It is with great delight that we announce RicNic's shows for summer 2016!
RicNic Hampshire, now in its thirteenth fantastic year, will be presenting the timeless classic Guys and Dolls. This much-loved musical had its Broadway premiere back in 1950: this incarnation of the show ran for a staggering 1200 performances and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. Since then, the musical has enjoyed revivals all over the world and a 1955 film adaptation starring Marlon Brando (pictured below), Frank Sinatra, and Jean Simmons.
Guys and Dolls was the brainchild of producers Cy Feuer and Ernest Martin, who wished to adapt Damon Runyon's colourful short stories concerning the underworld of post-Prohibition New York (packed with hustlers, gangsters and the like!). Guys and Dolls, which features music by Frank Loesser and book by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling, certainly includes plenty of larger-than-life characters - none more so than the rival New York gamblers, Sky Masterson and Nathan Detroit. A bet between Masterson and Detroit regarding the virtue of Save-a-Soul Mission leader, Sarah Brown, (or Masterson's pledge to compromise such) becomes the central focus of the tale.
Packed with stunning songs and fantastic characters, Guys and Dolls is a perennial favourite of musical theatre audiences everywhere, and RicNic's production promises to be full of energy, creativity and fun!
RicNic Oxford, after four sensational summers at the Pegasus Theatre, will be returning with Thoroughly Modern Millie. Set in 1920s New York, this fast-paced and action-packed comedy tells the story of a young girl searching for a husband in a big city - and finding so much more!
The musical of Thoroughly Modern Millie is based on the 1967 film of the same name, which starred Julie Andrews in the titular role (pictured). It depicts a naive young flapper with a 'thoroughly modern goal': to find a rich employer and marry him. A series of adventures leads Millie to find true love - rather than a marriage of convenience - with plenty of singing and dancing along the way: a winning combination that earned the film seven Academy Award nominations.
The musical, which features music by Jeanine Tesori and lyrics by Dick Scanlan, captures the film's madcap charm and won six Tony Awards when it opened on Broadway in 2002. After the triumphant success of Oxford's sell-out Into the Woods, we are set for another brilliant show!
Both shows will be performed in August 2016: watch this space for booking information...