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★★★★★ “A roof-raising triumph” The Guardian

Chichester Festival Theatre’s glorious, 5 star production ofRodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific comes to Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London for 5 weeks only this Summer.

The show features some of the greatest, best-known songs in musical theatre history including “Some Enchanted Evening”, “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair”, and “Younger Than Springtime”.

Set on a South Pacific Island during World War ll, this classic show brings glorious performances to the stage, including Julian Ovenden and Gina Beck as plantation owner Emile and nurse Nellie Forbush, and Rob Houchen as Lieutenant Joseph Cable.

Directed by Daniel Evans, don’t miss this enchanting production of South Pacific, booking from 27 July 2022 until 28 August 2022 at Sadler’s Wells, London.

What’s South Pacific about?

All set during World War II on a South Pacific island, Nurse Nellie Forbush of the U.S. Navy falls for suave French plantation owner Emile De Becque, but backs away after discovering that he’s fathered two mixed-race children. When Nellie leaves him, the heartbroken Emile agrees to take on a dangerous espionage mission. In his absence, Nellie struggles to reconcile her prejudices with her love for him – and after she spends time with his children and comes to care for them, fears that Emile may not return alive.

Who’s in the cast of South Pacific

The cast of South Pacific includes West End, Broadway and screen star Julian Ovenden (Downton Abbey, Showboat), as Emile de Becque and West End leading lady Gina Beck (Matilda, Wicked) as Ensign Nellie Forbush.

The cast also includes Rob Houchen as Lieutenant Joseph Cable, Joanna Ampil as Bloody Mary and Sera Maehara as Liat.

Who wrote South Pacific?

South Pacific is written by two Broadway legends: music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. The book for South Pacific is by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan, adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener.

South Pacific creative team

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.


Reviews of South Pacific

★★★★★ "Succumb to the siren call from this island paradise of a musical" - TELEGRAPH (2022)
★★★★★ "Sumptuous" THE STAGE (2022)
★★★★ "Smart revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s WW2-set jewel" - TIMEOUT (2022)
★★★★★ "A roof-raising triumph." THE GUARDIAN (2019)
★★★★★ "An enchanting musical done to perfection. An evening to remember" DAILY TELEGRAPH (2019)
★★★★ "Exuberant" SUNDAY TIMES (2019)
★★★★★  Average review score

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Show Information

Age restrictions
12+
Running time
2 hours 50 minutes (including interval)
Performance dates
Booking to 28 August 2022
Performance days
Evenings: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday

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Important Notes

This performance contains helicopter and dramatic sound effects at the start, one gunshot sound, and sounds of explosions and planes near the end of the show. This performance also contains racially offensive language prevalent at the time and some other derogatory language.


