West End Theatre Director to Revive Classic Musicals with Students at the London College of Music

Director and choreographer, Stewart Nicholls, has been working with students at UWL’s London College of Music to revive two classic musicals this autumn.

Stewart Nicholls, renowned for the West End production of Over My Shoulder (Wyndhams Theatre), this year’s hit London revival of Ivor Novello's musical Gay’s The Word and South Pacific (Birmingham Symphony Hall & BBC Radio 2), will direct final year Musical Theatre students in stage productions of classic musicals Salad Days and The Biograph Girl this November.

Stewart has brought his expertise to the London College of Music to create a quintessential version of the 1950s British classic Salad Days, and to offer people a rare opportunity to see The Biograph Girl, which was last professionally produced in the UK in 1980.

Salad Days tells the delightful story of a young couple who inherit a magical piano which makes people want to dance. Meanwhile, The Biograph Girl, promises to bring the romance of 1920s Hollywood to West London. Set at the birth of silent movies, the musical depicts the true story of the birth of the ‘flickers’ through the eyes of movie stars Mary Pickford and Lillian Gish, epic film maker D. W. Griffith and influential studio boss Adolph Zukor.

Stewart Nicholls, commented: ‘It is wonderful to have the opportunity to revive these gems of British Musical Theatre by two of our most important writers of yesteryear, and work on them with a new generation of students training for the professional theatre.’

Alex Loveless, Lecturer in Musical Theatre at the London College of Music, said‘We are delighted Stewart accepted our invitation to work with our final year students at the London College of Music. Stewart is a renowned expert in operetta and musical comedy, and his directorial approach to the British musical theatre canon coupled with his focus on period performance style, gives our students great experience of working with a professional director, which will help them to secure employment within the industry.

Stewart Nicholls is also the archivist for both of the shows’ composers, Julian Slade and David Heneker. Julian Slade composed Trelawny, Vanity Fair & Free As Air along with many other works for theatre and television. David Heneker is renowned for his scores for Half A Sixpence, Irma La Douce & Charlie Girl.

The two shows are set to provide fantastic entertainment for all the family and are guaranteed to leave people humming the tunes on their way out of the theatre.


Performances of The Biograph Girl will take place on:

6th, 9th, 14th and 15th of November at 7.30pm

8th and 16th November at 2.30pm.

Watermans Theatre, 40 High Street, Brentford, London TW8 0DS

To book a ticket:

Box Office: 0208 232 1010

Book Online at:


Performances of Salad Days will take place on:

7th, 8th, 13th and 16th November at 7.30pm.

9th and 15th November at 2.30pm.

Watermans Theatre, 40 High Street, Brentford, London TW8 0DS

To book a ticket:

Box Office: 0208 232 1010

Book Online at:


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