Tag Archives | Daniel Evans

Fiddler On the Roof – Chichester Festival Theatre

Fiddler On the Roof continues at the Chichester Festival Theatre until 2 September. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Who would have thought that a musical set in an Ukrainian Shtetl, that tells of the persecution and eviction of Jews from their homeland, would prove to be such a durable success. Such […]

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Fiddler On the Roof at Chichester – full casting details

The full company has been announced today for Fiddler On the Roof, running at Chichester Festival Theatre from 10 July to 26 August, with a press night on Tuesday 18 July. Directed by Daniel Evans, the cast of this new staging of the classic Broadway musical is led by Omid Djalili and Tracy-Ann Oberman. The […]

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Caroline, or Change – Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Caroline, or Change continues at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester until 3 June. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Chichester Festival Theatre has a new artistic director, Daniel Evans, and though his tenure may have started with a bit of a blip in the revival of Alan Bennett’s Forty Years On, this inaugural […]

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Chichester season – Omid Djalili to star in Daniel Evans’ Fiddler On the Roof

Comedy favourite Omid Djalili’s performance as Tevye in a major new production of Fiddler On the Roof is set to be one of the musical highlights of Daniel Evans and Rachel Tackley’s first season at the Chichester Festival Theatre. The British-Iranian comedy actor whose many credits include taking on the role of Fagin in Oliver! […]

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UK Theatre Awards – Sheffield Theatres double as Flowers For Mrs Harris and Show Boat share top musical prize

Sheffield Theatres productions Flowers For Mrs Harris and Show Boat have shared the honours in the Best Musical Production category at the UK Theatre Awards today (Sunday 9 October). The double triumph was especially sweet for the shows’ director Daniel Evans who earlier this year left his post as artistic director of Sheffield Theatres after seven […]

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Interview – Emmanuel Kojo takes on the role of Joe in Show Boat

EMMANUEL KOJO was thrust into the spotlight, fresh from drama school, less that two years ago, in The Scottsboro Boys, and has been working almost continuously since. He joined Musical Theatre Review’s Aura Simon, breathless and exhilarated, from a matinee performance playing Joe in the Sheffield Crucible production of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s timeless masterpiece Show Boat, now […]

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Flowers for Mrs Harris – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Flowers for Mrs Harris continues at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield until 4 June. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Daniel Evans, in the programme notes for his last production as artistic director of Sheffield Theatres, claims that Music and Lyrics Richard Taylor and Rachel Wagstaff’s Flowers for Mrs Harris has something of the Wagnerian […]

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Interview – Clare Burt on Flowers for Mrs Harris and creating new work

Actress CLARE BURT (This is My Family, London Road) has returned to Sheffield Theatres to take on the title role in the world premiere of Flowers for Mrs Harris, Daniel Evans’ final production as artistic director at the venue (opening tonight, 23 May). The new musical by Richard Taylor (The Go-Between, Tom’s Midnight Garden) and Rachel Wagstaff (Birdsong, Moonshadow), based […]

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West End Show Boat to close early

The limited season of Daniel Evans’ acclaimed Sheffield Crucible production of Show Boat will now play its final West End performance on 27 August 2016. Show Boat began West End previews at the New London Theatre on 9 April 2016 with opening night on 25 April 2016 after which Evans’ production was the recipient of a second set of five star reviews. […]

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Show Boat – New London Theatre

Show Boat continues at the New London Theatre. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ The New London Theatre, as both Cats and War Horse demonstrated, lends itself to spectacle. Show Boat follows in that tradition with a fabulous three decker paddle steamer at its centre and sensitive use of the aisles to make the action […]

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Robert Hastie is new Sheffield Theatres artistic director

Actor-director Robert Hastie is to succeed Daniel Evans as artistic director of Sheffield Theatres. The appointment marks a homecoming for Hastie who began his professional theatre career at Sheffield Crucible as an actor in Edward Bond’s Lear in 2005. He will take up his new role in July, taking over from fellow actor-director Evans who is […]

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West End transfer of Show Boat – casting news

