The direction from Daniel Fish is incredible, this is no longer a cheery musical with hoe-downs and petticoats. This is now a thought provoking, mind-blowing piece of theatre that will leave you knowing you have experienced something truly special. The musical direction from Daniel Kluger has given new life to the original songs, some with now slower tempos add to the new feel of the piece.
This revival production has been branded ‘sexy’ since it’s first iteration on Broadway in 2019 and it soon becomes clear there’s not much for the people to do in the state of Oklahoma except lust after other residents.
The main story follows the love triangle of Laurey (Anoushka Lucas), Curly (Arthur Darvill) and Jud (Patrick Vaill), the three working wonderfully together to tell their story. Arthur plays Curly with the arrogance of a man about town who seems to get what he wants without working too hard at it. Patrick is outstanding as the damaged odd-ball Jud who lusts after the beautiful Laurey without a chance in hell of ever getting her. Anoushka is wonderfully doe-eyed as Laurey, flitting from strong spoken woman to love-struck teen so smoothly.