Tag Archives | Nikolai Foster

West End Daddy Warbucks Alex Bourne on appearing in ‘dream musical’ Annie

ALEX BOURNE is playing Daddy Warbucks in the West End production of Annie which opens at the Piccadilly Theatre this week, with opening night on 5 June. Bourne knows the role of Warbucks well after touring with the show across the UK during 2015/16. His other theatre credits include: Mamma Mia! and The Rocky Horror Show on tour in the UK, Midsummer Songs at the New […]

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Danny Mac to star in Sunset Boulevard tour

Danny Mac is to star as Joe Gillis in the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of Curve’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning musical Sunset Boulevard. Ria Jones is to play Norma Desmond and the show is to be directed by Nikolai Foster. Sunset Boulevard will open at Curve on Saturday 16 September 2017 (press […]

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Miranda Hart confirmed as Miss Hannigan in West End Annie

Multi award-winning comedy writer, actor and author Miranda Hart, will make her West End Theatre debut as Miss Hannigan in Annie, opening in the West End in May 2017. Previews at the Piccadilly Theatre will begin on 23 May 2017 with opening night on 5 June. The production, directed by Nikolai Foster, will be produced by […]

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Sunset Boulevard UK and Ireland tour – details of dates

The UK and Ireland tour of the Curve production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Sunset Boulevard, starring Ria Jones as Norma Desmond and directed by Nikolai Foster, will open at Curve on 16 September 2017 (press night is 28 September) before touring the UK and Ireland. Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning show is based on Billy Wilder’s film, accompanied by Don […]

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Ria Jones to star in Sunset Boulevard at the Curve and on tour

It has been revealed that Ria Jones will star in a new homegrown production of Sunset Boulevard as part of Leicester Curve’s autumn/winter 2017 season. Actress and singer Jones stepped into the spotlight in April last year when she took over the leading role in Sunset Boulevard (after Glenn Close was too ill to perform) […]

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Grease – Curve Leicester

Grease continues at Curve Leicester until 21 January 2017. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Grease might suggest a loud, eardrum-bursting undertaking, lacking in subtlety, coarse in its wit. But no, it’s none of that, as this brand new, scintillating in-house production of Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey’s hit musical from Curve Leicester – […]

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Grease at Curve this Christmas – casting revealed

Casting has been revealed for for Curve’s Christmas production of hit musical Grease. Dex Lee and Jessica Paul lead the cast as Danny Zuko and Sandy Dumbrowski with Keisha Atwell, Darren Bennett, Sophie Camble, Jonny Fines, Courtney George, Luke George,Shobna Gulati, Patrick Harper, Abigayle Honeywill, Sophie Isaacs, Max Jorquera, Sinead Kenny, Nathanael Landskroner, Michael Lin, Martin McCarthy, Sam Murphy, Djalenga Scott, Justin Thomas and Natalie Woods completing the company. The production opens on 1 December, with previews from 26 November, and runs until […]

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Curve Leicester’s Christmas musical is Grease

With their revival of Legally Blonde still running in the theatre, chief executive Chris Stafford and artistic director Nikolai Foster have announced a new season of Made At Curve productions for autumn and Christmas 2016, including a staging of the much-loved musical Grease. Foster will direct the brand new production of Grease in the Theatre from 26 November 2016 to 14 January 2017 (press night is 1 December), while at the […]

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Interview – Jon Robyns is playing Emmett in Legally Blonde at Curve Leicester

JON ROBYNS is perhaps best known as Princeton/Rod from the original West End cast of Avenue Q, but his career to date boasts a varied and prolific journey through the West End and beyond, and is by no means slowing down. Musical Theatre Review’s Aura Simon caught up with him at the Curve Leicester, where he’s playing leading […]

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Legally Blonde – Curve Leicester

Legally Blonde continues at Curve Leicester until 14 May. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Legally Blonde is a deceptive show. Frivolous and fluffy as it may be, a good production lampoons itself, while at the same time making the audience an accomplice to the giddy joy of its ludicrous universe. Unfortunately, Nikolai Foster’s production […]

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Annie – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury and Touring

Annie continues at the Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury until 19 March, then on tour until 11 June 2016. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ However cheesy and sentimental the story of little orphan Annie becomes in this much-loved musical, first on Broadway just under 40 years ago, the message that “the sun will come out […]

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Legally Blonde at Curve – Tupele Dorgu cast as Paulette

The full company for Curve’s production of the award-winning West End and Broadway musical comedy Legally Blonde includes Tupele Dorgu who joins the cast as Paulette. Dorgu joins the previously announced Lucie Jones as Elle Woods, Ian Kelsey as Callahan, Jon Robyns as Emmett, Danny Mac as Warner, Natalie Hope as Brooke, Phoebe Street as Vivienne and Francesca Hoffman as Margot. The cast is completed by Jack Harrison-Cooper (Harrison), Cristina Hoey (Serena), Darren Bennett (Dad), Jamal Andreas (Sundeep Padamann), Natalie Woods(Enid), Rachel […]

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Legally Blonde at Curve – full casting revealed

Actress and singer Lucie Jones will play Elle Woods in Curve’s brand new production of the award-winning West End and Broadway musical comedy Legally Blonde which opens on 14 April, with previews from 11 April and running until 14 May (this is artistic director Nikolai Foster’s first musical at the venue). Jones rose to prominence on The X Factor […]

