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Well, I just got back from seeing this, and it was fabulous! Having seen the JDF/Natalie Dessay original production twice, I was wondering how anyone could fill those regiment's boots, but Colin Lee and Patrizia Ciofi filled them very well indeed. She sang this difficult coloratura role with panache and just the right comic touch, and Lee threw out those nine famous high Cs with confidence, making it look and sound so easy, and with a lovely clarity of tone and sonority of voice. Ann Widdecombe was, well, Ann Widdecombe.....and it was so funny to see her doing something so different. Good for her; whatever one may have thought of her politics, the gal's got guts...and she did a very good turn onstage, too! They even found jokes for her to say about the Olympics, Cornish pasties and Strictly Come Dancing. This was my second, albeit different, Fille in less than 24 hours, and this made me marvel and smile just as much as the other one did! Highly recommended if you can get a ticket.

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