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Chester theatre group heads west for summer musical

Oklahoma! to be staged at Forum Studio Theatre from August 11-20

Bill Robertson (Ali Hakim) and Clare Thompson (Ado Annie) in rehearsals for Oklahoma which is being staged at The Forum Studio Theatre in Chester(Image: Eventphotographysc)

Chester and Wrexham based theatre company Tip Top Productions are busy preparing to stage the West End and Broadway classic Oklahoma! this month.

The popular musical will run at the Forum Studio Theatre from August 11-20 at 7.30pm with a matinee performance on Saturday, August 20 at 2.30pm.

John Lindop (Carnes) breaks up a fight in a scene being rehearsed for Tip Top's staging of Oklahoma at the Forum Studio Theatre in Chester(Image: Eventphotographysc)

The show, with musical direction by Simon Phillips, will be staged in a concert style setting and directed by Steve Davies.

Steve said: “This specially devised concert version of Oklahoma! suits the intimate atmosphere of the studio theatre perfectly and enables us to bring the show to Chester in a unique way. It was the first Rodgers and Hammerstein collaboration and is one of the most produced musicals in America. We have a very talented and experienced cast and crew on board and we are looking foward to giving the show our special ‘Tip Top twist.’

Brian Fray (Curly) leads the company during rehearsals for "Oklahoma" which is being staged by Tip Top Productions at The Forum Studio Theatre in Chester(Image: Eventphotographysc)

Oklahoma! is based on the book Green Grow The Lilacs by Lynn Riggs.

Laurey, a headstrong farm girl doesn’t want to fall willingly into the arms of the handsome cowboy, Curly.

Bill Robertson (Ali Hakim) and Clare Thompson (Ado Annie) in rehearsals for Oklahoma which is being staged at The Forum Studio Theatre in Chester(Image: Eventphotographysc)

In her attempts to avoid him, she ends up turning to the dark-hearted farm hand, Jud Fry, who wants to do more than take her to the dance.

The show features many of Rogers and Hammerstein’s best loved songs including Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’, The Surrey with the Fringe on Top and People Will Say We’re in Love.

Tickets are £11 full price, £9 concessions, £7 for certain performances with special offers available for under 30s.

More information at www.chestertheatre.co.uk or contact the Box Office on 01244 341296.

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