Francesca Zambello’s in-the-round production is designed by Peter J Davison with costumes by Sue Willmington, lighting by Andrew Bridge, sound by Bobby Aitken, choreography by Arthur Pita and musical direction by David Charles Abell. It’s presented by Raymond Gubbay, co-producing with the Royal Albert Hall. Elena Shaddow, Rebecca Thornhill, John Owen-Jones, Jenny Galloway, Mark Coles, Angela Renee Simpson and David Burt star. The production runs for 18 performances only to 25 June 2006.
First night critics enjoyed the spectacle of the production, and some were impressed with the performances of the international cast of stage stars. However, others thought it was all show and no substance and that, while the memorable score has some beautiful songs, the story now seems slow and dated.
- by Caroline Ansdell