Putting Christmas Together in style…

Putting Christmas Together in style…

Christmas at the Lyric is always special, but this year’s Blunt Fringe musical is something else…

The Naughton Studio is coming alive every night until the 19th Dec with the sound of Stephen Sondheim – one of the greats of musical theatre who turned 85 this year. 

If you love musicals you’ll completely adore this awesome local production. I would say it’s been the highlight of my musicals this year. 

The Naughton Studio is set up ‘in the round’ style, with the cast performing just feet from the seating. And if your brave enough, you can sit at the couple of tables actually on the ‘stage’ and almost be part of the show.


Sondheim is legendary for the sharp wit of his lyrics and his darkly distinctive musical scores and this production doesn’t disappoint. The singing, witty moments, routines and atmosphere in the Studio are quite amazing. You’d nearly think you’ve been transported to a quirky little off-Broadway show. I can’t praise it high enough!

In association with Blunt Fringe Productions, the Lyric Theatre have worked with the best of musical theatre talent including local stars Fra Fee (Les Miserables, Candide and currently in As You Like It at the National), Christina Tedders (Once, Calamity Jane) and Barry McGonagle (The World Goes ‘Round). The show also features Nicholas Pound (Les Miserables, Evita, Cats) and Carol Starks who played Joanna in the the 1993 Royal National theatre production of Sondheim’s ‘Sweeney Todd’.

First produced by Cameron Mackintosh in New York over 20 years ago, and presented with his permission at the Lyric from 9 – 19th December, ’Putting it Together’ is a musical review that tells a story: Set at a cocktail party in New York City, two couples – one middle-aged and married, the other young lovers just starting out – reflect on the complexities that make up modern relationships. It features classics from Sondheim’s greatest musicals including Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, Follies, Company, Sunday In The Park With George, Into The Woods and many more.

If there are any tickets left, you HAVE to go and see this. You won’t regret the experience!

Putting it Together runs from 9 -19th December in the Naughton Studio of the Lyric Theatre.

Jeff Meredith


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