"I actually met Stephen Sondheim at Hal Prince's house in Majorca a very long time ago. And we arrived and Steven was in the pool and Hal Prince said to Michael, and Finty and me, 'Oh that's Steve.' It was not until that evening when we heard him playing, Michael said to me, 'You know who Steve is, don't you?' And they were actually preparing Merrily We Roll Along.
I say this with not a degree of exaggeration, I think that we've got Shakespeare, the music of Mozart, the music of Beethoven and we have Stephen Sondheim. I think he's a true genius, not only in writing his music, but his lyrics as well. I think we're incredibly lucky."
Dame Judi Dench, who played Desiree in the 1995 National Theatre Production of A Little Night Music - Part of intermission interview during BBC Proms Celebrates Stephen Sondheim at 80