Julian Ovenden & Gina Beck

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.

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Photos by Johan Persson

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📷 Main photo: Julian Ovenden & Gina Beck in rehearsal. South Pacific. Photo Johan Persson

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