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RSC TICKET HOTLINE: 0844 800 1110

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LOVE’S LABOUR’S WON (OR MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING) - Royal Shakespeare Theatre: 3rd October 2014 – 14th March 2015

THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE - Royal Shakespeare Theatre: 29th November  31st January

THE SHOEMAKER’S HOLIDAY - Swan Theatre: 11 December 2014 – 7 March 2015                                                                                                                                  
OPPENHEIMER  - Swan Theatre: 15 January 2015 – 7 March 2015

 

ROYAL SHAKESPEARE THEATRE

 

 


Love’s Labour’s Won (or Much Ado About Nothing):
Royal Shakespeare Theatre: 3 October 2014 – 14 March 2015
Press performance: Wednesday 15 October, 2014 7pm
Live from Stratford-upon-Avon cinema screening:  Wednesday 4 March 2015

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Christopher Luscombe

 

Full casting is announced for Christopher Luscombe’s productions of Love’s Labour’s Lost and Love’s Labour’s Won (also known as Much Ado About Nothing). As part of a season marking the centenary of the First World War, both productions will play in repertoire in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon with a joint press day on Wednesday 15 October. They will also be broadcast live into cinemas worldwide and streamed free into schools.

 

Christopher Luscombe makes his RSC directorial debut having last appeared with the Company as an actor in 1998. His recent directing work includes The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Comedy of Errors for Shakespeare’s Globe, as well as The Madness of George III and Spamalot in the West End. He directs a single company of actors in a fresh pairing of two of Shakespeare’s most sparkling comedies. The productions will be set just before and just after the First World War in a splendid country house based on Charlecote Park in Warwickshire - four miles from the RSC’s home in Stratford-upon-Avon.

 

As already announced, Edward Bennett and Michelle Terry are returning to the RSC to play the lovers in both productions: Berowne and Rosaline, Benedick and Beatrice.

 

Love’s Labour’s Lost full cast includes: Sam Alexander (King of Navarre); Peter Basham (Gamekeeper); William Belchambers (Longaville); Edward Bennett (Berowne); Nick Haverson (Costard); John Hodgkinson (Don Armado); David Horovitch (Holofernes); Tunji Kasim (Dumaine); Sophie Khan Levy (Housemaid); Oliver Lynes (Footman); Emma Manton (Jaquenetta); Chris McCalphy (Dull); Frances McNamee (Maria); Peter McGovern (Moth); Chris Nayak (Footman); Jamie Newall (Boyet); Roderick Smith (Marcadé); Flora Spencer-Longhurst (Katharine); Michelle Terry (Rosaline); Harry Waller (Gamekeeper); Thomas Wheatley (Sir Nathaniel) and Leah Whitaker (Princess of France).

 

Love’s Labour’s Won full cast includes: Sam Alexander (Don John); Peter Basham (Butler); William Belchambers (Conrade); Edward Bennett (Benedick); Nick Haverson (Dogberry); John Hodgkinson (Don Pedro); David Horovitch (Leonato); Tunji Kasim (Claudio); Sophie Khan Levy (Housemaid); Oliver Lynes (Soldier); Emma Manton (Margaret); Chris McCalphy (Sexton); Frances McNamee (Ursula); Peter McGovern (George Seacoal); Chris Nayak (Borachio); Jamie Newall (Friar Francis); Roderick Smith (Verges); Flora Spencer-Longhurst (Hero); Michelle Terry (Beatrice); Harry Waller (Balthasar) and Thomas Wheatley (Antonio).

 

Both productions will be broadcast ‘Live from Stratford-upon-Avon’ to cinemas in collaboration with Picturehouse Entertainment during the performance in the RST of Love’s Labour’s Lost on Wednesday 11 February 2015 and of Love Labour’s Won on Wednesday 4 March and simultaneously screened in over 300 cinemas around the country whilst also being available in North America, Australia, Japan and Northern Europe.

 

Both productions are designed by Simon Higlett with lighting by Oliver Fenwick. The music is composed by Nigel Hess with sound by Jeremy Dunn. The Movement director is Jenny Arnold.

