At the Young Vic theatre on London's southbank, the old favourite musical Oklahoma! has taken to the stage with a whole new feel. Written originally by the duo Rogers and Hammerstein (in addition to the classic 'The Sound of Music') the musical first debuted on Broadway on March 31st 1943. The musical was based on the play Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs and was an instant success, winning many awards and an oscar-winning film adaptation in 1955. 

Oklahoma! is set in rural Claremore, Indian Territory in 1906. It tells the story of farmgirl Laurey Williams and her romances with two rival suitors: cowboy Curly McLain and unnerving farmhand Jud Fry. In the Young Vic's modification, the role of Laurey is played by the outstanding Anoushka Lucas and her enthralling performance kept the audience on tenterhooks; wondering who she would end up with. 

This new rendition is funny, enticing and gripping and uses all the same words, music and songs as the original version. The audience is brought as close as can be to the action, with seats surrounding the stage and the orchestra and actors joined together in one space. Amazing choreography gifts the spectators with both joyful and meaningful dance sequences which dovetail the mood and plot of the play. 

Daniel Fish's adaptation of Oklahoma! at the Young Vic does justice to the original whilst bringing modern elements to the almost century-old classic. A must-see for all theatre and musical lovers.