Stewart Nicholls

Stewart Nicholls – Director/Choreographer/Musical Staging


Direction and Choreography includes:  Bumblescratch, starring Darren Day (Adelphi Theatre), Bar Mitzvah Boy (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), Cinderella, starring Gareth Gates (Crewe Lyceum - Qdos), Love Birds (Pleasance Edinburgh), Business As Usual (a devised piece commissioned by Everyman Cheltenham) Jewish Legends (Radlett and Upstairs at the Gatehouse), Free As Air (Finborough Theatre), A Spoonful of Sherman (St James Theatre Studio), Salad Days and The Biograph Girl (London College of Music), Ivor Novello’s Gay’s The Word (Jermyn Street Theatre and Finborough Theatre), Dorothy Squires: Mrs. Roger Moore (White Bear Theatre and 2012 Edinburgh Festival), Robin Hood, Cinderella, Aladdin, Robinson Crusoe, Sleeping Beauty and Jack and Beanstalk (Hall For Cornwall Truro and Hiss & Boo Productions), Lunch With Marlene, starring Kate O’Mara and Frank Barrie (New End Theatre and National Tour), Hetty Feinstein’s Wedding Anniversary (New End Theatre, London), Copacabana, (GSA Conservatoire), Big Bruvva – The Musical (2008 Edinburgh Festival), Faith Brown and Her Boys In The Buff (2007 Edinburgh Festival), Beatlemania (Gothenburg Opera House, Sweden), South Pacific, starring Kim Medcalf, Maria Ewing, Alan Opie and Les Dennis (Birmingham Symphony Hall with the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and also Broadcast on Christmas Day 2005 on BBC Radio Two),  Over My Shoulder, starring Anne Rogers (National Tour and Wyndhams Theatre), Carousel (St David’s Hall, Cardiff and broadcast on BBC Radio Three), A Little Sondheim On The Side and Happy As A Sandbag (GSA Conservatoire), and the première of Charles Hart’s Love Songs (Bridewell Theatre, London).  Stewart has also directed and choreographed at various drama schools including Arts Educational, Guildford School of Acting and London College of Music.  He has also staged two shows on the QEII and undertaken musical theatre workshops including Merman's Apprentice, starring Kim Criswell and In the Red starring Peter Polycarpou.


Choreography/Musical Staging includes:  Iolanthe, Princess Ida and The Mikado (National Tour and Buxton Opera House), Cowardy Custard, starring Kit and the Widow and Dillie Keen (National Tour), Noel and Gertie (The Cockpit Theatre), Maggie May (GSA Conservatoire, Guildford), Kelly Brook’s tap-routine for the short film In the Mood, Tim Rice’s revival of Blondel (Pleasance Theatre, London) and the Vaudeville sequence in the stage première of The Young Ones, (Gatehouse Theatre, London). 


Chat Shows:  Stewart co-ordinated chat shows at the Edinburgh Festival: Lunch with Christine and Neil Hamilton (2006 – 2008), Victor Spinetti’s A Very Private Diary (2007), Hardeep Singh Kolhi’s Chat Masala (2010) and High-Jinks With The Hamiltons (2011), A Cup of Tea with Lady C (2016)


Archival Directing:  Stewart is a leading archivist of British Musical Theatre: directing and choreographing Love On The Dole, Popkiss and Noël Coward’s Sail Away (his restored version is published by Warner/Chappell Music), A Girl Called Jo (for which he revised the script), Follow That Girl, Zip Goes A Million, Vanity Fair, The Amazons (which he also restored), Grab Me A Gondola, Gay's the Word, Free As Air and Ann Veronica


Recordings:  Original Cast CDs have been recorded of many of Stewart's productions:  Bumblescratch, Love Birds and Spoonful of Sherman (Sim G Records), Free As Air, Gay's The Word and Over My Shoulder (JAY Records), Vanity Fair and Zip Goes Million (Bayview records) and he co‑produced the CD of The Amazons which was nominated for a Grammy Award (Must Close Saturday Records)


Lecturing and Writing:  Stewart has lectured on the history, direction and choreography of musical theatre, is archivist for British Musical Theatre writers David Heneker, Julian Slade and George Posford, is an Honorary member of the Noël Coward Society.  Stewart has written sleeve notes for various CDs, the editorial for four volumes of music books entitled Legendary Ladies of Broadway and is a contributing author to The Oxford Handbook of The British Musical writing a chapter on Ivor Novello and British Operetta.


Performance:  Stewart occasionally appears onstage, including: Dandini in Cinderella at the Hall For Cornwall and has toured frequently as pianist for David Benson sings Noel Coward and Singalonga Glee Club and Lila La Scala’s Songs To Make You Smile.


Future Projects:  Jack and the Beanstalk (Royal and Derngate Northampton) for Qdos. 

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