Sharpshooting duo’s tale of love and adventure

The stars of stage show, Annie Get Your Gun: from left Norman Pace, Emma Williams and Jason Donovan
The stars of stage show, Annie Get Your Gun: from left Norman Pace, Emma Williams and Jason Donovan

Jason Donovan, Emma Williams and Norman Pace star in a major new production of Irving Berlin’s classic musical Annie Get Your Gun at Brighton Theatre Royal (Aug 26-30).

Donovan has appeared in hit musicals including Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Sound of Music, War of the Worlds and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

Now he will appear as Frank Butler in this new version of the classic Broadway hit.

Jason is joined by Emma Williams as Annie Oakley. Emma is the twice Olivier nominated star of Chitty, Chitty, Bang Bang and Love Story. Her other credits include Sunset Boulevard and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Jason and Emma will be joined by Norman Pace as Buffalo Bill.

Featuring classics including There’s No Business Like Show Business and Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better, Annie Get Your Gun tells the story of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West female sharpshooter, Annie Oakley and her romance with fellow sharpshooter, Frank Butler.

When Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show comes to town, it only takes one glance for sharp-shooting country girl Annie Oakley to fall head over heels for its star marksman, Frank Butler.

Both have met their match, revealing their competitive natures as they vie for best shot – and each other’s hearts.

Jason said: “I’ve been very lucky in having some great roles to get my teeth into in the past, but now having the chance to star in the UK premiere production of this award-winning version of such a classic musical is very exciting.

“I’m very much looking forward to performing such brilliant songs and appearing alongside a truly great cast as we bring the Wild West to theatres across the country.”

Norman Pace added: “I can’t wait to get out on the stage and play Buffalo Bill alongside Jason Donovan and Emma Williams, with a script and songs written by the legendary Irving Berlin.

“Even though it’s nearly 70 years since the show was first performed on Broadway, there’s still a real sense of fun and excitement to a timeless production that I’m very honoured to be a part of.”

Tickets on 0844 871 7650 or www.atgtickets.com/brighton.