Peter Forbes is not a household name; but in 2017 he burst unforgettably upon my consciousness when he played Buddy Plummer in the National Theatre's spectacular and shattering new production of Follies, providing rock-solid support (in every sense) to Imelda Staunton playing his wife Sally, a former chorus dancer still pining 30 years later for another man that got away, whom she was in love with then and still is now. Yet Buddy has stuck by her.
Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's 1971 Broadway musical yields new emotions, textures and terrors with each repeated viewing or production. Nostalgia, as the old saying goes, isn't what it used to be. But Follies is a show about the perils of living in the past that comes alive in the present, and reminds us - like Samuel Beckett's great work of existential terror Waiting for Godot or... Read more