Venue Information

Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN
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New images of South Pacific at Sadler’s Wells in 2022 with Julian Ovenden, Gina Beck, Rob Houchen
New production images have been released for the major Chichester Festival Theatre revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific, coming to London this summer. The show plays at Sadler's Wells theatre from 27 July to 28 August 2022. The cast features Julian Ovenden as Emile de Becque alongside Gina Beck as Ensign Nellie Forbush, Rob Houchen as Lieutenant Joseph Cable, Joanna Ampil as Bloody Mary and Sera Maeharaas Liat. They are joined by Lee Ross as Luther Billis, David Birrell as Captain George Brackett, Stephen John Davis as Commander William Harbison, Antoine Murray-Straughan as Stewpot, Charlie Waddell as Professor and Olly Christopher as Sergeant Johnson. The cast is completed by Iroy Abesamis, Feline Andersson, Charlotte Coggin, Annabel Edwards, Leslie Garcia Bowman, Sergio Giacomelli, Ellie Jane Grant, Josh Kiernan, Matthew Maddison, Rachel Jayne Picar, Kate Playdon, George Renshaw, Pierce Rogan, Charlotte Scott, Trezel Sergeant, Nikhil Singh Rai, James Wilkinson-Jones and Eleanor Wright. The show was a huge hit last summer in Chichester, and features many of Rodgers & Hammerstein's most memorable tunes including "Some Enchanted Evening", "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair" and "Bali Ha'i". Following London, South Pacific does a 10-week UK and Ireland tour visiting Dublin, Newcastle, Birmingham, Glasgow, Cardiff, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Leeds and Canterbury.. The show is directed by Chichester’s Artistic Director 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. Photos by Johan Persson Book tickets to South Pacific at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London South Pacific - Photos 2022 [ngg src="galleries" ids="834" display="pro_tile"]
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Inside the rehearsal room: South Pacific starring Julian Ovenden
Rehearsal photos have been released of Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific which runs at Sadler's Wells this Summer. South Pacific stars Julian Ovenden as Emile de Becque alongside Gina Beck as Ensign Nellie Forbush, Rob Houchen as Lieutenant Joseph Cable, Joanna Ampil as Bloody Mary and Sera Maehara as Liat. They are joined by David Birrell as Captain George Brackett, Stephen John Davis as Commander William Harbison, Antoine Murray-Straughan as Stewpot, Charlie Waddell as Professor and Olly Christopher as Sergeant Johnson. The role of Luther Billis will now be played by Douggie McMeekin who replaces the previously announced Lee Ross. Pierce Rogan will play the role at certain performances. The cast is completed by Iroy Abesamis, Feline Andersson, Charlotte Coggin, Annabel Edwards, Leslie Garcia Bowman, Sergio Giacomelli, Ellie Jane Grant, Josh Kiernan, Matthew Maddison, Rachel Jayne Picar, Kate Playdon, George Renshaw, Pierce Rogan, Charlotte Scott, Trezel Sergeant, Nikhil Singh Rai, James Wilkinson-Jones and Eleanor Wainwright. A powerful love story set on an island in the South Pacific during WWII, the musical features many of Rodgers & Hammerstein's most memorable tunes including "Some Enchanted Evening", "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair" and "Bali Ha'i". The production opens at Manchester Opera House on 16 July 2022 ahead of a season at Sadler’s Wells, London from 27 July to 28 August 2022 followed by a limited 10-week UK and Ireland Tour visiting Dublin, Newcastle, Birmingham, Glasgow, Cardiff, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Leeds and Canterbury. Tickets for South Pacific are now on sale. Book tickets to South Pacific at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London [ngg src="galleries" ids="827" display="pro_tile"] Photos by Johan Persson
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South Pacific cast meet up at London’s Ivy for a tinkle on the piano
Watch Julian Ovenden, Gina Beck, Joanna Ampil and Rob Houchen sing a medley of songs from South Pacific. The cast of South Pacific recently met up at the Ivy in London and couldn't resist the opportunity to get round the piano. Who knew Julian Ovenden could play the piano? [videopress xCD1GcMH w=750] Chichester Festival Theatre's production of South Pacific will open at Manchester Opera House on 16 July 2022 ahead of a summer season at Sadler's Wells in London from 27 July to 28 August 2022. The show will then play a limited 10-week UK and Ireland Tour visiting Dublin, Newcastle, Birmingham, Glasgow, Cardiff, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Leeds and Canterbury. Tickets are on sale here. Chichester’s Artistic Director Daniel Evans, will once again direct Julian, Gina, Rob, Joanna and Sera as they reprise the roles they played to enormous critical and audience acclaim at Chichester Festival Theatre in the summer of 2021. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s SOUTH PACIFIC stars Julian Ovenden as Emile de Becque alongside Gina Beck as Ensign Nellie Forbush, Rob Houchen as Lieutenant Joseph Cable, Joanna Ampil as Bloody Mary, Sera Maehara as Liat and Lee Ross as Luther Billis. They are joined by David Birrell as Captain George Brackett, Stephen John Davis as Commander William Harbison, Antoine Murray-Straughan as Stewpot, Charlie Waddell as Professor and Olly Christopher as Sergeant Johnson. This powerful love story, set on a South Pacific Island during World War ll is brought thrillingly to life with a sensational cast of over thirty and a full orchestra in this epic new five-star production. This Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical boasts one of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most memorable scores, and features songs such as “Some Enchanted Evening”, “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair” and “Bali Ha’i”. Book tickets to South Pacific at Sadler's Wells in London.
