Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Ashley Day, Charlotte Wakefield & Nic Greenshields star in OKLAHOMA! 2015 UK Tour

It has been announced that Ashley Day, Charlotte Wakefield and Nic Greenshields will star in a new UK Tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein's OKLAHOMA! next year. The show will be directed by Rachel Kavanaugh with new choreography by Drew McOnie.

OKLAHOMA! opens at the Derngate Theatre Northampton on 19th February 2015.

This new production of one of the great classic American musicals will feature a large cast and chorus led by Belinda Lang as Aunt Eller, Gary Wilmot as Ali Hakim, Ashley Day (West End Frame Award Winner, pictured right) as Curly, Charlotte Wakefield as Laurey and Nic Greenshields 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.

OKLAHOMA! has music by Richard Rodgers and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. It 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 Mornin’, I’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.

Read our interviews with Ashley Day and Drew McOnie

Tour Dates

19–28 February 
 Northampton Derngate Theatre 

3–7 March 
 Wolverhampton Grand Theatre 

17–21 March 
 Salford The Lowry 

24–28 March 
 Dublin Bord Gais Energy Theatre 

14–18 April 
 Bradford Alhambra Theatre 

21–25 April 
 Edinburgh Festival Theatre 

28 April – 2 May 
 Nottingham Theatre Royal 

5–9 May 
 Southampton Mayflower Theatre 

12–16 May 
 Crawley The Hawth

19–23 May 
 Bath Theatre Royal 

26–30 May 
 Truro Hall For Cornwall

2–6 June 
 Cheltenham Everyman Theatre 

16–20 June 
 Canterbury Marlowe Theatre 

23–27 June 
 Newcastle Theatre Royal 

30 June – 4 July 
 Birmingham Hippodrome 

14–18 July 
 Bristol Hippodrome 

21 July – 1 August 
 Sheffield Lyceum Theatre

4–8 August 
 High Wycombe Wycombe Swan 

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