Chichester Festival Theatre revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific to open at the Manchester Opera House before playing Sadler’s Wells in Summer 2022, and a UK and Ireland Tour
The acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre production ofRodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific, directed by Chichester artistic director Daniel Evans, is coming to London this Summer.
The much-loved musical will play Sadler’s Wells Theatre from 27 July to 28 August 2022, featuring West End, Broadway and screen star Julian Ovenden asEmile de Becque and West End leading lady Gina Beck asEnsign Nellie Forbush.
Prior to London the show will open at Manchester Opera House on 16 July 2022, and after London will hit the road on a UK and Ireland tour, visiting Dublin, Newcastle, Birmingham, Glasgow, Cardiff, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Leeds and Canterbury.
Producers of the show Jamie Wilson and Jonathan Church told the press that, “After experiencing the buzz of the auditorium in Chichester, along with the rapturous applause and standing-ovations, we knew that this production of South Pacific just had to have a further life so that the magic of it could be enjoyed by everyone.”
Artistic director of Chichester, Daniel Evans, and Executive Director Kathy Bourne said: “We are always delighted to be able to share work made in Chichester beyond the borders of Sussex, and we’re proud to be working with our friends at Sadler’s Wells and many other regional theatres to bring Rodgers & Hammerstein’s beloved musical to wider audiences across the country.”
Chichester Festival Theatre has also announced a few highlights of its new 2022 Season, including new plays by Kate Mosse, Alecky Blythe and Stephen Beresford, the later play – The Southbury Child, directed by Nicholas Hytner, and featuring a cast led by Alex Jennings.
The show features some ofRodgers & Hammerstein’s most memorable tunes including “Some Enchanted Evening”, “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair” and “Bali Ha’i”.
South Pacific is directed by Daniel Evans, with set and costume design by Peter McKintosh, and choreography and movement direction from Ann Yee. The Musical Supervisor is Nigel Lilley, Musical Director is Cat Beveridge and new orchestration is by David Cullen, with original Broadway orchestration by Robert Russell Bennett. The lighting designer is Howard Harrison, sound designer is Paul Groothuis, video designer is Gillian Tan, additional arrangements and Happy Talk orchestration is by Theo Jamieson, casting director is Charlotte Sutton CDG and additional children’s casting by Verity Naughton. The show is produced by Jamie Wilson, Jonathan Church Theatre Productions and Gavin Kalin.