Casting details have been announced for the West End transfer of Daniel Evans’ sell-out Sheffield Crucible production of Show Boat. Malcolm Sinclair (My Fair Lady, The Meeting) will play Capt. Andy Hawks and Chris Peluso (Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Miss Saigon) will take on the role of Gaylord Ravenal. They have joined many of […]

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New musical Flowers for Mrs Harris – Anna-Jane Casey, Rebecca Caine and Laura Pitt-Pulford cast

Full casting details for Flowers for Mrs Harris, Daniel Evans’ final production as Sheffield Theatres’ artistic director, have been announced. The new musical by Richard Taylor (The Go-Between, Tom’s Midnight Garden) and Rachel Wagstaff (Birdsong, Moonshadow), based on American writer Paul Gallico’s (The Poseidon Adventure) novel is due to have its world premiere at the Sheffield Crucible in May. […]

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Show Boat – Sheffield production transfers to New London in April 2016

Daniel Evans’ production of Show Boat will transfer from Sheffield to the West End in the spring of 2016. With booking opening today (12 February 2016), previews begin at the New London Theatre on 9 April, with press night on 25 April 2016. With music by Jerome Kern and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, based on the novel Show Boat by Edna Ferber, Evans’ production […]

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The Oliviers in Concert – Royal Festival Hall, London

The Oliviers in Concert, featuring the BBC Concert Orchestra, at the Royal Festival Hall, London. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ So it’s 40 years since the Olivier Awards were created (they were originally inaugurated in 1976 as the Society of West End Theatre Awards) and kicking off the celebrations was this one-off […]

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Show Boat – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Show Boat continues at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield until 23 January. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ The finest moment in Sheffield Theatres’ (Crucible) production of Show Boat is the result of an understated absence. In Act II, Julie LaVerne (Rebecca Trehearn), now raddled by drink, disappointment and who knows what else, hovers […]

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Interview – Gina Beck embraces the sweeping melodies of Show Boat at the Crucible Sheffield

Show Boat, this year’s Christmas production at Sheffield Theatres, opens tonight (16 December). Spanning 40 pivotal years in American history, the epic musical by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II follows the lives and loves of three generations aboard a show boat as it plies the Mississippi River. Among those characters is Magnolia Hawks, played by actress and […]

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Daniel Evans to be new Chichester Festival Theatre artistic director

It has been announced that Daniel Evans will step down from his role at Sheffield Theatres in June 2016 to take over as artistic director of Chichester Festival Theatre, succeeding Jonathan Church. Chichester Festival Theatre Chairman, William Castell: “I am delighted to confirm Daniel Evans as our next artistic leader. After a comprehensive search, we were presented with a very […]

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Hey, Old Friends! – An 85th Birthday Tribute to Stephen Sondheim – Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Hey, Old Friends! – An 85th Birthday Tribute to Stephen Sondheim at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Galas such as this one to celebrate composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s 85th birthday are notoriously difficult to pull off. Everything from the tricky issue of performers’ availability to limited […]

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Sheffield Theatres season features new British musical Flowers For Mrs Harris

Artistic director of Sheffield Theatres, Daniel Evans has revealed that he will direct the world premiere of a new British musical Flowers For Mrs Harris as part of the company’s new season (18 May to 4 June 2016, press night is 23 May). The piece is written by Richard Taylor and Rachel Wagstaff, based on the novel by Paul Gallico, […]

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Sheffield Crucible staging of Show Boat extended due to popular demand

The Sheffield Theatres’ upcoming production of the Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II musical Show Boat at the Crucible Theatre has been extended for an extra week in response to high demand for tickets. The show, which is being directed by Sheffield Theatres’ artistic director Daniel Evans, opens on 10 December (press night is 16 December) and will […]

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Show Boat at Sheffield Crucible – Michael Xavier and Gina Beck lead cast

Sheffield Theatres artistic director Daniel Evans will stage a new production of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s musical Show Boat at the Crucible Theatre from 10 December 2015 to 16 January 2016 (press night is 16 December). Spanning 40 pivotal years in American history, this epic musical follows the lives and loves of three generations aboard a show boat as it plies the Mississippi […]

