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Oklahoma! to be revived for 2017 Proms programme

Wilton's Music Hall has not received any government funding. Photo: Helene Binet Wilton's Music Hall will host Peter Maxwell Davies' Eight Songs for a Mad King as part of the 2017 Proms programme
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Oklahoma! by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein will be revived as part of this year’s BBC Proms programme.

A semi-staged production will be directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, whose recent credits include the West End production of Half a Sixpence, with music by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, as well as the forthcoming production of The Wind in the Willows, also by Stiles and Drewe.

Kavanaugh also directed a touring production of Oklahoma! in 2015.

John Wilson will conduct the John Wilson Orchestra in the performance, and casting is yet to be announced. It will have only two performances, on August 11 at 2pm and 7pm, at the Royal Albert Hall.

The Proms programme also includes a staged performance of Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King, a dramatic monologue exploring the disintegrating mind of King George III.

The soloists will be Jennifer France and Marcus Farnsworth, with Sian Edwards conducting the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Olivia Fuchs will direct.

Eight Songs for a Mad King will be performed at Wilton’s Music Hall on September 2 at 3pm and 7.30pm as part of the ‘Proms at…’ series which sees Proms concerts performed in venues across the country.

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