Why See South Pacific?
Chichester Festival Production
Coming from the esteemed Chichester Festival Theatre is yet another sensational restaging of a classic; this time Rogers and Hammerstein's South Pacific. A sub-tropical epic based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by James A Michener, it's a captivating story of two cultures clashing on a small island, where prejudice and romance are pitched against each other as World War II rages around them.
Including some of the pair's best-known songs including 'I'm going to wash that man right out of my hair', 'Happy Talk' and 'Some enchanted evening', don't miss this fresh 5-star production as it tours the UK, bringing ravishing sets, choreography and a multitudinous cast - a true theatrical marvel.
What's the story?
The story follows two blossoming romances on an island in the South Pacific during World War II. Nellie Forbush, an American nurse, falls for the charms of wealthy French planter Emile De Becque, but is unable to come to terms with his past relationships with several local women. Lt. Joe Cable shares Nellie's prejudice, and although he is in love with a Tonkinese woman, he has trouble looking past the colour of her skin.
Opening night: 27 September 2022
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Cast and Creative
Gina Beck as Nellie
Julian Ovenden as Emile
Rob Houchen as Lieutenant Joseph Cable
Joanna Ampil as Bloody Mary
Sera Maehara as Liat
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan
Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener
Directed by Daniel Evans
Set and costume design by Peter McKintosh
Choreography and movement direction by Ann Yee.
Musical supervision by Nigel Lilley
Musical direction by Cat Beveridge
New orchestrations by David Cullen
Original Broadway orchestration by Robert Russell Bennett.
Lighting design by Howard Harrison
Sound design by Paul Groothuis
Video design by Gillian Tan
Additional arrangements and Happy Talk orchestration by Theo Jamieson
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