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Breakfast At Tiffany’s – Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

Writer: Truman Capote Adaptor: Richard Greenberg Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Fergus Morgan If the 1961 film of Breakfast At Tiffany’s turned Truman Capote’s tantalising novella into a rom-com, then Richard Greenberg’s stage adaptation turns it into full-on froth. Although it sticks relatively close to the original plot, Nikolai Foster’s production glides over the nuances and intricacies of Capote’s story, and ...

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Legally Blonde – Curve, Leicester

Lucie Jones as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde

Music and Lyrics: Laurence O’Keefe &Nell Benjamin Book: Heather Hach Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman Based on the 2001 film starring Reese Witherspoon and Amanda Brown’s semi-autobiographical novel, the musical of Legally Blonde opened on Broadway in 2007. It transferred to the West End in 2009, winning the Olivier Award for Best New Musical and launching its leading ...

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Richard III – Curve, Leicester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Phil Lowe In the Leicester Curve studio space an eager audience enters and seats itself for the annual community theatre event. This year it is Shakespeare's Richard III directed by professional director Nikolai Foster, an apt choice given the recent interment of the actual King Richard's bones in Leicester cathedral. This community theatre ...

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Calamity Jane – The Curve, Leicester

Book: Charles K Freeman Music: Sammy Fain Lyrics: Paul Francis Webster Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: James Garrington When originally released in 1953, the film version of Calamity Jane was immensely popular, with a combination of good musical numbers and the casting of Doris Day and Howard Keel in the central rôles. Like the film, this production features some well-known faces: ...

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Calamity Jane – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Director: Nikolai Foster Adapted for the stage by: Charles K. Freeman Music and Lyrics: Sammy Fain andPaul Francis Webster Reviewer: Jo Payne Far from being the calamity suggested, thisCalamity Janeis a seamless re-telling of a well-known story. Its plot, songs, design and cast combine to create an impressive feast for the senses and emotions. From the outset, the audience are ...

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The Producers – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Music and Lyrics: Mel Brooks Book: Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan Director: Matthew White Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It’s hard to believe that the original 1968 film of The Producers was Mel Brooks’ first outing as a feature film director. Looking back, the choice of subject matter seems a remarkably confident one for one with, at that time, little reputation within ...

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Merit – The Drum, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer : Alexandra Wood Director : Jennie Darnell Reviewer : Joan Phillips Alexandra Wood’s new play takes the friction between rich and poor and turns the usual arguments, suspects and themes upside down. Sofia has recently managed to get a well paid job as PA to a wealthy, successful city banker. She quickly finds herself defending her new employer to ...

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The Hired Man – St James Theatre, London

Book: Melvyn Bragg Music and Lyrics: Howard Goodall Director: Nikolai Foster Musical Director: Sarah Travis Reviewer: Glen Pearce   There are moments when history and theatre collide to create a moment of intense resonance. Howard Goodall's The Hired Man covers an epic sweep of Cumbrian history but, in this Centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War, this ...

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