Oklahoma! makes a grand return to West End for its 80th anniversary

Oklahoma! concert poster

Phil Dunster and Zizi Strallen will star in an 80th anniversary concert production of Oklahoma! in the West End.

The the iconic musical Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! is set to make a triumphant return to its original West End home at Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Tickets are on sale now here.

Oklahoma! in Concert will be staged for two exclusive nights on Monday 19 August and Tuesday 20 August.

Emmy, Critics Choice, and Olivier Award-nominated Phil Dunster, best known for his role as Jamie Tartt in the acclaimed series Ted Lasso, will be taking on the role of Curly.

Alongside him, West End sensation Zizi Strallen, celebrated for her portrayal of Mary Poppins, will grace the stage as Laurey.

Also cast are Christina Bianco (The Rise and Fall of Little Voice) as Ado Annie, Jordan Shaw (Les Misérables) as Will Parker, five-time Olivier Award nominee and two-time Olivier Award winner Joanna Riding (Sondheim’s Old Friends and Carousel) as Aunt Eller, Tosh Wanogho-Maud (The Drifters Girl) as Jud Fry, Irvine Iqbal (The Witches) as Ali Hakim, Nicole-Lily Baisden (Anything Goes) as Gertie and Sebastien Torkia (Guys & Dolls) as Andrew.

The company is completed by George Beet (Assistant Choreographer), Ashleigh Graham (Assistant Choreographer), David McIntosh, Amonik Melaco, Carrie Willis, David Winters, Jessica Wright and the London Musical Theatre Chorus.

Olivier Award-winning director and choreographer Bill Deamer will helm the show which will feature Robert Russell Bennett’s full original 28-piece orchestration come to life, performed by the London Musical Theatre Orchestra under the skilled baton of conductor Ben Glassberg.

Oklahoma!, which first opened on Broadway in 1943 before making its way to Theatre Royal Drury Lane in 1947, marked the beginning of the legendary partnership between Rodgers & Hammerstein.

The musical is celebrated for its captivating story and timeless songs, such as ‘Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’’, ‘The Surrey with the Fringe on Top’, and ‘Oklahoma!’, that continue to enchant audiences worldwide.

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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