News: Phil Dunster & Zizi Strallen To Star In Oklahoma! In Concert

April 3, 2024
News: Phil Dunster & Zizi Strallen To Star In Oklahoma! In Concert

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! is returning to its original West End home, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, in concert on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th August. The concert will star Emmy, Critics Choice and Olivier Award-nominated actor Phil Dunster (Ted Lasso) as Curly alongside West End star Zizi Strallen (Mary Poppins) as Laurey.

The production is directed and choreographed by Olivier Award-winner Bill Deamer, and features Robert Russell Bennett’s full original 28-piece orchestrations performed by the London Musical Theatre Orchestra, conducted by Ben Glassberg.

Further casting and creatives are to be announced.

Phil Dunster has emerged as one of Hollywood’s most globally sought-after creatives. He received an Olivier nomination for his work in Pink Mist (Bristol Old Vic) and on-screen he has gained significant recognition for his Emmy and Critics Choice-nominated performance as Jamie Tartt in Ted Lasso. His other credits include The Entertainer (Garrick Theatre), Amazon Prime’s The Devil’s Hour, HBO’s Catherine the Great and Kenneth Branagh’s film The Murder on the Orient Express. He is currently in production for season two of Apple TV’s thriller Surface.

Zizi Strallen most recently played the leading role of Marie Antoinette in Cake: The Marie Antoinette PLAYlist (Lyric Theatre) and in 2020, was nominated for an Olivier Award for ‘Best Actress in a Musical’ for her work as Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre). Zizi has worked extensively in theatre, starring in Sunset Boulevard (Royal Albert Hall), Cats (UK Tour/London Palladium), Rock of Ages (Shaftesbury Theatre), Strictly Ballroom (Piccadilly Theatre) and many more. Her TV and film credits also include Disney’s Cinderella, ITV’s Victoria & Albert and BBC’S The Prince and the Pauper.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! opened on Broadway in 1943 and transferred to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane for its West End premiere in 1947. The musical was the first collaboration for Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II and features some of their most loved songs.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! in Concert is produced by JAS Theatricals, Fourth Wall Live and the London Musical Theatre Orchestra, the team behind the WhatsOnStage Award-winning concert of Love Never Dies.

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