It all makes for classic festive fayre with Leslie Bricusse’s original work, last seen some 15 years ago, being subtly re-engineered for this revival. Jasper Britton heads the cast in the title role, convincing us throughout of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge.
There is a magic that pervades Nikolai Foster’s production of Sunset Boulevard, and it flows from leading lady Ria Jones. Twenty-six years after creating the role of Norma Desmond for Andrew Lloyd Webber at the composer’s Sydmonton Festival, Jones now leads the show and never has a casting been more perfect.
In terms of offering hope in dark times, there is nothing quite like the musical Annie to lift up your spirits and leave you feeling optimistic about the world. The classic musical based on the Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie is given new life thanks to Nikolai Foster’s lively and funny production that features a wide variety of talent being displayed.