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12 December 2018

BILLIONAIRE BOY is a “fully fledged, hit-heavy musical”

Read More On: Luke SheppardGabriella Slade

BILLIONAIRE BOY is a “fully fledged, hit-heavy musical”

Directed by Luke Sheppard and with a design by Gabriella Slade, this hit new musical is an adaptation of the David Walliams novel that premiered at Southampton’s Nuffield Theatre.

WhatsOnStage ★★★★

“The show's star turns, though, come from director Sheppard and choreographer Tom Jackson Greaves, who marshal proceedings with infectious, unflagging enthusiasm. Everything is bouncing and bubbly throughout, and Gabriella Slade's sliding, unfolding set provides the perfect platform for their panache.”

The Times ★★★★

“musical adaptations of David Walliams books can put a tap in your toe, a smile on your face and a tear in your eye… [in] Luke Sheppard’s imaginative production”

“…this ensemble feel like a gang. They zero in on the story’s fun, but also its heart. Ryan Heenan, as Joe, holds it all together with the perfect blend of spirit and naivety.”
 

The Telegraph ★★★★

“Luke Sheppard’s buoyant, somewhat rough-around-the-edges production boasts suitably outsized performances.”

“the score is terrific: a peppy mix of electro pop, power ballads and funky rhythmic rock largely played by guitar-toting pupils.”

 

The Stage ★★★★

“Pretty much out of nowhere, a fully-fledged, hit-heavy musical has appeared. Considering the talent behind it – Rotterdam writer Jon Brittain, In the Heights director Luke Sheppard – maybe that’s not such a surprise, but this has still taken a remarkably short time to go from concept to staging compared to most musicals.”

“the cartoonish hues of Gabriella Slade’s set conjure some of the sharp corners of Quentin Blake’s iconic illustrations”

“this is a cracker of Christmas show: a really strong, super-funny new musical with serious commercial gloss”

 
06 December 2018

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF in “tight, trad revival”

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FIDDLER ON THE ROOF in “tight, trad revival”

Trevor Nunn’s revival of this classic musical, with Choreography by Matt Cole, is now thrilling audiences at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

Whats On Stage ★★★★★

“Every detail has a texture, a delicacy and authenticity… This is true of each aspect of Trevor Nunn's magnificent revival.”

“Robbins's own choreography, honed by Matt Cole to fit the space, retains its passionate exuberance, and its political purpose… Rarely has dance in a musical had such a metaphorical punch.”

The Stage ★★★★

“The cast is incredibly tight, the movement slick.”

“Nunn is a master of musicals… He builds a bustling village from nothing, whips up whirlwinds of motion and noise in split seconds”

The Telegraph ★★★★

“The “daidle, deedle, daidles” in If I Were a Rich Man are delivered with rare frailty, as if giving voice to back-pain spasms… Nyman wrings out the full measure of mounting anguish and the tears ring true.”

The Times ★★★★

“The dancing, with choreography by Robbins and Matt Cole, is breathtaking, what with the Cossacks somersaulting and a wedding dance involving bottles on heads”

The Arts Desk ★★★★

Broadway World

 
20 November 2018

DUSTY is a “theatrical work of art”

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DUSTY is a “theatrical work of art”

This new musical documenting the life of Dusty Springfield has recently finished its UK Tour and is “impeccably choreographed” by MLR’s Tim Jackson.

The Times

"Tim Jackson’s high-energy choreography whizzes pleasurably through the decades to Springfield’s 1980s Pet Shop Boys renaissance."

The Telegraph ★★★★

"Tim Jackson’s choreography embodies the superficial, brightly-coloured surfaces of Sixties pop culture in ways that somehow only emphasise the poignant incongruity of Dusty’s success, with her high-necked clothing, enormous soul voice and tortured sense of self."

Variety

"Against the fizz of Tim Jackson’s high-octane choreography, Kingsley’s Springfield stands still, cutting poses with the utmost of presence and poise."

