For Immediate Release
January 31, 2022



Williamstown, Massachusetts—The Clark Art Institute airs an encore presentation of Follies, a production of London’s National Theatre, on Saturday, February 26 at 1 pm. 

Follies is being shown to honor the memory of its composer, Stephen Sondheim, a graduate of Williams College, who maintained ties to Williamstown throughout his life. Widely recognized as one of Sondheim’s most acclaimed musicals, Follies is set in New York in 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre, an iconic building due to be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance on its stage, the former Follies dancers gather at the Weissmann to have a few drinks, sing a few songs, and lie about themselves. Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies girls in the dazzling production.  

Featuring a cast of thirty-seven and an orchestra of twenty-one, this production was directed by Dominic Cooke and was filmed live on stage in 2017 at London’s National Theatre. Run time is 2 hours 15 minutes and presented without intermission—true to the spirit of how Sondheim intended the production to be performed. Please note that Follies contains strobe lighting.

Tickets are $18 ($16 for Clark members, $12 for children 10 and under). To purchase tickets, visit or call the box office at 413 458 0524. All sales are final.

Seating capacity in the Clark’s auditorium has been reduced to accommodate greater social distancing. Tickets are limited to 100 guests and a sell-out capacity is expected. Proof of COVID vaccination for all visitors age twelve and older is required. All guests age five and older are required to wear facemasks at all times while inside the Clark’s facilities. 

The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 285,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.

The Clark, which has a three-star rating in the Michelin Green Guide, is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Its 140-acre campus includes miles of hiking and walking trails through woodlands and meadows, providing an exceptional experience of art in nature. Galleries are open 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Sunday and daily in July and August. Advance timed tickets are required. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, all visitors age 21 and under, and students with a valid student ID. Free admission is available through several programs, including First Sundays Free; a local library pass program; and EBT Card to Culture. For more information on these programs and more, visit or call 413 458 2303.

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