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Josie Lawrence
Hyoie O’Grady   Amara Okereke

Rodgers & Hammerstein's 

Relaxed Performance: Oklahoma!

Music by Richard Rodgers 
Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Based on the play Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs
Original choreography by Agnes de Mille

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Overview

I have been to relaxed performances at other theatres in the past but never have I been made to feel so welcome. A wonderful, inclusive event.

Audience comment on relaxed performance of Fiddler on the Roof (2017)

We're pleased to present a relaxed performance of Oklahoma! on Thursday 29 August at 2.30pm.

This performance welcomes individuals, groups and families with children on the autism spectrum, with sensory and communication disorders, a learning disability or anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed theatre environment.

The performance and theatre will be adapted in a variety of ways to create a welcoming, less formal environment:

  • Audience members are able to leave and return to the auditorium during the performance 
  • A chill-out area will be available for the duration of the performance 
  • The auditorium lights will be adjusted for comfort 
  • There will be a relaxed attitude to noise during the performance 
  • The show’s lighting and sound levels will be adjusted 

Handsome cowboy Curly McLain is head over spurs for farm owner Laurey Williams. But lonely ranch-hand Jud Fry has his sinister sights set on her too.

And Laurey’s not the only girl with cowboy problems. Ado Annie’s beau Will Parker is back from chasing steers in Kansas City, where he won the fifty dollars her father insists Will must have to marry her. But this irrepressible farm girl won’t be bought quite so easily.

Luckily for this love-struck crew of spirited ranchers and bronco busters, wise Aunt Eller is riding ahead of the herd.

With its glorious score and spirit of exuberant optimism,& Oklahoma! is the American musical by which all others are judged. Rodgers and Hammerstein broke new ground in perfectly integrating music and dance to tell a story whose darker undercurrents never overwhelm its rapturous vitality. Among the unforgettable songs are Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’, The Surrey With The Fringe On Top and the show-stopper Oklahoma.

Jeremy Sams returns to Chichester to direct; his award-winning productions in London and New York include The Wizard of Oz and The Sound of Music. Set designs are by Robert Jones whose extensive work at Chichester includes Mack & Mabel and Kiss Me, Kate. Choreography is by Matt Cole whose recent work includes Fiddler on the Roof at the Menier Chocolate Factory and in the West End.

Josie Lawrence, whose stage work ranges from Shakespeare at the RSC and Globe to The King and I in the West End, plays Aunt Eller. Her extensive television credits include Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Humans and Outside Edge, and she makes regular appearances at the Comedy Store. 

Hyoie O’Grady plays Curly; he recently played Enroljas in Les Misérables in the West End, having graduated from London’s Mountview Academy of Arts last year. Also making her Chichester debut, as Laurey, is Amara Okereke, winner of the 2018 Stage Debut Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Cosette in Les Misérables.

Age guidance 12+ but please call for advice. 

Presented by arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe

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Audience comments below about the relaxed performance of Me and My Girl (Festival 2018)

A relaxed performance is the only way my daughter can access the wonderful world of theatre. I am indebted to the very kind people at Chichester Theatre who make this possible.

I really value the opportunity of bringing my son to see performances delivered in this way as it is stress free; I wouldn't have been able to attend with him otherwise, so Thank You, here's hoping for more musicals and their relaxed performances.

My son adores musical theatre but sings along loudly so I cannot take him as it interrupts other audience members. Seeing Matt Lukas afterwards in the foyer made his absolute day.

Loved the relaxed atmosphere. Loved the attitude of the staff and cast. It felt that everyone was informed about the needs of people with autism and other difficulties, and that really does make a difference when you are anxious that your child is going to be seen as "being naughty".

As a parent of a young person with learning difficulties who likes to maintain a running commentary to all she does, I didn't have to worry about trying to make her quiet - she was too enthralled with the singing anyway!

Fantastic, we loved it. The relaxed performance is a joy and front of house staff do an amazing job at helping everyone to enjoy the performance

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