The Stage

"There’s really strong choreography from Tim Jackson, culminating in a fantastic routine for Pet Shop Boys’ What Have I Done to Deserve This. It’s one of the best moments of the show"

The Bath Magazine

"An ensemble cast who seamlessly keep the high-octane pace up at all times, impeccably choreographed…the Pet Shop Boys ‘moment’ in particular is a theatrical work of art"

Theatre Bath

"The exuberant choreography by Tim Jackson keeps the excellent company involved in the ongoing story providing some inspired transitions."

Sheffield Big Stamp of Approval

"A real highlight of this show is the impeccably trained, well rehearsed chorus. The dancing is absolutely on point with extreme energy all the way through. Credit to the choreographer, Tim Jackson. Each character on stage has something to offer and during the performance of ‘What Have I Done to Deserve This’ they really do steal the show."

North West End ★★★★★

"The first number was truly eye catching, Tim Jackson’s brilliant attention to detail within the choreography was special…the ensemble brought life to the stage with Jackson’s amazing choreography."

WhatsOnStage ★★★★

The Reviews Hub ★★★★

 

 
20 November 2018

Nancy Medina Wins Peter Hall Director Award 2018

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Nancy Medina Wins Peter Hall Director Award 2018

At the Royal Theatrical Support Trust's awards ceremony on Sunday 18th November, MLR's Nancy Medina was awarded the prestigious Peter Hall Director Award 2018. Nancy will direct August Wilson’s TWO TRAINS RUNNING co-produced by Theatre Royal & Derngate and English Touring Theatre in Autumn 2019.  

Winner, Nancy Medina said: “I feel privileged and ecstatic to have been named the RTST’s Sir Peter Hall Director Award Winner for 2018.  To get to the next step in my career, through the generous help of RTST, Royal & Derngate, and English Touring Theatre, is truly a dream come true. I cannot thank the RTST panel enough for making the process feel supportive and nurturing.”

Chairman of the RTST, Sir Geoffrey Cass, said: “The 2018 RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award had 8 finalists of the very highest quality, selected from a strong field of 70 candidates.  Directing workshops – held over two full days, in which the finalists had to direct actors, observed by our immensely experienced panel of judges, and then be interviewed by the panel – constituted a thorough and exacting test of their directing skills. The winner’s prize is the unique opportunity to direct a production that will premiere on the stage of the Royal in Northampton and go on a main-stage national tour with English Touring Theatre. The RTST’s collaboration with Royal & Derngate and English Touring Theatre is admirably fulfilling the RTST’s twin primary charitable objectives of encouraging emerging theatre professionals and promoting British regional theatre”.

Deputy Chairman, Mark Hawes, said: “As a result of our RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award, we are happy and proud both to have created a gateway for Nancy’s entry into the mid-scale regional theatre scene and to be providing meaningful financial and promotional support to the hotspot of regional theatre-producing excellence that is Royal & Derngate.

Royal & Derngate Artistic Director, James Dacre, and English Touring Theatre Artistic Director, Richard Twyman, said: “It has been inspiring to watch how Nancy and Josh showcased their industrious and sophisticated approach to conceiving and rehearsing a production and their magnetic ability to bring those around them in a rehearsal room closer to the material, throughout this competitive process. The panel were deeply impressed by both candidates’ innate understanding of narrative and the demands of producing on the mid-scale. We’d like to thank all the shortlisted candidates who took so much pleasure and pride in their work during a demanding weekend of workshops and interviews and we are thrilled to have met so many exceptional artists. We look forward to collaborating with Nancy to enable her work to be seen on the mid-scale and on tour for the first time.”

 
12 November 2018

EAR FOR EYE Earns Rave Reviews

Read More On: Paule ConstableVicki Manderson

EAR FOR EYE Earns Rave Reviews

Debbie Tucker Green's latest production at the Royal Court is a hit with critics and audiences alike, with Lighting Design by Paule Constable and Movement Direction by Vicki Manderson.

★★★★★ The Stage
★★★★★ The Upcoming
★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★ The Independent
★★★★ Evening Standard
★★★★ Financial Times
★★★★ The Observer
★★★★ Metro
★★★★ WhatsOnStage
★★★★ Time Out
★★★★ The Arts Desk