Once established as a musical director, Nunn went on to work on several of Lloyd Webber's spectacles. He staged the roller-skating musical "Starlight Express" (1984), the more intimate but less successful "Aspects of Love" (1989) and more recently "Sunset Boulevard" (1994). In between, Nunn reteamed with John Caird to stage an English-language adaptation of the French musical "Les Miserables" (1985). The 1987 New York production was the success of the season and earned eight Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Director.
Nunn has ventured into films and television, generally recreating stage productions. In 1974, he produced a British TV adaptation of "Antony and Cleopatra" that starred his then-wife Janet Suzman which aired on ABC in the USA in 1975. His musicalized "The Comedy of Errors" aired on A&E in 1990 and he adapted and directed "Porgy & Bess" for PBS three years later. More recently, Nunn oversaw the 10th anniversary concert version of "Les Miserables" (1995). On the big screen, he debuted as writer and director of "Hedda" (1975), a version of Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler" that offered a tour de force lead performance by Glenda Jackson. Nunn stumbled somewhat with his second film, Lady Jane (1986), a period film about the Tudor monarch who ruled England for only nine days. Written by David Edgar and introducing Helena Bonham Carter, "Lady Jane" was more pageant than drama. After more than a decade, Nunn returned to films with Twelfth Night (1996), a middling adaptation of the Shakespeare comedy that starred Bonham Carter and Nunn's third wife, Imogen Stubbs.
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