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An Officer and a Gentleman at the Marlowe Theatre

VIDEO: Musical promises to “sweep you off your feet”

The world premier of the musical stage show of An Officer and a Gentleman is coming to the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury.

Based on a true story and inspired by the blockbuster movie starring Richard Gere, the show promises theatre goers it will “simply sweep you off your feet!”

Its features a feel-good soundtrack which includes the hit song from the movie Up Where We Belong alongside 80s anthems including Girls Just Want To Have Fun, Livin’ On A Prayer, Heart Of Glass, Material Girl, Don’t Cry Out Loud, I Was Made For Lovin’ You, and The Final Countdown.

The story centres on Zack Mayo who is training to become a US Navy Pilot.

When he begins boot camp with a bit too much of a bravado, life isn’t made easy for him.

A scene from an Officer and a Gentleman

And then 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.

The cast includes West End performers Jonny Fines (Annie), Ray Shell (Starlight Express), and Olivier Award nominee Emma Williams (Half A Sixpence).

The show runs from Monday, August 6 to Saturday, August 11 with evening performances beginning at 7.30pm. There are matinees starting at 2.30pm on Thursday and Saturday.

Each show lasts two hours and 15 minutes and contains adult themes and strong language.

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