Theatre Preview: Ghost The Musical at the New Theatre Oxford
by Abi Hack
Taking its inspiration from the double Academy Award winning movie, Ghost, the New Theatre Oxford will welcome Bill Kenwright’s theatrical reimagining of a timeless story of love, despair and hope from 31st October – 5th November.
For over ten years Sarah Harding was part of one of the most successful pop acts in UK history, Girls Aloud, but now the singer will make her stage debut as ‘Molly’ in Ghost The Musical. Sarah’s acting credits include Bad Day, Freefall, Run For Your Wife, Coronation Street and St Trinians 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold.
The original 1990 movie starred the late Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn and Whoopi Goldberg and was directed by Jerry Zucker. Bruce Joel Rubin's script won the Oscar® for Best Original Screenplay and Whoopi Goldberg won the Oscar® for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. The film's most iconic and moving scene was famously performed to The Righteous Brother's Unchained Melody, which also features in the musical version.
Bill Kenwright said: “Ghost is a story full of hope, and is one of those films which never leaves you. The book by Bruce Joel Rubin and score by Dave Stewart and Glenn Ballad come together wonderfully in one of my favourite new musicals in years.”
Dates Mon 31st October – Sat 5th November
Running time approx. 2hrs 30mins
Sarah Harding said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be making my theatre debut in Ghost - The Musical. The film is one of my all-time favourites, so to get the opportunity to play ‘Molly’ in Bill Kenwright’s new production is a huge honour for me and I can’t wait to get started!”
Starring opposite Sarah will be Andy Moss who will be playing ‘Sam’. Andy is best-known for starring as Rhys Ashworth in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks, but his other credits include Cutting It, Coronation Street and most recently he appeared as ‘Paul Cuthbert’ in the long running BBC soap opera Doctors.