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Final casting announced for South Pacific at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London
Final casting has been announced for Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific which runs at Sadler's Wells this Summer. Lee Ross is announced as Luther Billis, joining the previously announced Julian Ovenden as Emile de Becque alongside Gina Beck as Ensign Nellie Forbush, Rob Houchen as Lieutenant Joseph Cable, Joanna Ampil as Bloody Mary and Sera Maeharaas Liat. They are joined by David Birrell as Captain George Brackett, Stephen John Davis as Commander William Harbison, Antoine Murray-Straughan as Stewpot, Charlie Waddell as Professor and Olly Christopher as Sergeant Johnson. The cast is completed by Iroy Abesamis, Feline Andersson, Charlotte Coggin, Annabel Edwards, Leslie Garcia Bowman, Sergio Giacomelli, Ellie Jane Grant, Josh Kiernan, Matthew Maddison, Rachel Jayne Picar, Kate Playdon, George Renshaw, Pierce Rogan, Charlotte Scott, Trezel Sergeant, Nikhil Singh Rai, James Wilkinson-Jones and Eleanor Wright. Lee Ross is probably best known as Owen Turner in the BBC’s EastEnders, his other television credits include Doctor Who, The Catherine Tate Show, Life on Mars, Midsomer Murders, Silent Witness and White Gold. His theatrical credits include playing Hugo Battersby/Loco Chanel in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, and Jack Firebrace in Birdsong. His film credits include The English Patient, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and A Castle for Christmas. David Birrell returns to South Pacific having been part of the show during the 2021 Chichester Festival Theatre season, his other theatrical credits include Wendy and Peter Pan at the Leeds Playhouse, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Moby Dick, The Tempest, Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet at the RSC and Oh! What a Lovely War at the National Theatre. His television credits include Silent Witness, Vera, Midsomer Murders, Buried and The Royal. Stephen John Davis’s West End credits include playing The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera, Valjean and Javert in Les Misérables, Man of La Mancha for the English National Opera, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium, Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre and The Pirates of Penzance and HMS Pinafore for the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company.  Antoine Murray-Straughan’s West End credits include & Juliet at the Shaftesbury Theatre, In The Heights at the King’s Cross Theatre, The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre and Cats at the London Palladium. Charlie Waddell returns to South Pacific having been part of the show in 2021 at Chichester Festival Theatre, his other theatre credits include Passion at the Hope Mill Theatre and Bernstein’s Mass at the Southbank Centre.  Olly Christopher has most recently been seen in Pretty Woman at the Savoy Theatre, his other theatre credits include The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre, Sweet Charity at the Royal Exchange Theatre and Cadogan Hall and Eugenius! The Musical at the London Palladium. The production opens at Manchester Opera House on 16 July 2022 ahead of a season at Sadler’s Wells, London from 27 July to 28 August 2022 followed by a limited 10-week UK and Ireland Tour visiting Dublin, Newcastle, Birmingham, Glasgow, Cardiff, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Leeds and Canterbury. Tickets for South Pacific are now on sale. Chichester’s Artistic Director Daniel Evans, will once again direct Julian, Gina, Rob, Joanna and Sera as they reprise the roles they played to enormous critical and audience acclaim at Chichester Festival Theatre in the summer of 2021 The show features many of Rodgers & 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. South Pacific at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London
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Chichester Festival Theatre announces 60th anniversary 2022 season
Award-winning UK regional venue Chichester Festival Theatre has announced its 2022 festival season, and artistic director Daniel Evans has pulled out all the stops to celebrate the theatre's 60th anniversary. Artistic Director Daniel Evans and Executive Director Kathy Bourne have announced a wide range of productions including three musicals, five new plays, and a number of drama revivals. In terms of musicals, Susan Stroman is returning to the show she originally choreographed on Broadway 30 years ago, to direct and choreograph a brand new revival of Crazy For You, with music & lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, and book by Ken Ludwig. Add to that, Charlie Stemp will leave Mary Poppins in the West End to return to Chichester to play Bobby. The show runs from 11 July to 4 September 2022. Also a brand new musical version of Local Hero, based on Bill Forsyth’s iconic British film, is coming to Chichester from 8 October to 19 