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Annie – New Wimbledon Theatre and Touring

Annie continues at the New Wimbledon Theatre, London until 14 November, then on tour until 11 June 2016. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ If Craig Revel Horwood was as tough on himself as he is on his hapless Strictly Come Dancing victims, he’d probably come up with a 7 for his showstopping performance […]

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Oliver! at Leicester Curve – Peter Polycarpou, Cat Simmons and Laura Pitt-Pulford cast

Curve today announced casting for the theatre’s production of Lionel Bart’s classic musical, Oliver! Marking the first Christmas under Curve’s new leadership team of chief executive Chris Stafford and artistic director Nikolai Foster, the news comes at the end of Curve’s most successful year to date, which saw the theatre’s turnover reach £7.8 million, their […]

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Annie – Congress Theatre, Eastbourne and Touring

Annie continues at the Congress Theatre until 15 August and then tours until 4 June 2016. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The 1976 musical Annie (Thomas Meehan book, Charles Strouse music and Martin Charnin lyrics) is one of those shows based on a cartoon strip and unlike Li’l Abner, another with the […]

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New touring production of Sister Act – directed by Craig Revel Horwood – kicks off at Curve

An all new production of the musical comedy Sister Act, directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood with musical supervision and arrangements by Tony Award-winning Sarah Travis, is set for a national tour. Sister Act will open at Curve, Leicester on Saturday 30 July 2016. Tickets go on sale Monday 10 August 2015. Director and choreographer Craig Revel Horwood said: “I am truly thrilled […]

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Curve showcases world’s first 360° theatre recording with Calamity Jane

Leicester’s Curve, one of the UK’s most technologically advanced theatres, is harnessing the very latest technology by releasing a 360° panoramic performance of the hit musical Calamity Jane in a bid to make theatre accessible to all. Starring Jodie Prenger and featuring Tom Lister, the 360° recording of Nikolai Foster’s Calamity Jane will be available to view for […]

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Annie tour – Craig Revel Horwood and Lesley Joseph both play Miss Hannigan

Full casting details have been revealed for the brand new production of the musical Annie starring Craig Revel Horwood and Lesley Joseph as Miss Hannigan. The musical will open on Saturday 11 July 2015 at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle. With its award-winning book (Thomas Meehan) and score (Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin), this new production includes the songs ‘It’s the Hard Knock Life’, ‘Easy Street’, […]

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Sophia Ragavelas joins touring cast of Calamity Jane

Sophia Ragavelas will be joining the touring production of Calamity Jane as Katie Brown from Tuesday 26 May. Ragavelas’ many West End credits include playing Eponine and Fantine in Les Misérables, Sophie in Mamma Mia!, Chloe in Never Forget and Marcy in The Witches of Eastwick. She most recently played Grizabella in the national tour of Cats. Sophia […]

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Oliver! is Curve Theatre Leicester’s Christmas musical, directed by Paul Kerryson

Curve Theatre, Leicester has announced its Christmas musical for 2015 will be a new production of Lionel Bart’s masterpiece Oliver! Opening on 2 December 2015, with previews from 27 November, the production also sees Paul Kerryson return as director. Based on the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, Bart’s award-winning musical opened in the West End in 1960, ahead of its Broadway […]

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White Christmas – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

White Christmas continues at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds until 17 January 2015. White Christmas seems to be everywhere right now. Even before 1 December it had been on TV at least twice and on this very website there is a recent review of a production at the Dominion Theatre. So what does the West Yorkshire Playhouse variant bring that is […]

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Craig Revel Horwood to play Miss Hannigan in Annie tour

Strictly judge and choreographer Craig Revel Horwood will star as Miss Hannigan in a brand new production of the musical Annie, opening on Saturday 11 July 2015 at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle before embarking on a year-long tour. Craig Revel Horwood is probably best known as a judge on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing. His West End theatre credits include: Munkustrap in Cats at […]

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Darren Day and Oliver Tompsett lead White Christmas cast at West Yorkshire Playhouse

Casting has been revealed for the first major new UK production of White Christmas, produced by West Yorkshire Playhouse and directed by Nikolai Foster. Taking centrestage in the Quarry Theatre from 24 November 2014 to 17 January 2015, this original staging of Irving Berlin’s iconic musical brings together an ensemble of 17 led by Darren Day and Oliver Tompsett as entertainers Bob Wallace and Phil […]

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The Hired Man – NYMT – St James Theatre

The Hired Man, presented by the National Youth Music Theatre, continues at the St James Theatre, London until 16 August. Timed perfectly to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, this National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT) production is a moving and fitting tribute to the men that died in the so-called ‘war […]

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Calamity Jane – Watermill Theatre, Newbury

Calamity Jane continues at the Watermill, Newbury until 6 September before touring to 20 June 2015. The Watermill is a renowned producing house whose shows have toured not only regionally but nationally with Sunset Boulevard in the West End and internationally with Sweeney Todd on Broadway. Despite the intimacy of the 220-seat auditorium and the confines […]

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West Side Story – Victoria Warehouse, Manchester

West Side Story, a National Youth Music Theatre production, was staged at the Victoria Warehouse, Manchester. It’s new for the National Youth Music Theatre to launch a show outside London, and it’s a triumph that West Side Story has been staged – like Graham Vick’s Birmingham Opera Company stagings or Kenneth Branagh’s riveting Macbeth – in […]

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