 

The Company is also offering another unique opportunity to schools across the UK to experience the productions in the classroom with them being streamed into schools in March and April 2015. As the first theatre company to broadcast its work to schools the RSC reached over 34,000 students with its first streaming of Richard II in November 2013.

 

This hugely popular initiative is made possible through collaboration with Ravensbourne College. Alongside the webcast, the RSC will create an extensive package of online resources for use by teachers and students in the classroom, both in the lead up to the broadcast and for use as follow up materials afterwards.

 

Shakespeare teachers’ packs including resources from Gregory Doran’s Richard II and Henry IV Parts I and II are available here: www.rsc.org.uk/education/online-resources/shakespeare-teachers-pack.aspx

 

To book tickets call 0844 800 1110 or online at www.rsc.org.uk

Press performances:
Love’s Labour’s Lost Wednesday 15 October, 2014 1pm
Love’s Labour’s Won Wednesday 15 October, 2014 7pm

For cinema listings and booking visit
 onscreen.rsc.org.uk/

Schools wanting to sign up for streaming direct to the classroom should also visit onscreen.rsc.org.uk/

The £5 ticket scheme for 16 – 25 year olds gives access to £5 tickets for all RSC productions whether we are performing in Stratford-upon-Avon, London or on tour.  Tickets can be booked 

 

 

 

THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE:
Royal Shakespeare Theatre: 29 November 2014 – 31 January 2015
Press night: Tuesday 9 December, 7pm

By Phil Porter
Directed by Erica Whyman

 

Full casting is announced for the world premiere of Phil Porter’s new play, The Christmas Truce. Inspired by the real events of the First World War exactly 100 years ago and directed by Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman, this uplifting play for families opens to the press on Tuesday 9 December in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

 

Erica Whyman makes her Royal Shakespeare Theatre directorial debut having recently directed plays by Timberlake Wertenbaker and Alice Birch as part of the RSC’s Midsummer Mischief festival in The Other Place. Erica was Chief Executive of Northern Stage from 2005 to 2012; her productions whilst there included Oh What a Lovely War, which was nominated for two TMA awards, Oh, The Humanity, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.  As Gregory Doran’s deputy Erica takes a lead on the development and commission of new writing for the RSC.

 

Phil Porter’s The Christmas Truce is inspired by the incredible true Christmas story from 1914, when soldiers along the Western Front left their trenches on Christmas Eve to meet their enemies in No Man’s Land to talk, exchange gifts and play football. Phil’s previous work at the RSC includes Here Lies Mary Spindler and editing The Tempest, Pericles and with Sean Foley A Mad World My Masters, which begins a UK tour with English Touring Theatre in 2015. His other plays include Blink (Soho Theatre/Traverse Theatre/New York) and The Cracks In My Skin (Manchester Royal Exchange, Bruntwood Award).

The Christmas Truce draws on the story of Warwickshire Regiment Soldier and local cartoonist, Capt. Bruce Bairnsfather, who worked at the original Shakespeare Memorial Theatre as an electrical engineer. Bruce Bairnsfather is played by Joseph Kloska returning to the RSC having last been with the Company in Measure for Measure and Gregory Doran’s Written on the Heart.

 

Bairnsfather’s most famous cartoon character Old Bill is brought to life in the play and is played by Gerard Horan. They are joined by Sam Alexander; Peter Basham; William Belchambers; Nick Haverson; Tunji Kasim; Sophie Khan Levy; Oliver Lynes; Emma Manton;Chris McCalphy; Peter McGovern; Frances McNamee; Chris Nayak; Jamie Newall; Roderick Smith; Flora Spencer-Longhurst; Harry Waller; Thomas Wheatley and Leah Whitaker.

 

The production is designed by Tom Piper with lighting by Charles Balfour. Music is composed and arranged by Sam Kenyon with sound by Andy Franks.

