News: Lead casting revealed for UK tour of An Officer and a Gentleman – The Musical

The producers of the Curve production of An Officer and a Gentleman are delighted to announce Luke Baker, Georgia Lennon, Jamal Crawford, Paul French and Sinead Long will star as Zack Mayo, Paula Pokrifki, Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley, Sid Worley and Lynette Pomeroy respectively. The musical will open at The Alexandra, Birmingham, on 23 February 2024 booking through to 16 November 2024.

Based on the 1982 film starring Richard Gere, An Officer and a Gentleman has a book by Douglas Day Stewart & Sharleen Cooper Cohen and will be directed by Artistic Director of Curve, Nikolai Foster, with choreography by Joanna Goodwin. A production was previously mounted in 2018 and was lots of fun.

Further casting to be announced.

Luke Baker most recently starred as Tony in Billy Elliot (Curve, Leicester). His other credits include Dean in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Apollo Theatre/Sheffield Crucible), Ren in Footloose (UK Tour), American Idiot (Arts Theatre, West End), Standby Ray Davies in Sunny Afternoon (Harold Pinter Theatre, West End) and Link Larkin in Hairspray (Cork Opera House). His television credits include Andor (Star Wars/Disney Plus) and Masters of the Air (Apple TV).

Georgia Lennon originated the role of Marie Osmond in the world premiere of The Osmonds: A New Musical (UK Tour). Her other theatre credits include Lady Chatterley in Lady Chatterley’s Lover (Shaftesbury Theatre), One Enchanted Evening (Glastonbury Abbey), Belle in Beauty and the Beast (Grand Opera House, Belfast) and Princess Apricot in Jack and the Beanstalk (Grand Opera House, Belfast).  

Jamal Crawford’s theatre credits include: Tyrone Jackson in Fame The Musical (UK Tour, Troubadour Theatre), Big Jule Cover/Ensemble in Guys and Dolls (UK Tour, Chichester Theatre Revival); Ensemble in The Bodyguard (UK Tour); Ensemble in Thriller Live (Lyric Theatre); Ensemble in Back To The Future The Musical (Adelphi Theatre) and Prince Charming in Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs (Theatre Royal, Nottingham).

Paul French was nominated for Best Performer in a Musical at the WhatsOnStage Awards in 2023 for the role of Kenickie in Grease (Dominion Theatre, West End). He has also starred as Rooster in Annie (UK Tour) and TinMan/Hickory in Wizard of Oz (Curve Theatre).

Sinead Long has appeared in 9 To 5 (Daegu Opera House), Sylvia (The Old Vic), Hamilton (Victoria Palace), Sweet Charity (Nottingham Playhouse), King In Concert (Hackney Empire), Chess (London Coliseum), Cinderella (Hackney Empire) and Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and Jersey Boys (UK and Ireland tour). Her television credits include: Prince Andrew The Musical (Hat Trick Productions, Channel 4) and Doctors (BBC).

An Officer and a Gentleman is based on the award-winning 80s movie which starred Richard Gere. This timeless story of love, courage, and redemption will make your heart soar and leave you breathless, longing for more. Be part of the emotional journey of Zack Mayo, a fearless young officer candidate, and the captivating Paula Pokrifki, whose fiery spirit matches his own. Their encounters ignite a spark that transcends boundaries, awakening a passionate love that defies all odds.

With every note, every step, and every heartfelt ballad, immerse yourself in this romantic masterpiece. Set to a smash-hit soundtrack featuring the songs of Madonna, Bon Jovi, Cyndi Lauper, Blondie, and many more, the power of music will carry you through the highs and lows of their extraordinary love story, including the award-winning (Love Lift Us) Up Where We Belong

An Officer and a Gentleman invites you into a world where dreams and destinies intertwine. Don’t miss your chance to experience this captivating romance brought to life on stage.

An Officer and a Gentleman UK Tour will have set & costume design by Michael Taylor, musical supervision and orchestration by George Dyer, lighting design by Ben Cracknell, sound design by Tom Marshall, wig, hair and make up design by Sam Cox and casting by Debbie O’Brien. This Made at Curve production is produced by Jamie Wilson, Jack Maple, Gavin Kalin and Jason Haigh-Ellery in association with Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros Theatre Ventures.


23 February – 2 March           Birmingham Alexandra

5 – 9 March                             Glasgow Kings Theatre

12 – 16 March                         Belfast Grand Opera House             

19 – 23 March                         Llandudno Venue Cymru       

25 – 30 March                         Bradford, Alhambra Theatre                                    

1 – 6 April                                London New Wimbledon Theatre

15 – 20 April                            Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre

23 – 27 April                            Brighton Theatre Royal

30 April – 4 May                      Manchester Opera House    

6 – 11 May                              Stoke Regent Theatre

13 – 18 May                            Newcastle Theatre Royal                                          

20 – 25 May                            Dartford Orchard Theatre                                        

27 May – 1 June                     Oxford New Theatre

4 – 8 June                               York Grand Opera House

17 – 22 June                           Sheffield Lyceum                                                     

25 – 29 June                           Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre                         

2 – 6 July                                Torquay Princess Theatre

9 – 13 July                              Canterbury Marlowe                                                

16 – 20 July                            Southend Cliffs Pavilion

22 – 27 July                            Liverpool Empire Theatre

29 July – 3 August                  Nottingham Theatre Royal    

5 – 10 August                          Woking New Victoria Theatre

12 – 17 August                        Leicester Curve     

20 – 24 August                        Truro Hall for Cornwall     

2 – 7 September                     Bristol Hippodrome

10 – 14 September                 Ipswich Regent Theatre

17 – 21 September                 Eastbourne Congress       

23 – 28 September                 Wolverhampton Grand    

1 – 5 October                          Blackpool Opera House

8 – 12 October                        Aberdeen His Majesty’s Theatre   

21 – 26 October                      Milton Keynes Theatre

28 October – 2 November      Bromley Churchill Theatre      

4 – 9 November                      Hull New Theatre 

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