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High Society

High Society

A reviews round-up for High Society at the Old Vic

Maria Friedman’s sparkling new production of Cole Porter’s classic musical High Society has opened at the Old Vic. Here’s what the critic’s thought!

High Society runs from 30 April to 22 August 2015 at the Old Vic Theatre.

Cole Porter’s classy and sparkling musical is staged in the round at the Old Vic and promises to be one of the musical highlights of 2015.A sensational score includes classic numbers True LoveYou’re Sensational, Well did you Evah! and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

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REVIEWS ROUND-UP

STAR RATING The Daily Telegraph

“This new staging of the Cole Porter classic takes time to get going, but once it does, it’s irresistible”

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STAR RATING The Guardian

“Friedman has given the action a new look” “visual gorgeousness” “the most sumptuous frocks in London”

“The musical high point is Joe Stilgoe’s piano dazzle. Nathan M Wright’s choreography has difficulty breaking free of the awkward in-the-round staging [but] when it does, it is unbridled, freewheeling, with a touch of the hoedown.”

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STAR RATING Daily Mail

“Summer has arrived. Cast doubts aside. All hail an uncomplicated, super show.”

“High Society is arguably a satire on rich layabouts, but when you throw in Cole Porter’s music and Nathan M. Wright’s choreography — and Maria Friedman’s direction — it feels more like a celebration of late-Fifties plutocracy in Oyster Bay, Long Island.”

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STAR RATING Financial Times

“The last Old Vic production with Kevin Spacey at the helm is a charming, vivacious end to his tenure”

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STAR RATING The Stage

“The Old Vic revisits the 1956 film classic to make an ideal summer theatre treat”

“Cole Porter provided his own review for High Society in the lyrics to one of its many hit numbers: “What a swellegant, elegant party this is.”

“Maria Friedman’s new, intimate production takes on the difficult challenge of staging it in the Old Vic’s temporary in-the-round configuration, and by wrapping the audience around it, catches and enraptures us in its warm embrace”

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