 

As the RSC creates the production the Company continues to invite local people and those with connections to the Warwickshire Regiment to share and discover their own First World War family history. A short film of some of these stories is available here: www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/the-christmas-truce/sharing-stories-video.aspx

 

Alongside The Christmas Truce there will be a free exhibition exploring the life and work of Capt. Bruce Bairnsfather, who became world-famous during the First World War for his cartoons depicting life on the frontline. Published weekly in ‘The Bystander’ magazine his cartoons caught the imagination of the soldiers at war, and their families back home. Bairnsfather became a household name and published volumes of his cartoons selling over a million copies. This free exhibition will explore his fascinating life and work as well as the artist’s interesting personal connections to Stratford-upon-Avon and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Curated by the Royal Shakespeare Company in collaboration with Mark Warby, a leading Bruce Bairnsfather collector and writer, the exhibition opens on the 10 October 201 4.

 

 

 

 

 

SWAN THEATRE

 

The Shoemaker’s Holiday
By Thomas Dekker
Directed by Philip Breen                                                        
Swan Theatre: 11 December 2014 – 7 March 2015
Press Night: Thursday 18 December 2014, 7pm

 

Oppenheimer
By Tom Morton-Smith
Directed by Angus Jackson
Swan Theatre: 15 January 2015 – 7 March 2015
Press Night: Thursday 22 January 2015, 7pm

Tickets: 0844 800 1110 or www.rsc.org.uk 

 

Casting is announced for two Royal Shakespeare Company premieres in the Swan Theatre this winter. Philip Breen directs Jacobean comedy, The Shoemaker’s Holiday, by Thomas Dekker, which is produced for the first time by the RSC and opens for previews on the 11 December 2014. Angus Jackson makes his RSC debut, directing the world premiere of Tom Morton-Smith’s new play, Oppenheimer, which takes us into the heart of 1930s America and the Manhattan Project, opening for previews on 15 January 2015. Both productions are crossed cast and run in repertory until 7 March 2015.

The Shoemaker’s Holiday is Dekker’s eccentric city comedy of a cobbler who ends up as Mayor of London around a back drop of star crossed lovers and wars, playing the larger than life character of Simon Eyre is David Troughton. David is an RSC Associate Artist and was last at the RSC in 2007 with Macbeth and Macbett, his other theatre credits include My City (Almeida) and Enjoy(Bath Theatre Royal).

Oppenheimer, a major new play by Tom Morton-Smith about ‘the father of the atom bomb’, J. Robert Oppenheimer, who is played by John Heffernan. John returns to the RSC having last been with the company in 2007 for The Seagull and King Lear, more recently he was at the National Theatre playing the title role in Edward II.

A play about our own recent history, Oppenheimer is set against the backdrop of hedonistic 1930s America and looks into the heart of the Manhattan Project; exploring the tension between scientific advances and the justification of their use during wartime, revealing the personal cost of achieving greatness.

The Shoemaker’s Holiday full cast includes: Ben Allen (Askew); Ross Armstrong (Warner); Daniel Boyd (Ralph Damport); Vincent Carmichael (Earl of Lincoln); Laura Cubitt (Seamstress); Hedydd Dylan (Jane Damport); Sandy Foster (Sybil); William Gaminara (Sir Roger Oatley); Michael Grady-Hall (Lovell); Michael Hodgson (Hodge); Jack Holden (The King); Andrew Langtree (Dodger); Joel MacCormack (Firk); Tom McCall (Skipper); Josh O’Connor (Rowland Lacy); Vivien Parry (Margery Eyre); Thomasin Rand (Rose Oatley); David Troughton (Simon Eyre) and Jamie Wilkes (Hammon).

Oppenheimer full cast includes: Ben Allen; Ross Armstrong; Daniel Boyd; Vincent Carmichael; Laura Cubitt; Hedydd Dylan; Sandy Foster; William Gaminara; Michael Grady-Hall; John Heffernan; Jack Holden; Oliver Johnstone; Andrew Langtree; Joel MacCormack; Tom McCall; Josh O’Connor; Thomasin Rand; Catherine Steadman and Jamie Wilkes.

