Richard Wise’s iconic 1965 film starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer has become a household favourite. If you're a fan of the film, you have to check out the excellent stage adaptation of The Sound of Music, now showing at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin until Saturday the 1st of February.
Irish star Clelia Murphy will join the cast of The Sound of Music to play the role of Baroness Elsa for the Dublin date only. Clelia wowed television viewers earlier this year with her show- stopping performances on RTÉ television series Dancing with the Stars. The former Fair City actress was a show favourite for twenty-two years and she is now set to entertain theatregoers as the formidable Baroness.
The year is 1938 and Maria Rainer, a young Austrian nun played by Emile Fleming, has been asked by Mother Abbess (Megan Llewellyn) to leave the abbey. She is to become governess for Captain Georg Von Trapp and his seven children.
Captain Von Trapp, played by former Coronation Street actor Andrew Lancel, is a moody, retired naval officer who runs the household with an iron fist. The pair clash as Maria bonds with the children through music including classic Rodgers and Hammerstein numbers like ‘My Favourite Things’, ‘Edelweiss’, ‘So Long, Farewell’ and ‘Sixteen Going on Seventeen’.
The Von Trapp children are an absolute delight and were a joy to watch. In general, the production is uplifting, fun and delicately handles the sensitive themes of national identity and Nazism in 1930’s Austria. This all-singing, all-dancing ensemble will truly delight. Well worth a trip to the theatre!
Bill Kenwright’s production of one of the greatest family musicals of all time The Sound of Music returns to tour the UK and Ireland in 2020. The tour will begin with a 3-week run at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre from 10 January 2020 to 1 February 2020. Tickets are on sale now priced from €21.00 and are available through Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.