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An Officer and a Gentleman

The world premiere of a new musical that will simply sweep you off your feet! Based on true events, An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical follows the Oscar-winning film starring Richard Gere. Its feel-good soundtrack includes the hit song from the movie Up Where We Belong along with many 80s classic anthems including Girls Just Want to Have FunLivin’ On A PrayerHeart of Glass, Material GirlDon’t Cry Out Loud,  I Was Made for Lovin’ You, and The Final CountdownRead more …

Zack Mayo is in training to become a US Navy Pilot. When he 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 an Officer and a Gentleman.

With direction by Nikolai Foster (Artistic Director Curve, Annie, Calamity Jane), choreography by Kate Prince (Into The Hoods, ZooNation) and musical supervision by Tony Award-winning Sarah Travis (Sweeney Todd, Sister Act), this inspiring, breathtakingly romantic musical celebrates triumph over adversity and features one of the most iconic romantic scenes ever portrayed on screen. Let Love Lift You Up where you belong!

The critical consensus

It isn’t quite perfect, but it’s close enough.

****(*)Imogen Rowe, Edinburgh Guide, 03/07/2018

Sometimes a good jukebox musical with a decent storyline, terrific cast and impressive staging is just what an audience wants.

****(*)Natalie O'Donoghue, Broadway World, 03/07/2018

It’s nothing substantial, though it is certainly a lot more than it may first appear.

***(*)(*)Dominic Corr, The Reviews Hub, 03/07/2018

Yes, the show is cheesy and a little bit over the top at times, but it is also really uplifting. If you’re looking for a fun, feel-good, romantic musical to see this summer, then An Officer and a Gentlemen is the perfect ticket.

****(*)Sarah Moyes, All Edinburgh Theatre, 03/07/2018

It is what it is, however – a big musical playing big theatres, attempting to convey how small people feel when confronted by the challenges of everyday life. And it's in the dark corners of those challenges that this show really takes off.

***(*)(*)Kelly Apter, The List, 03/07/2018

This is not going to challenge your intellect but, was never intended to. It is a piece of easy escapism that will entertain both fans of the film and those new to the story.

***(*)(*)Lauren Humphreys, The Reviews Hub, 10/09/2018

Features about An Officer and a Gentleman

An Officer and a Gentleman writer Douglas Day Stewart: 'I can't tell you how many people have said "I got married because of that film"'.

Kelly Apter, The List, 21/05/2018

Douglas Day Stewart--An Officer and a Gentleman

Neil Cooper, Coffee-Table Notes, 28/06/2018

Where and when?

Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh from Monday July 2, 2018, until Saturday July 7, 2018. More info:

King's Theatre, Glasgow from Monday September 10, 2018, until Saturday September 15, 2018. More info:

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