The Shoemaker’s Holiday is designed by Max Jones. The lighting is designed by Tina MacHugh with music by Jason Carr. Sound is by Andrea J Cox and movement by Ayse Tashkiran.

Oppenheimer is designed by Robert Innes Hopkins. The lighting is designed by Paul Anderson with music by Grant Olding. Sound is by Christopher Shutt and movement by Scott Ambler.

 

 

 


GRAND THEATRE

WOLVERHAMPTON

BOX OFFICE: 01902 42 92 12

www.grandtheatre.co.uk

 

REGENERATION – 4 – 8 November

PETER PAN – 8 – 22 November

OKLAHOMA – 3 – 7 March 2015

 

 

 

THE WORLD PREMIERE TOUR OF

PAT BARKER’S

REGENERATION

 

 

Pat Barker’s Booker-nominated novel, REGENERATION, has been adapted for the stage by Olivier Award-winning playwright Nicholas Wright (His Dark Materials, Vincent in Brixton), it opened at Royal & Derngate, Northampton on 29 August 2014 prior to a national tour. The production plays Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from 4 – 8 November 2014.

REGENERATION is a co-production between the Touring Consortium Theatre Company and leading regional producing theatre, Royal & Derngate Northampton. The production is directed by Simon Godwin, with design by Alex Eales, lighting design by Lee Curran, music by Stuart Earl, sound byGeorge Dennis, and movement by Struan Leslie.

The full cast are Stephen Boxer (Captain Rivers), Christopher Brandon (Robert Graves), Simon Coates (Yealland/Anderson), Tim Delap (Siegfried Sassoon), Joshua Higgott (Campbell), David Morley Hale (Callan), Jack Monaghan (Billy Prior), Garmon Rhys (Wilfred Owen) and Lindy Whiteford (Sister Rogers)

A war saga in which not a shot is fired, but where battles are fought for the minds of men.

Marking the centenary of the start of the First World War, Regeneration is a compellingly compassionate look at war and the devastating after effect it had on a generation of young men. The play examines the insanity of war with shocking clarity; a powerful anthem for the youth of the First World War and the lives of young soldiers today.

“I am making this statement as an act of wilful defiance of military authority, because I believe the war is being deliberately prolonged by those who have the power to end it”, Siegfried Sassoon, July 1917.

Craiglockhart War Hospital, Scotland 1917. Poet and soldier Siegfried Sassoon has been institutionalised in an attempt to undermine his public disapproval of the war. His Army Psychiatrist, Dr William Rivers, has been tasked with returning shell-shocked officers to the trenches, yet under Sassoon’s influence, has become tormented by the morality of what is being done in the name of medicine.

Pat Barker was born in 1943.  Her books include the highly acclaimed Regeneration trilogy, comprising Regeneration (1991), which was made into a film of the same name, The Eye in the Door (1993), which won the Guardian Fiction Prize, and The Ghost Road (1995), which won the Booker Prize, as well as the more recent novels Another World, Border Crossing, Double Vision and Toby’s Room.  She lives in Durham.

Nicholas Wright trained as an actor and joined the Royal Court Theatre in London as Casting Director before becoming the first Director of the Royal Court’s Theatre Upstairs, where he presented an influential programme of new and first-time writing. From 1975 to 1977 he was joint Artistic Director of the Royal Court. He joined the National Theatre in 1984 as Literary Manager and was an Associate Director of the National until 1998. His plays include Treetops andOne Fine Day at Riverside Studios, The Gorky Brigade at the Royal Court, The Crimes of Vautrin for Joint Stock, The Custom of the Country and The Desert Air both Royal Shakespeare Company and Cressida fro the Almeida Theatre at the Albery. At the National Theatre:  Mrs. Klein, Vincent in Brixton (Olivier Award 2003), The Reporter and Travelling Light. His adaptation of Philip Pullman’s three-book cycle His Dark Materials was premiered at the National Theatre in 2003 and revived in 2004. The Last of the Duchess, adapted from the book by Caroline Blackwood, was produced at Hampstead Theatre in 2011. His play A Human Being Died That Night, based on the book by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, was produced at Hampstead in 2012 and 2014 and is scheduled to play at BAM in new york in the Spring of 2015.His versions of Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman and Chekhov’s Three Sisters were presented at the National Theatre, and his versions of Pirandello’s Naked and Wedekind’s Lulu were produced by the Almeida. His opera libretto The Little Prince (music by Rachel Portman) was premiered at Houston Grand Opera in 2003 and his opera for television, Buzz on the Moon, with music by Jonathan Dove, went out on Channel 4 in 2006. His writing about the theatre includes 99 Plays – a personal selection from Aeschylus to the present day – and Changing Stages, co-written with Richard Eyre.

