future, Grease, Elf, Time Travellers Wife, Into the Woods, Waitress, Only Fools and Horses, Mamma Mia! (worldwide), Mamma Mia! The Party, Magic Mike Live, Matilda (adult casting), 42nd Street, Bat Out of Hell, Five Guys Named Moe, Ghost, Our House, Sweet Charity (Donmar Warehouse), Groundhog Day, Jekyll & Hyde(Old Vic), Chicago, Shrek, Grease, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Mrs Henderson Presents, Fat Friends, The Commitments (UK tour), Man of La Mancha, Chess, Carousel, Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd, On the Town, Kismet (ENO), Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Hello Dolly, Crazy for You (Regent’s Park Open Air), My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, Kiss Me Kate, West Side Story, On the Town(BBC Proms/John Wilson)Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, A Chorus Line, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Oliver ,Sweet Charity (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield), My Fair Lady, Candide, 42nd Street, Singing in the Rain, Kiss Me Kate (Châtelet, Paris), The Beggars Opera (Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Paris) and Guys and Dolls (Théâtre Marigny, Paris).

For Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Likes of Us, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, By Jeeves, Evita, Tell Me on a Sunday, Cats, Starlight Express, The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, Whistle Down the Wind, The Beautiful Game, Bombay Dreams, The Woman in White, The Sound of Music, Love Never Dies, The Wizard of Oz, Stephen Ward, School of Rock, Unmasked and Cinderella.

Film includes: Musical Ensemble Casting: Greatest Days, Matilda, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Mamma Mia!

UK Dancer Casting: Mary Poppins Returns and Nine and Casting Director: The Phantom of the Opera.

Television includes: Mamma Mia! I Have A Dream, Sound of Music Live (2016 BAFTA

Award), Superstar, Over the Rainbow, I’d Do Anything, Any Dream Will Do, How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria (2007 Emmy Award), Kombat Opera presents… (2008 Golden Rose Montreux Award), Hollyoaks and West End Star (TV3 Sweden).

Awards: Casting Directors Guild Award for Best Musical Casting 2022 –Back to the Future. David is also proud to be Associate Artist at Old Vic, Trustee Watermill Theatre, Newbury, Trustee Council Dance & Musical Theatre, Vice President Arts Educational School.

GBC Casting Directors: Will Burton, Stephen Crockett GBC Casting Associate: Amy Beadel

GBC Casting Assistant: Will Burry


The Forum by Jean-Luc Choplin

Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim

Be curious and discover the musical universe of Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim is the most significant composer and lyricist in musical theater from the late 20th to the early 21st century. Whether you are a passionate music lover, a musical enthusiast, a theater aficionado, or simply a curious soul seeking exceptional artistic experiences, the genius of Stephen Sondheim is sure to move you.

Musical Theatre Virtuoso

Stephen Sondheim is universally acknowledged as a master of musical theater. His innovative works have revolutionized the standards of musicals, and his ability to intertwine original subjects with profound lyrics and complex melodies remains unparalleled. His intelligent and entertaining pieces deeply resonate with us, such as his haunting “Sweeney Todd,” immortalized on screen by Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s adaptation, or his satirical tale “Into the Woods,” where the famous Witch was portrayed by Meryl Streep in Rob Marshall’s film.

A Highly Diverse Body of Work

Immerse yourself in the rich legacy of Stephen Sondheim by exploring the diversity of his works. His exploration of human relationships through complex characters has brought a new level of sophistication to the musical theater genre. However, his talent also manifested early on in a comedy created in 1962, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” a vaudevillian musical inspired by the great master of Roman comedy, Plautus, and considered the funniest musical ever written.

Influenced by French composers, Stephen Sondheim drew inspiration from Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, and Erik Satie. His fondness for France is also evident in his work “Sunday in the Park with George,” which celebrates the Pointillist painter Georges Seurat and, in particular, his famous painting “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.” Despite these influences, it took productions at the Théâtre du Châtelet for Stephen Sondheim to be finally revealed to the French audience. It is a theater where the composer enjoyed listening to his works produced on a grand scale with new orchestrations (“Little Night Music” in 2010, “Sweeney Todd” in 2011, “Sunday in the Park with George” in 2013, “Into the Woods” in 2014, “Passion” in 2016).

And today, an absolute must-see at Lido 2 Paris, a madcap vaudeville “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” for the first time in France in its original English version with French subtitles.

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