An Officer and a Gentleman plays at Manchester’s Opera House from Monday 13th to Saturday 18th August as part of its UK and Ireland tour.
The cast features four-time Olivier nominated actress Emma Williams as Paula Pokrifki, Jonny Fines as the iconic Zack Mayo, Ray Shell as Foley, Ian McIntosh as Sid Worley and Jessica Daley as Lynette Pomeroy.
The cast also includes Keisha Atwell, Andy Barke, Darren Bennett, James Darch, Nathanael Landskroner, George Ioannides, Joe Maxwell, Corinna Powlesland, Rachel Stanley, Michael James Stewart, Maisey Bawden, David Burrows, Vanessa Fisher, Aimee Hodnett, Keiran McGinn and Rhys Whitfield.
The brand-new musical is based on the 1982 Oscar-winning film starring Richard Gere which 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.
The musical includes the hit song from the movie Up Where We Belong along, with 80’s classics such as Alone, Don’t Cry Out Loud, You’re the Voice, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Heart of Glass, Toy Soldiers and Material Girl and one of the most iconic romantic scenes ever portrayed on screen.