About The Sound of Music
Immaculate. A polished gem that glories in its faithfulness
Brilliant. Adam Penford’s production is achingly lovely to listen to
Utterly irresistible. If you see only one thing on the stage this summer – make sure it is The Sound of Music. A triumph
Gina Beck’s Maria has a voice that is as clear and pure as fresh Alpine air and she’s bundles of fun too
The i Newspaper
Everything, but everything about this show is joyous and heartwarming. Astounding, astonishing, brilliant, breathtaking. West End-worthy. Transfer it
In short, buy a ticket before it sells out. And take plenty of tissues
Austria, 1938. Free-spirited nun Maria is sent away from her abbey to become governess to the widowed Captain von Trapp’s seven children. She brings music and laughter back to his unfeeling household, but the future holds more joy and jeopardy than she ever dreamed possible.
The Sound of Music was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s last and perhaps most treasured musical, and is now produced at Chichester for the first time. The glorious score is a box of delights, from Climb Ev’ry Mountain, My Favorite Things and Edelweiss to Do-Re-Mi and The Sound of Music itself.
This brand-new production of the original stage musical is directed by Adam Penford, Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse, where his productions include Piaf and The Madness of George III; and designed by Robert Jones (Murder on the Orient Express, The Unfriend, Oklahoma!).
Gina Beck, whose performance as Nellie Forbush in 2021’s South Pacific was also acclaimed in London and on a UK tour, returns to play Maria. Making their Chichester debuts are Edward Harrison (A Christmas Carol, Skellig) as Captain von Trapp and opera singer Janis Kelly (Rufus Wainwright’s Prima Donna, many appearances at Glyndebourne/Royal Opera House/ENO) as Mother Abbess. Returning to Chichester are Ako Mitchell (Caroline, Or Change, The Color Purple) as Max Detweiler, and Emma Williams (Half A Sixpence, Love Story) as Elsa Schraeder.
The Sound of Music is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd on behalf of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organisation concordtheatricals.co.uk
Cast & Creatives
Elliott Baker-CostelloNazi/Party Guest
Wendy CarrNun/Party Guest
Lauren ChiaSister Sophia
Wendy FergusonSister Berthe
Edward HarrisonCaptain von Trapp
Hana IchijoNew Postulant/Dance Captain
Janis KellyMother Abbess
Liam MarcellinoNazi/Party Guest
Dylan MasonRolf Gruber
Ako MitchellMax Detweiler
Julia J NagleSister Margaretta
Minal PatelAdmiral von Schreiber/Party Guest
Matt PettiforHerr Zeller
Rebecca RidoutNun/Party Guest
Tony StansfieldBaron Elberfeld/Party Guest
Annabelle WilliamsBaroness Elberfeld/Nun
Emma WilliamsElsa Schraeder
Penelope WoodmanFrau Schmidt
Robert Russell Bennett
Larry Blank and Mark Cumberland
Natalie Gallacher CDG for Pippa Ailion Casting
Verity Naughton CDG
Campbell Young Associates
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