The classic 1970s tear-jerker ‘Love Story’ has been turned into a musical – and will be making its Welsh premiere at the Dolman Theatre in April.
The new musical version, inspired by Erich Segal’s best-selling iconic novel, is being presented by Newport Playgoers as part of their 91st season.
One of the most romantic films of all time, it tells the moving story of Oliver Barrett IV who went to Harvard and Jenny Cavilleri, a student at the less well-to-do Radcliffe.
The musical has been adapted from the highly successful tear-jerking romantic film of the same name which starred Ryan O’Neal and Ali McGraw – and made famous the inspired line “Love means never having to say you’re sorry”.
“We’re proud to be the first in Wales to present this musical version of a much-loved classic,” said director Steve Bissex-Williams.
“It has all the ingredients for a classic love story and the music for this revised version is by Howard Goodall, an EMMY, BRIT and BAFTA-winning composer of choral music, stage musicals, film and TV scores (including ‘Blackadder’ and ‘The Vicar of Dibley’). His musicals have won many international awards, including Ivor Novello and TMA Awards for Best Musical.
“It tells of a rich boy, Oliver, who falls in love with a poor girl, Jenny. He is a Harvard graduate who comes from a wealthy family, she is a working-class, quick-witted student. He is sporty, she plays music.
“The two decide to marry against the wishes of Oliver’s father who severs all ties with his son and cuts off his financial support. The couple struggle to survive as Oliver works his way through Harvard Law School. Their romance is as poignant as it is enriching, as sweet as it is intense. The musical version of ‘Love Story’ will win your heart – and it might just break it.”
‘Love Story – The Musical’ will be making its Welsh premiere at the Dolman Theatre from Wednesday 2 – Saturday 5 April at 7.15 pm, with an extra matinee performance on the Saturday at 2.30 pm. To book tickets call 01633 263670 or visit www.dolmantheatre.co.uk.