Stewart Nicholls

Reviews from my most recent productions

Bar Mitzvah Boy – Upstairs at the Gatehouse - 2016

....revived with a revised book in a charmingly intimate production by Stewart Nicholls...the eight strong cast give performances that deserve to take the show back to the West-End

Michael Arditti Sunday Express

...Nicholls's intimate chamber production is slickly executed and winningly performed

Sam Marlowe The Times amiable charmer, with Styne's melodies sweetly inflected with traditional Jewish rhythms, Don Black's generously amusing lyrics, and a cast that captures the oddball spirit of this family with palpable honesty in Stewart Nicholls' chamber production

Mark Shenton The Stage

Stewart Nicholls' production has a good pace...It's a show with a very big heart...the sheer joy of the music and the enthusiasm of the performers shine through

Daisy Bowie-Sell What's On Stage

Jule Styne and Don Black's score moves the show along nicely, there are some sweet songs for thirteen year old Adam Bregman who makes a remarkable stage debut as Eliot; overall the score is lively and fun - you almost don't even realise that a song is beginning, Stewart Nicholls' production flows smoothly and is paced well...

Andrew Tomlins West End Frame

It is this greatly revised work which Stewart Nicholls has directed for the current season...Be in no doubt - all the work done on Bar Mitzvah Boy since its London premiere has resulted in a shining example of a chamber musical...In turns funny and touching, it succeeds because of its simplicity, its focus on character and its inherent warmth

Stephen Collins Live Theatre UK

Credit to Stewart Nicholls for cleverly helming a potentially tricky piece...unmissable

Jonathan Baz Terri Paddock's My Theatre Mates

Cinderella – Crewe Lyceum 2015/6 (Qdos)

A quality show that fizzes with style and glamour, fun and frivolity...a fast-moving show that’s packed with delicious content

Neil Bonner The Stage

Directed by Stewart Nicholls, this entertaining show is everything a panto should be...One of the best scenes has to be when Prince Charming tries to serenade Cinderella whilst sitting on a wall with Buttons continually getting in the way. Beautifully staged, with spot on comic timing. It was a five star classic panto moment. The audience loved it

Clare Faulkner The Sentinel

Describing your show as “The Greatest Pantomime of them all” is a big assumption to live up to, but QDOS Entertainment and the Crewe Lyceum have more than lived up to the hype producing, in this production of Cinderella, what could be the best pantomime in the North West...the laughter just keeps on coming until you are fighting back the tears – the strongest pantomime writers create the show to the strength of the cast, and that is certainly true of Stewart Nicholls’ production. His direction keeps the show slick and polished, the onstage business is timed to comic perfection

John Roberts The Reviews Hub

Love Birds – Edinburgh Festival 2015

Love Birds has all the magic and invention that you'd hope to see from the Sherman dynasty, plus a few contemporary surprises... Stewart Nicholls' polished production boasts a gloriously quirky design from Gabriella Slade and an exceptionally talented cast... A glorious re-imagining of the vaudeville genre, that's thankfully not just for children...

Paul Vale The Stage

This has to be the most quackers show on the Fringe - a short, spirited new musical by Robert J Sherman that’s a real feather in his cap and should tickle all age groups... Catchy songs, colourful costumes, a very game (vocally assured) ensemble: all of this gives the Pleasance a soaraway feelgood hit...

Dominic Cavendish The Telegraph

Everything about this musical screams "West End transfer". The storyline is brilliant, the songs excellent and the costumes stunning. The vocal performances from the cast are extremely high quality and the choreography is faultless. This is a musical that belongs on a much bigger stage!

Natalie O'Donoghue Broadway World

With a superb cast, this production never misses a beat and brought a real smile to my face and a bounce to my step - what a "trill" to see it! A genuine delight...

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