November 2022. The show boasts a book by David Greig, music and lyrics by legendary musician and former Dire Straits band member Mark Knopfler, and direction by Daniel Evans. Finally, a new musical has been created based on Enid Blyton's Famous Five books. Called The Famous Five: The Musical (pictured), the show runs from 21 October to 12 November 2022, and has music and lyrics by Theo Jamieson, a book by Elinor Cook, and direction by Tamara Harvey. Five new plays are also being showcased at Chichester in 2022, partly due to a backlog from Covid delays. These include already announced new plays by Kate Mosse - The Taxidermist's Daughter (8 to 30 April), directed by Róisín McBrinn; and Alecky Blythe - Our Generation (22 April to 14 May), which is a co-production with the National Theatre and directed by Daniel Evans. Other drama includes The Unfriend (21 May to 9 July), a new play by Steven Moffat (Sherlock, Doctor Who), starring Amanda Abbington, Frances Barber and Reece Shearsmith, and directed by Mark Gatiss; The Narcissist (26 August to 24 September) by Christopher Shinn, directed by Josh Seymour; and already announced new Stephen Beresford play The Southbury Child (13 to 25 June) starring Alex Jennings, and directed by Nicholas Hytner, which is in Chichester before a run at the The Bridge Theatre in London. Classic dramas brought to live at Chichester this year include a major new play based on Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, with Henry Goodman starring as Hercule Poirot. The play is adapted from Christie's novel by Ken Ludwig and directed by Jonathan Church. Other plays include a revival of Nicole Charles' Chichester production of Roy Williams’s Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads; (22 July to 13 August); a revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s Woman in Mind (23 September to 15 October) directed by Justin Martin; and Chichester Festival Youth Theatre presenting Alan Bennett’s adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows (17 to 31 December). 2022 will also see Daniel Evans’s acclaimed 2021 production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific come to the Sadler’s Wells theatre in London in July and August starring Julian Ovenden and Gina Beck. Daniel Evans and Kathy Bourne told the press: "2022 marks our diamond anniversary year and our sparkling Festival Season offers no less than six world premiere productions, three musicals and a host of dramas, as well as community and digital events celebrating 60 years of CFT. "Festival 2022 places compelling stories front and centre: joyful, gripping, uplifting and provocative. They teem with 21st century teenagers and 1930s showgirls; London football fans and Scottish environmentalists; Edwardian feminists fighting for justice and American politicians struggling for dominance. A celebrated sleuth, an Anglican vicar, a troubled housewife and overly-polite middle Englanders all have their battles to fight, while ‘the Famous Five’ and Mole, Ratty and Toad go seeking adventure. "CFT was built by the community, for the community. Nobody in 1962 could have foreseen the digital revolution which has enabled that community to expand worldwide, and to participate in ways undreamt of 60 years ago. Our digital celebrations will include a unique link-up with the Festival Theatre in Stratford Ontario – a key inspiration for CFT’s unique hexagonal design – on our 60th anniversary itself. Meanwhile, audiences across the country will be able to see 2021’s South Pacific in person when it tours to ten UK and Ireland venues, as well as its run at Sadler’s Wells. "Three Festival 2022 productions will pilot the standards set out in the Theatre Green Book, continuing our mission to make all our activities environmentally conscious. Off-stage, our events have a refreshed focus on young people’s voices, including a National Youth Conference and CFT Lates. And we are delighted to be co-producing work with the National Theatre, The Bridge Theatre and Theatr Clwyd.‘In happy serendipity, we join with our fellow cultural organisations in Chichester marking significant anniversaries this year with a district-wide festival Culture Spark. After a challenging couple of years, we are all surely in need of a celebration." Chichester Festival Theatre Book tickets to South Pacific at the Sadler’s Wells theatre Book tickets to The Southbury Child at the Bridge Theatre in London
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More cast announced for South Pacific at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London
The Chichester Festival Theatre revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific has announced more casting for the show. Directed by Chichester artistic director Daniel Evans, this joyous musical plays Sadler's Wells Theatre from 27 July to 28 August 2022. Already announced are lead cast members Julian Ovenden as Emile de Becque and Gina Beck as Ensign Nellie Forbush. Joining them will be fellow cast members from the original Chichester production - Rob Houchen as Lieutenant Joseph Cable, Joanna Ampil as Bloody Mary and Sera Maehara as Liat. Rob Houchen's West End credits include Les Misérables in the West End, City of Angels at the Garrick Theatre, Godspell in Concert at The Lyric Theatre and Broken Wings at Theatre Royal Haymarket and now the Charing Cross Theatre. His other theatre credits include The Light in the Piazza at the Royal Festival Hall, Eugenius! at The Other Palace and Titanic at Charing Cross Theatre. Joanna Ampil's West End credits include 'Kim' in Miss Saigon, 'Mary Magdalene' in Jesus Chris Superstar, 'Eponine', and 'Fantine' in Les Misérables , 'Grizabella' in Cats, 'Christmas Eve' in Avenue Q and 'Sheila Franklin' in Hair. Her other theatre credits include 'Mimi' in the European Tour of Rent, 'Thanh' in the World Premiere of The Real Love in Los Angeles and 'Maria' in West Side Story, 'Maria Von Trapp' in The Sound of Music, 'Jenna' in Waitress and 'Nellie Forbush' in South Pacific in Concert, all in Manila. Sera Maehara's theatre and dance credits include Warrior Queens at Sadler's Wells, Qualms directed by Julia Cheng, Carmen for Dance Marche and as a soloist for the Roussewaltz Dance Company and Junior Associate Artist for Fabula Collective, directed by Yukiko Tsukamoto. Her film and television credits include 'Kaede' in Kid That Never Fell and 'Mayu Huruta' in Pakodate Jin. The show features many of Rodgers & 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. South Pacific at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London
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South Pacific to play Sadler’s Wells in London starring Julian Ovenden and Gina Beck
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 of Rodgers & 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 as Emile de Becque and West End leading lady Gina Beck as Ensign 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 of Rodgers & 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. South Pacific at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London
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Chichester Festival Theatre announces 2022 season highlights
Nicholas Hytner and Alex Jennings reuinte for a new Stephen Beresford play - The Southbury ChildIt's all about co-pro's! Chichester teams up with National Theatre, Bridge Theatre Chichester Festival Theatre has revealed highlights of its new 2022 season, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the acclaimed regional theatre. Led by Artistic Director Daniel Evans and Executive Director Kathy Bourne, Chichester Festival Theatre opened in 1962 and has continued to produce a range of plays and musicals, some of which have travelled widely from their original home. The 2022 season includes a brand new play by Chichester based author Kate Mosse based on her bestseller The Taxidermist’s Daughter, which is set in Chichester. The play will premiere in April 2022 directed by Róisín McBrinn, who makes her directorial debut at Chichester. Alecky Blythe’s new verbatim play Our Generation, which is a co-production with the National Theatre and directed by Daniel Evans, will open the Minerva Theatre's season. Other highlights of the 2022 festival include a new play by Stephen Beresford, The Southbury Child, directed by Nicholas Hytner, featuring a cast led by Alex Jennings. The play is a co-production with The Bridge Theatre, and opens in Chichester in June before a London run at the Bridge Theatre. Hytner and Jennings are reuniting in Chichester, returning to the venue for the first time since the mid-1980's. In other Chichester news, Daniel Evans’s 2021 production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific is set to come to Sadler's Wells in London as part of a nationwide tour. The show will star Julian Overnden and Gina Beck, produced by former Chichester artistic director Jonathan Church. In a press release about the new season, Kathy Bourne and Daniel Evans said: "The prospect of Chichester Festival Theatre’s 60th anniversary season is a truly joyous one. This Theatre, built by the community, for the community, has been at the heart of West Sussex cultural life since its inception. It was here, in 1962, that Laurence Olivier established the nucleus of the National Theatre company that opened at the Old Vic the following year; so it’s especially appropriate that, 60 years on, we begin our Minerva season with a co-production with the National. We are thrilled to be introducing Alecky Blythe’s engrossing verbatim work to Chichester audiences with her new play, Our Generation." The full Chichester season will be announced in February. Book tickets to The Southbury Child at the Bridge Theatre in London More about the Chichester Festival 2022 Season The Taxidermist's Daughter 8 – 30 April 2022, Festival Theatre A story of retribution and justice, The Taxidermist’s Daughter is a thrilling Gothic mystery set in and around historic Chichester. This world premiere is written by Cicestrian Kate Mosse, based on her No 1 internationally best-selling novel. Synopsis: 1912. In the isolated Blackthorn House on Sussex’s Fishbourne Marshes, Connie Gifford lives with her father. His Museum of Avian Taxidermy was once legendary, but since its closure Gifford has become a broken man, taking refuge in the bottle. Robbed of her childhood memories by a mysterious accident, Connie is haunted by fitful glimpses of her past. A strange woman has been seen in the graveyard; and a few miles away, at Chichester’s Graylingwell Asylum, two female patients have, inexplicably, disappeared. As a major storm hits the Sussex landscape, old wounds are about to be opened as one woman, intent on revenge, attempts to liberate another from the horrifying crimes of the past. Writer - Kate Mosse: Kate Mosse’s novels include The Languedoc Trilogy (Labyrinth, Sepulchre and Citadel), The Winter Ghosts and her new historical series, The Burning Chambers and The City of Tears; non-fiction includes An Extra Pair of Hands. She is Founder Director of the Women's Prize for Fiction, Founder of the global Woman in History campaign and Visiting Professor in Contemporary Fiction & Creative Writing at the University of Chichester. Director - Róisín McBrinn: Róisín McBrinn is currently Joint Artistic Director of Clean Break; elsewhere she has directed many productions for theatres including The Abbey and Gate Theatres (Dublin), West Yorkshire Playhouse, Sheffield Theatres, Donmar Warehouse, Bush Theatre and Sherman Theatre. Our Generation 22 April – 14 May 2022, Minerva Theatre Alecky Blythe’s engrossing new verbatim play tells the stories of a generation, directed by Daniel Evans, in co-production with the National Theatre. Created from five years of interviews with 12 young people from all four corners of the UK, Our Generation is a captivating portrait of their teenage years as they journey into adulthood. This funny and moving play is for anyone who is - or has ever been - a teenager. Writer - Alecky Blythe: Alecky Blythe’s acclaimed verbatim musical London Road premiered at the National Theatre in 2011 and she later adapted it for the 2015 feature film. Her other work includes Little Revolution (Almeida Theatre) and The Riots: In Their Own Words for BBC2. Director - Daniel Evans: Our Generation will be Daniel Evans’s directorial debut at the National Theatre; as an actor, his work there included Cardiff East, Peter Pan, Troilus and Cressida, Candide and The Merchant of Venice. He is Artistic Director of Chichester Festival Theatre, where his productions include South Pacific, This Is My Family, Quiz and Fiddler on the Roof. The Southbury Child 13 - 25 June 2022, Festival Theatre Chichester; 1 July - 27 August 2022, Bridge Theatre London Stephen Beresford's new play The Southbury Child, directed by Nicholas Hytner with a cast led by Alex Jennings, a co-production with The Bridge Theatre, will open at Chichester in June before its London run. Synopsis: Raffish, urbane and frequently drunk, David Highland has kept a grip on his remote coastal parish through a combination of disordered charm and high-handed determination. But when his faith impels him to take a hard line with a bereaved parishioner, he finds himself dangerously isolated from public opinion. As his own family begins to fracture and his marriage falls apart, David must face a future that threatens to extinguish not only his position in the town, but everything he stands for. Writer - Stephen Beresford: Stephen Beresford’s darkly comic new play is an exploration of family and community, the savage divisions of contemporary society and the rituals that punctuate our lives. His work includes The Last of the Haussmans at the National Theatre, an adaptation of Bergman's Fanny & Alexander for The Old Vic and the BAFTA-winning film Pride. Star - Alex Jennings: Triple Olivier Award-winner Alex Jennings returns to Chichester to lead the cast. The Southbury Child reunites him with Nicholas Hytner who has previously directed him in Hymn and Cocktail Sticks, Collaborators, The Habit of Art, The Alchemist and The Winter’s Tale (all at the National Theatre) amongst others. His many other credits range from My Fair Lady to Stuff Happens and Hansard at the NT, as well as Hamlet for the RSC. His screen work includes The Crown, The Lady in the Van, The Queen, Victoria, A Very English Scandal and Small Axe: Mangrove. Director - Nicholas Hytner: Nicholas Hytner also makes a welcome return to Chichester, where he previously directed The Scarlet Pimpernel (with a cast including Alex Jennings) in 1985. Director of the National Theatre from 2003-2015, he is Co-Founder of The Bridge Theatre where his recent work includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Beat The Devil, Bach & Sons and the forthcoming The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage and Straight Line Crazy. Other creative team: The production will be designed by Mark Thompson, with lighting by Max Narula, sound by George Dennis and casting by Robert Sterne. The production will run at The Bridge from 1 July - 27 August - Book tickets here >
Photo Exclusive: South Pacific at the Barbican Theatre starring Samantha Womack and Paulo Szot
Exclusive production photos of South Pacific at the Barbican Theatre starring Samantha Womack and Paulo Szot. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Samantha Womack and Paulo Szot in South Pacific. Photo: Roy Tan"][/caption] This month sees the London opening of the acclaimed Lincoln Center production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific. The show is directed by Bartlett Sher and plays at the Barbican Theatre until 1 October 2011. TV and stage star Samantha Womack takes the lead role of Nellie Forbush in the production. Womack has starred in numerous stage and TV projects including Grease and Guys and Dolls in the West End and is currently playing Ronnie Branning in EastEnders. The cast also includes a number of stars from Sher’s original Broadway production including Brazilian opera baritone Paulo Szot as plantation owner Emile De Becque and Loretta Ables Sayre as Bloody Mary. Daniel Koek, who has recently starred as Anatoly in Craig Revel Horwood’s touring production of Chess, will play Lt Cable. The Lincoln Center Theater production is credited with breathing new life into this classic musical and won 7 Tony Awards and ran for 2 years on Broadway. Set during World War II, South Pacific is the sweeping romantic story of two couples, threatened by the realities of war. Its portrayal of Americans stationed in an alien culture in wartime is as relevant today as when it first thrilled audiences. Songs include Some Enchanted Evening, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair and There is Nothin’ Like a Dame. With sets by Michael Yeargan and musical staging by Christopher Gattelli, the show feature a cast of 40 and a live orchestra of 25 and plays for only 7 weeks at the Barbican. Photos by Roy Tan. LINKS More News on South Pacific
Samantha Womack And Paulo Szot To Star In The Most Acclaimed Production Ever Of Rodgers And Hammerstein’s South Pacific
WINNER OF SEVEN TONY AWARDS THE LINCOLN CENTER THEATER PRODUCTION OF “SOUTH PACIFIC” HAS ITS EUROPEAN PREMIERE AT THE BARBICAN CENTRE, LONDON OPENING ON 23 AUGUST BEFORE EMBARKING ON A NATIONWIDE TOUR ‘Rapturous and revelatory!’ New York Times ‘Gorgeous! SOUTH PACIFIC doesn't just float; it soars!’ USA Today ‘The best Rodgers and Hammerstein in a generation’ Washington Post Paulo Szot, who has recently emerged as one of the most exciting voices in opera and who won a Tony for his performance as Emile de Becque in the Lincoln Center Theater (Andre Bishop, Artistic Director, Bernard Gersten, Executive Producer) production of SOUTH PACIFIC, will be recreating the role of the French plantation owner at the Barbican Centre in London, where the production will run for a limited season of 7 weeks only from 15 August to 1 October, with an opening night on 23 August. Last year, Paulo made a triumphant Metropolitan Opera debut in their new production of Shostakovich's The Nose. His appearances with the New York City Opera include L'Elisir d'Amore, Le Nozze di Figaro, and Carmen. He will be sharing the role of Emile with Welsh National Opera star Jason Howard. Joining them will be Samantha Womack in the role of Nellie Forbush. This marks a return to theatre by Samantha. Her previous credits on stage include Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, and the Donmar production in the West End of Guys and Dolls (as Adelaide). Most recently, she was seen on BBC 1 in Famous, Rich and in the Slums with Lenny Henry, Angela Rippon and Reggie Yates for Comic Relief. Also starring in the Barbican run of SOUTH PACIFIC will be Daniel Koek, (following his acclaimed performance as Tony in the recent hit production of West Side Story), as Lt Joe Cable, Alex Ferns (Nathan Detroit in Donmar’s Guys and Dolls), as Luther Billis, and Loretta Ables Sayre reprising her Lincoln Center Tony-nominated performance of Bloody Mary. Metropolitan Opera’s Bartlett Sher’s hailed production of SOUTH PACIFIC reinvented the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical and played to sold-out houses on Broadway for two years and is currently selling out across North America. This was the first Broadway production the Rodgers & Hammerstein Estate had allowed to be staged since the musical originally opened in 1949 and ran for almost five years. Considered one of the finest musicals ever written, the score includes Some Enchanted Evening, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair, Bali Ha’i, I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy, Younger than Springtime, Happy Talk and There is Nothin’ Like a Dame. Set on a tropical island during World War II, this is the sweeping romantic story of two couples, threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices. Its portrayal of Americans stationed in an unfamiliar culture in wartime remains as relevant today as when it first thrilled audiences. Featuring a cast of 40 and an orchestra of 25, this is a ravishing and breathtaking production, which is brought to the UK by the entire Lincoln Center creative team, led by director Bartlett Sher, with musical staging by Christopher Gattelli, sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Scott Lehrer, musical direction by Ted Sperling and original orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett. The nationwide tour opens on 12 October in Milton Keynes. Full details below. The Lincoln Center Theater production of SOUTH PACIFIC is produced at the Barbican Centre and on tour by Bob Boyett, Bob Bartner, Howard Panter for the Ambassador Theatre Group, and Genesius Theatrical Productions in association with Promenade Productions. For further details, please visit www.southpacificonstage.com. LISTINGS INFORMATION Venue: Barbican Theatre Dates and times: Monday 15 August – Saturday 1 October, Mondays – Saturdays at 7.30pm, Thursdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm (not Thursday 18 August) Performance dates for Paulo Szot & Jason Howard: Paulo Szot – 15-27 August, 22 September – 1 October; Jason Howard – 29 August – 21 September Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes Press performance: 23 August at 7.30pm Tickets: £15-£85 Barbican box office: 0845 120 7550, open 10.00am–8.00pm Monday–Saturday; 11.00am–8.00pm Sundays and Bank Holidays; www.barbican.org.uk/bite NATIONWIDE TOUR 12-22 October MILTON KEYNES THEATRE, Mon - Sat 7.30pm www.ambassadortickets.com/miltonkeynes Wed & Sat 2.30pm Box Office: 0844 871 7652 25 October- 5 November PALACE THEATRE, MANCHESTER Mon - Sat 7.30pm www.palaceandoperahouse.org.uk Wed & Sat 2.30pm Box Office: 0844 847 2275 8-19 November THEATRE ROYAL, GLASGOW Mon-Sat 7.30pm www.ambassadortickets.com/glasgow Thur & Sat 2.30pm Box Office: 0844 871 7647 22 November- 3 December BRISTOL HIPPODROME Mon – Sat 7.30pm www.bristolhippodrome.org.uk Wed & Sat 2.30pm Box Office: 0844 871 3012 6 December – 31 December NEW THEATRE OXFORD Mon-Sat 7.30pm www.newtheatreoxford.org.uk Tue, Wed & Sat 2.30pm Box Office: 0844 847 1585 17 January- 4 February THE MAYFLOWER, SOUTHAMPTON Mon – Sat 7.30pm www.mayflower.org.uk Thu & Sat 2.00pm Box Office: 02380 711811 Further dates to be announced. Release issued by: Amanda Malpass Media LINKS Book tickets to South Pacific at the Barbican in London
