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Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music stages Stephen Sondheim’s ground-breaking musical comedy, Company from next Wednesday.

The production, at MMU’s Capitol Theatre until July 4, marks the first time in 14 years the RNCM has presented a musical theatre piece following Sondheim’s Into the Woods in December 2000.

Released on Broadway in 1970 and nominated for a record-setting 14 Tony Awards (winning six in total), Company was the first musical to focus on adult themes and relationships.

Set amid the gleaming chrome and plexiglass towers of swinging 70s Manhattan, the story focuses on confirmed bachelor Bobby as he rapidly heads towards his 35th birthday.

Taking advice from his ten closest friends, the production features an array of hit songs, including Being Alive, The Ladies Who Lunch, and You Could Drive a Person Crazy, making it one of the most memorable musical theatre works.

Musical direction by West End and Broadway maestro Julian Kelly. Box office: