Beloved musical An Officer and a Gentleman is coming back to Manchester

Its soundtrack is filled with iconic 80s songs. (Contains affiliate links)

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 22nd June 2023

An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical is set to return to Manchester next year, as the production embarks on a UK tour.

The beloved romantic masterpiece, based on the 1982 film of the same name, will be at the Manchester Opera House in 2024.

The award-winning film starred Richard Gere in the lead role of Zack Mayo, a fearless young officer candidate beginning his military training when he meets Paula Pokrifki.

The pair fall madly in love, sparking a passion that transcends boundaries and defies all odds.

Filled with heartfelt ballads, An Officer and A Gentleman’s soundtrack features songs from Madonna, Bon Jovi, Cyndi Lauper, Blondie and many more.


The musical’s most famous song is the award-winning (Love Lift Us) Up Where We Belong.

Director Nikolai Foster said: “Filled with love and quiet profundity, An Officer and a Gentleman sensitively charts the lives of working class, military folk in America in the early 1980s.


“We are proud to be working alongside the film’s creator Douglas Day Stewart, producer Jamie Wilson, Sharleen Cooper Cohen and an incredible creative team to present this beautiful and inspiring story.

“We are excited to share some iconic 80s songs and this moving story with audiences across the UK.”

An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical UK tour will have musical supervision and orchestration by George Dyer, set and costume design by Michael Taylor, lighting design by Ben Cracknell, sound design by Tom Marshall, wig, hair and make up design by Sam Cox and casting by Debbie O’Brien. This Made at Curve production is produced by Jamie Wilson, Jack Maple, Gavin Kalin and Jason Haigh-Ellery in association with Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros Theatre Ventures.


Tickets will go on general sale here from 10am on Friday 23 June, with early access from 11am on 22 June for TheatreCard members.

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