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Preview: An Officer and a Gentleman at Newcastle Theatre Royal


An Officer and a Gentleman: The Musical
Newcastle Theatre Royal
Monday 18th – Saturday 23rd June 2018

Be prepared to be swept off your feet when An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical brings love and romance to Newcastle Theatre Royal.

The brand-new musical, based on the iconic 1982 Oscar-winning film starring Richard Gere, includes the classic song from the film Up Where We Belong along, with 80’s classics such as Alone, Don’t Cry Out Loud, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Toy Soldiers and Material Girl.

Featuring one of the most iconic romantic scenes ever portrayed on screen, An Officer and a Gentleman tells the story of Zack Mayo who is in training to become a US Navy Pilot. When Zack rolls into boot camp with a bit too much of a swagger, drill Sergeant Foley doesn’t make life easy for him. When he falls for local girl Paula Pokrifki and tragedy befalls his friend and fellow candidate, Zack realises the importance of love and friendship and finds the courage to be himself and win the heart of the woman he loves. It’s only then he can truly become both an Officer and a Gentleman.

Four-time Laurence Olivier Award nominated actress Emma Williams will play ‘Paula Pokrifki’. Emma’s previous credits include ‘Truly Scrumptious’ in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mrs Henderson Presents and Love Story, all in the West End. Emma won the What's On Stage Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for playing ‘Helen’ in Cameron Mackintosh's revival of Half A Sixpence at the Noel Coward Theatre.

Jonny Fines will play the iconic role of ‘Zack Mayo’ – the role made famous by Richard Gere in the beloved 80s film. Jonny most recently played the role of ‘Rooster’ in the West End production of Annie at The Piccadilly Theatre.  Other theatre credits include the UK Tours of The Sound of Music and Avenue Q.

Ray Shell will play ‘Foley’. Ray is probably most famous for creating the roles of ‘Rusty’ in Starlight Express and ‘Nomax’ in Five Guys Named Moe, both in the West End.  His other theatre credits include the iconic productions of Miss Saigon and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Ian McIntosh will play ‘Sid Worley’. Ian is an Olivier nominated actor for his role in the West End production of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, his other credits include The Commitments and Rock of Ages.

Jessica Daley will play ‘Lynette Pomeroy’. Jessica was a finalist on the BBC 1’s Over The Rainbow and previous theatre credits include Mamma Mia! In the West End and the UK Tour of The Sound of Music.

An Officer and a Gentleman is one of the highest grossing films of all time. The screenplay is by writer and director Douglas Day Stewart which was based on his personal experience as a Naval Officer Candidate. The book is co-written by Douglas and Sharleen Cooper Cohen. Directed by Nikolai Foster, Choreographed by Kate Prince, Musical Supervision by Tony Award-winning Sarah Travis with Set and Costume design by Olivier Award nominated designer Michael Taylor. Orchestrations are by George Dyer, Lighting Design is by Ben Cracknell, Sound Design by Tom Marshall and Video Design by Douglas O’Connell.

Photos by Manuel Harlan
An Officer and a Gentleman plays at Newcastle Theatre Royal from Monday 18 – Saturday 23 June 2018.  Tickets are on sale from Fri 8 Sep at 9am priced from £23.00 and can be purchased at or from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 (calls cost 7ppm plus your phone company’s access charge).

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