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Emma Williams and Jason Donovan star in Annie Get Your Gun tour

The revival, which is directed by Ian Talbot, will also feature comedian Norman Pace

Jason Donovan will play chauvinistic sharp-shooter Frank Butler
Jason Donovan will play chauvinistic sharp-shooter Frank Butler

A new production of Broadway classic Annie Get Your Gun will tour the UK later this year starring Emma Williams, Jason Donovan and Norman Pace.

Presented by Ambassador Theatre Group, the tour kicks off at Manchester Opera House on 12 May and will subsequently visit venues including Edinburgh, Birmingham, Bromley, Liverpool, Glasgow and Wimbledon (full tour schedule below).

Williams, whose West End credits include Love Story and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, will play the title role of sharp-shooting country girl Annie Oakley, who falls for the chauvinistic marksman Frank Butler (Donovan) at a contest run by Buffalo Bill (Pace).

Jason Donovan, whose West End credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Priscilla Queen of the Desert, said: "I've been very lucky in having some great roles to get my teeth into in the past… 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."

Former Regent's Park Open Air artistic director Ian Talbot will helm the production.

Irving Berlin's score for Annie Get Your Gun includes classics "There’s No Business Like Show Business", "Doin' What Comes Natur’lly" and "Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better".

Full 2014 tour dates:

12 – 13 and 19 – 24 May – Manchester Opera House

3 – 7 June – Sunderland Empire

10 – 14 June – Stoke Regent Theatre

17 – 21 June – Edinburgh Playhouse

24 – 28 June – Oxford New Theatre

1 July – 5 July – Birmingham Alexandra New Theatre

15 – 19 July – Churchill Theatre, Bromley

22 – 26 July – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

29 July – 2 August – Malvern Festival Theatre

5 August – 9 August – Liverpool Empire

12 August – 16 August – New Victoria Theatre, Woking

19 August – 23 August – Bournemouth Pavillion Theatre

26 August – 30 August – Brighton Theatre Royal

2 September – 6 September – Glasgow Theatre Royal

9 September – 13 September – Wimbledon New Theatre

16 September – 20 September – His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen

30 September – 4 October – Torquay Princess Theatre