Bill Kenwright’s production of one of the greatest family musicals of all time, The Sound of Music, recommences its UK tour on Wednesday 18 May at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre.
BBC1’s The Voice runner-up and award-nominated Lucy O’Byrne continues in the role of Maria in this spectacular five-star production. Star of stage and screen Andrew Lancel joins the company as Captain Von Trapp and Jan Hartley reprises her role as Mother Abbess.
Lucy O’Byrne became a household name when she shot to success as the runner-up in the live shows of the TV talent show, The Voice. With chart-topper Will.i.am as her mentor, and biggest fan, Lucy made history as the first classical singer to reach the final, impressing the nation with her stunning vocal range. Now, having recently performed at the BBC Proms, she makes her musical debut as the young postulant, Maria. Her first album, Debut, was released earlier this year.
Andrew Lancel is best known as super-villain Frank Foster in Coronation Street, a role that earned him a ‘Villain of the Year’ award at the British Soap Awards. He also played DI Neil Manson in the long-running ITV television series The Bill. His numerous stage credits include Bill Kenwright’s touring productions of The Small Hand and Twelve Angry Men. Andrew starred in Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles in Liverpool and London, and most recently appeared on stage in The Damned United at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.
This wonderfully lavish staging of the classic musical is produced by Bill Kenwright, directed by Martin Connor, choreographed by Olivier Award winner Bill Deamer with musical direction by David Steadman.
It all began with the story of the Trapp Family Singers and Baroness Maria von Trapp’s 1949 autobiography, which inspired Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse to create a Broadway musical in 1959. The Sound of Music tells the true story of the world-famous singing family, from their romantic beginnings and search for happiness, to their thrilling escape to freedom as their beloved Austria becomes part of the Third Reich at the start of WWII.
The unforgettable score features some of the most memorable songs ever performed on stage, including ‘Edelweiss’, ‘My Favorite Things’, ‘Do-Re-Mi’, ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’, ‘So Long, Farewell’ and of course, the title song, ‘The Sound of Music’.
Joining Lucy and Andrew on stage are Jan Hartley (Mother Abbess), Duncan Smith (Max), Lucy Van Gasse (Baroness Elsa), Kane Verrall (Rolf), Annie Horn (Liesl), Alexander Evans (Herr Zeller) Zoe Ann Brown (Sister Margaretta), Kate Scott (Sister Berthe), Tammy Davies (Sister Sophia), Jude Neill (Ursula), Anouska Eaton (Baroness Elberfeld), Jon de Ville (Franz), Pippa Winslow (Frau Schmidt), Scott Ainslie (Admiral von Schreiber), Piers Bate (Baron Elberfeld) and Lewis Barnshaw.
Bill Kenwright presents
The Sound of Music
Music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein IIBook by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse Suggested by ‘The Trapp Family Singers’ by Maria Augusta Trapp.
Presented by special arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe www.rnh.com
THE SOUND OF MUSIC – UK TOUR DATES
Wednesday 18 – Saturday 21 May
Box Office: 0844 871 7607
Aylesbury, Waterside Theatre
Tuesday 24 – Saturday 28 May
Box Office: 0844 338 5000
Tuesday 31 May – Saturday 11 June
Box Office: 01743 281281
Shrewsbury, Seven Theatre
Tuesday 14 – Saturday 18 June
Box Office: 01492 872000
Llandudno, Venue Cymru
*Tuesday 21 – Saturday 25 June
Box Office: 0844 871 3022
*Tuesday 5 – Saturday 9 July
Box Office: 0844 856 1111
Blackpool, Opera House
*Tuesday 12 – Saturday 23 July
Box Office: 01242 572573
Cheltenham, Everyman Theatre
*Monday 25 – Saturday 30 July
Box Office: 01227 787787
Canterbury, Marlowe Theatre
*Tuesday 2 – Saturday 6 August
Box Office: 0844 871 3023
Torquay, Princess Theatre
*Tuesday 9 – Saturday 13 August
Box Office: 01872 262466
Truro, Hall for Cornwall
*Tuesday 16 – Saturday 20 August
Box Office: 0844 576 3000
Bournemouth, Pavilion Theatre
*Tuesday 23 – Saturday 27 August
Box Office: 01792 475715
Swansea, Grand Theatre
*Tuesday 6 – Saturday 10 September
Box Office: 0844 871 3020
Oxford, New Theatre
**Tuesday 13 – Saturday 17 SeptemberBox Office: 01752 267222
Plymouth, Theatre Royal
**Tuesday 20 – Saturday 24 SeptemberBox Office: 0115 989 5555
Nottingham, Theatre Royal
**Tuesday 27 September – Saturday 1 October
Box Office: 01322 220000
Dartford, Orchard Theatre
**Tuesday 4 – Saturday 8 October
Box Office: 01902 429212
Wolverhampton, Grand Theatre
**Tuesday 11 – Saturday 15 October
Box Office: 0116 233 3111
Leicester, De Montfort Hall
**Tuesday 18 – Saturday 22 October
Box Office: 01603 630000
Norwich, Theatre Royal
*The role of Mother Abbess to be confirmed
** The role of Max to be played by Howard Samuels and the role of Mother Abbess to be confirmed