Friday 11 August, 2:00pm & 7:30pm - Royal Albert Hall, London
Cast in order of appearance
Aunt Eller Belinda Lang
Curly Nathaniel Hackmann
Laurey Scarlett Strallen
Will Parker Robert Fairchild
Jud Fry David Seadon-Young
Ado Annie Lizzy Connolly
Ali Hakim Marcus Brigstocke
A star studded cast has today been revealed for the BBC Proms performances of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! (Friday 11 August). Actress Belinda Lang takes up the role of ‘Aunt Eller’ and is joined by musical theatre stars Nathaniel Hackmann in the role of ‘Curly’ and Scarlet Strallen as ‘Laurey’. Robert Fairchild, David Seadon-Young, Lizzy Connolly and comedian Marcus Brigstocke complete the highly-anticipated line-up together with a supporting cast of the west end’s leading singers and dancers.
The semi-staged production is masterminded by stage director Rachel Kavanaugh and choreographer Alastair David, accompanied by conductor John Wilson and the John Wilson Orchestra. This year marks ten years since John Wilson first performed at the BBC Proms and eight years since the John Wilson Orchestra made its Proms debut. His much-loved appearances with the John Wilson Orchestra at the festival continue to grow in ambition, with this production being no exception.
Oklahoma! was the first musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein in 1943 and is based on Lynn Riggs’ play Green Grow the Lilacs. It includes classic hits such as Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’, People Will Say We’re in Love and the title tune, Oklahoma.
As for every Prom, up to 1,350 Promming (standing) tickets will be made available on the day of the concert, priced just £6, and available to buy in person from the Royal Albert Hall (with a limited number available online between 9am-12pm). Advance tickets are sold out (returns only). The second concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and televised on BBC Four the same evening.