A Little Night Music is being performed in St Albans as part of The Roman Theatre Open Air Festival.

The Stephen Sondheim musical, presented by Act4Theatre, tells the story of a chance meeting between ex-lovers, which sparks a game of romantic musical chairs over a weekend in the country.

As the tale unfolds, the hopelessly mismatched couples find themselves confronted by their own vanities and deceptions.

The play is set in Edwardian Britain, following the secrets, betrayals and loves of three wealthy families and their domestic servants.

Successful middle-aged lawyer Fredrik Egerman has recently married naïve 18-year-old Anne in what turns out to be a terrible match.

Fredrik's son Henrik has secretly fallen in love with his stepmother, despite his relationship with Petra - the household's flirtatious maid.

When Fredrik and Anne visit the theatre he is reunited with his old flame, actress Desiree Armfeldt, and sparks fly - even though Desiree is engaged in an affair with married dragoon Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm, much to the misery of his wife Charlotte.


Desiree's mother, matriarch Madam Armfeldt, and ward of Desiree's daughter Fredrika, agrees to host a party under the stars at her country estate.

Each of the characters arrives with their own amorous aspirations, plans and fears for the evening - culminating in a series of dramatic events.

Sondheim's tantalising tale includes the well-known songs 'Send in the Clowns', 'The Miller's Son' and 'A Weekend in the Country'.

This production marks Act4Theatre's return to The Roman Theatre Open Air Festival, following their highly-acclaimed debut in 2021 with I Love You You're Perfect Now Change.

Performances take place from Wednesday, June 28 to Sunday, July 2 at the Roman Theatre. Performances are at 7.30pm, with a 2.30pm matinée on the Saturday and a performance at 6pm on Sunday.

To book tickets go to https://ovo.org.uk/big-shows/a-little-night-music/.