Sir Trevor Nunn’s current revival of Fiddler On The Roof has been getting big licks in London.
But you don’t need to trek to the Big Smoke to see an outstanding production of this timeless musical. There’s one right here on our doorstep at His Majesty’s.
Even better is the fact it’s being staged by the home-grown outstanding talent of Phoenix Theatre.
By turns rousing, emotional and deeply funny, the cast bring ~freshness and energy to every scene, from touching duets to full on West End style dance number, on a simple but elegantly effective set.
The ensemble pieces shine – a barn-storming rendition of Tradition to set the scene of the tight-knit Jewish community in Czarist Russia of the early 1900s, a haunting Sabbath Prayer and a moving take on Sunrise Sunset.
The cast don’t just fill the stage, they fill the auditorium with a beautiful choral sound, backed by a faultless orchestra.
Good as all the cast are, Fiddler stands or falls by its Tevye, the impoverished patriarch trying to balance tradition and modernity, love and duty.
With Kevin Haggart in the role, it stands very tall indeed.
He is simply wonderful, bringing warmth, wit and emotion to make a very real Tevye, lighting up every scene he is in.
Sir Trevor Nunn should look him up. Run ends Saturday.