Simon Godwin is the Associate Director of the Royal Court and an Associate Artist at Bristol Old Vic. He was nominated for an Evening Standard Award for Best Newcomer for his direction of Wanderlust at the Royal Court in 2010 and won the Burberry Award for an emerging director at the Evening Standard Awards in 2012. Last year he directed Anne Marie Duff in Strange Interlude at the National Theatre and makes his debut at the RSC this year directing The Two Gentlemen of Verona and in 2015 is directing Ralph Fiennes in Man and Superman at the National Theatre.

Stephen Boxer’s (Captain Rivers) stage credits include King Lear and The Holy Rosenbergs, both at the National Theatre, Titus Andronicus and Written on the Heart, both for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Anjin: The Shogun and The English Samurai at Sadler’s Wells, Hayfever at The Rose Theatre, Kingston andThe Hypochondriac at the Almeida Theatre. Stephen’s screen credits include The Honourable Woman, Foyle’s War, Death in Paradise and Luther.

Christopher Brandon’s (Robert Graves) stage credits include Microcosm at the Soho Theatre, Moon Tiger at the Theatre Royal Bath, The Great Gatsby at Wilton’s Music Hall, Three Men in a Boat for the Original Theatre Company, Mixed Marriage at the Finborough Theatre, The Charming Man at Theatre 503, andTimon of Athens and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, both at The Globe Theatre. Christopher’s screen credits include Endeavour and M.I High.

Simon Coates’ (Yealland/Anderson) stage credits include 1984 at the Almeida and Playhouse Theatres, Donkeys’ Years at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, The Misanthrope on UK Tour, Plenty at the Sheffield Crucible, The Prince of Homburg at the Donmar Warehouse, Translations and Arcadia both at the National Theatre, and Coriolanus and The Merry Wives of Windsor both for the RSC. Simon’s screen credits include Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Doctors andEastEnders.

Tim Delap’s (Siegfried Sassoon) stage credits include Moon Tiger at the Theatre Royal Bath, The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre, You Can Still Make a Killing at the Southwark Playhouse, Persuasion at the Salisbury Playhouse, Vincent in Brixton at Salisbury Playhouse and UK Tour, Hamlet at the Sheffield Crucible, The History Boys at the National Theatre, As You Desire Me at the Playhouse Theatre and All’s Well That Ends Well for the RSC. Tim’s screen credits include Black Mirror – Be Right Back, Doctors and Foyle’s War.

Joshua Higgott (Campbell) stage credits include 1984 at The Almeida Theatre, Birdsong on UK Tour, The Alchemist at Liverpool Playhouse, Making Noise Quietly at the Donmar Warehouse, Twelfth Night at the Cambridge Arts Theatre, and Two Gentlemen of Verona on US Tour for ADC Theatre. Joshua’s screen credits include 21 Clicks and The Machine.

Jack Monaghan (Billy Prior) has appeared in Uncle Dima for London Sinfionietta, Wendy and Peter Pan for the RSC, The Shawshank Redemption at The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh and Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, War Horse at the New London Theatre, Cinderella The Midnight Princess at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, The Merchant of Venice at the Said Amphitheatre, Oxford and Love on The Dole at the Finborough Theatre. Jack’s screen credits include About Time, The Somnambulists, Noah and Black Mirror 2: The Waldo Effect.