Cast announced for South Pacific at the Barbican: Samantha Womack to star
Casting has been announced for the London transfer of the acclaimed Lincoln Center production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific, directed by Bartlett Sher. The show will open at the Barbican Theatre from 15 August 2011. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Loretta Ables Sayre and company of the Broadway production of South Pacific"][/caption] TV and stage star Samantha Womack will take the lead role of Nellie Forbush in the production. Womack has starred in numerous stage and TV projects including Grease and Guys and Dolls in the West End and is currently playing Ronnie Branning in EastEnders. The cast will also include a number of stars from Sher's original Broadway production including Brazilian opera baritone Paulo Szot as plantation owner Emile De Becque and Loretta Ables Sayre as Bloody Mary. Daniel Koek, who has recently starred as Anatoly in Craig Revel Horwood’s touring production of Chess, will play Lt Cable. The Lincoln Center Theater production is credited with breathing new life into this classic musical and won 7 Tony Awards and ran for 2 years on Broadway. Set during World War II, South Pacific is the sweeping romantic story of two couples, threatened by the realities of war. Its portrayal of Americans stationed in an alien culture in wartime is as relevant today as when it first thrilled audiences. Songs include Some Enchanted Evening, I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair and There is Nothin’ Like a Dame. With sets by Michael Yeargan and musical staging by Christopher Gattelli, the show feature a cast of 40 and a live orchestra of 25 and plays for only 7 weeks at the Barbican. LINKS Book tickets to South Pacific at the Barbican Theatre in London
Lincoln Center Theater Production of South Pacific at the Barbican on sale now
‘Rapturous and revelatory!’ New York Times ‘Gorgeous! SOUTH PACIFIC doesn't just float; it soars!’ USA Today ‘The best Rodgers and Hammerstein in a generation’ Washington Post Breathtaking and lavish, this Lincoln Center Theater production which reinvented the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, won seven Tony Awards in 2008, played to sold-out houses on Broadway for two years and is currently selling out across North America. This international hit now has its European premiere at the Barbican. Tickets for the Barbican run, which plays from Monday 15 August – Saturday 1 October, go on sale today. Set on a tropical island during World War II, this is the sweeping romantic story of two couples, threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices. Its portrayal of Americans stationed in an unfamiliar culture in wartime remains as relevant today as when it first thrilled audiences. Considered one of the finest musicals ever written, the score includes Some Enchanted Evening, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair and There is Nothin’ Like a Dame. Featuring a cast of 40 and an orchestra of 25, this landmark production arrives at the Barbican for a strictly limited seven-week London season. South Pacific is directed by Bartlett Sher, Musical Staging is by Christopher Gattelli, Sets are by Michael Yeargan, Lighting is by Donald Holder, Costumes are by Catherine Zuber, Sound is by Scott Lehrer, Music Direction is by Ted Sperling and Original Orchestrations are by Robert Russell Bennett. Release issued by: Barbican LINKS Book tickets to South Pacific at the Barbican in London
Lincoln Center Theater Production of South Pacific at the Barbican on sale now
‘Rapturous and revelatory!’ New York Times ‘Gorgeous! SOUTH PACIFIC doesn't just float; it soars!’ USA Today ‘The best Rodgers and Hammerstein in a generation’ Washington Post Breathtaking and lavish, this Lincoln Center Theater production which reinvented the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, won seven Tony Awards in 2008, played to sold-out houses on Broadway for two years and is currently selling out across North America. This international hit now has its European premiere at the Barbican. Tickets for the Barbican run, which plays from Monday 15 August – Saturday 1 October, go on sale today. Set on a tropical island during World War II, this is the sweeping romantic story of two couples, threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices. Its portrayal of Americans stationed in an unfamiliar culture in wartime remains as relevant today as when it first thrilled audiences. Considered one of the finest musicals ever written, the score includes Some Enchanted Evening, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair and There is Nothin’ Like a Dame. Featuring a cast of 40 and an orchestra of 25, this landmark production arrives at the Barbican for a strictly limited seven-week London season. South Pacific is directed by Bartlett Sher, Musical Staging is by Christopher Gattelli, Sets are by Michael Yeargan, Lighting is by Donald Holder, Costumes are by Catherine Zuber, Sound is by Scott Lehrer, Music Direction is by Ted Sperling and Original Orchestrations are by Robert Russell Bennett. Supported by American Airlines Release issued by: Barbican press office LINKS Barbican website

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