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Creative Choreography Differences on Kismet???

By • West End
Javier De Frutos, who won this year’s Olivier for Best Choreographer for his work on Cabaret, has withdrawn from English National Opera’s revival of Kismet. According to a statement released by ENO, De Frutos’ departure was "by mutual agreement” owing to “creative differences". His details have been removed from the show’s programme, and Nikki Woollaston has taken over last-minute musical staging and dance duties.

As a result, this evening’s preview performance at the London Coliseum has been changed to a dress rehearsal – attended by some Whatsonstage.com theatregoers who were due at this evening’s now cancelled Outing (all Outing customers have been offered exchanges for alternative dates) – while tomorrow’s preview and Wednesday’s press performance will go ahead as planned.

Michael Ball and Tony Award-winning Broadway star Faith Prince, making her London stage debut (See News, 27 Apr 2007), lead the 130-strong company. The production is conceived by Gary Griffin (who also directs) in collaboration with Luther Davis and Kit Hesketh-Harvey. It’s conducted by Richard Hickox and Simon Lee and designed by Ultz.


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