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5* reviews for BOVTS production of The Life and Times of Nicholas Nickleby

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School has received 5* reviews for the School’s two part production of The Life and Times of Nicholas Nickleby, which was presented at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre from 14 – 22 June.

Charles Dickens’ comically genius masterpiece, adapted by David Edgar, teems with a multitude of vivid characters, brought joyously to life by BOVTS students. This is an intensely human story, filled with wry humour, adventure and daring set against a glorious tapestry of life. The School presented five performances of part one and four of part two of this rarely performed colossus which had a total running time of seven and a half hours. Directed by Jenny Stephens and Geoff Brumlik, with a full cast of all final year undergraduate actors and creative production teams, this was a rare opportunity to enjoy this piece of theatre which has an outstanding pedigree from the original RSC production in the 1980s.

UK Theatre News said, “If this young cast and creatives are an example of the current crop of talent then theatre is in mighty safe hands for the future”.

Kristopher Hallett described the show as, “a phenomenal achievement, a total theatrical triumph”.

StageTalk magazine said, “These shows vividly bring to life Dicken’s extraordinary world of cruel tyrants, wide-eyed innocents, comic grotesques and noble heroes. Each separate production is an impressive stand-alone achievement; taken together, they surely represent a new high-water mark for the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School… a bravely ambitious enterprise, and an extraordinarily successful one.”