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Jenna Russell and Maria Friedman join line-up for Sondheim 85th Birthday Tribute

A star-studded West End cast of more than 50 principals, a 40-piece orchestra led by Gareth Valentine and an ensemble of over 50, including a chorus from ArtsEd, will celebrate the songs and shows of Stephen Sondheim in Hey, Old Friends! An 85th Birthday Tribute to Stephen Sondheim at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on Sunday 25 […]

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Show Boat is Sheffield Theatres’ Christmas musical

This Christmas Sheffield Theatres artistic director Daniel Evans will direct Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s timeless masterpiece Show Boat on the Crucible stage. The musical will run from 10 December 2015–16 January 2016 (press night is 16 December). Evans said: “I’m thrilled to announce our autumn season. I’m looking forward to directing a seminal work of American musical theatre, Show Boat, our most ambitious Christmas production to […]

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Miss Saigon sweeps the board at WhatsOnStage Awards

Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Miss Saigon won a record-breaking nine WhatsOnStage Awards at a star-studded ceremony last night at London’s Prince of Wales Theatre. The 15th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards, voted for by the theatre-going public, were hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Steve Furst (the latter is currently appearing in Made in Dagenham at the Adelphi […]

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Anything Goes – New Wimbledon Theatre and Touring

Anything Goes continues at the New Wimbledon Theatre until 7 February and then tours until 10 October 2015. Star rating: 5 stars ***** The good ship Anything Goes has sailed full steam ahead out of Sheffield, where Daniel Evans’ Crucible feelgood production launched to general euphoria in December, docking first in Wimbledon before continuing its eight-month UK cruise […]

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Anything Goes – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Anything Goes continues at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield until 17 January 2015, after which the production will embark on a 32-venue tour in the UK until October 2015. Following on from the success of his previous two Christmas productions My Fair Lady and Oliver!, Sheffield Theatres artistic director Daniel Evans directs Cole Porter’s uplifting masterpiece of song, dance and […]

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This is My Family – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

This is My Family continues at the Lyceum Theatre until 18 October before touring until 15 November. Some may think the Lyceum Theatre has taken a bit of a risk reopening after a nine-week refurbishment with a new British musical about a modern family. Bear in mind though the words and music of This is My Family are by Tim Firth […]

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Anything Goes – Matt Rawle and Debbie Kurup lead Crucible cast

Artistic director of Sheffield Theatres Daniel Evans has announced the full cast for his production of Anything Goes at the Crucible which opens 8 December (previews from 28 November, and runs until 17 January), before touring the UK and Ireland, beginning at the New Wimbledon Theatre on 29 January 2015. Debbie Kurup (Reno Sweeney) and Matt Rawle (Billy Crocker) lead the company with Stephen Matthews (Lord Evelyn Oakley), Zoë Rainey (Hope Harcourt), Simon […]

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Anything Goes tours the UK from January 2015, directed by Daniel Evans

Stage Entertainment, in association with Sheffield Theatres, will present the UK and Ireland tour of Cole Porter’s classic musical comedy Anything Goes. Following its run at the Crucible theatre in Sheffield (28 November 2014–17 January 2015), the tour will open at the New Wimbledon Theatre on 29 January 2015. The new production will be directed by Daniel Evans and […]

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Oliver! – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Oliver! continues at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield until 25 January, 2014. If I’m the one who’s reviewing the situation, the Crucible’s Oliver! could transfer to Broadway tomorrow. From top to bottom, it’s that good. It all starts – and ends – with director Daniel Evans and choreographer Alistair David. From ‘Food, Glorious Food’, a slick, […]

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Hayley Gallivan in Oliver! at Sheffield Crucible

Actress Hayley Gallivan plays Nancy in Sheffield Crucible’s production of Lionel Bart’s musical Oliver! which opens this week. The musical is directed by the theatre’s award-winning artistic director Daniel Evans, who also staged the Crucible’s critically acclaimed productions of My Fair Lady and Tim Firth’s This is My Family (the latter won two UK Theatre Awards). […]

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