David Morley Hale (Callan) has appeared in Relative Values in the West End and UK Tour, Little Voice at The Queen’s Theatre, Romeo and Juliet for the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, The King’s Speech for Playful Productions, and Gotcha at Riverside Studios, London. Screen credits include The Sex Researchers for Channel 4, Charlie Brooker’s How TV Ruined My Life and The Sitcom Trials for ITV West.

Garmon Rhys’ (Wilfred Owen) stage credits include On The Razzle, As You Like It, Boys, Macbeth, The Rivals, and HIndle Wakes all for LAMDA. Garmon also starred in two short films called Pushaway for LAMDA and VP for Take Cover Films. He was also a TV Presenter for Y LLE, and appeared as Dai inCanrif/Century for the National Youth Theatre Of Wales.

Lindy Whiteford (Sister Rogers) stage credits include Fathers and Sons at The Donmar Warehouse, Men Should Weep at The National Theatre, Guys and Dolls at the Piccadilly Theatre, Twelfth Night at The Bristol Old Vic, Romeo and Juliet at The Liverpool Playhouse and A Free Country at the Tricycle Theatre. Screen credits include What Remains, Shetland: Red Bones, Getting On, Casualty, Doctors and The Bill.

 

 

LISTINGS INFORMATION

Tues 4 – Sat 8 November 2014

Performance Times: Evenings at 7:30pm, Wed & Sat matinees at 2:30pm.

Ticket Prices: £9.50 - £24.50

Box Office: 01902 42 92 12

Online: grandtheatre.co.uk

 

 

Second star to the right and straight on tilWolverhampton! Bilston Operatic Company present

PETER PAN 

 

Performance Dates: Tuesday 18 - Saturday 22 November 2014

 

Sir James Barrie’s timeless tale of the boy who never grew up is an all-time favourite amongst many families, now reborn as a spectacular musical by Stiles & Drewe and the late Willis Hall, the adventure of Peter Pan, Wendy, Tinkerbell and the lost boys makes its way to the Grand Theatre stage in Bilston Operatic Company’s latest production.

 

Wendy, John and Michael are whisked away from the cosiness of the nursery to the magical wonders of Neverland where wishes come true, childhood innocence comes alive and dreams last forever. There they fight the wicked Captain Hook and his dastardly pirates, come face to face with a crocodile and meet and make friends with fairies, The Lost Boys and Indians.

 

In the title role of Peter, flying across the stage in spectacular style is Maison Kelley. He is joined by Abbii Strudwicke and Lucy Follows who alternate the role of Wendy. Phil Jackson is the infamous Captain Hook and Zac Hollinshead plays alongside him as Smee. Tinkerbell is played by Maya Bowles and Darci Dobson at alternate performances, John by Alex Clark and Ryan Harriswith Michael played by Liam Hewitt and Tom Horton. Local head teacher Nick Sullivan is Mr Darling.

 

The cast lineup is completed with a chorus of local performers who also play smaller roles.

 

This Stiles and Drewe version of the Victorian tale first saw light of day in Denmark, at the International Musical Of The Year in 1996, where it won two top awards for Best Song and The Orchestra's Award. It was in 1999 where a full production was first performed at Det Ny Teater in Copenhagen, performed in Danish.

 

The Bilston company that has been producing Musical Theatre since 1927 return to the Grand Theatre with PETER PAN, a magical musical adventure from Tue 18 – Sat 22 November.

 

LISTINGS INFORMATION

Performance dates: Tuesday 18 – Saturday 22 November 2014

Performance Times: Tuesday – Saturday at 7.30pm

Matinees: Wednesday and Saturday at 2:30pm

 

Tickets: £8.50 - £19.00 with concessions available

Box Office: 01902 42 92 12

Online: grandtheatre.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S “OKLAHOMA!”

ANNOUNCES STAR CAST INCLUDING BELINDA LANG & GARY WILMOT.

 

Music & Lyrics Limited and Royal & Derngate Northampton present a new production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Pulitzer Prize-winning musical OKLAHOMA!, directed by Rachel Kavanaugh and with new choreography by Drew McOnie, which will tour the UK and Ireland next year, at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from Tue 3 – Sat 7 March 2015.

