Oklahoma! Peacock Theatre, London
By William Russell for The Herald
THE cast of this National Youth Music Theatre revival of the legendary Rogers and Hammerstein musical are bursting with energy and talent. The trouble lies not with the youthful cast, who perform with a will, but the rather older persons who have put the show together.
The direction by Roger Haines is as cliched as can be, and the social nuances he claims to have discerned between cowboys and farmers in his programme note - Trevor Nunn's revival for the Royal National Theatre made much of them - have not made their way on to the stage. The set by Kate Burnett, a ghastly meringue of a sky with a stunted tree, provides no impression of the prairie, let alone fields where the corn is as high as an elephant's eye. click for more
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