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Brush Up Your Sondheim 2014

Stephen Sondheim. Photo credit: Jerry Jackson.

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THIS weekend (Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27), the Stephen Sondheim Society is presenting Brush Up Your Sondheim 2014, a two-day celebration of the work of Stephen Sondheim, at the Royal Academy of Music.

For aficionados of Stephen Sondheim, the weekend will offer an extraordinary opportunity to meet fellow Sondheim lovers, and to learn and understand more about Stephen Sondheim through the insight and understanding gained by recognised Sondheim practitioners. And perhaps most thrillingly of all, there will be an opportunity to put questions to the man himself.

This event features an impressive array of Sondheim experts, including Timothy Sheader, artistic director of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and director of their critically acclaimed production of Into The Woods; Mary Hammond, Sondheim Professor of Musical Theatre at the Royal Academy of Music; producer Danielle Tarento; Michael Strassen, director of Pacific Overtures at the Union Theatre; and performers Rebecca Caine and Ben Stott.

The highlight of the weekend is a unique and rare opportunity to ask Stephen Sondheim himself a question in an exclusive satellite Q&A from his home in New York.

The programme of classes and talks is built to cater for both actors and non-actors, with a mixture of performance and academic masterclasses designed to suit anyone with an interest in learning more about Sondheim’s works. For further information about Brush Up Your Sondheim 2014 and a full timetable, visit

The Stephen Sondheim Society is a Charitable Trust, whose principal aim is to promote the works of Stephen Sondheim across the UK, to nurture a greater interest in and appreciation of Sondheim’s works, and to engage new people with his contribution to musical theatre. The Society’s patrons are Stephen Sondheim, Barbara Cook, Maria Friedman, David Kernan, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Millicent Martin, Julia McKenzie, Stuart Pedlar, Bernadette Peters and Jenna Russell.

Tickets: Non Member: Weekend £75, Saturday or Sunday £40. Students: Weekend £20, Saturday or Sunday £10. Special Offer for Non Members: All inclusive price £77.50 (includes annual society membership, normally £20). To book, visit

Royal Academy of Music, Concert Room, Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5HT