 

From the award-winning producers of the highly successful tours of The King & I and Fiddler on the Roof, this new production of one of the great classic American musicals will feature a large cast and chorus led by Belinda Lang (School for ScandalLadies in LavenderThe Killing of Sister George) as Aunt Eller, Gary Wilmot (Dirty Rotten ScoundrelsThe Pajama GameChitty Chitty Bang Bang) as Ali Hakim, Ashley Day (The Book of MormonThe Wizard of OzHigh School Musical) as Curly, Charlotte Wakefield (The Sound of MusicMAMMA MIA!Spring Awakening) as Laurey and Nic Greenshields (Guys and DollsBilly ElliotThe Phantom of the Opera) as Jud Fry, accompanied by a live orchestra led by musical director Steve Ridley.  Set and costumes will be designed by Francis O’Connor, with lighting by Tim Mitchell and sound by Ben Harrison.

 Rachel Kavanaugh is former Artistic Director of the Birmingham REP.  She is directing An Ideal Husband at the Chichester Festival Theatre this autumn.  Other credits include The Sound of Musicat the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Love Story in Chichester and the West End, and The Merry Wives of Windsor for the Royal Shakespeare Company.  Drew McOnie’s choreography credits include In the Heights for Southwark Playhouse, The Sound of Music and Chicago for Leicester Curve, Soho Cinders at the Soho Theatre, and Dames at Sea and On the 20th Century at the Union Theatre.  He recently launched his own theatre dance company, The McOnie Company.

OKLAHOMA!, with music by Richard Rodgers and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, was based on the Lynn Riggs play Green Grow the Lilacs and was the first musical written by the duo.  It was originally produced on Broadway in 1943 and the Academy Award-winning film was released in 1955. Set in the Oklahoma territory in the early 1900s, the musical tells the story of two sets of star-crossed lovers. Cowboy Curly loves Laurey, Aunt Eller’s niece, but Curly’s rival is the mysterious and dangerous hired hand Jud Fry.  Meanwhile, Ado Annie is torn between cowboy Will and peddler Ali Hakim.  Their stories are told with the help of some of the best loved songs in musical theatre history, including Oh, What a Beautiful MorninI’m Just a Girl Who Cain’t Say No, Surrey With a Fringe on Top, Kansas City, People Will Say We’re in Love and the title song.

 

The UK & Irish tour of OKLAHOMA! will be presented through special arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe.

 


LISTINGS INFORMATION

OKLAHOMA!

Tue 3 – SAT 7 MARCH 2015

Mon – Sat evenings 7.30pm, Wed and Sat matinees at 2.30pm

Tickets from £24.50 - £37.50

 

 

 

 


 

NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE

Wellington Circus

Nottingham NG1 5AF

BOX OFFICE: 0115 941 9419

Book Online - www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk

 

Friday 28 November 2014 – Saturday 17 January 2015

Sleeping Beauty

 

Written and directed by Kenneth Alan Taylor

 

Prepare to be spellbound with Kenneth Alan Taylor’s 31st pantomime at Nottingham Playhouse!

Join us as we tell the magical tale of Sleeping Beauty, a princess cursed by a wickedly evil witch. Will a handsome young prince be able to save our beautiful princess and help her live happily ever after?

Featuring everything you have come to love about Playhouse pantomimes such as dazzling costumes, stunning sets, mischievous fun and thrilling musical numbers that will excite the whole family.

Evenings 7.45pm; Matinees 2.30pm. (Tues. 13 January 1.30pm)

 

 


 

DERBY THEATRE

 

Theatre Walk

Eagle Centre

Derby

DE1 2NF

 

BOX OFFICE: 01332 593939

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www.derbytheatre.co.uk

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MALVERN THEATRES

FORUM and FESTIVAL

Grange Road

Malvern

Worcestershire

WR1 3HB

BOX OFFICE: 01684 892277

www.malvern-theatres.co.uk


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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