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The Sound of Music to tour the UK in 2018

Lucy O'Byrne returns as Maria alongside Neil McDermott

Neil McDermott and Lucy O'Byrne

Bill Kenwright's production of The Sound of Music is to embark on a new UK tour in 2018.

Lucy O'Byrne will star as Maria, having performed the role in the same show previously. She will be joined by EastEnders actor Neil McDermott as Captain von Trapp.

The show opens at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin on 19 December and will then embark on the tour from 9 January at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley.

O'Byrne is known for becoming a runner up in The Voice on BBC One. Since leaving the 2016 tour of The Sound of Music she performed as Fantine in Les Miserables in the West End.

McDermott's roles include Chief Weasel in The Wind in the Willows and Lord Farquaad in Shrek.

The musical is written by Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse and first debuted on Broadway in 1959. It follows the story of Maria who takes a job as a governess for a large family in Austria while she decides whether or not to become a nun.

Songs in the piece include "Edelweiss", "My Favourite Things", "Do-Re-Mi" and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain".

The Sound of Music runs at Dublin's Bord Gais Theatre from 19 December to 5 January and then tours to venues including Churchill Theatre in Bromley, New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham, King's Theatre in Glasgow and Manchester Palace Theatre.

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